Don’t head to a big-box hardware store for your next garden hoe. Follow my lead for vintage hoes that offer higher quality and durability for your dime.
Need a Quality Garden Hoe? Use This Trick!
It’s not much of a trick, really, as eBay has been around forever. But it’s become my go-to source for the best quality garden hoes and other excellent vintage tools.
Hooray for eBay
Look at two of my recent old hoe scores:
You’ll often find a plethora of great garden hoe heads on eBay. (I actually resisted putting this post up because I want to buy every single old hoe for myself to add to my collection of essential garden hand tools, but no … I am generous.)
Old School Is Cool
The old steel on these heads is a lot better than the new junk you get from the hardware store. Seriously—it’s amazing. Put a sharp edge on an old hoe, and it slices through weeds like a knife. A new hoe just doesn’t “cut it.”
The two listings I won will be fitted onto new handles. The “potato hoe” style works great in the hard clay here.
I posted a video about my favorite vintage garden hoe so you can see just how awesome an old tool can be:
The tool in the video changed my whole perspective on hoeing. I just didn’t know what a real weeding tool was like until I got a good ol’ American steel garden hoe working for me.
A New Handle … and Voila!
Half the time, vintage garden hoe heads end up costing the same as a crummy new one from China … or less! I used a mop handle on one of my best quality garden hoe heads, and it works great. Some of my other ones were re-handled here by a local farmer who cut wild coffee wood to make solid handles. Those look really cool and work quite well.
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What Do You Think?
So go ye forth and hunt! Beyond eBay, I also recommend yard sales. Look for the really old hoes with heads that are one solid piece instead of a couple of pieces welded together.
If you’ve bought a boss old-school garden hoe or other gardening tool of which you’re especially proud, let us know about it in the comments below. And if you have other “hidden gem” resources for old hoes, please share as well!
This is an updated version of an article that was originally published on April 4, 2018. The author may not currently be available to respond to comments; however, we encourage our Community members to chime in to share their experiences and answer questions!
David The Good is a Grow Network Change Maker, a gardening expert, and the author of five books you can find on Amazon: Compost Everything: The Good Guide to Extreme Composting, Grow or Die: The Good Guide to Survival Gardening, Totally Crazy Easy Florida Gardening, Create Your Own Florida Food Forest, and Push the Zone: The Good Guide to Growing Tropical Plants Beyond the Tropics. Find fresh gardening inspiration at his website TheSurvivalGardener.com and be sure to follow his popular YouTube channel.