Broadforks For Tilling and Harvest
Broadforks come in several models for different uses. They are a great way to turn soil or harvest with ease. Eliot Coleman developed the original Broadfork for deep aeration of vegetable gardens. That model, which we are now calling Johnny’s 520 Broadfork, has 5 tines and the distance between the furthest tines is 20", hence 520. Eliot wanted a Broadfork that would span the entire width of a 30" bed at once so we developed the 727. It has 7 tines with 27" between the furthest tines. The oiled ash handles are angled inward to give the same width for your hands as the 520. We also reduced the size of the steel in the crossbar to keep the weight the same as the 520. There is a smaller, lighter-weight broadfork that is perfect for tight spaces and for people who have a hard time using the heavier, larger models. It has 4 tines and the distance between the farthest tines is 15", hence the name 415. The 20" wide, steel fork base with 10 1/2" long tines and 48" oiled ash handles allow you to cover ground quickly and comfortably. The 520 model of broadfork deeply aerates without damaging the soil structure or mixing the layers. Makes tilling your vegetable and flower beds seem almost effortless by using your body weight instead of your back and arms. This model has 5 tines and the farthest distance between tines is 20", hence the name 520. 24" wide, steel fork base with 10 1/2" long tines and 48" oiled ash handles allows you to cover a lot of ground quickly. You will find this high-quality tool a pleasure to work with for years to come. Finally the 920 broadfork incorporates a design that made tilling seem almost effortless. It has been altered slightly to make the harvesting of root crops easier too. This model is the same size as the 520, but with 9 tines rather than 5. The extra tines help to loosen the soil around root crops such as carrots, turnips, or potatoes which speeds the harvest and yields a better quality crop. The 920 model has the same oiled ash handles, and is of the same high quality as our other Johnny’s broadforks.
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