HOSS Wheel Hoe and Cultivator

Made in the USA

Weed your garden rows twice as fast as a conventional hoe.


Your choice of the STANDARD unit, the DELUXE model, or the LOADED Package.
All with our exclusive PLUS features!


There is a lot more information and videos and accessories farther down the page. Scroll down to see it all...



The Standard PLUS unit

This is the most basic and least expensive version. It is a fine place to start if you want to wait and add more attachments in the future. Everything else hooks to this basic unit.

You get the following components:

  • Heavy-duty Frame
  • Steel 15" Wheel
  • Curved wooden handles
    • Pre-finished - a PLUS exclusive
  • 4 Cultivator teeth
    • Not just 3 - a PLUS bonus

Single Wheel STANDARD     $169   Add to Cart

Double Wheel STANDARD   $209   Add to Cart

  • includes bonus single-wheel axle so you can convert - another PLUS

Want the Pistol Grip handles? Click here to substitute

Hoss standard wheel cultivator Hoss Standard double wheel cultivator

 

This wheel cultivator can till your garden soil about 2" deep in preparation for planting. The Hoss garden cultivator will aerate and loosen the soil around established plants. When used for weeding it will quickly uproot larger weeds and help bury smaller weed seedlings.


The Standard PLUS unit combined with a seeder attachment is available at a discounted price here on our Seeder page


Want the Pistol Grip handles? Click here to substitute

 


Overall: 4.8/5 37 ratings
Overall: 4.8/5 37 ratings

The Deluxe PLUS model


The Deluxe PLUS model

Our BEST SELLING wheel hoe. Includes a pair of weeding sweeps and four cultivator teeth. Saves $7.00 over buying the attachments separately.

You get the following components:

  • Heavy-duty Frame
  • Steel 15" Wheel
  • Curved wooden handles
    • Pre-finished - a PLUS exclusive
  • 4 Cultivator teeth
    • Not just 3 - a PLUS bonus
  • Weeding Sweeps
    • Sharpened - a PLUS exclusive

Single Wheel DELUXE $211 Save $7   $204   Add to Cart

Double Wheel DELUXE $251 Save $8   $243   Add to Cart

  • includes bonus single-wheel axle so you can convert - another PLUS

Want the Pistol Grip handles? Click here to substitute

The Deluxe Hoss wheel hoe is both a classic row weeder and a push cultivator.

Our weeding sweeps are exact copies of the Planet Jr blades that were used so successfully for so many decades. They are called Sweeps because each blade angles back to allow cut weeds to slide off the blades. This is the same efficient design used on tractor drawn weeders.

By slicing shallowly just beneath the surface (about 1/2" deep) they kill young weeds without stirring up a new crop of buried weed seeds.

Hoss standard wheel cultivator Hoss Standard double wheel cultivator
Deluxe single wheel hoe Deluxe double wheel hoe

 

The Deluxe Hoss wheel hoe is both a classic row weeder and a push cultivator.

Our weeding sweeps are exact copies of the Planet Jr blades that were used so successfully for so many decades. They are called Sweeps because each blade angles back to allow cut weeds to slide off the blades. This is the same efficient design used on tractor drawn weeders.

By slicing shallowly just beneath the surface (about 1/2" deep) they kill young weeds without stirring up a new crop of buried weed seeds.

The double wheel version is primarily useful to commercial growers of short compact crops like leaf lettuce, beets, radishes, and carrots. A double wheeled hoe allows you to straddle the row of crops, and keep the weeding blades level as they work both sides of the crop row in one pass.
Gap between wheels = 4-3/4", clearance under frame = 5"


The Deluxe PLUS model combined with a seeder attachment is available at a discounted price here on our Seeder page


Want the Pistol Grip handles? Click here to substitute

Click a drawing to see how the sweeps can be set to weed in different ways.

 


The Loaded PLUS package

So many of our customers were buying this mix of attachments that we decided to put it all together in low-price package. Saves $9.00 over buying the items separately.

