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The Garden Tool Thread

Post by Hovannes » Mon Mar 22, 2021 9:21 am

How much attention do you give your garden tools?
A little care goes a long way to extend the useful life of shovels, hoes, rakes etc...
I've been horribly abusive----I have a pile of shovels with broken handles, the handles weakened from being left outside in the weather. New handles around here are almost as expensive as getting a new shovel, so that is what I've done. How wasteful is that?
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I should pencil in a tool day on my calendar
Sharpen some edges, oil a few handles, maybe some wire brushing, zap 'em with Rustoleum and squirt a bit of 3 in 1.

Maybe being retired I notice this stuff more.
Tell me about your garden tool maintenance protocol?
I could use some inspiration!
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Re: The Garden Tool Thread

Post by sweetandsour » Mon Mar 22, 2021 9:35 am

I was hoping to get some inspiration from you, Hov! :).

I too have some blades without handles, and some handles without blades. My immediate focus will be on my cultivator, though, whose handle broke in half and is Abt 3' long now. I've still been using it by having to lean way over. It's time to replace the handle.
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Re: The Garden Tool Thread

Post by Hovannes » Mon Mar 29, 2021 11:25 am

I conducted a garden tool triage last night.
Everything went into the wheelbarrow.
Tools with handles get priority, followed by handle needing tools which are singular examples.
I sanded the still good handles and will treat 'em with oil.
Tools will get wire brushed, then primed with black automotive primer and sharpened with a file
At least it's a start.
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Post by JimVH » Mon Mar 29, 2021 12:22 pm

The billdookie is the only garden tool you will ever need.
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Post by SlowToke » Mon Mar 29, 2021 12:33 pm

A good garden tool (especially shovels, axes, and mauls) are worth replacing the handle even if it's cheaper to buy a whole new tool. This is especially true if you have an older implement because, in my experience, the quality of garden tools has degraded over the years. I just put a new handle on my favorite shovel a few weeks ago.
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Re: The Garden Tool Thread

Post by Jester » Mon Mar 29, 2021 1:46 pm

Bought a new wheelbarrow yesterday.
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Re: The Garden Tool Thread

Post by Hovannes » Wed Apr 07, 2021 10:36 am

Jester wrote:
Mon Mar 29, 2021 1:46 pm
Bought a new wheelbarrow yesterday.
What kind?

Long, long ago I bit the bullet and bought a solid rubber tire for my wheel barrow after futzing around repairing flats in the middle of a job.
It paid off as the same tire has served on two wheel barrows since.
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Re: The Garden Tool Thread

Post by Jester » Wed Apr 07, 2021 11:12 am

Hovannes wrote:
Wed Apr 07, 2021 10:36 am
Jester wrote:
Mon Mar 29, 2021 1:46 pm
Bought a new wheelbarrow yesterday.
What kind?

Long, long ago I bit the bullet and bought a solid rubber tire for my wheel barrow after futzing around repairing flats in the middle of a job.
It paid off as the same tire has served on two wheel barrows since.
1 wheel with Inflatable tire. I bet that solid rubber tire comes in handy.
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Re: The Garden Tool Thread

Post by Hovannes » Mon Apr 12, 2021 1:39 pm

I' wiped down the wood handles with tung oil for a wee bit of protection, except for the few tools needing replacement handles.
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Re: The Garden Tool Thread

Post by JudgeRusty » Tue Apr 13, 2021 9:57 am

SlowToke wrote:
Mon Mar 29, 2021 12:33 pm
A good garden tool (especially shovels, axes, and mauls) are worth replacing the handle even if it's cheaper to buy a whole new tool. This is especially true if you have an older implement because, in my experience, the quality of garden tools has degraded over the years. I just put a new handle on my favorite shovel a few weeks ago.
Last year I searched high and low for Daddy's high wheel cultivator/furrower. I was counting on having to replace the handles. I have yet to find it. Replacements are expensive and I expect poor quality steel. His was probably made before the 40s at least. I recall pushing it with the handles above my shoulders making garden rows.
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Re: The Garden Tool Thread

Post by Hovannes » Sun Apr 18, 2021 6:47 pm

Yesterday I was grilling burgers.
I notice on the tools with broken handles the ends were broken off in the sockets and wood was very dry.
As an experiment after grilling, I lifted the grills off and set a hoe, socket side down in the coals with the business end resting outside the fire box.
It burned out the remnant of the wood in no time!
Not sure how much tempering there was or if any was lost though.
I suppose I could re-temper it in the forge if needed.
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