* I was provided the following double wheel hoe, plow, sweeps and cultivating teeth from Hoss in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own. This post contains affiliate links.*
For a short and intense season each year, our family is immersed in our garden. Yes, immersed.
By 5 a.m. most members are in one of the gardens or fields. We are busy cultivating, dreaming, planting, laughing, watering, weeding, sharing, eating, living, harvesting.
This is an almost daily ritual that consumes our mornings, and eats our days until lunch time. And as soon as the evening starts to cool, we are often back for more.
Nothing grows a family together like growing a family garden and running a family farm. And you better believe, all my children have a work ethic. Growing food brings us together, teaches us values, commitment, loyalty, and a love for the soil.
This year, we were generously supplied the Hoss Double Wheel Hoe with some attachments. We have been using the cultivating teeth, oscillating hoe, plows, and sweeps in our garden growing rituals and they have been a real blessing.
If you’ve ever stared at these beautifully crafted (made in America) works of art and wondered if they were right for you and your family, then I hope we can shed some light on the issue for you and help you make sound decisions.
Hoss Double Wheel Hoe
The Hoss double wheel hoe is an improvement upon the traditional high-wheeled (or single-wheeled) cultivator. It is the platform for various different garden tools and implements. It features adjustable handle height, in addition to adjustable tool angle.
While the farmer is 6′ tall, and I am only 5’3″, with a 30 second adjustment we can comfortably switch back and forth between users. The toolbar assembly is set up to accommodate cultivator teeth (which it comes with), plows, oscillating hoes, sweeps, and disk harrow.
The entire thing took less than 5 minutes to put together. Not accustomed to putting together your own tools? Don’t worry, Hoss Tools are made in America–so the instructions are written in English, by someone who speaks English. They are not your typical written in another language, translated four times and finally using English words but with such bad grammar that you can’t really discern what they are trying to say.
We put the cultivator teeth on first straight out of the box in less than three minutes (after we got our own very common tools first).
When you have soil that needs to be weeded and loosened deeper than a couple inches, you’ll want to use the cultivator teeth. This package comes with four that are individually placed on the toolbar.
The first thing we did with our Hoss was cultivating with the teeth. One of the things we noticed instantly was that it has such a sturdy design and was much easier to use than our old traditional push cultivator. The cultivator that we have is hard to use. Dang hard. Only the Farmer uses it and it’s pretty taxing. With these teeth, I can easily cultivate.
The space between the cultivator teeth allows for debris to flow between the teeth rather than wrap around the tool (and thus clogging up). The teeth are well designed and sturdy–bending and breaking are not an anticipated issue.
A negative review I often see on these types of tools is how hard they are to push. I’m going to be honest with you, I think those people are probably not used to manual push garden tools. In general, they aren’t as easy as following something that is self propelled. As I stated earlier, the one we have been using since childhood–is hard to use. You’re pushing things into hard dirt y’all. This Hoss is much easier than any of our other tools, and the handles are more ergonomic.
I couldn’t use our traditional push cultivator. I can definitely use the new Hoss. Although the Farmer can easily push it up and down the rows, I do occasionally have to rock it. The first thing we did was take the teeth to a well used path in our berry patch–not because we needed to, but because we wanted to really test it out. I did it all by myself. Hard, compacted, cement-like soil was no match for my tiny frame and these cultivator teeth.
Wheel Hoe Sweeps
These wheel hoe sweeps are going to dramatically reduce the time you spend pulling weeds. They are sharp on one side, allowing the user to quickly slice through the root of problem plants thus killing the weed. Face them in to cover the full width of the tool bar, or turn them out to straddle a line of young crops such as corn.
These were the second thing we tested out. Only we decided to see how tough they really were.
Out in a patch we are clearing, we took them to the quackgrass. Although it wasn’t thick grass, and the area worked is narrow, it probably was quicker going up and down the straight rows than it would have been to use a rear-tine garden tiller. For what we were doing, I think it probably did a better job than a tiller as well since it just sliced the roots off instead of tilling the grass roots back in.
Note: Hoss even sells a file to sharpen these–and you can bet we’ll be looking into one of these this winter.
The plow attachments for the Hoss double wheel hoe are literally miniature moldboard plows–just like the moldboards on our tractor drawn plow.
Plows are traditionally for rolling the dirt over to incorporate crop residue and also to bring deeper nutrient rich soil up into the root zone of the upcoming crop.
Use them together to dig furrows, ditches or other waterways. We used the plows for so many things this year. These are the Farmer’s favorite Hoss attachment.
We dug furrows for potatoes, and onions.
Since my seed planter broke this year (not a Hoss FYI), I used a single plow to first dig shallow furrows to plant my peas and beans, and then to come back and cover my seeds back up.
I also used a single plow to make water ways for our off-grid garden system.
Place both sides on again, and you can hill young corn. Place them opposite each other (essentially backwards) and go between potato rows.
These are highly versatile and save a lot of time in our large garden.
8″ Oscillating Hoe
My favorite tool in the garden has always been my stirrup-hoe. I thought that I liked it so much I wouldn’t necessarily enjoy this one. I was wrong.
This oscillating hoe does the same job as my old stirrup-hoe. However, because it’s on two wheels, it goes a lot faster and is more stable. This also means the kids enjoy using it from a younger age, and aren’t cutting up my crops.
Like any sharp implement that comes in contact with soil, it will also eventually need sharpened. The same aforementioned file above can also be used on this implement.
The “oscillating” feature refers to the ability to change it’s own angle to be much more functioning in harder soil where one must use a push-pull motion to work through the roots and/or soil.
I use the oscillating hoe at least once a week to go up and down my rows. This prevents weeds from ever becoming established. It is the most used implement in my garden now.
Would I Recommend The Hoss Double Wheel Hoe And Attachments?
Yes. Absolutely. Right away. But… only to serious gardeners. Hoss tools are made for large gardens. These are high quality tools that are made to be used for a very long time when you are using and taking care of them properly.
Our family loves these so much that I could easily see future Hoss sets given away to each of the children as they move out to their own part of the homestead one day and work their own gardens.
If you aren’t in love with gardening, then having large tools could intimidate and discourage you. If you have a small garden, then they might become cumbersome and ignored.
Want More Motivation?
Right now, Hoss is offering two amazing deals for you to choose from:
- Purchase the Single Wheel Hoe, and enter the code “freesixhoe” in the coupon box and a FREE 6″ Oscillating Hoe will be added to your shopping cart. (Expires 07/31/2016)
- Purchase the Double Wheel Hoe and enter the code “freeeighthoe” in the coupon box and a FREE 8″ Oscillating Hoe will be added to your shopping cart. (Expires 07/31/2016)
The Single Wheel Hoe comes with 3 cultivator teeth, and the Double Wheel Hoe comes with 4 cultivator teeth.
The oscillating hoe is the perfect place to start if you know you want Hoss tools in your garden but don’t know where to start.
Are you already a fan of Hoss double wheel hoes or have questions about the above items? Let me know in the comments.