Broadfork Basics – The Gardening Tool You Didn’t Know You Needed
After another long and challenging winter, it’s time to look forward to the warm embrace of the spring and summer time! It’s going to get hot, the days will be long, the grass will turn green, and plants outside will… Read More
Hillary Thompson –
We love it! It’s exactly what we needed to deeply break up our clay to start a new garden.
It works significantly better than the little tiller we have that would have only gotten 2″ or so deep.
I went searching for an alternative to the tiller and found the broadfork. There are many types on the market and several made in America, like this one is. It was important to me that it be domestically made, yet I didn’t see why it had to cost over $200 like the others.
We have the newer design with the reinforced tines. We are in our late 40’s and go slowly and carefully so we don’t wear ourselves out. Also, we know there are loaf-sized rocks in our clay. When we hear a tine hit it, we reposition the tine and use the fork to lift out the rocks. We have not bent a tine or the tool at all. It’s very tough and does it’s job better than anything else. Be careful and reasonable with yourself and the tool and you’ll soon have your garden prepped for planting.
I’m glad I took the effort to scroll to the most recent reviews that are positive. I wish Amazon would rank them as the most important ones because they review the improved tool, not the version from several years ago.
Elizabeth Sansom –
When around to several feed stores could not find a broad fork. Online the cheapest one I could find was $280. I was so happy to find the broad fork by bully tools blown away by how inexpensive it was. When I got it I was wondering with the quality would be.
it is a very very good. It works very well easy to use easy and to put together this tool is going to probably last me my lifetime. Very good quality definitely will be ordering another one for my brother and mother. The neighborhood kids think it’s a toy I put it in the garden. The kids get on it and they go to town in the garden. Don’t tell the kids it’s not a toy.They were out there all weekend playing on it. Lol! What a cool tool.
Steve Parsons –
This broadfork is fantastic! I dug up Bermuda grass and other weeds spreading by rhizomes in my 1800 square foot back yard. The fork was effective, strong and easy to use. And, the soil is heavy clay.
Harvey Baker –
Works great for no till garden will help add oxygen to soil. Just enough tillage without disturbing the micros and life in soil
Polly Pulver –
I am elderly woman, still gardening. This is a good tool for loosening the soil for no till planting. It is very heavy but I think it does a good job. It allows me to garden without having to lift the soil, just loosen it.
J W –
This tool is the perfect solution to my garden’s heavy soils. For years I have worn myself out using a garden fork to methodically loosen the soil prior to running the little Mantis tiller. Though my garden is only about 15′ x 18′, it is big enough to be challenging for the little tiller. This year I worked the soil with the broadfork before running the tiller and the tiller easily worked the soil at a deeper level than before. I prepared the garden in half the time of past years and I’m not sore. In some areas I didn’t need to run the tiller at all, and prepared the surface by breaking the clods with a rake. I think less tilling will help the health of the soil in the long run.
I did not have any difficulties whatsoever using the broadfork. My ground is not too rocky. The weight is helpful in penetrating the heavy soil. The handles are comfortable levers to pull the blades up through the soil, effectively aerating. The reason I gave only 4 stars is because the bolts which hold the handles to the tines will need to be tightened periodically. It seems like they didn’t line up perfectly in the design so they will loosen with use. No big deal. I feel this tool will last many years with proper care.
I really wanted a broad fork, but the ones at the garden center were so expensive. I needed a mid-range one so I could try it out before investing $200 in one. I think this works very well. We don’t have terrible soil, it’s some clay once you get down a few inches. I have notice that when I go to turn soil, especially if it’s really hard, sometimes I feel a little pressure and then “oh this might break” so I stop doing that and try again. Overall I think this is a great tool and have been happy with it.
john v logan –
this thing is so strong it allowed me to lever up fence posts with it. I have literally tried to break it and it wont.
Jonathan Turk –
Just received and used to loosen one new bed, seemed to work well in tummy sandy soil. Handles were loose when received but not too big of a problem. Decent starting fork but would not recommend for serious long term use in heavy soils, but a better choice than others around the same $$$
William Weiss –
Don’t let the funky look of this tool turn you away… This tool is a perfect tiller, in that the tines easily penetrate the hard, bone-rocky soil of SW Connecticut and with the leverage of the two handles, pops out clay, roots & rocks and tills to 10-12″ with ease. I did not think it would be this easy to use and get perfect results – it is very much easier than I expected!
It is also great for transplanting tough, densely rooted plants like large,old ornamental grasses, perennials and even smaller (18″ root ball) shrubs. This is a tool you come to like so much, that you actually look for useful things to do with it. A++++ Recommended.
miner whiner –
Gentle, low impact, total body workout while working in the garden. No noisy engine, no carbon footprint. Just you. Easy to use. Best if your clay soil is damp or wet. Digs deep to turn over a wide row of soil/weeds/grass. Great for digging up unwanted plant roots – such as invasive blackberry, knotweed, bushes….If you love working in the garden, listening to the wind and the birds, this is the tool for you.
Andrew R. –
Pretty decent tool considering it’s half the price (or less) of other broadforks. It arrived with handles just needing to be bolted on. Construction and fit of handles is decent, handles are both oriented the same way. I worked it a little in some clay soil and it performed as needed.
Very nice tool, well built and works great!
I received this broad fork for a gift. I had been looking at various makers and and prices, as well as studying the available reviews and videos to get smart before committing to a purchase. I was so excited to receive this gift during the holidays, I could not wait to put it to use. The frost line was tested every week this spring until I finally dropped the tines down to the plate and pulled it back. I have done three gardens now and love this tool. Small invading roots that used to make the rototiller jump or get root bound so bad I had to cut them off the tines, get ripped with little effort. My first Bully Tool, but not my last.
