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Advanced Tips for Weeding and Other Applications
Using the Ergonica Weed Twister - Your Multitasking Helper

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Did you know that your Ergonica Weed Twister can not only be used to protect your garden against a variety of menacing weeds, but also to protect your person or pets against aggressive dogs, coyotes?  Or to remove garden moles and gophers from your garden?   Have a red fire ant problem?   It can also help to repair your lawn, protect your skin when handling cactus and make it easier to prune yuccas and train bougainvilleas.  Because of its unique, light-weight design, your Weed Twister can also help you keep your footing when hiking steep mountain trails and to remove litter along the way.  For busy people with little time to spare, this is the perfect multitasking tool around the home and on the trail, as well.   Take it with you when you visit your loved ones' gravesites for maintenance.  These special applications and others, as well as advanced weeding techniques are presented on this page.  

Although the simple weeding  technique of 1-Point, 2-Twist, 3-Lift works marvelously in most weed removal situations, there are advanced tips and techniques that you can quickly learn to use the WEED TWISTER more efficiently and also to accomplish other tasks that are not obvious to the beginning or Activist Weed Twister.  Note: For the best weed removal methods appropriate for most weed types, please see the Quick Tips page.  For those of you who wish to excel or become expert in using this tool in rapid time, we have divided the various advanced techniques and applications into three levels of Weed Twister proficiency identified as: 

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Advanced Weed Twister User - More Efficiency and Safety

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Twisting and Lifting - When to stop twisting and start lifting?  How to get complete root removal?

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Root Placement - Where's the root?

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Skin or Gloves - Do I need to wear gloves?

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Coil Clearing - I've got the plant in the coils, now what?

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Tilling, Gouging or Twisting - Do I need to twist every time I weed?

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Thorns and Cactus Plants - How do I avoid painful (ouch!) thorns and glochids?

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Safety and Ergonomics - Is the Weed Twister safe to use?  How to match tool length with height?  Can this tool work from a wheelchair?

 

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Expert Weed Twister User - Special Techniques to Improve your Skills

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Angular Attack - What's the best way to approach grassy weeds and vines?

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Torpedo Attack - Is this weed out of reach?

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Crevice Gouging - What if this weed is in a narrow crevice?

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Pinging - What's the best way to tap the coils prior to clearing?

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Thumbing - Why not use my thumb to clear the coils?

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Yanking - Why can't I just yank these weeds out of the coils?

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Wanding - Can gravity and centripetal force remove the weeds?

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Collecting - Is there a limit to how many weeds I can collect in the coils?

 

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Master Weed Twister User  - More Advanced Techniques and Multi-Tasking Applications - The Teacher

bullet Debris Lifting - What kinds of debris can the Weed Twister pick up?
bullet Water Nozzle Support - Can I fix my hose nozzle anywhere I want?
bullet Working on Wheels - Can I work in my garden from a wheel chair?
bullet Walking Staff  - Need a Mountain Trail Hiking Stick?  Need a Cushioned Cane for pavement?
bullet Hole Digging - How low can you go with this tool?
bulletDrain Clearing - How to remove Tree Roots from open drain pipes - Roto-Weeder?
bullet Reforestation - Can this tool help to plant trees?
bullet Transplanting - Lawn Repair:  How can I patch up bare spots of soil in my lawn?  Or transplant volunteer herbs?
bullet Seedling and Sapling Removal - How about big weeds with deep roots?
bullet Treasure Hunting - What can I dig up in the dirt?
bullet Mountain Lion Protection - Need protection against wild cats or aggressive dogs, coyotes in the city or while camping?
bullet Agricultural Applications - Is this tool ready for agriculture?
bullet Holiday Lights - Can the Weed Twister help me hang or remove my holiday lights?
bullet High-Reach Plant Grooming - Can you help me train or pull tall vines, roses, potato vines?
bulletFruit Picking - Can the Weed Twister pick fruit from trees?
bullet Sand or Snow Probe  - Do you have a complete Emergency Survival Kit?
bullet Mole Control - Removal - Can I get rid of moles without killing them?
bulletGravesite Care - How can the Weed Twister help around the cemetery?

The more you use the tool, the more special techniques you will learn on your own.  Here we are sharing the techniques we have learned over the years and that others have learned and shared with us. 

