[Market-farming] Broadforks

Aaron Brower aaronbrower at yahoo.com
Fri Dec 28 12:34:35 EST 2012


I bought this one a couple years ago and have been happy with it. I think it is substantially cheaper than other ones. As I remember, if you search the web you may find a code for free shipping from gemplers, making it even a better deal. Because it was so cheap I didn't expect much but I was pleasantly surprised. The one I bought a couple years ago had wood handles. It seems they only offer fiberglass handles now. 

I don't know enough to compare to the ones you are looking at, but it weights 17 lbs.


 From: Pam Twin Oaks <pam at twinoaks.org>
To: Market Farming <market-farming at lists.ibiblio.org> 
Sent: Friday, December 28, 2012 10:38 AM
Subject: [Market-farming] Broadforks

I want to buy a broadfork, primarily for loosening beds in the hoophouse, where we don't till. I want a strong one that will do the job, preferably cover a 48" bed top in two passes, and be manageable for normal farmers (rather than 6'+ bodybuilders). What does anyone recommend? Ash handles or steel? Curved round-section tines or wedge-shaped plate tines?

I've looked at Johnny's, Gulland Forge, Cool Tools, Valley Oak, Grelinette from Red Pig Tools, Meadow Creature and Lehman's. Is there a good one I'm missing?

Currently I'm favoring ash handles, 4" tine gap, not more; 24" width or so. This leads me towards either the Gulland Forge or Johnny's 727 (7 tines in 27"). Both have curved round tines, as it happens (I wasn't sure which way to lean on the tine shape question.) The Grelinette sounds nice but costs 50% more. 

I welcome recommendations, especially if you've tried more than one brand. Also any problems you've encountered, or aspects I haven't mentioned.

Pam, Twin Oaks Community, central Virginia

Pam Dawling
Author of Sustainable Market Farming, Intensive Vegetable Production on a Few Acres

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