I started making this tool several years ago when I needed a slashing tool to clear small wattles on my property.
It is swung like a golf club and sharp on both sides of the angled blade so a reciprocal motion can clear many plants with little effort.It is much tougher than a scythe which would be easily damaged if used on woody stemmed plants or hit a rock.
Suitable for blackberry, ground covering plants or under a fence wire this tool will make clearing easy.Fitted with a handle 1150mm long but may be shortened to suit your height or intended use.
Used by land managers, farmers, organic producers, landscape gardeners, local councils.
The length of the handle on digging or slashing tools is quite a personal subject.
To ensure the effectiveness of these tools the length of the handle will grossly be dictated by your height and strength.A heavy tool head such as our Brush Hook requires a shorter handle so the weight of the tool can be wielded for effective cutting. With a long handle it would require enormous effort to move the tool fast enough to sever even the softest grasses.
We fit a long handle to our Fern Hook which is a lighter tool which can be swung for cutting or reaping placing the user away from sometimes prickly plants such as blackberry or gorse.
Universal Hoe handle length will be predicted by your height. A person of short stature will need a short handle. A taller person will require longer handle so the falling blade will enter the ground at an effective angle without bending over.
With this in mind the longer handle fitted to your tool may require shortening which is easily done with a saw. I recommend shortening your handle progressively until the hoe feels comfortable to be used continuously.
Please note: we do not accept returns unless the product has been damaged during transit.