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The broadfork is a gardening tool that is widely used in Europe and is growing in popularity in the USA. Broadforks are excellent for breaking open compacted soils deeper than with a rototiller or a spade. This tool will deeply aerate your soil, increase water percolation, and preserve soil structure. In comparison, a rototiller pulverizes soil into a fine dust that compacts and hardens after the first rains. The 12” tines are 2” longer than the main competitor’s broadforks. The Valley Oak broadfork weighs 21 lbs. making it easy to carry and maneuver in the garden than heavier broadforks. It is best to broadcast compost and soil amendments prior to broadforking, as the amendments will trickle down into the cracks. This is especially useful for rock phosphate, since phosphorus is leached very slowly.
BUILT TO LAST:
1. The ½” tines are reinforced with ¼” welded steel gussets. These strengthened tines are much more resistant to bending than most broadfork tines.
2. The tines are turned to a point instead of cut at an angle. This reduces resistance.
3. The handles are ash post hole digger handles, 1½" in diameter. Custom turned on a lathe and drilled to fit the Valley Oak Broadfork.
4. Stout wooden handles, stiffer tines, and a wider treadbar make for a tool that is durable, reliable, and easier on your body.
This broadfork is so easy to use after assembling. The tines went into my rocky soil with ease, and it was a pleasure to loosen the soil, rather than till it! No gas fumes coming from a tiller. Easier on the body (I'm not getting any younger!). This is a great tool.Review by Al (on 1/23/13)
I've used the all steel broadforks and this one is by far my favorite. It is easy to handle and maneuver in the garden. The construction is solid and it handled my heavy clay soil like a dream. The pointed tines are really easy to slide right into even dense soil.Review by Stephanie (on 12/11/12)