Tools and Stuff forum: looking for a new hoe design

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Name: Phillip
brayton tn. (Zone 7b)
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homeshow
Jul 31, 2015 7:53 AM CST
I'm going to forge out a new hoe from 5160 spring steel. Thinking about a 1/2 moon or a cobra head style.
Any suggestions?
Name: Rick Corey
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RickCorey
Aug 5, 2015 5:26 PM CST
There are so many kinds of hoes already, you should be able to find examples of almost ANYthing, then decide which ones are appealing.

Or do you have enough raw materials that you can experiment and see which styles you like for each kind of weeding task. I think each kind of weeding would work best with a different kind of hoe.

Sometimes Dave hoes with a shovel!

Usually I like either a scuffle hoe or a mattock, depending on whether I'm trying to finesse around desirable plants or just uprooting a bush.

This style interests me, but I never tried it:
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http://www.gardentoolcompany.com/collections/garden-hoes

https://www.google.com/search?q=garden+hoe+images&ie=utf-8&o...

https://www.google.com/search?q=garden+hoe+types&biw=1024&bi...




Name: Greene
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greene
Dec 11, 2015 11:22 PM CST
This is my drawing of two hand hoes I use to have. The "blade" was thin and could be sharpened as needed. The one on the right was excellent for getting into really tight spaces. Each was about 12 inches in length. Both died from overuse and old age and I cannot find them for sale anywhere. The originals may have come from Johnny's Selected Seed. (? Shrug! )
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pirl
Dec 12, 2015 7:59 AM CST
Prices seem a bit high here, but you can take the name of the tool and Google it for a better price. Check out the entire page:
http://www.gardentoolcompany.com/weeding-tools/
Name: Rick Corey
Everett WA 98204 (Zone 8a)
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RickCorey
Dec 14, 2015 12:36 PM CST
Those are the only hand-sized examples I've ever seen of the "Dutch Hoe" or "scuffle hoe" or "oscillating hoe" or "stirrup Hoe".

A local greenhouse/market garden wholesale supply store had replacement blades for full-size scuffle hoes, but they were as expensive as a whole new hoe from Home Depot (but probably higher quality).
http://www.earthtoolsbcs.com/html/other_hoes.html

Would you be able to replace the blade on your hand versions if you could find a replacement?

$6 replacement blade, screws close together:
http://clscatalog.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&produ...
(Wal-Mart also sells a replacement blade, but my IT dpeartment won;t let me go there to check:
https://bpb.opendns.com/a/www.googleadservices.com/pagead/ac...

Here's a Lee Valley $13 hand "loop" weeder :
http://www.leevalley.com/US/garden/page.aspx?p=73258&cat=2,2...

Here's a classic scuffle hoe / hula-hoe with a 14" handle:
http://www.amazon.com/Flexrake-500W-Hula-Ho-14-Inch-Handle/d...



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Name: Sue
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sooby
Dec 14, 2015 1:07 PM CST
RickCorey said:

Here's a Lee valley $13 hand "loop" weeder :
http://www.leevalley.com/US/garden/page.aspx?p=73258&cat=2,2...


I bought one of those a year ago mostly expecting it to be useless like so many other garden gadgets, but it's actually amazing for weeding and I find use it all the time. If anything ever happened to it I'd definitely replace it, but so far it's held up really well.

Name: Anne
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Xeramtheum
Dec 14, 2015 8:56 PM CST
I wish I could find a korean hand plow with a long handle.

http://www.kinsmangarden.com/product/Korean-Hand-Plow/Korean...
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Name: Larry
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Seedfork
Dec 14, 2015 10:03 PM CST
I made a longer handle for my Korean hoe, but not as long as a full hoe handle. Also made a shorter handle for a regular hoe.
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Name: Sue
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sooby
Dec 15, 2015 6:33 AM CST
[quote="Xeramtheum"]I wish I could find a korean hand plow with a long handle.

]http://www.kinsmangarden.com/product/Korean-Hand-Plow/Korean...

Lee Valley, 5 foot handle, made in Korea:
http://www.leevalley.com/US/garden/page.aspx?p=10519&cat=2,4...
Name: Anne
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Xeramtheum
Dec 15, 2015 8:06 AM CST
Thanks Sue!!
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