It’s not much of a trick, really, as ebay has been around forever, but it’s my go-to source for quality vintage tools.
Look at two of my recent scores:
Right now, there’s a plethora of great hoe heads on ebay.
I actually resisted putting this post up because I want to buy every single hoe for myself, but no… I am generous.
Actually, I’m not that generous. If you buy through any ebay link on this site, I’ll make a few cents on each purchase. I make a few bucks a month that way, but not enough to put many links around. Amazon does better for me… but you can’t get vintage tools on Amazon!
The two listings I won are being shipped to me by my parents and I look forward to fitting them with new handles. The “potato hoe” ought to work great in the hard clay here.
The old steel is a lot better than the new junk you get from the hardware store. Seriously – it’s amazing. Put a sharp edge on and old hoe and it cuts through weeds like a knife. A new hoe just doesn’t “have it.”
I posted a video on my favorite vintage hoe just over a year ago:
That’s the tool that changed my whole perspective on hoeing.
I just didn’t know what a real weeding tool was like until I got a good old American steel hoe working for me.
Half the time, the vintage hoe heads end up costing the same as a crummy new one from China… or less! I used a mop handle on one of my hoe heads and it works great. Some of my other ones were re-handled here by a local farmer who cut wild coffee wood to make solid handles. Those look really cool and work quite well.
Anyhow, go ye forth and hunt.