Pitch Fork Decisions

We’ve always maintained that if you’re doing one or two stalls a day, you’re probably not horribly picky about the fork you use. Well, we were wrong. And it’s all because of a new fork on the market. It can make a difference.

The DreamFork weighs less than 3 lbs., but is super strong.

Over the years, we’ve used various models of the Future Fork,Apple Picker and the Dura Fork. We’ve also had the Thunderbolt Sifter, the A Plus Equine Fine-Tines and more. They’re all good choices, and the A Plus Equine Fine-Tines and Future Fork are previous Editor’s Choice/Best Buy picks.

These forks are well made and nicely priced – pretty much what we’ve all grown to expect in a quality fork. But we think the New Wave DreamFork from VersZa has raised the bar.

It’s lightweight – our barn workers said it felt lighter than other forks they were using. It weighs less than three pounds. It is very well balanced.

Head shape is somewhat personal. There are those who just will not give up their basket-shaped fork heads. And we do understand. But we found the NewWave fork’s slight dip in the tines worked very well, unless you were really trying to grab three piles of manure from arena footing or something like that. Otherwise, in normal stall cleaning, it’s terrific.

Best of all, we love the replaceable tines. Not that the company believes they will ever need to be replaced. They claim the tines are virtually unbreakable (see warranty), and we don’t doubt it.

We also applaud the idea of replaceable tines in general, because we believe Americans have become a somewhat wasteful society. Why have to toss a pitch fork head because one tine broke? Because it will leak, that’s why. But that shouldn’t be necessary.

The fork arrives and must be assembled, which took less than five minutes. You can also pick from 13 different colors, choosing an alternating color pattern or one solid color. (We admit it was fun to play with the colors and design virtual forks online. 

Bottom Line.

The New Wave DreamFork quickly became the tool of choice in our barn. The $59.95 price tag might give you pause at first, but our testers confirm that it is well worth the cost. It’s our Editor’s Choice.

See our December 2010 review of stall forks.

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