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Testimonials

The following are comments from those who purchased my EZ Digger on Amazon on the dates shown with the most recent first followed by the earliest purchases.

I have included ALL of the comments (good and bad) ... excluding none ... in an effort to present an honest summary of customer feedback.

In defense of the few negative comments ... I have always honored my 100% Guarantee to any unhappy customer. To date, I have replaced two EZ Diggers and these were the very early models before changes to stronger materials and improvements were made.

Notes and comments from the inventor / owner ...
You will note in the comments below reference to "loose fitting handles" or words to this effect. I could change the inside dimension of the "sockets" where the handles go to make a "tighter" fit. However, this could cause problems in the future as parts accumulate dirt and debris making it difficult or impossible to remove and replace the handles in the sockets. The handles may seem to be too loose but you will find that the EZ Digger works very well even with what might seem to be a design fault.
PB Foote 5.0 out of 5 starsFive Stars August 25, 2018 Verified Purchase The tool of a lifetime especially with elevated garden beds!!!!!
Juniper
5.0 out of 5 starsQuality Product
May 23, 2018
Verified Purchase
Easy to assemble and does the job!
Mary Ann Hutchinson
5.0 out of 5 starseffective, ease of use
April 29, 2018
Verified Purchase
Learning about permaculture lead me to the benefits of a "no till" practice. I have just used it on a 25 foot grow box that had weed growth 3 feed tall. A rototiller would have had serious problems working the long weeds into the soil. This marvelous American made broadfork loosened the soil so beautifully; within 15 minutes all the weeds had been removed and ready for compost and the ground was in perfectly clean and ready for amendments. My husband and I were amazed at the ease of this tool. It is sturdy and light and a woman could easily use it, which I have. I do not have enough superlatives to communicate how great this tool is and how I would recommend it without any reservations!
CVA Farmer
5.0 out of 5 starsMade in USA and lifetime-guarantee. Adjustable handles to boot!
March 28, 2018
Verified Purchase
I bought this a few years ago, and after a lot of use breaking up the clay beneath our converted pasture, two of the welded seams broke. We called the company and got a call from the actual owner/creator of the tool, who promptly replaced it, no questions asked. Actually, he asked questions, but the right kind, not the hassling kind. He was great. He said that they saw the problem in a few of the older models but have since rectified the issue. Anyway, we really love this broadfork. The adjustable handles make it easy to use good body mechanics - straight wrists are important if you've got wrist injuries or want to avoid them. It digs deep, is super sturdy, and holds up well. Made in the USA and lifetime-guaranteed? You can't beat that! I would buy it again if I needed another, but since it's guaranteed, I probably never will!
October 5, 2017
Verified Purchase
My first broadfork and I’m very pleased with this purchase. Used the BF in a garden overgrown with weeds and had not been tilled for at least two years. The BF did a great job of loosening up the soil so that the weeds could be removed more easily. BF two directions and now, with weeds removed, the soil is nicely prepared for compost and planting next spring. I put the tool to the test, it’s heavy duty and will last a long time. Would buy again.
andy dp 1.0 out of 5 starsAbsolute garbage!ez-digger-products September 2, 2017 Verified Purchase Do not waste your money or time on this broadfork. It is heavy, hollow, full of jagged edges and loose jangling parts and poorly constructed. I purchased mine on March 27, 2017 and it barely lasted the summer as the tine bent backwards while in use on September 2, 2017. Garbage.
Inventor Note: This is a garden soil prep tool. The EZ Digger is not designed to dig hard clay, big rocks or tree roots. If used as designed this tool will last for years without bending the steel digging spikes.
Ann
5.0 out of 5 starsWorks Great
February 23, 2018
Verified Purchase
while touring a local small family owned organic farm, I attended a broadfork demonstration. I had been reading about the No Till method and wanted to see someone actually using it on their farm. After witnessing how well the broadfork moved the soil, I decided to purchase one. I did quite a bit of research on the different designs and brands on the market and decided to order this one. When I received it, I was a little concerned because the tines were tubular, not blade shaped, like the one the farm used. I couldn't see this in the pictures shown online. I didn't think it would turn the dirt as well. Plus, when I inserted the handles in to the bar, the handles weren't rigid. They were secure but they wiggled. But, when I put it to work, it did the job and very well. The tines being tubular didn't stop it from turning the dirt, like it should and the handles having a little wiggle, didn't have any bearing on how well it worked either. It was easy for me to use and not too heavy. I am very happy with my purchase and would recommend it. It is made very well and I believe it will hold up for many years of gardening. The pictures are after 1 pass with the broadfork.
Barry
2.0 out of 5 starsMany of the reviews said how easy it was to use and how it was great ...
November 16, 2017
Verified Purchase
My wife is the gardener; I'm not. With that said, I did a LOT of research before buying this broadfork for her garden. Many of the reviews said how easy it was to use and how it was great for digging root crops, such as potatoes. I beg to differ. I bought this to dig up potatoes and speared about 20% of the spuds wYou’ll find more settings for your page and blocks in the sidebar. Click “Settings” to open it.
e dug. That's a lot of spuds that require processing right away. Also, I disagree it's easy to use. Under my wife's direction on how to use it (remember, I'm NOT a gardener), I was tired after half of the first row. We finished that row and both our backs hurt quite a bit. There are five more rows of spuds to go. WHEW! I won't return it since it's now "used," but I'm certainly not satisfied with the purchase OR the other reviews. I gave it two stars for the reasons above. The company, however, was responsive when informed the handle pins were missing. I had replacement pins in less than a week.
bookknight
5.0 out of 5 starsFirst impressions
February 16, 2018
Verified Purchase
Product arrived promptly and nicely packaged. Assembly was simple. The welds and paint job look like good quality.

