Grub Hoe ~ Grubbing Hoe ~ Digging Hoe

Grub Hoe ~ Grubbing Hoe ~ Digging Hoe

Grub Hoe ~ Grubbing Hoe ~ Digging Hoe

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

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

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

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Six inch Grub Hoe

6" Grub Hoe

6" Grub Hoe

with 60 inch handle


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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.

Complete with a 5 foot long Ash handle.
Lengths can vary from 58.25" to 60.25"

Four inch Grub Hoe

4" Grub Hoe

4" Grub Hoe

with 60 inch handle


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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.

Complete with a 5 foot long Ash handle.
Lengths can vary from 58.25" to 60.25"

*FREE SHIPPING on orders over $60.00 to continental USA. If under $60, shipping is $10.00


Special Offer: Buy two or more long handled hoes and get a free Farmer's Own sharpening file valued at $8.95


Best way to get Free Shipping?   Order an additional hoe of a different type.

Best way to get Free Shipping?  Order an additional hoe of a different type.

  • It doubles your options in the garden.
  • You get the Free File. (value = $8.95)
  • You save on shipping. (value = $10.00)
  • It's like getting the 2nd for 1/2 price.

Go to Fork Hoe / Grape Hoe / Pointed Hoe

Grubbing Hoes Two sizes of grub hoes Grub Hoe - side view Easy Digging Tools

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!

Dig with less effort

The sharp hefty garden 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.

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

Video of Grub, Grape, and Pointed Hoes.   Nice demonstration of all three, and how they are used for different tasks. If you are in a hurry, the Grub Hoe info is at 25 seconds and at 1 minute 45 seconds (1:45), Grape Hoe at 0:48 and at 2:35, Pointed Hoe at 1:15 and at 3:30

Removing large clumps of weeds. He shows good technique, and some tips to prevent tool damage. This is not one of our tools, but the methods are universal. The volume is a little quiet, so turn it up to hear his instructions.


Components and Spare Parts

Our large metal wedge is included with every head or handle purchased.
NOTE - before ordering just a head, be aware that handles for these tools are not available at stores.

Head for 4" Grubbing Hoe     $15.50

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


Head for 6" Grubbing Hoe     $15.50

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

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.


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Customer Testimonials

We received our garden 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.
Grace 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

Page last modified on 2018-05-28


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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. Other commonly used names for it are the peasant hoe or an eye hoe (due to the head-to-handle connection method).

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 peasant 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


Forged Steel - How our tools are manufactured...

How our tools are forged from hot steel.   These video clips were filmed at the Bellotto factory in Brazil. They have been producing these tools since 1935. Bellotto is our supplier of Grub hoes and Grape hoes. Chillington Tool of England is our supplier of Pointed hoes and Fork Hoes.

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.

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
cut pasture weeds YESFairNOFairNONOYESNO
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 NONONONOFairNONONO
prepare seed beds NONONONONOYESNOYES
deep cultivation YESNONONONOYESYESFair
move & turn mulch NOFairNONONOYESNOYES
create furrows FairFairNONONOYesYESYES