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A broadfork is also called a U-bar digger. It is normally used for deeply cultivating and aerating garden soil. Click here to learn How to Use a Broadfork
Choose the UNBREAKABLE model if:
Choose the REPAIRABLE model if:
- Standard size
Four alloy steel tines give 12" of soil penetration. 20" width. 46" handles. Made in America.
Overall tool height is 58" Weight is 16 pounds.
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There are more photos, videos, and information on both styles are below.
The UNBREAKABLE broad fork was designed and built by Bob Powell of Meadow Creature to solve the problem of broadforks becoming bent and broken from catching on roots and rocks, or when used in harder soils or sod.
Ideal for deep-aerating of garden beds, these U-bar diggers easily turn and sift the soil deeply. If you're looking for a tool to break the hardest sod and pasture, and turn hardpan into a garden bed, you've found it - buy it with confidence that you won't break it.
These tools are fabricated in the USA from high-strength alloy steel and ship as a single solid welded piece with no mechanical connections to come loose.
The REPAIRABLE broad fork was designed and built in the USA by Richard Cartwright. This style of U-bar digger is especially beneficial to older gardeners, and to professional growers with a wide variety of bed types. It provides certain advantages over conventional style broadforks:
Let's look at each feature of the Cartwright design:
Adjustable Tines: You can fine tune the tool to match your soil type, your bed widths, and even for harvesting root crops. If your physical strength or weight is limited, using less tines will make it easier to insert the tool into the soil. See the captions under the pictures for more ideas.
Horizontal Handle: The horizontal steel bar directly under the handle creates a very strong and rigid tool. When embedding the tines into the soil you will primarily push with just one foot - but you can also your arms to push downward on the handle and to rock the tool back-and-forth for easier penetration.
Offset Rear Bar: Rather than jumping and standing on this model, you can just step down forcefully on the rear bar while keeping the other foot on the ground for balance. It is OK to stand on the outer portions of the crossbar if you wish. The rear bar also means that you do not have to lean over as far when prying the tines up through the soil (for harvesting root crops) because the rear bar provides a fulcrum effect, like on a teeter-totter.
This is a very simple garden tool to operate. We will use the pictures below to take you through the steps of various operations...
When using a U-bar digger to aerate your garden soil it is only necessary to loosen it enough to temporarily create air passages down into the soil. You do not need to turn the soil over or sweep the tines completely up through the soil.
Follow these steps to aerate you soil with any broadfork...
The Unbreakable broad-fork can turn sod into growing space by "plowing". This involves ripping loose a chunk of sod and turning it upside down to kill the grass.
What is the Lifetime Guarantee?
These broadforks are meant to last a lifetime, if not abused. They are fully capable of working hard soil. They are not intended for prying up boulders. Both include a lifetime manufacturer's warranty to the original purchaser. If your U-bar digger is damaged in normal use, we will either: replace it (the UNBREAKABLE model), or send you replacement parts (the REPAIRABLE model).
Can other items be shipped in the carton?
No. These heavy tools are shipped in specially built cartons. We are not able to ship any other tools inside these cartons. Other tools you buy will be shipped seperately and will have a shipping charge.
Page creation date: 2013-11-17 / Last modified: 2017-02-28