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As a gardener weeds and cultivates his garden, he inevitably encounters varied conditions such as a narrow gap between cultivated plants; larger areas with weed growth; perhaps a large area of small, shallow rooted weeds, or a much larger, deep rooted weed. In the same garden he usually encounters weeds with thick, woody stems and weeds with shallow, succulent roots. He may encounter an area of hard-packed soil that needs to be tilled to improve aeration and water absorbs ion. Obviously, one weeding tool is not efficient for all the weeding and cultivation situations a gardener typically encounters as he progresses through his garden with cultivation tasks.


A wide cutting edge is most efficient when larger areas of small, shallow rooted weeds are encountered. Conversely, a narrow cutting edge is best to “root-out” larger, deep rooted weeds or when the weeds are between closely spaced plants. Other cultivation tasks might include forming a furrow for planting seeds or bulbs or forming a channel for irrigation. These tasks are best accomplished with specialized implements.


To meet the various garden cultivation challenges, numerous hoe designs have attempted to make multi-purpose tools for weeding and tilling. The VersaTill has suceeded in making a multi-functional cultivation tool for the serious gardener where others have failed. It took several years of designing and testing prototypes to arrive at a practical design.


The design goals of the development of the VersaTill was to make a tool that was:


(a) adaptable to various garden cultivation tasks.
 
(b) economical to manufacture
 
(c) capaable of utilizing two distinctive tools on a common handle.

(d) capable of quick and easy tool head changes.

(e) capable of utilizing a variety of two-tool combinations for use on the same handle.

(f) configured so that the non-working tool head is not in conflict with the operator when the tool is in use.

 
(g) easy to package and ship.
 
(h) efficient in terms of mechanical advantage for the operator.
 
(i) designed with ergonomic principles in mind so that long term or intensive use will be less likely to cause injury  
 
(j) easy to switch from a long handle configuration to a short handle configuration.


(k) easy and quick to converted from left hand operation to right hand operation using common tools.


(l) to provide a tool which will accept a wide range of tool heads for tilling, furrowing, hilling, raking, leveling, and various weeding tasks.


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