Unbreakable Meadow Creature Broadfork
Meadow Creature Broad Fork Details
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.
Why are they called Standard and Tall? ... It's not because one is meant for tall people. When the two units are standing side by side, one is taller (longer) than the other. This is because the tine length on the Tall unit is 2" longer, and the handles are 4" longer to provide the extra leverage needed for the longer tines. The gap between tines on both units is about 6.5 inches.
by Meadow Creature
...because a broad fork should be a once-in-a-lifetime purchase.
4.6 / 5.0 75 Ratings
Unbreakable model $239.00 Add to Cart
12" tines, 46" handles, 19" wide, 15 lbs
Unbreakable model $259.00 Add to Cart
14" tines, 50" handles, 20" wide, 22 lbs
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The Meadow Creature broadfork was designed to solve the problem of the weaker brands 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 unbreakable broad forks will easily turn and sift the soil deeply. If you're also looking for a tool to break sod, and turn hardpan into a garden bed, you've found it. Now you can buy a broadfork online with confidence that you won't break it.
For tips and ideas on how to use a garden broadfork safely and efficiently and quickly, be sure to read "How to Use" tab, and see the videos below.
Customer Reviews of the Broad Fork
"I bought a grape hoe, a grub hoe & an indestructible broadfork tiller. All 3 work as expected, but ESPECIALLY the big fork! That thing is fabulous! Slow & steady and before you know it you've turned a lot of earth. I'd buy another in a heartbeat, but I won't need to - it probably IS indestructible! I fully expect my great grandkids will still be using all 3. Built to last! I love it!
"Love love love the big fork and hoes - was able to till and weed in an hour what would have taken a week before! The meadow creature tool is a beast but perfect for what it was designed to do."
"I learned about the Broadfork garden tool from an old 80's video that was posted online and I wanted one. I shopped for about a year and a half locally then online. Your site caught me with the tool should be, "unbreakable or repairable." I purchased one of your Meadow Creature forks and put it to work. It made easy work of a location that I had never gardened in before. It is an excellent alternative and/or addition to tilling small areas. I love this tool and would recommend it to anyone in the market for one. I truly will get decades of use out of it."
"This tool is the real deal. A simple yet powerful workhorse. Once you get your hands on it you will then understand the lifetime guarantee. "
"Other than the fact that I wish they weren't so expensive, the meadow creature broadfork is the BEST garden tool I have ever bought! It is much easier to use in my raised beds, because it does not throw soil everywhere, like my tiller. So, I am now selling my tiller (which will actually help offset the purchase price of the broad fork). Also, I just used it on packed clay for a friend and it was amazing! It might also be helpful to note that I am 68 years old and find it quite easy to use."See more Reviews
See what you can do in the garden with this tool...
She describes good technique: Nice demonstration of using this tool. The woman's technique is much better. She is letting the tool do the work, and avoiding lifting.
Check out this "Press and Pry" method: It keeps you from having to climb up onto, and balance on the tool. Also cool sod-flipping method at the end.
The original and primary purpose of this tool is to loosen and aerate the soil deeper than tillers could reach. Only with the creation of the unbreakable broadfork did its usage expanded to breaking and turning sod and compacted soils. Most of the videos on this page show it being used to break sod because it makes a more dramatic and interesting video, but here we want to go back to the original purpose and tell how to use it to loosen and aerate garden soil.
Aerating the soil:
When using a broad fork, or 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 to sweep the tines completely up through the soil.
Follow these steps to aerate your soil...
- Push the tines into the soil. Even part way is OK.
- Tilt the handles partly back towards you, about 45 degrees.
- Halt. Keep the handles in this position.
- Slide the tines out by stepping backwards and dragging them out.
- Back the broadfork up about 8" and repeat Step 1
Note that with this method you do not have to lift the heavy tool, just drag it out of the soil, and then along the soil surface. This makes aerating fast, efficient, and safer on your back muscles. For a great example, see this very short video from JM Fortier of "The Market Gardener" fame.
Fast and easy... He shows good technique using the tool to deeply aerate soil immediately after roto-tilling.
What is the Lifetime Guarantee?
These broadforks are meant to last a lifetime, if not abused. They are fully capable of working hard soil and sod. But they are not intended for prying up boulders or stumps.
There is a lifetime manufacturer's warranty to the original purchaser. If this tool is damaged in normal use, we will either replace it or refund your purchase price, based on our discussion of the breakage.
Instructions for turning sod: (only with the Unbreakable broadfork)
The Meadow Creature broad fork tool 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.
- Sink the tines deep into the soil.
- Step slightly back and begin pulling the handles towards you.
- Step farther back and pull the handles all the way to the ground.
- Hold the handle down with your foot. Lift and flip the section of sod with your hands.
- Drag the tool out from under the flipped sod.
- Repeat Step 1 with the tines about 10" farther back.
If you are a market gardener, CSA grower, or keep a large garden, be sure to also see the Wheel Hoe Buying Guide to help you select equipment that will reduce your weeding and cultivation hours. And do read through the Garden Seeder Buying Guide to learn your options for quickly planting with either a walk-behind seeder, or a simple jab planter.
Is this the same as a U-bar Digger?
Pretty much. Many years ago, there was a garden broadfork for sale that was made from a long piece of pipe bent into a big U shape, with tines welded to the bottom. That is where the name U-bar came from. Most of those early models are gone now because their small round tines just bent too easily. Modern versions either have wide tines that are more like blades, or stronger round tines that are easy to replace, like our Adjustable model has.