My native soil contains a lot of clay. Portions of my yard have been planted and worked in the past and others have probably not been disturbed in decades.. I soaked a 100 square foot patch of mixed soil types with a soaker hose for a day and a half while waiting for my broad fork. As the product description points it is not suitable for really hard clay but if you use a little common sense it works in moderate clay---soak the area first and don't force the broad fork. The nastier stuff will need to be broken up with a mattock, followed by water, and adding shredded leaves and manure, Then I will revisit it.

Two additional impressions. First, this broad fork is not indestructible. I'm 6'3" and 260 pounds and I could break it if I used too much force. One can find fully-welded, heavier gauge steel broad forks elsewhere that claim to work on hard pan clay. The prices I found run upwards of $400 and while they may be unbreakable I am skeptical that one person (even 260 pounds) could force the tines into rock hard dried clay. Finally, the easily removable handles are nice for quick disassembly and storage but they do wobble around a lot. A tighter fit would be nice. I plan to look around for some kind sleeve to insert in the main frame to make the handles snug.

Overall, it seems like money well spent. I recommend it.
August 23, 2017
Verified Purchase
Easy to put together, and it works better than I imagined. I have heavy clay soil and though I am only 5'3", 145 pounds, I with a little "giggling" I can get the tines all the way in the ground and then easily break up my soil. So far I love this tool.
Suzanne McGrath
5.0 out of 5 starsOutstanding Made in the US too.
April 23, 2017
Verified Purchase
This is a FABULOUS tool! Very well made and very well designed. I stupidly bought one last month at half the price and it broke straight out. The two are like night and ay. They way the tines are attached on this tool is really well done and they don't bend. The instructions say not made for an area with rocks or that has never been turne5d over. I live in New England and there are rocks everywhere, even in my long used garden beds. If you are smart about how you use it, it lifted some big rocks out of the soil with out issue - like 5" across big. It sinks down 7 - 10" down and if you step on it again in place after loosening the soil a bit it sinks down more. I really can't say enough about how well it works and how well it is made. I turned over a 5' wide, 50' long bed today and it worked beautifully. It is well worth the investment. Assembly is easy enough but instructions are a bit brief. One tip though is to put the shear pints in so the hops are on the inside. I did one with the hoop on the inside and one with the hoop on the outsiYou’ll find more settings for your page and blocks in the sidebar. Click “Settings” to open it.
de for no real reason. The one on the outside disappeared and I will have to pick up a new one. I suspect that the clasp (hoop on the outside) just opened up and then the pin fell out. Another point of how well it is designed. I was careful and was able to finish the job with only one sheer pin. Made in Montana too and that never happens. Give yourself a treat and buy one. You will have it for years.
Wortham Ashcroft
4.0 out of 5 starsGood fork. Bent on tyne however
May 24, 2016
Verified Purchase
Good fork. Bent on tyne however. Guess soil was to hard. Other than that great to prep garden.
blue6175
5.0 out of 5 starsGood stuff.
May 15, 2016
Verified Purchase
Fast ship. Easy to assemble. Works as described.

