A Way Too Modest Garden Tool With Superstar Brawn
Mar 16, 2017
My father was an Ag. Teacher and a large portion of my boyhood was spent working in a very large vegetable garden alongside Little Trout River in upstate NY. I finally retired and have time to garden again but simply didn't want to mess around with a tractor or even a rototiller. We now live in North Carolina and bought a place on nearly three acres. The garden spot luckily has a fair amount of sand content along with some clay and a few rocks. I'd call my current gardening approach "low till" as I'm committed to organic soil building and try to disturb the soil ecosystem as little as possible. Our soil was so poor I could hardly find one earthworm the first year but the worms and yields are now bountiful. This tool is PERFECT for the low till, small scale gardener and is capable of way more than "aerating" beds. If quack grass was $$$, I'd be a millionaire but using this rugged broadfork perfectly uproots them and easily prepares a final seed bed 36" wide digging two side-by-side 20" swaths. I previously used a 6.5" wide garden fork and it was tedious to say the least! I wondered about spending over $100 for a cultivating tool but now realize this is the BEST investment that many home gardeners could ever make. This tool is way more versatile and useful than the short video hints at and installing the handles was struggle-free. USA quality in every respect and there's absolutely nothing wimpy about this BULLY TOOL. Lehman's shipped it free by Fed Ex within three days besides!
Jan 11, 2016
I agree with both Dan's louise's comment about the handles. While they didn't quite fit they are nigh indestructible. Recommend gloves when installing them to protect you from fiberglass shaved off in the process. I can see how lovely this tool must be for previously worked soils but in the hard clay and roots I had I mangled the tines in about 20'. I am going to try a blade style tined fork on my soils to open fresh ground. The square tines haven't broke nor the welds broken but I have lost the angles. Fortunately I will be able to get them rebent this spring when the weather warms up and I get access to my anvil again.
Mar 23, 2014
Attention needed to the diameter of the handles which did not fit the holes in the fork that were supposed to hold them. So we chiseled the handles down. We haven't gotten the fork into the dirt yet as time ran out working on the handles.
Jul 12, 2013
I have to assume the first reviewer is not personally using the tool. The handle is a hybrid of hardwood wrapped in fiberglass. I use my Bully Tools on our farm and can see they are engineered to solve the points of failure of other tools. I challenge the first reviewer to try to break the handles of the hybrid handles of Bully Tools.
Jul 10, 2012
This is a Walmart-quality tool. In other words, yes, it is half the price of a decent tool, but it won't last one hundredth as long. Fiberglass handles? Are you kidding me?
May 16, 2012
I just received this as a gift and I love it!! No gas and oil! Only change I would suggest is wooden handles.
Apr 12, 2012
It was very hard to get the feeling of trying to turn the broadfork after using a spading fork but after using the broadfork it was very easy after that and would recommend it for old ground.
Feb 29, 2012
Wonderful product for prepping the raised beds with minimal effort! Anxious to use this at drip lines of all fruit trees and 40 blueberry bushes when the weather permits. Already shared with gardening friends the advantages I realize with only a few hours work. Thanks!
Feb 19, 2012
I received my broadfork for christmas and I can honestly say after 40 years of gardening this tool is fantastic. I used to use a mantis tiller and this does a much better job without the hassle of another gas engine to run. I have a 36' green house and now I can maintain the beds without running a gas engine in the enclosure. It is really is a must for anyone who is serious about gardening. I am just beginning to find out all it's uses. It is well built and heavy, so lifting up will help build your upper body strength. Happy tilling, Ed From Oregon