Very Usefull after Modifications
Oct 18, 2019
Ordered this because I saw a video of Peter Vido demonstrating it, and I remembered using a smaller lighter version as a small child when I cultivated in our garden. Still have it and it works for cultivating already tilled soil, but is not a digger. So I wanted something I could really dig with. The Magna Grecia hoe is a digger, but only with a lot of labor and modifications to make it usable. Good idea, but was unusable as delivered. Lehman's packaged it well. The manufacturer obviously stressed speed over quality; it looked like it was made in China. Can people not care about their fellow man even enough to create a useable product? The current business model is greed. The metal hoe was rough! Not that it needs to be polished, but when you can see lines where the metal was folded over to taper the tines, one can't help but wonder why it wasn't hammered out to fuse the metal together better. One tine has a bulge in it that a blow or two would have evened out. I slid the handle through the eye of the hoe, tapped it firmly against a hard surface like I would set the handle of pick. When I tried to use it, the hoe kept sliding down the handle toward me. Examination showed the inside of the eye very rough with ridges and bumps that kept the handle from seating, and also that the handle was milled too small to fit the eye. A lot of grinding with a Dremel tool and a file got the eye in reasonable shape. Thin blocks of wood were glued to the handle on all 4 sides and and worked down for a better fit. The handle stayed in better, but still came loose. So I cut a kerf for a large hammer wedge, mixed some J B Weld, coated all the parts, and fitted it together, driving the wedge in. Let it cure two nights, and so far it has held. The grip portion of the handle had some sharp facets on it, which I planed down, or could be sanded down. Seems like the machine the handle was turned on was very poorly set up. The wood looks like some kind of soft maple or beech; dents relatively easy. Will see how it holds up as a handle. The one good thing about the handle is they didn't spray it with lacquer. It was unfinished, so I have been applying high quality swedish linseed oil. So, with a lot of labor, I have a tool which will work very well for me. What is a gardener who doesn't have all the tools to modify it supposed to do? Guess they will send it back and be denied the use of what could be an excellent tool, all because the manufacturer didn't give a flip!
Mar 29, 2019
A very useful tool. Awsome company with great customer service.
A fantastic hoe!
Apr 21, 2018
This hoe really does well at penetrating clay soil in my area, and lifting up large clumps. Very useful for starting a garden, and easy to use. Just strike, then push forward.
Fantastic Tool, but handle is a little weak
Apr 11, 2018
This is a fantastic tool for breaking ground on a new garden bed. The tines dig deep and allow you to rip out sod and weed roots. I like the shape and length of the Lehman's handle. I had read reviews saying the handle is a weak point in the design, and other reviews saying you just need a little more "tool sense" and not to overstress it. I'm not sure what wood species the Lehman's handle is made from, but it felt pretty light when I got it. On the first bed I dug I heard the handle crack a little so I took smaller bites of sod. After digging three beds with it, I loaned it to a friend who broke it. I plan on making a new handle the same length and shape as the original Lehman's handle. But I will leave the new handle a little thicker at the head end. You can really get a lot of leverage with this tool, and after digging a few beds I noticed that the handle wood was compressed somewhat in the tool head, so it didn't fit as tightly as it originally did.