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How to make an INEXPENSIVE HOE for EFFICIENT WEEDING, ‘Recycle Strap Hoe’. Weeds beware !

December 15, 2019


Hi folks, this is a beautiful rainy day in California and I’m really excited to be able to share with you
how to make a Recycle Hoe. This is a special type of hoe which I recently
developed and which allows us to control weeds in a situation like this in the background,
without damaging the plastic. I developed this new hoe design which I call the
Recycle Hoe. And let me explain to you the three parts of it that
are critical. So the first thing you’re going to need is a large
piece of grass. Okay, so this is a piece of grass. The grass is called Arundo. And it’s a very common and invasive weed here
in California in certain areas. And you’re going to use this as our handle. These make great handles. For our blade what we’re going to use is a piece of this steel
strapping. So this is steel strapping that comes from
hardware stores. You don’t have to buy it. It’s very springy. This is what they throw away. And I’m always looking in dumpsters for all kinds of goodies and I’ve noticed this stuff for many years. And after noticing it for many years I finally
figured out a way to use it in our research
program. So this comes in different sizes. This size is 1/2 inch. This size is 3/4s inch. So we’re going to use to make our blade. It’s a very, very sharp surface for cutting weeds. Okay, so that’s our blade. And then to attach all this together we’re going to use a bicycle inner tube. And this is one that means a lot to me because I
ride a bike to work everyday pretty much. And I go through a lot of tubes. And in the process of all those tubes… I have a
real hard time throwing tubes away because tubes like this can be used for all different kinds
of things. And so I’d hung on to these tubes for years and
years and I’ve got a big bag of them in my garage And I knew eventually I would probably come up
with some way to use these that would be… real
useful. Now to save time I took the handle the way it comes off the plant and I already removed all this outside wrapping. So here’s one that’s already ready to go. This handle is about 8 feet tall. I like a nice, long, tall handle like this because it
allows me to reach way out and control weeds without having a stoop over
so much. So it’s egonomically really good. I also prepared for us two blades. Let’s start with this first blade. So here’s the blade and this is a two foot long
section of that metal strapping. And we’re going to attach it with these two pieces of rubber. So this piece of rubber here, this is about a 6 inch
long piece of rubber To do this what you’re going to a need to do is
take your piece of strapping, bend it in half like this. Keep the tension in it like that. Make sure it doesn’t slap you in the face. Slide it through the tube, like this. So that both
ends come through the end of the tube Okay, like that. And then we’re going to grab on to those two
ends and pull it over the end of our handle. Move it down about like that Now one thing that’s kind of important is you don’t
want to have this sticking out so we will then pull that back a little bit pull this side back a little bit and then I like to get the… I don’t want the end… this part of the handle
sticking out so I move it just like that. Okay. Real simple so far right? Now you take your two foot long section of tubing that you cut from the same inner tube and you start wrapping it. Now I like to keep this wrap really, really tight because I want to be able to go around it many
many times. Okay, so I’m wraping that all the way down to the end here overlapping just
slightly. So now you get near the end. Well how you
going to attach it? Well, what I do is I just bring it around like this. I hold my thumb
underneath there and then I slip that part over the top of the previous wrap. And there you’ve got it, alright? Now to make the hoe blade the right shape just push it slightly. And look at that. Isn’t that beautiful? You’ve got a sharp hoe right here folks. This thing can slice through soil like a butter knife
slices through butter. And it’s really, really effective. Now, we’re not just going to put one blade on our
hoe. We’re going to put two blades on there. And were going to use the other size. We’re going to redo this again. Okay so we’ve got our 6 inch piece of tube right
here. We’re going to bend that in half. Slide that right through the center of our piece of tubing. Boy is it windy out here. We’ve gotten some nice
rain today. Pull it over the end like this. Okay? Now remember I’m going to pull this little bit here
back so it’s in line with…or a little bit inside of the
tubing. Because I don’t want to cut myself. Okay, now get it just in line… the rubber tubing
and the end of the shaft are in line on this side. And then I take my rubber strapping and start wrapping. Keeping it really tight as I go. Now we’re going to tie this one off. Remember, put your thumb there, bring it around get it underneath your thumb and pull it out, and
there you go. You’ve got your second side of the
hoe. Now were going to push this down a little bit And there you go folks. You’ve got a beautiful hoe right here with a three
quarter inch blade on one side a half inch blade on the other side and this can be very effective at controlling small
weeds right down in these areas right near the
plastic. [MUSIC] Anyway, I hope this has helped you to figure out how you can make your own recycle hoe. I hope you enjoy making it. You might even make some for people and give
them to them as a present. You might share this design with another farmer or another gardener so that they can also use it. And I really hope that this can be used by people
in many different areas regardless of their
resources. And I hope that it can help them with their weed
control and their weed management. Take care !

