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Electric Garden Hoe

By Lucinda Harper ; Updated September 21, 2017

Commonly used for weeding and loosening soil in the garden, the hoe is a quintessential garden tool. The mechanization of the the widely used hand tool has made landscaping and aerating soil easier and quicker. The electric garden hoe, also know as a cultivator or tiller, can be used for a wider variety of garden work.


Garden hoes are very basic agricultural tools. Manual hoes have several types of blades for different tasks. Short-handle manual hoes were used for cultivating heavy soil, digging furrows and light weeding. Motorized in 1912, gas-powered and electric hoes soon followed.


Electric hoes are more effective than using shovels or manual hoes when prepping large areas of soft soil. Electric hoes are best for maintaining small, individual garden bed. These garden tools are quieter than gas-powered hoes but should not be used on very large areas with unbroken or rocky soil.


Electric garden hoes are more convenient in design than manual hoes. The motors are powerful enough to make cultivating nearly effortless. A soft-grip handle is attached to a long pole on one end for comfortable maneuvering. There are several blades or tines on other end of the hoe, small and effective enough to till in between plants and gardens. The adjustable shaft is also beneficial for users as it allows to work quickly without bending over.


Garden hoes can also be gas-powered. An electric hoe is generally cheaper than a gas-powered type but it is also less powerful. The small gasoline engine that powers the hoe is capable of cultivating larger areas. Electric garden hoes are best suited for homeowners with small-scale gardens.


The battery-powered garden tool is not the most powerful and should be fully charged for maximum and best use. Beware of using the electric hoe on areas that are too wet, muddy or with a clay consistency to avoid clogging the machine as well as areas with large debris including large tree roots.


About the Author


Lucinda Harper has traveled far and wide, writing about her professional work experiences in education, politics and the beauty industry since 2004. She graduated from the University of California Irvine with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science.