Renee M pellham –
I’m trying to order new forks, 2 of my tines broke
Rachel Straight –
I am very sorry that you may have received a defective broadfork. Unfortunately, Bully Tools does not sell any replacement parts for that item. Would you mind sending a photo of the damage to your broadfork along with your original order information that I could submit to the quality control department to Rstraight@bullytools.com. If they approve the request, we will get a replacement shipped out to you as soon as possible.
Thank you very much for your patience.
– Rachel, 100% Made In The USA Bully Tools
Judy Goodwin –
I love my broad fork. Works exactly as I thought it would. Fast delivery. I will order all my tools from Bully. Thank you for the great service
Jacques Bailly –
This thing is great: it turns twice as much soil for half the effort, and it does so nice and deep. I did bust a tine in the first couple hours use, but they sent me a new one with no problem. I can’t figure out how I busted it (rock? root?) and the tool looks nice and beefy where it broke and there was no join, so I’m pretty sure it was a fluke.
This tool is amazing and i LOVE IT! So easy to use, so effective, really sturdy and exceptionally built for years of work. Glad I choose this over a tiller. Excellent tool….Bravo Bully!
Charles F –
Ordered and received my broadfork mid-summer ’21, and although I’ve subscribed to Bully Tools -almost- exclusively since discovering the difference a few years ago (I now have 15+ various products) I just didn’t find that my -most expensive- Bully tool “ready for Prime-time” as provided.
Everything about the tool’s component parts were first rate, -but-, I HAD to make some modification to the attachment of the handles to the fork, otherwise I could only expect problems, and possible failure of the tool because there was just too much excess space between the mounting ears and the -terrific- handles them selves. I provided some spacer material that I pro-filed for accommodation of the handle bolster diameter, and changed out the hardware for just long enough to allow some more washers and locking nuts to cinch the whole business up -way tight-.
What I did to overcome perceived problem could never be reproduced at the factory without changing the price point dramatically, but was worth the time & effort expended in my book. The only thing I can see needed going forward is to check for and retighten as needed. I’m ready to go broadforking !
I’ve noticed that the revised description makes a point of removability of the handles, Well, mine certainly isn’t up to THAT, but I am certain that the tool is going to serve me far better (and without problems/failure at handle’s attachment) than it could/would have as supplied.
ANOTHER Bully Tools -WINNER-! , but not without caveat as described.
Farmer Coop –
Excellent fork for the money! We use it several times a month on our 1 acre market garden. It gets a work out and is left outside about 90% of the time. I’m honestly surprised how long it’s lasted based on the price. We have NC red clay mixed in with rocks and it works great. My wife and two younger sons have no issues using it. It weighs about half as much as other forks I’ve used. I’d def recommend this one.
D. Shaw –
Metal cracked and broke off where bolts connect to handle. Clay soil sticks to tines and can pull up big chunks. works well in dry soil.
Mike Hunnicutt –
Wish I could give this broad fork a better rating but I have an issue with the handle connection- I assembled the handles to the fork body and used adequate force to tighten the connecting bolts and did a couple test digs and the handles were moving like they needed more tightening- I retightened the bolts as much as I could and the handles still move. It’s as if the bolt holes are too big from the factory and no amount of tightening will hold the handles tight. Other than that issue the fork seems very rugged.
Pretty disappointed with this product. The center tine broke off within 10 minutes of use, while applying light pressure in muddy soil. I would have expected this product to hold up better given the price.
My fork arrived yesterday. The handle assembly was straightforward and easy to snug to a tight fit. 9/16″ socket wrench and box wrench did the trick. Then after using it in the garden for about ten minutes I tightened the handles some more then worked for an hour with no wiggles in the connection. It’s brilliant design and easy to use especially on an established garden. The width is perfect to work a row, plant, then mulch. I like the whole body workout and that it’s quiet.
Mary Dawn –
I had seen a gardening video on YouTube where this guy was using a broadfork to work up his soil. I have 2 tiny garden “plots” basically convenient hard to mow around the deck areas. I’m in my late 40’s with back problems too. Anyway this guy builds and sells these for nearly $300. I didn’t have that kind of money and his was really broad too. After a search I found Bully Tools site. Their price was quite reasonable and I was really glad they are made in the USA! Shipping was FREE and it arrived here in KY much quicker than I expected. I was initially a tad disappointed that it didn’t appear as wide as I expected but it’s the perfect width, any larger and it would be much harder to use and control. I bolted handles to the head finger-tight so they were still loose, but dad took it to his shop and with some wrenches got it good and tight. It took me a minute to figure out the best technique, to plant fork, pry up then make sure you work backwards, works much better that way. I got my first plot tilled quite nicely, it’s good soil but had come compaction, which this tool took care of that problem with ease. Reminded me of my husband’s chisel plow for our crops just in the tiny version. Anyway, the only lifting involved is picking up the tool and moving it back. Be mindful of where your toes are when you drop it- no accidents to report but could really hurt if not careful. Anyway I have a beautiful tilled tiny plot, like 16’ x 4’. Also this is written the next morning and my back is a-okay, I can feel I worked the top of my shoulders some, but not too bad. Got a nice workout in, slow and steady. So glad I found you guys. I did hit a couple rocks, one time I felt the tines were thinking about bending so I just repositioned and kept going no issues.