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BBC Gardeners' World Magazine - Roamwild Multidigger

Roamwild Multi-Digger review

A truly innovative border fork with surprising results.

Our rating 
3.8 out of 5 star rating 3.8

In a nutshell

A successful twist on the traditional design, this BBC Gardeners' World Magazine Best Buy winning fork is made from reinforced fibreglass and railway-grade mid-carbon steel. The two middle tines are combined into an arrow shape for strength and it's great at striking in, but a little weak at turning over and transplanting. It comes with a one year warranty.
Handling
4.0 out of 5 rating 4.0
Tines
3.0 out of 5 rating 3.0
Strength
5.0 out of 5 rating 5.0
Value for money
3.0 out of 5 rating 3.0
Pros: Amazing at breaking up soil

Comfortable handle that can be used in a variety of ways

Angled handle

Incredibly strong
Cons: Poor at turning over

Poor at transplanting

Heavy

Expensive
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What is the Roamwild Multidigger like?

Rather than the traditional four tines, this model combines the middle two into an arrow shape reinforced by two soil chopping blades. Its tines are powder-coated medium-carbon steel and its shaft is made of reinforced fibreglass, riveted twice at the tines and twice at the handle. The handle has a second grip through the middle for holding with different grips when needed. This handle is also angled 115° over the tines, so you’re always pushing directly over them. Despite being a narrow border fork, it has generous 7.5cm (2.9”) treads.

What’s it like to use the Roamwild Multidigger?

This fork has an innovative, dual grip design with rounded and straight grip options that mean you can use a variety of different holds. This is especially handy for border forks, given the tight areas these tend to be used in. The handles have soft, clingy grips, and there are also two grips on the shaft for even more comfort and control. It’s easy and comfortable to use, but at 2kg, gardeners with mobility problems may find it a little cumbersome.

Is the Roamwild Multidigger strong?

This is an incredibly stout tool. Its tines are the same grade of steel as is used in railway tracks, and they can’t be squeezed or wobbled, remaining intact throughout the test. Its reinforced fibreglass shaft is similarly immovable. It has a strong, if untidy, welding job throughout and is a remarkably tough tool. 

How does the Roamwild Multidigger perform?

We had a Jekyll and Hyde response to this fork’s performance. Its strength – and the fine point of the arrow-shaped tines – mean that this fork simply can’t be beaten for breaking up and digging into soil. It went through even compacted clay like it wasn’t there. However, the fork’s innovative design is also its biggest weakness. The arrow-shaped tines that make it so strong leave a big gap on either side which soil falls through. This makes it poor for turning over soil, and especially poor for transplanting, as it either struggles to pick up and hold plants or pierces them.

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Is the Roamwild Multidigger good value?

There’s no escaping the hefty price tag on this fork and its limited one year warranty. However, it’s exceptional at breaking up soil so if you have a lot of tough digging to do it’s worth the investment. For more everyday planting, not so much.

Product Specifications

Product

Brand Roamwild
Name Roamwild Multi-Digger
Model Multi-Digger
Price £40.98

Features

Digging
Material Type Carbon
Shaft Fibreglass
Handle Type Dual grip
Weight 2.42kg
Length 103cm
Warranty 1YEAR