 

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An Advanced Weed Twister is a highly skilled user, able to use the WEED TWISTER in more ways, and more skillfully than the Expert Weed Twister.  If you are new to the WEED TWISTER experience, you may be able to advance your techniques to the next level by acquiring the skills and applications listed here.  Most of the techniques at this level can be learned without instruction just by experimenting with the WEED TWISTER.

  1. Twisting and Lifting:    The first question most users have is when to stop twisting? and when to start lifting?  How do I accomplish complete root removal?  You will soon discover that you will see the weed begin to turn when it is loose and you will also feel the tension on the tool relax.  The twisting motion loosens the soil that holds the root fibers in place.  Once the root fibers are loose, the whole plant begins to turn within the coils.  It's usually best to let the plant do the twist dance with your tool and make a couple of complete rotations to make sure it's ready to go.  That's the best time to stop twisting and start lifting!  This will also present you with a prize for your efforts when you see the entire root structure face the light of day!

  2. Root Placement:  Where's the root? As you work with weeds, you will learn  that not all roots are pointing in the angle where you think they should be.  Of course, in most cases, the obvious place to start is directly vertical beneath the plant.  If you place the coil directly atop the plant and point it straight down into the soil, the root will be directly engaged and loosened.  This approach is the basic or Vertical Attack, also known as the Dive Bomb Attack.  This technique works in 90 percent of all situations.  However, a few weeds may have found a wayward route to get from seed to soil surface or to tap into moisture sources.  The best technique for hard-to-find roots  is to probe the area surrounding the weed with the WEED TWISTER to discover the direction of the root.  The vertical attack works effectively with roots that penetrate deep into the soil.  In the Expert Weed Twister level, you will learn about other approaches that work in different situations, such as the Angular Attack and the Torpedo.

  3. Skin or Gloves:  For more than a random attack on a weed or two, it's recommended that you wear gloves when using the WEED TWISTER.  The rubber grips on the handle will protect your skin when twisting, but gloves will give you more protection and also make it easier to pull the weeds from the coil after lifting.  Any type of gardening gloves will do.   Also, see the Safety and Ergonomics information below. 

  4. Coil Clearing:  There are several simple clearing techniques to take the weeds from the coil and dispose of them in a waste container.  Tapping the coils on a hard object or ground will loosen any plug of dirt that remains in the coils.  Once the plug is released, the standard technique is the Pull and Unwind technique of grasping the weeds in the coils with one hand and pulling away from the tool.  With the other hand turn the handle in the counter-clockwise direction.  If you have a trash container handy, you can tap the coils over the container and the debris will be disposed of in one quick move!  Below you will learn about the advanced techniques of Yanking and Wanding

  5. Tilling, Gouging or Twisting:  Sometimes it's more efficient to till a weed loose from the soil instead of twisting it.  If the weed is just beginning to sprout with roots of only an inch deep or so, it's probably best to gouge the weed from the soil without twisting.  If the soil is loose or moist, very little effort may be needed to simply push the coil into the soil and uproot the weed.  If there are several seedlings in the area, you can slide the coil forward and backward with a stroke of about one foot and uproot all the weeds in the coil's path by the tilling process.  In this sense, gouging refers to removing one weed at a time by pushing the coil into the soil without twisting. Tilling refers to sliding the coil with a forward and backward stroke of about one foot to uproot numerous weeds in its path.  With experience, you will learn how easy it is to switch between twisting, tilling and gouging as the need arises.  More details about tilling techniques are presented in Quick Tips.

  6. Thorns and Cactus Plants:  Weeds have a tendency to snuggle between thorny plants and cacti.  By taking careful aim, you can tag your weed without touching the thornsWeave through cacti to safely tag the weed with your hands or arms.  You can also use the tool to pick up cactus leaves that you have trimmed or that have fallen to the ground.  Using longer models of the tool allows you to reach more deeply between or underneath thorny plants with a greater margin of safety.

  7. Safety and Ergonomics:  It's not every day you can find a tool to match your weeds AND your needs!  The Ergonica Weed Twister is a safe and ergonomically friendly hand tool when used as intended, especially when the correct length is selected according to the plant placement and the user's height as described below.  When compared with the standard hoe of any handle length, the Weed Twister is less stressful for muscles, bones and joints of the shoulders, back, hips and knees, as described below.  The long handles from 36 to 60 inches in length help to protect your back and limbs from the excessive stress normally associated with weeding by hand or using short-handled weeders and knives.  The coils are pointed and sharpened and potentially dangerous if used carelessly.  Children may be intrigued by the design of this tool and may volunteer to help.  If the children are old enough, be sure to guide them as they learn about gardening and how to help out with the chores of the household. Also, see the section above on Skin or Gloves.  

