Grub Hoe ~ Grubbing Hoe ~ Digging Hoe

Discover the rugged and timeless tool that faithfully breaks ground the world over

Overall:
4.8/5
57 ratings
Overall: 4.8/5 57 ratings
Overall: 4.8/5 57 ratings
Six inch Grub Hoe

6" Grub Hoe

6" Grub Hoe

with 5 foot handle

$30.95

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The 6" grub hoe is our BEST selling all-around digging tool. This tough 3 lb forged steel tool has the right design and weight to quickly and easily cut through sod, hard soil, stems, and small roots. Super for trenching! The human-powered rototiller alternative.

Are you 5'4" or shorter? Our 4.5 foot handle will fit you better, and it costs less.
Just click: Buy shorter 6" Grub Hoe for $29.95


Four inch Grub Hoe

4" Grub Hoe

4" Grub Hoe

with 5 foot handle

$28.95

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The 4" grub hoe shares the fast efficient design of the larger tool, but in a narrower 2 lb version. This tool is perfect for smaller gardens and for those who wish to minimize their physical exertion. It is also used for narrow trenching of lawn sprinkler and wiring lines.

Are you 5'4" or shorter? Our 4.5 foot handle will fit you better, and it costs less.
Just click: Buy shorter 4" Grub Hoe for $27.95

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Use your Grubbing Hoe to...

  • create new gardens and raised beds
  • remove sod or till it in
  • dig utility and drainage trenching
  • chop ice
  • rebuild old overgrown gardens

Get a grub hoe today and get rid of that aggravating roto tiller - you won't need it anymore!


Special Offer: Buy two or more long handled digging or hoeing tools and get a free Farmer's Own sharpening file - for a limited time only.

Dig with less effort

The sharp hefty grubbing hoe does the work. These are the classic digging tools that millions of small farmers and gardeners around the world use every day, and for good reason - it's the easy way to dig!

Since 1935, Bellotto of Brazil has been making the forged steel heads for these tools. They have been optimized for their intended tasks. The 4" and 6" grubbing hoe heads are angled for fast efficient digging and tilling, while the 8" grape hoe head is set at a more shallow angle for easy weeding and cultivating. The long Ash handles are made in the USA.

Special Offer: Buy two or more long handled digging or hoeing tools and get a free Farmer's Own sharpening file - for a limited time only.

 

Components and Spare Parts

Our large metal wedge is included with every head or handle purchased.

4" Grubbing Hoe Head     $17.00

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Head only. 4" wide, 8" long, 2 pounds.

 

6" Grubbing Hoe Head     $19.00

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Head only. 6" wide, 8" long, 3 pounds.

 

Extra 5' Ash handle     $12.95

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Customer Testimonials

We received our grub hoes last night, put them together (easy enough) this morning and finished removing all the weedy sod in our backyard. My husband had started the job with a pickaxe (too heavy for me to wield) and was very pleased with the greater efficiency and ease of his 6" azada. I could work with him with my lighter 4" tool, so we finished the job in a couple of hours. We are very pleased with the product, both its functionality and its quality.
in California

I used my new grubbing hoe for the first time yesterday. What a powerful hand tool! It really did make fast work of breaking up the garden soil so that I could plant a cover crop. I had been thinking that as I expanded my garden, I might need to buy a roto tiller. Now I am thinking that might not be necessary... Great product, thanks for making it available here in the US!
in NC

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So what is an Azada?

Azada (ah-zah-da) is what they call the grub hoe in Europe and South America. This type of tool has become very popular with British gardeners - click here to read what British gardeners say about the Azada

The grubbing hoe is called a powrah, mammoty or mamooty in India, a changkol or changkul in Asia, an enxada in Brazil, and a jembe in Africa. It is also know as an Okinawan kuwa which is a traditional Martial Arts weapon - check out the link!


How to use a grub hoe in the garden

The sturdy grubbing hoe was once a common tool on our small family farms in the days before the tractor. These tools dig and cultivate with an easy chop-pull motion that is very quick, but also gentler on your back than the stomp-bend-lift motion used with a shovel or spade.

Click here for more detailed 'How to use a Grubbing Hoe' instructions

Click here for tool sharpening and care tips

How to use a grub hoe as a Trenching Hoe

So what is a Trenching Hoe?

A grub hoe is called a Trenching Hoe when it is used for trenching. To use a trenching hoe you stand above the end of the trench to chop soil loose and then drag it up the ramped end of the trench - just like the chain does in a power trencher.

For more info on using these tools for trenching see our Guide to Trenching and Trenchers

Also check out our Garden Drainage Guide

How to trench with a grub hoe

 

Hoe and Mattock Tool Selector Chart

  This chart shows which tools are recommended for common garden and digging tasks.

    Tool / Task Grub Hoe Grape Hoe Pick Mattock Cutter Mattock Pick Axe Fork Hoe Pointed Hoe Two Prong
till a garden YES NO NO NO NO YES YES YES
break sod YESNOFairFairNONOYESNO
create a garden YESNONONONONOYESFair
make raised beds YESNONONONOYESYESYES
cut pasture weeds YESFairNOFairNONOYESNO
dig a trench YESNOYESYESYESNONONO
chop ice YESNOYESYESYESNONONO
weed large areas NOYESNONONONONONO
shallow cultivating FairYESNONONOYESNOYES
clear garden paths NOYESNONONONONOFair
break hardened soil FairNOYESYESYESNOFairNO
dig in rocky dirt FairNOYESYESYESNOYESNO
lever stones & roots NONOYESFairYESNONONO
chop thick roots NONOFairYESNONONONO
break concrete NONOFairNOYESNONONO
prepare seed beds NONONONONOYESNOYES
deep cultivation YESNONONONOYESYESFair
move & turn mulch NOFairNONONOYESNOYES
create furrows FairFairNONONOYesYESYES