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I want a wheel hoe !

 
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https://www.motherearthnews.com/organic-gardening/the-wheel-hoe-a-modern-weed-slayer.aspx
 
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Wheel hoes are nice if you have really good tilth, and you plant in rows.

 
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I want, too. Never seen a row straddling version like that--PERFECT for corn.

I use this: http://roguehoe.com/scufflehoes/scufflehoes.html

Works around hills, too.
 
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My other half has one of those!



He wanted one when he was a teenager, but had to wait fifty years till he found one in an auction just before we emigrated. It's brilliant, has loads of different attachments, and is his all-time favourite toy. It's also the major reason I've been totally unable to persuade him to go no-till and stop planting in rows because he loves playing with it too much.

I'm working on him though - that bit at the far end of those rows is now being converted into a hugel-bed. Heheheh...
 
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Eliot coleman (in ' the new organic grower') has a pretty strong preference for the smaller wheel, not the high wheel hoe... he talks about the biomechanics of it being much better with a lower center of effort. I haven't tried either.

Lehman's has three different wheel hoes for sale, i am thinking of the small wheel with the scuffle / knife attachment..

small wheel hoe



I also use a single-horse walk behind cultivator which fills a similar role, but i think a wheel hoe will have it's place when the spacing starts to get tighter..

There's still a time and a place for planting in rows on my place, but we've all got different contexts to work within..


 
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pretty easy to build one out of a small bicycle ....
 
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Bought one of these recently - http://www.valleyoaktools.com/wheelhoe.html - chose it because the handles are adjustable, since people of various heights will be using it. Very impressed with the quality, and it works a treat. I too cannot convince my partner in crime to abandon rows...
 
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I have two very old Planet Jr wheel hoes and Hoss Tools in GA http://store.hosstools.com/ Their parts fit perfectly. I use them for corn and other row crops. They have a scuffle hoe attachment that is far superior to the Swiss made ones sold by Johnny's seeds. Made in the USA to a proven pattern, the new stuff is as good as the old ones made here and in France (I think).

RobBob
 
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Robob, have you tried the Hoss seeder attachment for those wheel hoes? Is it better than the Earthway?

 
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Kari Gunnlaugsson wrote:Robob, have you tried the Hoss seeder attachment for those wheel hoes? Is it better than the Earthway?



No I have not, they are suppose to be just like the old Planet Jr planters. I have modified my Earthway for corn by putting duct tape over every other hole on the plate. I learned this on a tractor forum and it helps spread out the seed better. Since I use organic methods, I do not plant the corn with fertilizer in the row but do side dress and foliar feed it.
 
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