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Smart Shopping Tips for Garden Tools

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Rated 0 points - posted 9 years ago by dspsfarm in category Home.
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Post a "wanted" notice on bulletin boards. Report Abuse
Can't find a classified ad for the tools you're looking for? Local laundromats, libraries, supermarkets and coffee shops are good sources.
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Be a good hinter. Report Abuse
Let your friends and family know you'd appreciate garden tools for special occasion gifts.
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View tools as an investment. Report Abuse
A tool that is well made will last longer and do the job better.
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Compare the price of good tools to the shrub you'll be planting with it. Report Abuse
Suddently the tool will seem like a bargain -- and that's just one shrub!
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Neighbors can be a great source for tools you only use occasionally. Report Abuse
Always return them cleaned, as soon as you're finished and be prepared to return the favor.
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Look for used tools at moving sales. Report Abuse
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Send for mail-order catalogs from companies that specialize in or carry a large assortment of tools. Report Abuse
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Buy wooden handles; if it breaks, you can replace it. That's not true of metal and plastic. Report Abuse
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Handles made of ash or hickory are stronger and more durable than other woods. Report Abuse
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Don't buy tools with knots in the wood on their handles, which weakens the structure. Report Abuse
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Looks for tools with carbon steel or stainless steel heads. Report Abuse
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Spend the extra money for single forged tools; they are stronger and will last longer, making them a better buy. Report Abuse
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Shop around. Visit several hardware stores and garden centers; talk to salespeople about the different tools and brands they carry. Report Abuse
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Look at the weight, balance, length of the handle, shape of the blade and any other relevant facts as to how comfortable the tool will be for you to use. Report Abuse
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Pantomime doing the job for several minutes to get a sense of the comfort of a tool for holding and manipulating. Make sure the handle fits comfortably in your hand. Report Abuse
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Choose tools with replaceable parts so they can be repaired rather than replaced. Report Abuse
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Read the fine print on warranties for power tools such as trimmers. Be sure there is a convenient service center nearby. Report Abuse
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Learn the fine art of bargaining when shopping used tools. "Would you take a little less for this?" often results in a better bargain. Report Abuse
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Consider buying more expensive, occasional-use tools together with a friendly neighbor and share ownership. Report Abuse
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The length of a shovel handle affects the leverage and ease of use; most people are comfortable with a handle that reaches their shoulder. Report Abuse
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If you're left-handed, shop mail-order catalogs for pruners made to fit your perspective. Report Abuse
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Modern hand tools are getting easier to operate; if your hand strength isn't able to operate your old pair of pruners or grass shears, replace them Report Abuse
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