    For the most effective use and ergonomic value, the length of the tool should be matched with the height of the user and the distance from your path to target weeds.  The unique patented coil design of the Ergonica Weed Twister, which applies to all models and lengths, is effective for short and lengthy roots as deep as 12 inches or more and a diameter as wide as 2 inches.  As a rule of thumb, the Weed Twister T-handle of the 36-48 inch models should be about the same level as the chest or elbows of the user.   For precise tilling or working away from your path, the length may be 6 to 12 inches longer to give you a comfortable reach.  Use a  tape measurer to measure the distance from your elbows at rest to the bottom of your feet, or simply use the standard chart below based on height.    Shallow water-pond weeding requires longer reach which can best be supported by 48 - 60 inch lengths.  See table below for standard recommendations based on user height and distance to reach from path to target weeds.  In general, for every 12 inches distance to reach, add 6 inches to the length of the tool. This formula assumes a diagonal angle to the target.  If you need to reach directly overhead or deep over a ledge or into a pond, the length to add should be greater.  The 60 inch model is also recommended for wheelchair access as described below this table.  Some customers buy several models including a T-Handle Model and a Drill-Ready TurboTorx Model to suit their needs in various situations.


    Unlike many other weed pullers and poppers that require pushing a lever with your foot, for example, the Ergonica Weed Twister can be used to remove weeds by their roots (as deep as 12 inches or more) located a considerable distance from your path.  Great for pulling weeds under brush or close to thorny cactus plants and brambles, as well as poison ivy and other toxic plants, in addition to lawn weeds underfoot like Dandelions.  No foot levers or hinged tines that often break loose with repeated use!  Use the Drill-Ready TurboTorx models to efficiently attack patches of unwanted Bermuda Grass, Crabgrass and other grassy weeds or vines with prostrate stems.

    Recommended Ergonica Weed Twister Tools* Length By
    User Height and Distance To Reach From Path
    Height and Reach from Path Tool Length by Model
    Inches Inches Inches Inches Inches
    Height Reach H + R Model T Model H
    60 12 72 36 36
    60 24 84 42 42
    60 36 96 48 42
    64 12 76 36 36
    64 24 88 42 42
    64 36 100 48 42
    68 12 80 36 36
    68 24 92 42 42
    68 36 104 48 42
    72 12 84 42 42
    72 24 96 48 42
    72 36 108 60 42
    76 12 88 42 42
    76 24 100 48 42
    76 36 112 60 42
    80 12 92 42 42
    80 24 104 48 42
    80 36 116 60 42
    84 12 96 48 42
    84 24 108 60 42
    84 36 120 60 42
    88 12 100 48 42
    88 24 112 60 42
    88 36 124 60 42
    92 12 104 48 42
    92 24 116 60 42
    92 36 128 60 42

    *Ergonica Weed Twisters: Model T = T-Handle Models, Model H = Hex Bit Drill-Ready TurboTorx Models For larger roots or tough soil, the optional T-Handle 8-inch Extension Kit is also recommended Easy Assembly Instructions

     

    Which Ergonica Weed Twister Models are Best For You?  One Size Fits All?

    Do you have weeds in places that are hard to reach?  Are you uncomfortable when stooping down to remove weeds?  Ergonica offers several models with different lengths (from 36 to 60 inches) and handle options, including popular drill-ready models, to solve your various weeding problems efficiently and safely.  Refer to the Recommended Ergonica Weed Twister Tools Chart at left for practical and ergonomic considerations and use the Price Range Selection Tool below for economic values...  making it easier for you to decide on the best values for one or more tools that really work for YOU (YOUR TEAM) AND YOUR WEEDS in various locations and circumstances.  Select the best tools by length and handle options to custom fit your needs and your weeds!

    Select Ergonica Weed Twister Models by Price Range


         

    Note:  Purchasing more than one tool in the same order can save on shipping costs per item.  A good way to keep your family team / crew busy and productive during the spring and summer seasons! 

