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Hi guys, 

Looking for recommendations of a good garden fork, really sturdy one as mine has totally bent out of shape this year from working compacted soil🙈😳

Also as I'm quite tall I find most handle lengths awkward because I have to excessively bend over which isn't good for my back! So if anyone knows of any that are longer that'd be great!

Thanks in advance! 
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  • AlchemistAlchemist OxfordPosts: 240
    edited October 2019
    You can’t go wrong with bulldog forged forks! Drop forged, no welds, it will outlast all of us! Only downside is they are a bit pricy. Even their hand spade takes my whole weight with no bother. If it were a pretty SS ones, I can guarantee it won’t be a spade anymore. 

    Edited to add their website lists various lengths. 

  • Alchemist said:
    You can’t go wrong with bulldog forged forks! Drop forged, no welds, it will outlast all of us! Only downside is they are a bit pricy. Even their hand spade takes my whole weight with no bother. If it were a pretty SS ones, I can guarantee it won’t be a spade anymore. 

    Edited to add their website lists various lengths. 

    They look great and they have long ones! Need a good hand fork as well so will probably go there for that too! 

    Thanks! 
  • BrexiteerBrexiteer Birmingham Posts: 955
    Just don't go for a wooden handle no matter how much you pay, My wooden handled fork £40 snapped digging up some roots. It was never kept in the rain and was only 6 month old 
  • BenCottoBenCotto RutlandPosts: 2,926
    edited October 2019
    Here’s another. It could be the only fork still forged in the UK and, aimed at professional gardeners, it should be very durable. Annoyingly prices aren’t shown on the website but most can be, ahem, unearthed by delving on tinternet. 

    Cross check the weight of Carters forks with Sneeboer and Bulldog.

    https://richardcarterltd.co.uk/product-ranges/garden-spades-forks/garden-fork/

    I see on their clearance page they have a stainless steel fork for just £16.
  • NollieNollie Girona, Catalunya, Northen Spain.Posts: 5,025
    Another vote for Bulldog, the only fork that copes with my compacted, stony clay soil. I have tried many, some very expensive. All bent, sometimes within weeks. After a year of heavy use and abuse in my ground, the Bulldog shows no sign of bending, despite my best efforts  :)
  • Thank you all for the suggestions! 
  • AlchemistAlchemist OxfordPosts: 240
    @cassie.a.stewart just so you know they have introduced a new stainless steel range. I dont know how good the SS ones are as I own their forged range that are usually green. I also recently noted that toolstation had a limited range of bulldog tools on offer and were cheaper than other place. 
  • Alchemist said:
    @cassie.a.stewart just so you know they have introduced a new stainless steel range. I dont know how good the SS ones are as I own their forged range that are usually green. I also recently noted that toolstation had a limited range of bulldog tools on offer and were cheaper than other place. 
    Brilliant thank you! 
  • B3B3 Posts: 18,770
    Survival of forks in heavy soil has a lot to do with how you use them. After pushing them into the soil, you need to do a wiggly circular motion before you lever . This takes some of the strain off the tines. 
    In London. Keen but lazy.
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