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18 Comments

  • Reply Joey Smith January 26, 2016 at 4:58 am

    i am excited to try it out 🙂

  • Reply Jan Dietrick March 23, 2016 at 12:19 am

    Great use of recycled, wildcrafted material and a good design. Tomorrow we go in production of the "Brennan" hoe…

  • Reply 808 surfah March 30, 2016 at 6:14 am

    Flippin awesome Mr. Farmer man…Aloha

  • Reply Harriette Jensen April 17, 2016 at 2:30 pm

    Great idea!

  • Reply Gravel Back Mechanic April 22, 2016 at 9:03 am

    I have made version of this from a broom handle and recycled band saw blades. I like your version better. We don't have much bamboo here but the steel banding and inner tubes should be easy to acquire. Thanks for the video!

  • Reply Luís Barros May 1, 2016 at 9:33 am

    Nice idea. Thanks for share your experience

  • Reply 041c0unt3rPart May 4, 2016 at 2:30 am

    Top man!

  • Reply Marie Anderson November 17, 2016 at 12:33 pm

    Love it! Thank you for sharing.

  • Reply The Bee's Knees Market Gardens February 6, 2017 at 1:14 am

    Brilliant! Thanks for sharing!

  • Reply Ella Silva May 26, 2017 at 12:12 am

    I made one of these and it only works if you have loose or soft soil or maybe really wet.. I tried it in my herb garden which had been recently worked and it would barely scrape the top of the soil. was really hoping it would work for me.

  • Reply Shafi Mohammad June 30, 2017 at 8:09 pm

    Very nice tutorial video. I am gonna make this right now. Bicycle store gives away used tube if you ask nicely.

    I need to make videos for my school project. How do you add text and picture in your video?

  • Reply Nick Follett December 8, 2017 at 12:04 pm

    Have made a few of these – I found that making a double-ended one with one end using 1½' of strapping (so the loop is formed of 6") is really good for more precise work.

  • Reply Nanaleigh February 1, 2018 at 8:39 pm

    Good idea. I to have things saved thinking that I will figure out something to do with it. It saddens me because THE HUMANS SPECIES CREATE SO MUCH TRASH. It is hard to even fathom the extent of accumulation and what it is doing to our land we all have to live on. Choking out our dear mother earth. Thanks for sharing. Ever little bit helps.

  • Reply Daniel Ametepee April 4, 2018 at 6:58 am

    You are intelligent man I like your plan

  • Reply farez shah October 7, 2018 at 4:43 am

    Loud and clear explanation….. thank you very much. ??

  • Reply Randy Limon, M.D. November 16, 2018 at 2:43 pm

    Thank you for your kindness. ?

  • Reply joe john April 4, 2019 at 3:51 am

    Last year I made the same after seening your idea and found very successful. Thanks a lot. I have popularised this at Kerala, South india. The farmers are very thankful to you and they have told me to convey their regards to you. Thanks

  • Reply Sudarshan G November 17, 2019 at 4:37 am

    Awesome tool

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