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The Hydra Hoe – what is it? And how can it help you in the garden?
Hydra – the hoe of many names….
Also known as the oscillating, reciprocating, swivel, scuffle or stirrup hoe, this is arguably the most efficient hoe for the larger vegetable plot.
The bronze blade is sharpened on both edges. It oscillates about its brass pivot, cutting in both directions. Effectively it is a dutch hoe and draw hoe combined: the forward action is like a dutch hoe and the return action is similar to that of a draw hoe. It allows the user to work back and forth along the rows of vegetables, keeping the weeds under control.
The head rests on the soil surface while working. The pivot allows the head to cut into the soil with both forwards and backwards movements, cutting the weeds below the soil surface. The flat sides protect the rows of plants to either side, and the square shape allows the gardener to dig out deeper-rooted weeds with the corners.
The blade is bolted on so that it can be replaced when worn down. We supply replacement blades, just contact us for delivery times.
Head: 14 cm, 5.5 inches wide
Total length: 155cm, 5ft 1ins
Weight: 1kg, 2lbs 2oz
This hoe is a favourite of the brilliant vegetable gardener Charles Dowding.
Love our copper tools but want to know more? Find answers to frequently asked questions in this helpful blog post.
- They don’t rust
- They have sharp edges
- They are hardwearing and will last for years
- The metal is known to deter slugs and snails
- They slice into the soil and come out clean
- They are handmade in Austria and Hungary
The tool heads carry a no-quibble, 25-year guarantee (excluding normal wear and tear) and the handles, which are made from European hardwoods, have a two-year guarantee.
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