Homemade Hoe

About: My name is Dickhead and I like to party.

A nice, potentially free hoe that works as well as a store bought one.

Step 1: Acquire Materials

You are going to need a piece of a leaf spring around 4 inches long. To cut it, I used an angle grinder with an abrasive wheel, but a torch or plasma cutter would be better. You will need a handle, and I used a 1"/1"/2' square steel tube (again, cut with angle grinder).

Step 2: Tools

If you use the same design as I did, you will need a welder, cutting tool, and a bench grinder (optional, especially if you have an angle grinder).

Step 3: Assemble

Weld the hoe with the back of the blade piece level with the back of the tube. If you wanted to, you could cut out a larger section of spring and make other parts on the back (root cutters, etc.). Sharpening makes it function a little better, but it doesn't really need it. Leaf spring is fairly strong, but the components don't really matter.



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    4 Discussions


    Reply 6 years ago on Introduction

    Yeah, if you build them right, they are better AND cheaper, and just fun to build.

    Phil B

    6 years ago on Introduction

    Thank you for your first Instructable. It looks like a very practical project. I am guessing the leaf spring would be about 3 inches wide at the most. Would you use this hoe mostly to chop out weeds, or to move and smooth dirt?

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    littlemopPhil B

    Reply 6 years ago on Introduction

    Well, this particular hoe would be best suited to moving and smoothing dirt, however, you could cut out peice of spring with the same shape on the front, but a v-shape on the back that could cut roots easily.