Introduction: Making Your Garden Tools More Efficient

About: I am a Marine Engineer in the RNZN (45 years done in various navies) and am looking forward to retirement!!! so I can do more messing about with tools

I do a lot of digging - I mean a LOT!!! I have about 4 acres and do most of my stuff by hand so anything that makes my tools better is good!

Now when digging I find that my instep gets sore, so let's improve a fork (or a spade if you wish)

This is pretty simple, all you need is a couple of nuts, bolts and washers, some angle bar, a drill and some spanners

Step 1: Get Your Materials

So I found a piece of Angle metal in the scrap bin at work (aluminium in this case but Iron would work too) and cut it into 2 equal bits.

They are about 110mm long and it's 40mm angle

Bopped a couple of holes in them and found some nuts, bolts and washers in the "when you going to throw all that useless crap away" box!!

Step 2: Bolt It All Up

As it says ^

The hammer was for a bit of "technical adjustment" so it sat level with the fork top bar.

Obviously if you are doing this with a spade you need to drill a couple of holes in the spade too!

Step 3: And There It Is!

2 advantages

1. More comfortable on the foot

2. More force can be applied to get the fork into the ground

BTW if you are left handed (footed?) put it on the other side.

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