A culvert runs in front of my property, diverting runoff into the local creek — maintaining the grass and weeds in there has always been an issue, ’cause the ground is fairly irregular due to erosion and a mower won’t get in there well. When I jump into the 2′-deep trench with the string trimmer I usually end up wetter than a tadpole in a pond, due to residual moisture. Culvert pipe would work, if I wanted to spend $1,000 for about 150’ of it. Luckily I found this ditch bank blade.
The Ames Heavy-Duty Ditch Bank Blade allows me to cut with both sides of the blade from the edge of the ditch. The blade end consists of a straight edge with a tip that curves in on one side and curves out on the other side.
The 16″ carbon-steel blade with a 40″ hickory handle has enough mass to cut through most anything that gets in its may, including small saplings and brush up to 1/2″ in diameter. You can keep it sharp with a simple file — it’ll hold a finer edge, but for a tool that’s going to hit rocks and dirt, a file sharpening will serve it well.
This tool has lived by a few other names as well — joe blade, kaiser blade, or sling blade — but the Ames company wanted something more practical, I guess. I found one, on clearance and then half-off due to it being late fall, for under $15. The average price on these is about $50.