I just missed out on a fairly good deal on a used rotary hoe on eBay (mistimed the auction ending time, and so didn’t get my bid on!). Yes I know about eBay sniping software, and yes it was a dumb mistake. Oh well, taking the philosophical view it gives me some more time to do my research…
The rotary hoe was a Krieger (have you ever heard of them?), 6.5 hp petrol motor, 50 cm width, self-propelled – as seen in the photo.
These things sell for about $600 new (plus $100+ shipping!) on eBay. The one I was going to bid on was the same thing, used only once, and ended up going for $340. It was less than an hour’s drive away, so would have been an easy pickup too.
So while I look for another used rotary hoe for sale, I’d love to hear your advice and feedback.
I want to hoe up a largeish area of kikuyu grass in my yard, to turn it into vegetable gardens. It’s on a slight slope, with an area of about 200-300 square metres (but not in a square – it goes in a big ring around some raised beds and a citrus grove).
My plan is to hoe the whole area, then dig paths through it on contour, shovelling the dirt onto the new beds. The paths will be filled with wood chip as a moisture reservoir and fungi haven, and the beds will be mulched with straw and planted out with herbs, vegies and other beneficial plants.
My first thought was to hire a rotary hoe for the day, but rental costs $150/day. Ouch! I don’t expect to have an ongoing need for a rotary hoe once the gardens are set up, so I thought hiring would be better than buying. But if I could buy a second-hand one for a decent price, use it to set up the garden beds, and then sell it again, I’d probably be out of pocket less than the $150 and would have all the time I need to do the job properly instead of rushing it all in a single day.
Have you tried anything like this before? Does a rotary hoe kill grass effectively, or will I get grass shoots coming up through the garden beds? Do you know anything about the Krieger brand? Is there anything in particular I should look for in a used rotary hoe?
Even better, do you live near me and have a rotary hoe that I could borrow, hire or buy? 🙂
Any and all advice appreciated!