Discussion in 'The Tool Shed' started by OldAdobe, Nov 19, 2021.
Please help me with identifying this thing. It has a socket to take a wooden handle.
Hand forged socket, so it's quite old.
Reminds me of a tree-seedling planting "dibble", or perhaps a very heavy duty dandelion or thistle lifter.
Jim-Gem Speedy Dibble 758182225147 | eBay
With the wood lined steel handle , I'm leaning towards a tool that was used for a repetitive task ? Also , those flats appear to be for ones foot : similar to a shovel of some sort ?
The forked, or notched, tip is intriguing. Doesn't appear to be sharpened. Its function would seem to be key to this mystery.
So heavy-duty it would seem to be industrial grade - makes me think of railroad tools, for instance.
Any maker's or owner's markings to be seen if you sanded it lightly?
There's zero clues on this thing...good idea about trying a light sanding to i.d. makers-mark. The forked tip does look like it was designed for pulling, e.g. RR spikes, however the tips are rounded (not angled like a claw hammer)and its arch is slight, almost flat (meaning zero leverage). I bought it with blacksmithing tools and old axe heads. Lots of logging history in this area so perhaps its timber industry related?
Any museums around your area that would have stuff like that?
With the forked blade could it be some sort of pry bar?
I believe it is a Dandelion removal tool. You drive it in down along the root (they have a long center root), then pry/pop it out of the ground. The "T" shaped part is likely to step it down in the ground.
Here is a more modern version...
AMES TRUE TEMPER - True Temper Long Handle Deluxe Dandelion Weeder #TV835116
My thought too, but dang it is heavy-duty!
They must’ve special made it for the ones in my yard.
It's a weeder. Modern version:
... a first gen weeder! For dinosaur sized dandelions.
That's got to be what it is.
My first impression is for pulling up tap roots of some sort.
Tree saplings, sassafras root, honey suckle etc.
Too heavy for annual type weeds. Ginseng or root crops.
Not sure what kinda tree or shrub roots that need pulling in your region.
I think I saw that in the Battle of Dagorlad....
Tie rod end remover. The original 'pickle fork.'
That was my first thought.
Yup - got one like that out at the farm. I remember using it on deep thistles as a kid out around the shop and other out buildings.
Why do I get an error message when I try to open the OP's attachments?
If I was a roofer I would use it to remove old tab roofing.
Im guessing used like a dandelion/thistle root puller but for tree roots for cleaning soil for farming years ago because of the hand forging
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