Introduction: Ultimate Weed Removal Tool
I was tired of crawling through the lawn on my hands and knees using a hand-held weeding tool because I DO NOT like using chemicals on the lawn with pets, kids, and wildlife also being on it. I saw a similar tool at the BigBox store with a telescoping handle that would get me off the ground, but they wanted $11 for it. I knew there was a better (and cheaper) way. I was inspired by Clint's Dandy Digger! I had part of an old crib frame that would provide the angle iron, but I wasn't sure I could weld the foot peg on just like they did for the dandy digger. After starting to cut the extra parts off of the frame I saw the answer...
Follow along as I create an awesome weeder that can be used standing up.
***This instructable involves power tools (welder, reciprocating saw, drill, & grinder). Please make sure you wear safety gear and know how to use a power tool before you attempt this instructable.***
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Step 1: Find Materials
I had an old crib frame in the garage and thought it would be perfect to supply the angle iron for this project.
Step 2: Cut to Size
I cut the end off of the frame that had a 90* bracket welded to it with a reciprocating saw and 3-in-1 oil to cool things down and preserve the blade. This bracket ends up being reused.
Step 3: Sharpen Tool End
In order for this tool to dig easily into the ground you need to cut an angle on one end of the angle iron. I attempted to cut a 45* angle but really I just eye-balled it. You just need it to be "pointy" enough to penetrate the ground but not so steep to make grabbing the roots difficult. I used the reciprocating saw again for this cut but then finished it with a grinder equipped with a cut off wheel (the grinder is MESSY but much easier and faster to make cuts with).
Step 4: Grind Paint Off
I used the grinder to remove paint on the angle iron and bracket. I ground the paint off from about 4" from the point to 7" from the point, and all surfaces to be welded on the bracket.
Step 5: Clamp Together and Weld
I used vice grips to hold the to parts together with the bottom of the bracket about 4" up from the pointed end. Using a MIG welder I welded around on each side (sorry for the lack of pictures of this process).
Step 6: Attach Handle
I just happened to have an old hockey stick in the garage but I am sure with some ingenuity a round handle could also be used. I clamped the handle to the weeder with a C-Clamp and quick-grip clamp then pre-drilled the holes in the metal (again with 3-in-1 oil) and using self tapping screws attached the handle to the weeder.
Step 7: Take It for a Spin
Before getting too far I tried it out on the weeds next to the garage. Place the tool in the ground with hand power (or use the foot peg if the ground is hard/rocky), pry back and wait for the *pop* of the root.
Step 8: Finishing Touches
The only paint I had around was white (i would have preferred black or something florescent) but anything to prevent rust is necessary after all the cutting, grinding, and welding.