If you’re turning compost or collecting the grass you’ve scythed or woodchips that have been left by the side of the road by the tree loppers or moving gravel, you’ll need a fork. And having the right fork makes all the difference to the effort and time required for the job. Our forks are sturdy, reliable tools, forged at the Falci factory in Italy.
The men on the farm generally like to use the 6 pronged fork when we are moving mounds of vegetative material. The fork is very sturdy and the prongs are close enough together to catch most material. It is heavier than the 5 pronged fork, but if weight is not an issue, the fork makes up for it by being able to move a lot of material in one lift. If you have the strength, the 6 pronged fork increases your efficiency compared with the 5 pronged fork.
Jobs the 6 pronged fork is good at:
- turning large amounts of compost in one lift
- collecting mown grass
- collecting finer woodchips than what the 5 pronged fork can easily collect
Jobs the 5 pronged fork is not good at:
- collecting gravel
- collecting ballast
- collecting extremely fine material like very fine and dryer compost or even our goat manure – the material just falls through the gaps between the prongs although it does a much better job than the 5 pronged fork as the prongs are closer together.
Note: All of our forks come without handles. This means they can be sent via Australia Post. Handles are available locally for sale in most good hardware stores. We find that a good long hoe handle works well. You will have to fit the handle yourself, but it is a skill that can be learned fairly quickly with patience. The fork itself will last a long time, but wooden handles often have to be replaced after several years (less frequently if you keep your handles oiled) so learning to fit a handle is an investment for the future.