Tool Review Falci Grub Hoe

Tool Review: Falci Grub Hoe

Do a fair amount of digging? How about a tool that’s not a shovel? A grub hoe is what you want.

For swales and small ponds, fast shaping of tree planting wells or garden beds, get a good grub hoe.

Wonder what farmers around the world use if they have no other tool? Yep, grub hoe again.

Check out this review of the Falci grub hoe.

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The Falci Grub Hoe

Ah, one of my favorite tools, the beloved Falci grub hoe. This is a digging tool, and it does a great job at that. Properly sharpened, it will chop through sod and roots.

A few years ago I bought a different, heavier grub hoe from another manufacturer, and it’s not used as much as my Falci.

I have the 4.25″ version that’s 1.3lbs, though there is a 5.5″ version that’s almost 2.2 lbs.

It’s light, easy to handle, and a great digger. The motion is different than using a spade or shovel to dig, and I think easier on your back.

The Falci has an oval eye to prevent turning, which is a great feature.

That other grub hoe I bought has a round eye that loosens up and makes the head spin around. It got very annoying because what you’re supposed to do is pound it on rock to reseat the head.

You don’t have to do that with the Falci though. It is solid and stays in place even with heavy use.

Tool Review Falci Grub HoeThe handle on that non-Falci grub hoe also rotted out at the base within a year. I wasn’t impressed or happy about it.

In contrast, the Falci handle is solid and shows no signs of breaking down or wearing out.

This is a solid tool that will last many years if properly cared for, with occasional sharpening to keep it digging efficiently.

The Verdict

Here’s the breakdown:


  • Great general digging tool
  • Light and easy to use, won’t tire you out like heavier hoes
  • Inexpensive
  • Head has oval eye handle socket, and won’t turn on you


  • Too light for prying up stubborn grass clumps and large rocks
  • Doesn’t come in a 3 or 3.5″ version 🙁


When you get yours, make sure to oil the handle to preserve and protect it. It comes as raw wood, without any coating you have to scrape off.

I like this because I can put whatever I want on it, whether tung or linseed oil.

Also, make sure to sharpen the blade properly.

Before you use it, check out Matt’s article on using a garden hoe. He shows how to be most efficient and avoid injuries.

Get yours here: Falci Grub Hoe



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