Rated 3.5 out of 5Â by 14
Rated 2 out of 5Â by Jake Broke before the start of the season.
I picked this up from the local HD because the forks looked solid and it had a good heft to it.
I can confirm that the forks themselves are holding up nicely, but everything else not so much.
My first problem occurred when I pulled the D-handle right off the top of the shaft. No problem, I just slid it back on and anchored it with a screw.
As I continued double digging my garden plot the wooden shaft snapped.
For this to be a quality tool, either the fork needs to extend deeper into the shaft and the metal reinforcement sleeve needs to be made much more substantial.
February 5, 2012
Rated 4 out of 5Â by TheRatman Great Pitch Fork
Works well for small jobs; plastic handle vs. metal, but still works fine; good value for money
October 2, 2014
Rated 2 out of 5Â by DIYer D-Handle not up to the task
This plastic D Handle on this fork has become very loose aft just two uses. As a homeowner with a small garden, I am disappointed.
The plastic on the handle seems up to the task, but the rivet used to secure the D-handle to the shaft is undersized and allows the handle to twist significantly. I'll likely need to replace the rivet with a screw, not a big deal, but why should I after just two uses?
I would have preferred, and paid more, for a metal handle, but HD did not offer that option. Seems like they want me to buy tools that will last a season or two, rather than a life-time.
April 16, 2013
Rated 1 out of 5Â by Binu Not Worth It
I had the fork 1 week. The first weekend, was the backyard, very light work and the tool worked perfectly. Next weekend was the front yard, where there's a tree by the street curb. The fork got stuck in one of the tree roots, and when I tried pulling it out, the fork stayed, and the handle came out with no breaks or cracks. There was no re-inforcement, but to buy a $30 tool that can't handle any resistance is ridiculous to me.
Ames needs to reinforce their tools better. a simple screw would have probably sufficed, but would have easily broken the handle.
Thankfully, Home Depot saw the tool and allowed me to return the item. I am not looking for a new fork online, preferably online since HD only carries 1 type and brand.
April 15, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5Â by vinmatt64 It did the job.
I needed to break up some soil for a garden and this really helped. Only issue I have is that the rivet that holds the handle in place became loose so now the handle turns on it a little bit when you try to use it. I don't have the receipt and I have used it so I don't plan on returning it. It did last till I got the job done. I recommend this for small jobs, weekend warrior jobs.
May 7, 2013