    Shopping Tip:  Use the Shipping Estimator in your shopping cart to see how much you can save by various shipping options (FedEx, UPS, USPS) and multiple items to your State and ZIP code.  Once you add an item into your shopping cart you can enter a shipping state / country and ZIP code to see all the shipping options and costs.  What you see is what you pay once you complete your order and confirm.  We also ship to many international countries / states overseas as you will see in the Shipping Estimator.  These shipping costs are based on shipping from Southern California USA to your location.  The closer you are to Southern California, the lower your shipping costs will be.  BTW all Ergonica products are made and assembled in Southern California, USA  

    In comparison, most hoes require a longer handle than the Weed Twister (and more weight) due to the angle of the blade and the need to swing or pound the hoe into the soil.  This results in added stress due to the handle weight and the need to bend your back to swing the hoe.  Even a long 60 inch hoe usually requires you to bend your back to swing the hoe blade vertically into the soil.  Compared to the hoe, the Weed Twister uses more arm and wrist muscles and less shoulder, back and leg muscles.  The Weed Twister is likewise less abusive of the bones and joints of your shoulder, back, knees and legs than is the common hoe of any length.  Please review special safety instructions for the Drill-Ready Weed Auger TurboTorx modelsBy the way, in case you're wondering about an extendable telescopic design, this alternative is not feasible within reasonable costs due to extreme torque pressure requirements.  The current models, built with minimal moving parts and high quality materials, are built to last for many years when used as intended.

    For Wheelchair Gardeners, a longer length is helpful to reach areas away from your path.  With raised beds, however, the 36-inch model may be the optimum length, assuming your wheelchair path is close to the raised bed.  Paraplegics with strong hands and arms may be able to handle the extra weight and manipulation of the Turbo Weed Twister.  You can also reach up to pick fruit with a 48-inch Weed Twister or the newest 60 inch Weed Twister, designed especially for wheelchair access.  The 60-inch model weighs only 2 pounds, making it easier to use for people with limited arm strength.

    Plumbers may also like the 60-inch Weed Twister to dig out roots in pipes that snake tools can't grab.

    If the tool length is too short for you, you will still be able to work effectively, but will need to stoop more and place more strain than necessary on your back muscles and bones.  If the handle is higher than your neck, you can still work effectively by approaching your target plants from an angle.  When working with deep roots, a longer handle allows you to twist deeply into the soil without stooping.  Ergonica also offers an optional 8-inch T-Handle Kit for working with deep roots in tough soil to allow you to more comfortably twist with both hands.  If you have several willing workers in your home or farm, we suggest you buy several different models based on the height of the workers and the types of applications needed.  It's a good idea to warm up your arms and legs by stretching and walking for fifteen minutes prior to doing any kind of vigorous yard work. 

    Weighing in at less than 2 pounds, even the 48-inch Weed Twister is almost a pound lighter than most other tools of the same class.  This allows you to work with pinpoint accuracy while experiencing less stress than with heavier tools.  Careful ergonomic engineering results in more punch per pound for this amazing tool.   Like a ninja weapon, you will appreciate the deft power of this tool, especially when facing a bumper crop of uninvited weeds and misplaced plants in your yard!

    Below you see one of our neighbors, an Expert Weed Twister,  using the 42-inch Weed Twister to pull out wild oats which grew quickly next to a cactus plant.  Lydia is of average height and has recently upgraded from the original 36-inch model to the 42-inch model in order to extend her reach to weeds and debris away from her path.  Click on the images for larger views.

    Easy access to weeds against the curb. Click to see larger image!

    42 inches gives Lydia more reach away from her path. Click to see larger image!

    This 42-inch Weed Twister makes it easy to safely hook weeds between thorny cactus branches. Click to see larger image!

    Remove weeds from the ground to the waste bag all in one opeartion!  Click to see larger image!

     

See also

Expert Weed Twister - Special Techniques to Improve your Skills

Master Weed Twister  - Advanced Techniques and Multi-Tasking Applications - The Teacher

Please see Quick Tips for routine weeding applications and techniques.

We think you will agree that the WEED TWISTER is an Essential Tool for every home, garden and farm!  Especially for busy people with little time to spare!  The WEED TWISTER is your Multitasking Helper:  If you can envision it, you can do it!  Aim high and probe deep!  Si se puede! (You can do it!)

If you don't own a WEED TWISTER, see the WEED TWISTER page for more information. 

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