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Post  Kelejan on 3/2/2014, 3:24 am

@sanderson wrote:kelejan,  How heavy does it feel?  Is it good for someone with a bad back?
Sanderson, it is rabbithutch that has ordered this. See quote included in my post above.  Smile 
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Re: Compost Forks

Post  sanderson on 3/2/2014, 4:23 am

Opps!  Embarassed  I guess my question is now irrelevant about weight.
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Post  rabbithutch on 3/2/2014, 1:50 pm

That 6 tine fork from Tractor Supply looks even better than the one I bought.  I should have thought of them before ordering.  The tines appear to be a bit thicker than mine.  It would be a lot better if it included someone to turn the compost pile every 5 or 6 days.   Smile
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Post  jimmy cee on 3/2/2014, 2:35 pm

@rabbithutch wrote:That 6 tine fork from Tractor Supply looks even better than the one I bought.  I should have thought of them before ordering.  The tines appear to be a bit thicker than mine.  It would be a lot better if it included someone to turn the compost pile every 5 or 6 days.   Smile

Thanks for that tip. I was going to order one, now I'll just check it out at Tractor's
I know no one will come along with it to do the turning..
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Post  donnainzone5 on 3/15/2014, 2:17 pm

Rabbit,

Is the fork you ordered very heavy?  I do have a bad back and smallish hands.
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Post  rabbithutch on 3/15/2014, 2:43 pm

donnainzone10 wrote:Rabbit,

Is the fork you ordered very heavy?  I do have a bad back and smallish hands.

I think 'heavy' might be a relative term here.  It is not as heavy as a flat-tined spade fork.  I would say that it probably weighs 3-4 lbs., at most.

I'm a geezer with muscle and heart problems who takes things very slowly.  I don't find the tool heavy, but I don't use it for very long periods either.

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Post  donnainzone5 on 3/15/2014, 2:57 pm

Thanks!  I was afraid it might weigh about the same as one of my cats:  12-13 lbs.!

Think I'll go ahead and order it from Amazon.
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Post  sanderson on 3/15/2014, 3:00 pm

Rabbit Hutch, I found an Ames bedding (manure) fork like yours with multiple tines at Home Depot!!  bounce   As a woman with a bad back, I would say that it is heavier rather than lighter.  But lighter than the 4 heavy tined, short handled, gardening fork. I think it will be perfect for finely chopped compost material.


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Re: Compost Forks

Post  sanderson on 3/15/2014, 3:05 pm

Donna, Do you have Home Depot in your area?
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Re: Compost Forks

Post  donnainzone5 on 3/15/2014, 3:14 pm

There's a Home Depot here, yes.  I looked recently but didn't see anything similar to the one Rabbithutch purchased.
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Post  sanderson on 3/15/2014, 3:32 pm

Call and ask them if they got the Ames bedding fork in. That will be a hint. Did you see my photo above?
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Re: Compost Forks

Post  llama momma on 3/15/2014, 3:57 pm

Sanderson

Congratulations. That's a terrific looking fork you got there.  I am going to order one now and count this as an early Mother's Day gift.  I still have issues from injuring my hip last Spring while composting the labor intensive Berkeley method.  It was much too much work with a four tine garden fork.
Thanks for the inspiration!
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Post  donnainzone5 on 3/15/2014, 4:02 pm

Sanderson,

Thanks for the tip.

Yes, Home Depot carries this item, which has a 48" handle, rather than 54".  Do you think 48" is long enough?  I'm 5'-5".
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Post  sanderson on 3/16/2014, 2:51 am

Donna, I will look at and measure it tomorrow and give you my thoughts.
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Post  sanderson on 3/16/2014, 2:52 am

LM, Hope it works better for you. I think it will be able to take thinner (lighter) layers.
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Post  jimmy cee on 3/16/2014, 8:53 am

I would tend to think a shorter fork would work best with a short user, and a long fork for a tall user.
I am 6 foot, a short fork would be making me work harder, a longer one would suit me better.
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Post  Goosegirl on 3/16/2014, 9:56 am

donnainzone10 wrote:Sanderson,

Thanks for the tip.

Yes, Home Depot carries this item, which has a 48" handle, rather than 54".  Do you think 48" is long enough?  I'm 5'-5".

That should be about right. I am 4'11" and my fork is a total of 48", handle and fork together, and is just a wee bit short for me, but better than the full-sized 'adult' tools!

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Post  donnainzone5 on 3/16/2014, 12:18 pm

GG,

So, since I'm 6" taller than you, I should probably get the one with the 54" handle.
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Post  Goosegirl on 3/16/2014, 12:23 pm

donnainzone10 wrote:GG,

So, since I'm 6" taller than you, I should probably get the one with the 54" handle.

Mine is not a 48" handle, it is 48" total length (one of the stubby handles with a D-shaped grip on the end), so the 48" handle would probably do you pretty well.

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Post  sanderson on 3/16/2014, 1:49 pm

I just measured the handle (metal and wood part) and it is 48." I'm now 5'3" (the other 3/4" disappeared). Hope this helps.
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Post  donnainzone5 on 3/16/2014, 2:02 pm

I'm going with the 48" handle.  Thanks, everyone!
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Post  Goosegirl on 3/16/2014, 3:59 pm

donnainzone10 wrote:I'm going with the 48" handle.  Thanks, everyone!
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Post  llama momma on 3/16/2014, 5:33 pm

Sanderson
Turns out I didn't have to order the fork online since the local HD had it available. Looks just like yours.  Can't wait to break it in this week. Need to separate the leaf mold layer from leaves if its not frozen..  Then condense leaves from one corral to the other.  Then finally empty bags from Autumns collection.  The temps are warming into the 50's and 60's this week, my kind of enjoyable outdoor weather.
Thanks for the inspiration Sanderson.
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