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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 quality vintage tools.

Look at two of my recent scores:

vintage-hoe-heads vintage-potato-hoe

Sweet, eh?

Right now, there’s a plethora of great hoe heads on eBay.

I actually resisted putting this post up because I want to buy every single garden hoe for myself, but no … I am generous.

The two listings I won will be fit onto new handles. The “potato hoe” style works great in the hard clay here.

The old steel on these heads are a lot better than the new junk you get from the hardware store. Seriouslyit’s amazing. Put a sharp edge on an old hoe and it cuts through weeds like a knife. A new hoe just doesn’t “have it.”

I posted a video about my favorite vintage garden hoe so you can see just how awesome an old tool can be:

That’s the tool that changed my whole perspective on hoeing.

I just didn’t know what a real weeding tool was like until I got a good old American steel garden hoe working for me.

Half the time, the vintage 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 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.

Anyhow, go ye forth and hunt. Beyond eBay, I also recommend yard sales. Look for the real old hoes with heads that are one solid piece instead of a couple of pieces welded together.

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COMMENTS(4)

  • John Wages says:

    Estate sales are another great place for old (“vintage”) garden tools—often heavy-duty and made to last. A lot of what you’ll find in the toolshed out back will be junk or worn-out, but sometimes you find a treasure—double-headed mattock, cultivators that aren’t made anymore, or maybe a replacement handle for one of your own tools.
    Three other sources for quality tools: Earth Tools (purveyor of BCS walk-behind tractors, but also quality hand tools: http://www.earthtoolsbcs.com), EasyDigging.com (www.easydigging.com), and Meadow Creature (www.meadowcreature.com). There are many more.
    John Wages, Permaculture Design magazine (www.PermacultureDesignMagazine.com)

  • Josephine Howland says:

    We found a pair of great hoes at a local thrift shop. They were marked as from the WPA (Workers Progress Act) and one even had it’s owner’s name stamped into the head. They were $8 each and worth every penny. Like you said they work through our clay soil great. I also have picked up some nice tools at yard sales. I went to a huge church sale towards the end of the last day, not only picking up some great items including some long handled tools, but by the time I had gathered my loot, they made everything 1/2 price. What a deal.

  • Deborah Dailey says:

    When we were kids, my brothers went walking through the woods that adjoined our backyard, and found an area on the edge of a neighbor’s field that had apparently been used as a dump for unwanted items. They started poking and digging around, and found a lot of heavy old farm and garden tools. They made many trips back to bring them home, and my mother cleaned them up and painted them to hang on the wall as decorations. I wish I had some of those now. That was in the early ’60s, but if there are still such places around, from pre-trash-removal days, you never know what you might find. I believe they were made of cast iron, which is virtually indestructible.

  • Scott Sexton says:

    Love the music. Sharpening garden implements has never been so epic.

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