Last spring, I was contacted by the folks that produce and sell the Hoss Double Wheel Hoe (https://hosstools.com/), and asked if I’d like to try one out in exchange for a product review. I checked Hoss Tools out, and found that they manufacture high-quality, American-made gardening tools to help people grow their own food.
I’d always assumed that a wheel hoe was something that I wouldn’t be able to woman-handle through our somewhat stubborn garden soil, but I agreed to give it a try. Boy am I happy I did! It’s my favorite garden tool now.
The package I received included the following items:
- Double Wheel Hoe – https://hosstools.com/product/double-wheel-hoe
- Plow Set – https://hosstools.com/product/wheel-hoe-walk-behind-plow-set/
- Sweeps – https://hosstools.com/product/wheel-hoe-sweeps-attachment/
- 8” Oscillating Hoe – https://hosstools.com/product/oscillating-hula-hoe/
They all arrived in pieces in a box, and I set out to see if it would be easy to assemble. I’m not the most mechanically inclined, but even I found it simple to put together.
The instructions were clear on how to assemble it, and with just a couple of wrenches, I was assembling with no problems.
I was actually pretty surprised by how quickly I got it put together!
The Hoss Double Wheel Hoe arrived just in time for spring garden preparation, so I got started with it right away. Even though I’m not the biggest nor strongest person around, I found that I could get it to work through our stubborn soil fairly easily.
I like to cover the garden rows in fall with compost and leaves, and then work that into the soil in the spring before planting. With just a few passes using the Hoss Double Wheel Hoe, I was able to accomplish that for each of our garden rows.
Then, I covered the rows with plastic or planted straight into the soil, depending on the crop. The photos above and below show one of the potato rows where they get planted directly on the soil.
I used the Hoss Double Wheel Hoe to prepare each of the garden rows last spring, and we had terrific yields this year! Here’s that potato row again (I’m using the Lazy Bed Method for growing the potatoes):
When it came time this fall to winterize the garden, we again used the wheel hoe to work in compost and then covered each bed with mulched leaves.
Our garden rows are approximately 30′ x 4′, and we have a tractor that I could use to plow in the compost each spring and fall; however, I really don’t like to haul out the big tractor for our small personal garden area. For me, the Hoss Double Wheel Hoe was much more convenient, and definitely saves me time. The things that I like about it are:
- Quality Construction – the weight was not too much for me to handle, but it’s sturdy enough to get through tough soils.
- Simple, Time Tested Design – it was easy for me to put together, & it does the job it was meant to do.
- No Gasoline – I prefer to avoid gas powered tools, they’re usually sized for men and I can never seem to get them started.
- Time Saving – it’s quick to run this down a garden row to prepare the beds, weed, or make rows, and I can leave the mats covering the paths between the garden rows in place.
- Sweeps or Oscillating Hoe Attachment made weeding the garden rows easy.
I didn’t use the plow attachment much this year, but plan to use it more next year. Once I tried it, I found that it was simple to create nice furrows for planting. I’m also planning on buying the seeding attachment, I’ve always wanted to get more efficient at seeding.
Bottom line, the Hoss Double Wheel Hoe is great tool that I highly recommend. Several of my gardening friends (who have equipment so they don’t need to do it manually) have borrowed it and have also been impressed. It would make a great gift for any serious gardener, it really made the garden chores faster, easier, and more enjoyable for me this year!