5.0 out of 5 starsVery user friendly

March 17, 2016

Verified Purchase

The assembly was easy and no parts were missing. I was able to loosen soil easily in a long row of garden with little/no trouble. I liked the option of setting the handlebars in different ways; I have mine with the ends facing each other and this was very stable for me. I have shoulder problems, but had no trouble with the repetitive movements. I think this is a very sturdy item and will easily replace my tiller!

CHomoly

5.0 out of 5 starsExcellent product!

Rachel Holt

5.0 out of 5 starsSimple, strong, efficient! Great product thats good for the environment and the body!

March 14, 2016

Verified Purchase

Easy to assemble. Easy to use. Busted up a hard pack ground that use to be a dirt road way that was fairly rocky. I was able to remove the sod cap, do two passes, and integrate compost amendment onto a 12'x5' plot in about 2 hours. . . . it was fun and you can see how beneficial it will be for the root system. The only thing I would recommend is an included sheath for the tines for storage. Great Product!

Bob

5.0 out of 5 starsThis thing is great. It's so light and amazingly crafted

March 5, 2016

Verified Purchase

This thing is great. It's so light and amazingly crafted, and it handled densely packed soil perfectly. I can't imagine any wood-based broadfork holding up like this steel one. I was also able to broadfork new beds without digging first - some were double dug but some just broadforked the surface.

Amazon Customer

4.0 out of 5 starsFour Stars

March 5, 2016

Verified Purchase

as ordered, as expected.

February 19, 2016

Verified Purchase

Love, love, love it! Put it together in less than 10 min. Used it in two 8' x 12' raised beds so far, two more to go.

bigmac

5.0 out of 5 starsThis is a "must have" garden tool

February 1, 2016

Verified Purchase

This tool is a "must have" for everyone that loves to garden! This soil conditioner is built like a tank and will be around to pass down to my children. Strong but light weight and very versatile. Individual digging spikes may be easily removed to form a custom soil tool. The handles are super strong and can be adjusted to four different settings to meet my individual taste. Thanks Garden Growers Supply for a top quality tool at a fair price. Delivery was on time and well packaged. Looking forward to a fun summer gardening with this wonderful soil conditioner and harvesting tool.

Langford

5.0 out of 5 starsthe assembly is quick and easy. I will purchase another one without a doubt

January 11, 2016

Product is well made, the assembly is quick and easy. I will purchase another one without a doubt.

david l wagoner
5.0 out of 5 starsLove this manual tiller! No more roto-tilling. Great exercise in the garden.
May 7, 2017
Verified Purchase
Excellent for soil prep and harvesting root crops in conditioned garden soil. Not for loosening compacted ground/clay soils. Thought about getting the narrower version but glad I ordered the wider model. Can always take out spikes if need be.
Dr.ljk
3.0 out of 5 starsdisappointing
May 30, 2016
Verified Purchase
I found this broadfork to be an appropriate weight and size, and easy to use in my ten-year old mixed use, 1,500 square foot garden. The soil is not compacted, and consists of composted loam, with very few rocks. However, the first time I used the Montana 7-tine broadfork, one set of tines spread from each other, both parallel and perpendicular to the bar at the base of the broadfork. I have left the tines in that position becuase I was concerned that they might break if i tried to straighten them. This doesn't make the device useless, but I was disappointed to have this problem, after reading the glowing advertisement and paying the high price for the product.
I think that the concept of this method of tilling is sound, but this particular implement was not worth the cost. ljk
Katie Hughes 1.0 out of 5 starsOne Star December 5, 2016 Verified Purchase Doesn't work for hard compact clay.
Inventor Note: This is a garden soil prep tool. The EZ Digger is not designed to dig hard clay, big rocks or tree roots. Some customers have used the EZ Digger on hard clay after soaking the ground for a few days before using this tool.
Elizabeth L. Dutton
5.0 out of 5 starsSo glad I invested!!
November 21, 2016
Verified Purchase
Wow, I got my big garden turned in no time and with little effort!
Robin Chadwick
5.0 out of 5 starsNice
May 27, 2016
Verified Purchase
Bought for granddaughter in Mich -- they are self- sustaining farmers in an urban environment. She loves it
May 15, 2016
Verified Purchase
Fast ship. Easy to assemble. Works as described.

