The Hoe Dag, shown in this photo by Lee Valley, has really been my MVP tool this past gardening season.
To be frank, it does not feel very heavy duty, but I put it through its paces, digging up rocks, roots, and heavy clay soil.
The Hoe Dag is said to be superb for digging, planting, tilling, weeding, and even chopping through roots. It’s described as rugged, and it has proven this to be true.
The multi-purposed gardening tool features an 8-1/2″ arc-shaped blade with a 2-1/2″ edge on one end and a 7/8″ edge on the other. It has a 15″ seasoned hardwood handle.
Lee Valley says that the Hoe Dag has been hand-crafted in the USA for over 50 years.
Although I’ve been hard on my Hoe Dag, I don’t forget that it’s handle is made of wood and that it’s attached to the steel head via a socket joint. It can handle a bit of abuse, but I reach for a different tool for heavier prying.
I absolutely definitely recommend the Hoe Dag. Sure, it’s basically a double-sided short-handle hoe, and there are other tools that are almost kind of like it, but they’re not quite the same.
The Hoe Dag is well-made, it’s extremely versatile, it’s comfortable and light to swing, and it’s made in the USA.
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