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    hi, on the net I accidentally saw a tool that could be useful in the garden, the Broadfork. I was wondering, if maybe some user friend had made a handmade one with waste material and could suggest me how to build it myself at home with recycled material.
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  • #2
    I have made several of these for customers. There are several styles that can be made. I always let the customer choose the design and I purchase the material. I suppose its possible to make one from scrap material but usually I buy enough material to fabricate 2 at a time, then list the spare on craigslist and it always sells. Average price is $60-$80, depending on style. I made a large one very similar to the one pictured for a customer from all steel and it was very very heavy. He returned it and had me modify it for wooden handles. Think post hole digger handles.
    Last edited by Hunter55; 04-28-2021, 08:51 AM.


    • #3
      sorry if I get bored, could you advise me what material and measures you use to build them, I would like to make a light manageable but sturdy one, suitable for my stature I am 180 cm tall and 90 kg weight, I assume that the ground should be plowed first they are buried stones maybe risk of bruising the teeth while the tips penetrate and sink the ground and I leverage. this tool would be like a spade in essence, you would have some photos of your artifacts or drawings with photos to get inspiration, thanks sorry if I disturbed you, but there are no illustrative videos on the net. thanks again for your availability, sorry if I took advantage of your precious time, thanks.


      • #4
        Check out this page The business end is made of regular mild steel and the handles are wooden. Just copy what you see in the picks.


        • #5
          did you make them? good, with the wooden handle, I would like to make the tooth support crosspiece in L-profile the lever handles in tubular, the teeth I do not know whether to make them in flat iron or in reinforcing rod for concrete. I have to think about it, I would like to create a light and sturdy functional tool, easy to handle, not a piece of junk. thanks anyway. if you have photos of your attazzi or rather descriptive videos it would be the best for me thanks again for your collaboration.


          • #6
            Rebar is poor choice for tines, it is soft and lower quality and has faults that will cause rod to break,,,, The idea of a web shape in the way motion is applies give strength to tine and resists bending.... There is reason for shape, stay with basic structural design, most time deviation for proven design just ends up in failure....

            Just because you see a video on Youtube does not mean its the correct thing to do.... Many Youtube videos are made by somebody the has made something once, managed to shoot and edit video and upload it.... Does not mean the producer of video is a expert....

            Last edited by Dale M.; 04-29-2021, 09:46 AM.
            "Fear The Government That Wants To Take Your Guns" - Thomas Jefferson..


            • #7
              oI honestly wanted to use the elliptical sheets of the leaf springs of the vehicles, only I don't have the forge to forge and shape them, not even the blowtorch otherwise I would have to buy the material from the hardware store. in essence, this tool would be like a ripper, a tractor subsoiler, an excavator rake, but with muscular operation, if I have not misunderstood. however, if you have any suggestions, they are welcome on site I have recovered some rebar stumps, you say they are not suitable, if they are not too intrusive, could I see the photo of some tools made in your workshops? sorry if I insist and I am intrusive thanks.


              • #8
                You must understand that a broadfork does not till the soil, it is used only to break open or loosen the soil. I got this information from an experienced gardener who has been growing and selling veggies for years. Consequently, it doesn't take mush force or a heavy duty tool to do that in soil that is used yearly.


                • #9
                  If you want a fork for cultivating you probable can not beat this sort of fork with hardened tines...


                  I could show you a lot of tools but they are mostly average run of the mill garden and mechanics tools...

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                  "Fear The Government That Wants To Take Your Guns" - Thomas Jefferson..


                  • #10
                    in essence, first you need to plow the soil and make it friable and then use this tool to keep it soft, right? . it is not used to break up compact soil and dig stones, like a ripper a manual subsoiler that works with muscles, of course.




                    • #11
                      That is correct according to the folks I made broadforks for.