Mattocks are an agricultural tool which bears similarities to the hoe and pickaxe.
In addition to being useful in the garden, mattocks can also be employed in wide variety of other tasks in which soil and rock need to be broken up, such as in construction. Many hardware and home supply stores stock these tools and they can also be found at nurseries and garden suppliers.
The design of mattocks consists of heavy metal head attached to long pole.
The head has perpendicular wedge shape which is chisel-like in appearance. On the other end of the head, the mattocks can be fitted with pointed pick or another attachment, depending on the design. The weight and shape of the head are designed to allow people to break ground easily, and the tool is usually made from metal, which may be coated to help it resist corrosion.
When purchasing mattocks, people should think about how the tool will be used, and consider the head options available. Something like pick end might be useful if people are working with concrete or hard soils, for example, while broader hoe head can be used with soil under active cultivation which just needs some encouragement. Mattocks can be used for tasks like weeding, breaking ground, cultivating soil in raised beds, and so forth.
Some hardware stores sell heads and handles separately in addition to carrying whole tools. People can buy replacement handles as their handles wear out or are damaged, and vice versa with tool heads. Likewise, people can use separate heads and handles to assemble the perfect mattocks, with length which will be comfortable and easy in the hands and head which meets their needs.