You get the following components:

  • Heavy-duty Frame
  • Steel 15" Wheel
  • Curved wooden handles
    • Pre-finished - a PLUS exclusive
  • 4 Cultivator teeth
    • Not just 3 - a PLUS bonus
  • 8" Oscillating Hoe
  • Furrowing / Hilling Plow Set

Single Wheel LOADED $236 Save $9   $227  Add to Cart

Double Wheel LOADED $276 Save $10   $266   Add to Cart

  • includes bonus single-wheel axle so you can convert - another PLUS

Want the Pistol Grip handles? Click here to substitute

An oscillating hoe is used for heavy weeding. It cuts a bit deeper (about 1") than the weeding sweeps, and is better on grass and big weeds. It is also called a stirrup hoe because of it's shape. It will cut on both the forward and back stroke. The blade is sharpened spring steel.   More oscillating hoe info


The Loaded PLUS model combined with a seeder attachment is available at a discounted price here on our Seeder page

Hoss standard wheel cultivator Hoss Standard double wheel cultivator
oscillating or stirrup hoe view of Hoss oscillating hoe
Hoss push plow plows on Hoss double wheel

 

The LOADED Hoss wheel hoe package contains an oscillating hoe and plows.

An oscillating hoe is used for heavy weeding. It cuts a bit deeper (about 1") than the weeding sweeps, and is better on grass and big weeds. It is also called a stirrup hoe because of it's shape. It will cut on both the forward and back stroke. The blade is sharpened spring steel.   More oscillating hoe info

The plows come as a left and right pair. Assembled in a V for cutting a large furrow. They can also be reversed to pull soil back into a furrow, or to create a small planting ridge. They can also be used individually for hilling, which is putting soil over the base of young upright plants like corn. They are for garden soil only - not for sod.   More plow set info


The Loaded PLUS model combined with a seeder attachment is available at a discounted price here on our Seeder page


Want the Pistol Grip handles? Click here to substitute

Attachments & Accessories

 

  • Attachments fit all Hoss models
  • Fit matching Planet Jr models
  • Most fit the Glaser wheel hoe
  • Component parts are available
Hoss seeder planter three sizes of oscillating hoe

  Seeder attachment

Oscillating Hoes

 

  Plow Set

Garden Disc  

 

Hoss weeding blades or sweeps Double wheel hoe conversion kit

  Weeding Sweeps

Other Parts  

 

  • Attachments fit all Hoss models
  • Fit matching Planet Jr models
  • Most fit the Glaser wheel hoe
  • Component parts are available

Hoss plow style handles

Another PLUS feature:

These curved Plow style handles are supplied with all our Standard, Deluxe, and Loaded models...

The curved Plow style handles are great for steering which allows you to weed very close to your crops.

Hoss pistol grip handles

...but if you prefer the classic Pistol Grip handles:   -   just select your single or double wheeled hoe and then come back here and click this button,

Substitute handles


and we will send them - NO EXTRA CHARGE.


Watch the videos below for a few minutes to see what you can do with a Hoss wheel hoe...


Video showning many of the attachments.   Filming was done in a long established garden with fine soil. A bit more effort may be required in new gardens or harder soils, but all the same attachments and methods can be used.


Customer using the weeding blades for both straddle weeding and path weeding. He has planted on raised ridges, which are a little more difficult to straddle weed. The offset brackets he mentions shift the handles to one side.


Video created by a happy customer.   This woman shows the stirrup hoe in use. A nice demonstration of why it is important to choose an oscillating hoe width that you can easily push through your soil and weeds.


Oscillating hoe in action   This video review shows our most common weeding attachment in use. Note how she walks it forward with a steady push. Debris can also be cleared from the blade by pulling the handles back a little.

The wheel hoe has been used for so many generations for one reason: it works great!