H.B. Willie
5.0 out of 5 starsThis is a well built tool.
April 19, 2016
Verified Purchase
This fork is light but strong. The parts fit well and went together quickly, in about 10 minutes. The soil I have is mostly clay that hasn't been disturbed since it was deposited....about 100 million years ago. Having said that, I was able to stand on the fork, rock side-to-side and sink the tines fully into the soil. As I pulled back on the fork, the soil came up in 8" to 10" deep blocks. I used the fork to breakup the blocks of soil and will run a tiller through as I add a bunch of compost. Next year, I expect the fork to bury itself with very little effort.

The fork did a great job and showed no signs of strain from the brick-like soil in my field.

Mediator 5.0 out of 5 starsThe best soil turning tool ever ! August 31, 2015 Verified Purchase My original rating was low based on the fact that the instructions were not quite up to par and my package was missing a screw. The company send me the missing little item and I had a chance to try it out. I am fairly short and small but was able to turn over very hard compacted soil within 1 hour. No wonder my plants didn't grow well. the soil under the top 4" of soil was hard as a rock. My only suggestion would be to make this fork less wide for the little people, like me, with shorter arm span. However, this is the tool to have in your arsenal of garden tools. Inventor Note: We do offer a 12" modle with four 12" spikes
Craig 5.0 out of 5 starsMy first broadfork and I’m very pleased with this purchase

Sarah G. 5.0 out of 5 starsHighly recommended! August 31, 2015 Verified Purchase Very happy with this hand tiller/broadfork. Delivery was timely, product is manufactured with quality, heavy-duty materials and parts. Assembly instructions were clear and concise. My children, age 9, 8, & 5 assembled it on their own! Then we brought it out to the garden, where the tiller proved its adequate weight and leverage as my 9 yr. old used it to harvest his potato patch. UPDATED: Brought this tiller out for it's second season recently, and am still thrilled with it. We did a garden expansion last fall, and the soil got compacted by the equipment used to deliver it. I pulled this tool out there and with very little time and effort prepped a wide bed for my peas to go in. I may go as far as to say this tool is easier on the body than using a Rototiller.

Evelyn Y Walker 5.0 out of 5 starsEasy to put together Kris 5.0 out of 5 starsBuilt to last August 29, 2015 Verified Purchase This is very good quality, strong metal, would have like to have found it with less pieces, but this is exactly what I was looking for!

James Ellis 5.0 out of 5 starsand this is the perfect tiller. It was literally a breeze May 29, 2015 I got this hand tiller just in time to prepare my garden for the year. We garden with raised beds, and this is the perfect tiller. It was literally a breeze. Even my 10 year old son was able to till his section of the garden. Highly recommend for all small gardens.

Jason Arnott 5.0 out of 5 starsGarden Girl May 25, 2015 Verified Purchase A wonderful tool that I bought for the girlfriend. It was easy to put together and easy for her to use. She even recruited my niece and nephew to learn the tool and they help her utilize it in the garden.

itsmatt
5.0 out of 5 starsA solid performer!
May 13, 2017
I first saw a broadfork in action 20 years or more ago when Eliot Coleman was championing them.
You can find a lot of what I call "unreasonable facsimiles" online and in some brick and mortar stores - poorly made things that I am reluctant to label as "tools". Seldom when you see a "deal" like these things is it really a deal - typically you are just throwing away money.

The primary use for a broadfork is to open up the soil without tilling it or turning it over. It is popular in the "no-till" community to use a broadfork to help prep a garden bed and I intend to use my broadfork for this purpose.

