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small broadfork for raised beds
on February 4, 2011
I think there may be some confusion over the purpose and use of this tool. Check the Bully Tools web site and look at their "broadfork". You will see this uses similar construction for a smaller tool. Then check the Johnny's Seeds site for "broadfork". If you review the use of this tool, you will see it is not for breaking sod or initial cultivation. It is for use in previously prepared rows or beds for areating the soil. One uses body weight to insert the fork, then again uses body weight to pull back on the handle/handles, rotating the tines upward through the soil, areating but not lifting it. This tool is promoted by Elliot Coleman in his books on vegetable gardening, and versions of it are $180-$200 at Johnny's.
After receiving the fork from Amazon, a couple more comments: First, the fork shipped does not have a fiberglass handle, but an all steel handle, both the shaft and the "D" are all welded steel, no bolts. Second, for use as a broadfork, the tines may be a bit short ahd closely spaced (as compared to their 20" broadfork which I also have), third, this certainly is a very heavy tool, and rocking back with the large two-handed "D" handle, can exert a lot of force. I'll see how both tools work in the garden this spring....