When your garden is too big for hand hoeing and too small for a tractor, the Hoss wheel cultivator is the tool to use. It is the easiest way of manually cultivating, weeding, and seeding long rows of garden plants.

The Planet Jr. Wheel Hoe is back! Good ideas never go away for long....

In the 1910's, 20's, 30's, and 40's the wheel cultivator ruled the gardening world. Every big garden had a wheeled hoe, and the Planet Junior models were king!

But in the 1950's market gardening started to quickly lose ground to industrial farming, while herbicides began replacing manual weeding tools. By the 70's we had almost lost a wealth of small-scale agricultural skills and tools. Fortunately enough young homesteaders and old-timers kept the knowledge alive.

The Hoss wheel hoe cultivator has duplicated the original Planet Jr push plow so well that the new attachments fit perfectly with the many of the old antique Planet Junior models and also the Glaser wheel hoe - an expensive European version of the Planet Jr.

Q&A: What's the difference between a wheel hoe and a wheel cultivator? Not much. A wheel hoe is just a wheel cultivator with the addition of weeding blades for hoeing.


Click for Single Wheel assembly instructions

Click for Double Wheel assembly instructions

What does PLUS mean?

PLUS models have been improved for better performance and appearance.

  • Our hardwood handles get a beautiful long-lasting oil finish
  • The weeding blades are professionally sharpened for easier cutting
  • We give you 4 cultivator teeth, instead of the usual 3
  • Your choice of curved plow style handles or the classic pistol grip handles
  • Our double wheel models include a single wheel axle to maximize your capability

PLUS versions of the Hoss tools are only available at EasyDigging.com

Customer Testimonials

I bought your Hoss wheel hoe, and I am very happy with it. I'm impressed with how heavy duty the parts are. We took it out to the garden right away and tried all the attachments. My rows were pretty weedy, so I used the oscillating hoe first. It ripped right through those big weeds. A few days later I tried the sweeps and agree they are easier to push. Thanks again for helping me on the phone!
in Fort Wayne, IN

 

Guarantee

The Hoss wheel cultivator, seeder, and attachments all have a 1 year warranty against defective parts. There is also a 30 day Full Refund if they do not meet your expectations. See our Guarantee page.

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Exclusive Articles

The History of the Garden Cultivator

Exclusive book excerpt from Professor John R Stilgoe of Harvard

"By the close of the first decade of the new century, a handful of pleasure gardeners largely outside the circle of government-backed researchers had determined that vegetable gardens ought to be redesigned to make the most of wheel hoe efficiency and that the wheeled hoe ought to be the center of a larger system. Systematizing vegetable gardening in order to increase efficiency struck no one as new, but the notion of the wheeled hoe - and to a lesser extent, the scuffle hoe - as the generators of a system did. While Allen and Company had long claimed that large-scale truck farmers frequently employed ten or more men on large fields, each pushing a wheeled cultivator, not until 1911 did one innovator study the efficiency of the wheel hoe in the small, family-sized garden..."

 

The Secret of Easy Weeding

Serious Gardeners: Be sure to read our latest article...

"So it is indeed best to manage your garden so that you only have to deal with small weeds. The secret to this has been known to farmers for many years, but rarely used by gardeners. Now that gardeners are kicking the herbicide habit it is time for this weeding secret to be shared."

 

Greg's Wheel Hoe Tips
A new monthly feature. Scroll down to see them all...

January 2014: Handle Height

I occasionally hear from customers who say that it feels awkward to push because their handles are too high or too low. The fix is to adjust the handle height. There is quite a range of adjustability by simply loosening the bolts that attach the handles to the frame and angling the handles differently, as shown in Step 7 on this page.

If that doesn't move the handles enough for your liking, there is one more trick. The angle of the wheel hoe's frame itself can also be changed by adjusting the arms that connect the wheel to the frame. Take a look at the starred note at the very bottom of this instruction page. First note where the slots on the wheel arms are currently (high or low), then loosen the 4 bolts and pivot the wheel cultivator's arms the other direction. If you do not have an assistant to hold the handles while you do this, just temporarily remove the handles.


