This is the tool for easy digging all around the garden and farm. Used by small farmers around the world daily, this tool is the quickest way to dig and cultivate large areas of ground with the least effort.

Some of the many uses of these hoes are:

Grubbing weeds, mounding potatoes, turning sods, making row crops, clearing paths, chopping and turning old weedy beds, digging ditches, turning in green manures and more. See the videos at the bottom of the page to get a feel for how useful and effective these tools are.

15 metre long over-grown weedy bed completely cleared in 1 hour 20 minutes by me! (5ft tall, 45kg woman)

The grub hoe (which has many names – adaza, jembe, mamooty..) is used all around the world by millions of small farmers everyday. I imported the heads after looking for one all across New Zealand and not finding them anywhere. I had the handles made in Christchurch and have been using them every day in my own garden. They are the tool that I couldn’t be without, I am able to accomplish more in a shorter time with less back ache than I ever could with a spade.

The hoe heads are made of solid forged steel and the ash handles are either 150cm or 120cm long. The shorter handles are not just for shorter people – a shorter handle is easier to manage and less cumbersome if you are working hard and fast – even though you may have to bend a little more.

The three models: Grub Hoe (L) Grape Hoe (M) Trenching Hoe (R)

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Which Hoe is Right For Me?

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Care and Maintenance of Hoes 

These hoes should last a lifetime with the proper basic care, such as wiping down the head and the handles with a damp rag after use and not leaving them out in the rain. The head may start to rust if left to get wet in which case immediately dry it and lightly sand the rust away with a metal sandpaper. I’ve found the edge stays sharp simply through use, I’ve never chipped or dented one in years of use.

How not to break the handle

It’s very tempting to try to lever huge clumps of weeds out by leveraging the weed out as if the hoe was a crow bar. Although the handles are strong, they will snap if they are used like this too often. It’s far better to keep the blade really sharp and get a good swing going to slice through the roots. Short handles are better suited to being used like this. If you should snap the handle and would like a replacement, I always have spares!

How to keep the head on the handle

The head may over time become loose on the handle. Unfortunately, because of the very small taper of the hole, it’s tricky to get a permanent fix of the head onto the handle. This is the best advice I have at this point, but will always update these details should I find out more: If the head starts to become loose, even just a millimetre of movement, whack the head on as far as you can with a hammer. I have used epoxy resin and epoxy glue to strengthen the handle and seal the head and you may wish to give it another coat if the head becomes loose.

 

See what you can achieve in the garden with a grub hoe

Garden gallery

Don’t just take my word for it, grub hoes have a fan base across the world:

Here is an excellent site from the USA:  www.easydigging.com

and the main seller in the UK is:  www.get-digging.co.uk and here you will find many more photos and testimonials.

Even older folks who have rocky soil can break in new ground while having a banter with friends…

and here’s a time lapse video of grape hoes being used to make raised beds

Names from Around the World:

England: Azada, Chillington Hoe

Africa: Jembe

India: Mamooty

Brazil: Enxada

Borneo: Chunkil

Germany: spanische Hacke

South Africa (Zulu): Igeja

Southern Africa: Badza

Sri Lanka: Udalla

……do you know them by another name? Email me and I’ll add it to the list.