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Originally designed over 90 years ago, this weed puller saw action up until the Second World War, when steel and other materials were salvaged for the war effort. This takes us back to a time when you reached for a tool instead of a bottle of weed killer.

Instructions on the handle explain how to operate Grandpa’s Weeder — it’s pretty simple. First, center the two iron gripping prongs over the weed. Then jam it into the ground and remove your foot, leaning the 39″ hardwood handle in the direction of the footpad lever. The weed pops out, root and all.

Street pricing runs around $23.

Grandpa’s Weeder [Garrett Wade]
Street Pricing [Google Products]


12 Responses to Grandpa’s Weeder

  1. forlerm says:

    I have one of those best thing in the world for dandelions only thing ive ever used that got all the root

  2. Mike says:

    Lee Valley has them too, for $25.50

  3. Joe says:

    I got mine at Lowes a few years ago. Best thing ever for dandelions.

  4. Ted says:

    I’ve got a knockoff that Home Hardware sells in Canada for about $15. It works reasonably well, it’s easier, and you get a better “full taproot” success rate, if you do a thorough soaking of the lawn before weeding.

  5. Fzzt says:

    The only real drawback to this tool is when you get someone using it and they get a little too happy with it. It can leave your yard looking like the PGA tour played through. Personally, I’d rather go around and tamp a little dirt & seed in the holes someone else leaves than walk around pulling weeds.
    Amazing how many people you can talk into pulling weeds once you show them how the tool works. 🙂

  6. Keith says:

    I’ve got one of these, and it’s fantastic. Beyond the ability to clear a yard of weeds without using poisons that could hurt my dog, just walking slowly around and popping out dandelions is a refreshingly cathartic experience.

  7. kif says:

    I have a similar one from lehmans.com, and I think its great. I agree with the comment about the soaked ground, and even more with the remark about avoiding the herbicides. When the grass is growing, there are always kids rolling around in it, so I don’t use anything but organic fertilizer, iron and lime.

    The only down side is the when the neighbors see me yank out a weed, verify that I have the tap root, then mumble a string of profanities to the weed in celebration of my victory. Then I chuck it onto the hot black top to cook down before sweeping them all up.

    The only place I can’t use it is in the 1 inch gaps between the flagstone in my walks. For those weeds, I just boil up a tea kettle and train a half cup or so in the middle of each weed. Kind of smells like cooking collard greens.

  8. Chris says:

    @kif: Add some salt to that water next time. It seems to keep the plants away longer than just plain boiling water.


  9. Bo K says:

    Although not as pretty as Grandpa’s Weeder, I highly recommend the tool named Speedy Weedy – especially for (or rather, against) dandelions.

    The principle is almost the same, you pull the weed up with root and all (and leave a hole in the lawn…). The main feature is that as the Speedy Weedy is short and light, and keeps the unwanted foliage in it’s claws until you press the release, it’s easy to toss away your dandelion harvest into a basket – without ever having to kneel or bend your back!

    A swedish invention, but Google will find you international resellers.

  10. Dan says:

    I’ve got something much like the “speedy weedy”, which I believe I got from walmart and it’s called the “weed demon” or somesuch. (canadian tire sells another thing like this, I’m sure lots of places do)

    It works pretty well, but it leaves really pretty big holes in the ground, easily twice the size of the ‘grandpa’s weeder’ ones. Also, the one I got needed some tweaking; the spikes were too conical, which made it really difficult to get the plug of dirt out even with the little pusher thing — prying them outwards helps a lot.

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  12. dee dee says:

    this was made for dandelions by a canning company,that canned greens.
    I have the original patent tool,original wooden prototype,
    and patent number.
    good luck charley.

    yes I am old but not forgetful
    dee dee

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