February 2014: Keep it sharp...sort of

February 2014:
Keep it sharp...sort of

Weeding attachments like the sweeps or the oscillating hoes sometimes act as cutting tools. But most of the time they are scraping tools that lift the top layer of soil and then dump it off the back edge of the blade. So they need to be sharpened in a special way.

What they sometimes need to cut is the matted roots of grassy weeds, or the stems of bigger weeds they can not uproot. So you want the edges to be just barely sharp enough to tackle these. If they are too sharp, that edge will just quickly wear away in the soil. And if you keep re-sharpening them over and over trying to keep it too sharp, you will soon wear away the whole metal blade.

So the edge should not be sharp enough that you are likely to cut yourself while handling the tools. And please use a file or coarse sharpening stone to maintain the edge. A grinder is likely to overheat the metal, which softens it and lets it dull very quickly.


March 2014: Coming Soon...

Planet Jr wheel hoe

 

The History of the Garden Cultivator

Exclusive book excerpt from Professor John R Stilgoe of Harvard

"By the close of the first decade of the new century, a handful of pleasure gardeners largely outside the circle of government-backed researchers had determined that vegetable gardens ought to be redesigned to make the most of wheel hoe efficiency and that the wheeled hoe ought to be the center of a larger system. Systematizing vegetable gardening in order to increase efficiency struck no one as new, but the notion of the wheel hoe - and to a lesser extent, the scuffle hoe - as the generators of a system did. While Allen and Company had long claimed that large-scale truck farmers frequently employed ten or more men on large fields, each pushing a wheel cultivator, not until 1911 did one innovator study the efficiency of the wheel hoe in the small, family-sized garden..."

 

and even more...

Wheel Hoe Reviews

Wheel Cultivator Reviews

Research report on Scale-Appropriate Weed Control Tools for the Small Farm

The Secret of Easy Weeding

Serious Gardeners: Be sure to read our latest article...

"So it is indeed best to manage your garden so that you only have to deal with small weeds. The secret to this has been known to farmers for many years, but rarely used by gardeners. Now that gardeners are kicking the herbicide habit it is time for this weeding secret to be shared."

 

Greg's Wheel Hoe Tips
A new monthly feature. Scroll down to see them all...

January 2014: Handle Height

I occasionally hear from customers who say that it feels awkward to push because their handles are too high or too low. The fix is to adjust the handle height. There is quite a range of adjustability by simply loosening the bolts that attach the handles to the frame and angling the handles differently, as shown in Step 7 on this page.

If that doesn't move the handles enough for your liking, there is one more trick. The angle of the wheel hoe's frame itself can also be changed by adjusting the arms that connect the wheel to the frame. Take a look at the starred note at the very bottom of this instruction page. First note where the slots on the wheel arms are currently (high or low), then loosen the 4 bolts and pivot the wheel cultivator's arms the other direction. If you do not have an assistant to hold the handles while you do this, just temporarily remove the handles.


February 2014: Keep it sharp...sort of

February 2014:
Keep it sharp...sort of

Weeding attachments like the sweeps or the oscillating hoes sometimes act as cutting tools. But most of the time they are scraping tools that lift the top layer of soil and then dump it off the back edge of the blade. So they need to be sharpened in a special way.

What they sometimes need to cut is the matted roots of grassy weeds, or the stems of bigger weeds they can not uproot. So you want the edges to be just barely sharp enough to tackle these. If they are too sharp, that edge will just quickly wear away in the soil. And if you keep re-sharpening them over and over trying to keep it too sharp, you will soon wear away the whole metal blade.

So the edge should not be sharp enough that you are likely to cut yourself while handling the tools. And please use a file or coarse sharpening stone to maintain the edge. A grinder is likely to overheat the metal, which softens it and lets it dull very quickly.


March 2014: Coming Soon...