However, today's specific use of my broadfork was to unearth a massive amount of dock plants from my front pasture. We rotate horse, donkey and goat through a couple of our pastures but the front one is really only fences for the horse and donkey and so only the plants that are eaten by them are trimmed back - weeds like dock are not something they'll eat and so they tend to thrive in this field. It has rained for 3 straight days and the pasture was very water-logged... today was overcast but otherwise dry and gave me very agreeable conditions to put the broadfork to work.

I run all seven tines in the broadfork - you could take some out but I see no reason for me to do that at present. Seven hours later I had cleared an uncountable number of dock plants - with long taproots, some as long as 18 inches - from the pasture. The broadfork performed admirably. Previously I had used a short garden fork - the kind with the flat tines - and it was better than some tools but the broadfork easily provides more leverage and stability when driving the tines into the ground.

The manufacturer states in the literature that this isn't for breaking up clods of dirt. I think it would be a mistake to use it for that purpose. I also don't think it would be very effective to use it that way. It worked well in soft(ish), fertile pasture soil that has 15 years of manure spread atop it. No doubt it will do a fantastic job prepping garden beds too.

It is all metal with strong tines and well-proportioned handles. It is painted but will need to be cleaned off to keep it in tip-top shape for years to come. The handles attach using round lock pins - you can pick up a couple of spares for probably $1 each at a hardware store or certainly online. I'd recommend that in case you lose one of these while using it.

I like that it was made in Montana too, mostly because I think it is a quality-made tool rather than some cheap imported junk.
Leo58
5.0 out of 5 starsExcellent quality and sturdy construction
April 28, 2016
Verified Purchase
Excellent quality and sturdy construction. Ease of use on the garden farm makes weeding and planting less of a chore.
Langford
5.0 out of 5 starsthe assembly is quick and easy. I will purchase another one without a doubt
April 4, 2016
The perfect way to till a small garden, this tool does it without the noise, aroma, and fuss of a motorized tiller, and it gets down to the subsoil with minimal damage to the underground habitat. This one is especially well-made, and will last forever or a lifetime, (whichever comes first). I wish I had discovered it fifty years ago, before all the broken handles on my spade. Thanks for a great product.

Craig 5.0 out of 5 starsIdeal gardening broad-fork! April 4, 2016 Verified Purchase I have been in metal component manufacturing for 30+ years and can say without hesitation this unit is well built, attention has been paid to all details of construction, simple to assemble and will last a lifetime. In my opinion, this is a tool made by professionals for serious and weekend gardeners.

Barbara J Manard 5.0 out of 5 starsGreat Product April 4, 2016 I took this out to my garden as soon as I got it assembled. It made digging my canna bulbs so much easier even with the mud. I would recommend this to anyone that likes to play in the dirt and may not be as strong as you once were.

5.0 out of 5 starsLife-Changing March 30, 2016 Verified Purchase this device is life-changing !! .. and the customer service & lifetime guarantee are awesome

=D Mary 4.0 out of 5 starsWell Worth the Money if you are strong enough to put it together.

March 25, 2016 Verified Purchase This broadfork is extremely well made and versatile. It was however, NOT easy to assemble. Everything was there, but, the handles literally had to be POUNDED into the base. (Its a good thing my boys are strong.)You can change the number of "prongs" to suit the job. I am very short and my sons are very tall. We placed the handles to the outside and it works really well. The guys took turns and finished my 20x24' garden plot in a little under 3 hours going both east to west and north to south. NICE TOOL! Yes I would buy this again and may so we can use more than one at a time. Inventor Note: We do our best to "de burr" all of our parts ... now and then some parts might get by us. If the handle sockets are not properly "de burred" they can be difficult to assemble. This problem has been resolved.

Logan 1.0 out of 5 starsNot worth it March 23, 2016 Verified Purchase Weak, I have to take it to get it welded after 2 days of use. After writing this yesterday I did get a request to send them a pic of the defect, which I did this morning once I got home from work They sent a replacement part for that I would take it from 1 star to at least 2. However the replacement started cracking on a weld just like the first. I am done with it. Inventor Note: In the beginning I was doing the welding ... I am not a certified welder! All EZ Diggers are now professionally welded and we have never had a return or complaint using our current welding service.

Any questions or comments ...

Please feel free to give me a call here in Montana at  406-360-3254

Mac McQuaid ... owner, inventor

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