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Sharpening A Hoe?
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Dave Wi.    Posted 05-12-2003 at 06:01:16       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Can you sharpen a hoe?My wife loves her garden but it seems like she works to hard on the weeds,pounds them out instead of cutting.If so,how do you do it,and shovels?


Redneck    Posted 05-12-2003 at 18:25:42       [Reply]  [No Email]
They said on TV that they sent her to school...sorry just couldn't resist.


Duke(WNY)    Posted 05-12-2003 at 15:58:03       [Reply]  [No Email]
You might try cutting about an inch off each side of the blade to make it narrower. That's what I done for the wife years ago and she loved it. Takes much less effort.


buck    Posted 05-12-2003 at 14:37:37       [Reply]  [No Email]

If you want to ease the repetative type of pulling/chopping there is a D shaped hoe that has 2 very sharp edges that you use a push-pull to cut the weeds. Very good for those light carpet type weeds that give you fits in the garden. I don't know the exact name but most garden centers carry them.


Sharpen a hoe - NO WAY    Posted 05-12-2003 at 09:13:28       [Reply]  [No Email]
We never sharpened the hoes. You end up cutting off the weeds, leaving a vigorous root ball just waiting to come back. If you let the edge get a little dull, and don't "chop" with the hoe, you can use a blunted edge to pull the weeds out, roots and all. It is a motion more like raking with a garden rake, than a chopping motion like an old time carpenter would use with an adze. Rayp(MI)


DeadCarp    Posted 05-12-2003 at 06:35:12       [Reply]  [No Email]
Sure, and both are sharpened the same way - rather bluntly on the inside edge. You really should get a block stone but i use an angle grinder gently, but only cuz i'm lazy and it's always handy. I use a narrow grinding wheel for sharpening chain saws (REAL light touch there). You can also sharpen the straight hammer claws like on framing hammers, (again on the inside edge) then flip it around and use as a rough chisel. Tiller & mower blades, plows, axes, discs, anything that cuts will save tons of fuel and energy if they're sharp. I use the grinder wheel for my Leatherman too, but don't plug it in. If you hold something blade-up in sunlight and see a reflection, it needs sharpening. Sure you have to be careful but i've always felt that pushing a sharp tool is safer than jumping on a dull one. :)


Tom A    Posted 05-12-2003 at 06:19:13       [Reply]  [Send Email]
You are right, a sharp hoe makes the job much easier. I've got 2 things to suggest, one on sharpening and the other on blade angles:

Once a year, I do a little maintenance on all my garden handtools. I take a medium-coarse stone to the hoes, flatten the backside and put a good bevel on the front. It needs to be a fairly steep angle (not like a chisel you use in soft wood) otherwise it dulls very quickly, but still you want it sharp. I also linseed oil all the wood handles and the metal at the same time, in the late fall...this preserves the wood and keeps the tools from rusting over the winter.

While I'm actually weeding, I usually keep a small file in my pocket and touch up the hoe if I hit a few too many rocks. Takes just a minute, is a nice break, and keeps the hoe cutting well.

The other thing I learned after buying the better of my hoes, is that the angle the blade makes with the soil is important. When you're holding the hoe as if to use it, the blade should be closer to parallel to the ground than most are (most seem to be almost 90 degrees). I bent the neck on my "cheap" hoe to make the angle closer to parallel, and it now cuts as well as my "good" hoe now...much easier than before.

good luck,
Tom


BadMoon    Posted 05-12-2003 at 20:42:47       [Reply]  [Send Email]
A couple of years ago, had one of them D-shaped hoes that was wore down to about a inch and a half. I hated to part with it so while I was replacing some disc blades-I got an Idea. I cut a longer shaped D out of the disc blade (6 1/2") and shaped it with a disc grinder. Welded it on the old hoe head with stainless steel rod. For the wife it's too heavy, for me just right. When you raise it, it will fall in the ground just enough to break it up. Its a better hoe and better steel. Gonna fix my wife's with a 3 1/2" hoe head.


buck    Posted 05-12-2003 at 14:42:39       [Reply]  [No Email]

sure is nice to hear that there are still people that take enough pride in all that they do and take the time to explain to others.


Dave Wi.    Posted 05-12-2003 at 06:25:22       [Reply]  [No Email]
Thanks for the reply,I think you just made the little lady happy.


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