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Magna Grecia hoe upgrade options

 
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I love my Falci Magna Grecia hoe.

Except it's too easy to bend, as the tines are not quite stout enough near the base/neck. I could destroy mine one-handed... In fact, this was the first thing I was told, when I first used one on the Bullock homestead... 'they're great, but easy to wreck, be careful!'


I love it for clearing reed canary grass and other beefy weeds; pry up big chunks of matted weeds, with a minimum of disturbance of deeper soil.. It works great on large thistles, dock, etc; jab the long tines driven in on each side of a deep taproot will often be able to yank the whole plant out, relying on the bulk of the crown/foliage to pry.


But I know darn well I'm gonna end up wrecking it, it's just not *quite* robust enough in my previously unfarmed soil, riddled with large rocks and buried roots/logs. Stubborn grass clumps are tough enough to destroy the tool if caution is not maintained.

And, the head really likes to rattle around on the handle; it drops on, seems snug, but never stays that way more than a couple moments.


And, I can't buy replacements in Canada, as they are long discontinued and sold out up here, far as I can tell. Shipping from the states is exhorbitant, and that stock won't be around forever either...


Looking for replacements/upgrades.



So far, I have found not one but two options from Rebel Tools:

Field model, looks like basic design is unchanged, attachment mechanism seems different. May be more robust, may not..
https://www.susquehannasustainability.com/rebel-garden-tools-1/magna-grecia-field-model

Forest model, totally different blade design, definitely more robust. But heavy.
https://www.susquehannasustainability.com/rebel-garden-tools-1/magna-grecia-forest-model


The gotchas with these two are:
1) Price; after converting to CDN and adding a LOT of shipping these tools cost as much as used tractor implements sourced locally. Yeesh.
2) Length of 51" overall. The Falci is 54, and I wish for an inch or two more pretty regularly.


And really, what I want is precisely in between the two!


My other thought has been to weld a strip of steel atop the tines, starting at around the halfway point. I'd sure like to have a replacement on hand before trying that!




So. Any other Magna Grecia users have similar issues?


Anyone know of other replacement options? Especially Canadian sources?


 
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I've no experience with these hoes from any source, but I do have a suggestion.
Since you weld,  try weldinging one from scratch.
I don't have any formal knowledge  about steel, but my experience tells me bedrails are cheap and incredibly tough.
The "L" cross section would add a lot of strength to the tines.

If it's more than you want to tackle,  maybe a local machine/welding shop would do it for you at a reasonable price.
 
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That forest model looks STOUT.  Joy to use, pain to carry.



 
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William Bronson wrote: I've no experience with these hoes from any source, but I do have a suggestion.
Since you weld,  try weldinging one from scratch.
I don't have any formal knowledge  about steel, but my experience tells me bedrails are cheap and incredibly tough.
The "L" cross section would add a lot of strength to the tines.

If it's more than you want to tackle,  maybe a local machine/welding shop would do it for you at a reasonable price.



I wish I could envision having the time to do this, and definitely hope to some day! Besides time,  my welder is not functioning, and it's not clear that I will be able to fix it..


If and when I go this route, I'm thinking leaf springs from the right size of assembly might be a great option for tine steel..
 
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R Scott wrote:That forest model looks STOUT.  Joy to use, pain to carry.






Ya, definitely; and while I love my pick-mattock, but it fucks up my hands if used for any great length, concerned this beast would do the same..
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