Fork Hoe

Chillington Fork Hoe
Canterbury Fork Hoe from England
man using a fork hoe to break sod
Video and photo credit: QuickCrop Tools in England...
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"Built like a large hoe with flat tines instead of a single blade, the cultivating fork works like a muscle-powered rototiller..."
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Chillington Fork Hoe

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This English tool from Chillington features a 1.5 pound forged steel head that is 5" wide and 7" long. Our fork hoe, or cultivator fork, is effective at pulling out grasses and weeds with extensive root systems. The proper British name for it is a "Canterbury Fork". Complete with a 5 foot long Ash handle.

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Fork Hoe Details

The tines of this forged and tempered hoe easily penetrate firm soil. Then pull or raise the handle to stir and aerate the soil, or to remove weeds and their roots.

Use your Fork Hoe to...

● cultivate soil deeply
● prepare seedbeds
● move or turn heavy mulch
● pull compost or gravel from a truck
● remove matted roots - like Bermuda Grass!

 

Customer Reviews of the Fork Hoe

"The Chillington fork hoe is the best tool I have ever used. I have heavy clay/rocky soil & It works up ground the tractor cant touch & when used with deep tap root weeds you can loosen up the soil to pull them up instead of breaking off at the surface."

Ross, in OR  

"Products arrive on time and are high-quality. The 6" Grub Hoe and the Chillington Weeding Fork are the best tools I've found for digging and heavy weeding, respectively. Note that the Grub Hoe handles are very thick, so best to wear thin gloves such as disposable nitrile gloves for improved grip."

MikeOnline, from CA  

"Excellent well-made tools all. The English 3 tine fork is the ace for busting clods. I'm please to see a supplier avoiding the China junk trade. I might purchase a broadfork soon. You should consider carrying scythes. "

David, in WV  

"...Best gardening tools I have ever purchased! I am going to use the 3-prong tool for digging potatoes which will do a great job. The pointed tool I have used for making furrows for planting seeds, and it is a superb tool for digging weeds out of the garden. So happy to have found your company."

Warren, in CT  

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These tools penetrate and cultivate the soil 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 garden spade. The instructions for using this tool are much like the grub hoe instructions you can see here. Instructions for the Fork Hoe are below:

  • One hand grips the end of the handle, the other hand goes 1/3 to 1/2 way down the handle.
  • Grip the handle with your thumbs facing towards the blade.
  • Raise the tool to hip height, swing it down into the soil, then pull the chunk of soil towards you.

The tines will easily break through most soil and sod. You do not need to swing with a lot of force, or raise the tool above your head. For cultivating loose soil, or stirring in compost, you just drag the tool through the soil while pushing down lightly.

 

A short video clip from an English dealer of Chillington tools

"Built like a large hoe with flat tines instead of a single blade, the cultivating fork works like a muscle-powered rototiller. With this tool in hand, I can quickly plow through the soil, dislodging weeds, breaking up compacted surface soil, loosening, mixing, and generally getting a bed ready for planting. One common variation has three pointed tines, a good design for breaking up tough soil..."

"When I tackle a weedy, neglected bed, I use the cultivator first. After I work my way through the bed, I can simply rake out the weeds. Then another pass with the cultivator prepares the bed for amendments or for deeper cultivation with either the garden fork or the deep spader. When I’m adding manure or compost to the bed, I use the cultivator to chop and mix."

*excerpts and image from the article Essential Tools for Working the Soil by Joe Queirolo in Fine Gardening magazine.

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Forged Steel - How our tools are manufactured...

 

Forging is the process of forming and shaping metals through the use of hammering, pressing or rolling. The process begins with a bar or slab of steel which is heated to its plastic deformation temperature, then hammered or "kneaded" between dies to the desired shape and size. Forging is one of the oldest known metalworking processes, traditionally performed by a blacksmith using a hammer and anvil.

During the hot forging process, the steel's coarse grain structure is broken up and replaced by finer grains. Mechanical properties are improved by aligning the grain flow to obtain the desired directional strength. Forging can produce a piece that is stronger than an equivalent cast or machined part.

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

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WARNING: You can not share one handle between two heads. The wedged head-to-handle connection is permanent. Each hoe head needs it's own handle.

 

Sharpening File

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Farmer's Own sharpening file Keep your tools sharp!   With built-in handle. Designed to sharpen farm tools. Double-cut side for fast material removal, and single-cut side for finer sharpening. 8" file area + handle = 12" long.

 

What else can you do with a Fork Hoe?
Besides the usual tilling and weeding, other uses include...

  • Stirring and turning compost
  • Pulling materials out of the bed of a truck
  • Moving or spreading mulch

 

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