Questions tagged [tools]

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Tool name: Hoe with spikes

What is the technical name for this style of hoe? Source: Reddit The reason I ask is: I'm trying to find this style of hoe for sale in Ontario, Canada. But when I google "hoe", the ...
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Can anyone identify producer of this rotary sieve?

I am trying to find the producer of this rotary sieve (image found on now defunct hotbin blog). It is mentioned that it is a Belgian, but not more than that. I'd be also happy with pointers to ...
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What's the gardening term for the dish you put under under a planters holes?

What's the technical name for the dish you place under a planters holes that catches water from it? Googling 'dishes' when I look for a gardening water catching dish returns kitchen dishes, when I am ...
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Removing corrosion from tools

I had some Cabot Wood (deck) cleaner spill on my garden tools (in particular a couple of shears). It probably sat there for a few weeks before I noticed it. Now the steel parts are quite corroded. ...
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Threshold ramps

It being springtime I am topping up my raised beds with compost. Instead of getting individual 50 litre bags I'd like to get a larger delivery. The trouble is I'm in a mid-terrace, so access to the ...
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Husqvarna leaf blower problem

I put new carburetor, fuel line, filter, and plug, and it is still not running right. The model is 125v. Listen to the video. It sounds like it is missing.
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Why don't professional lawn scarifiers have moss removal tools?

Why is it that professional lawn scarifiers don't have these moss removal tools?: The cheap ones have, but the expensive petrol powered Stihl and AL-KO doesn't. Husqvarna doesn't have a petrol driven ...
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Storing garden tools in sand?

I once read that storing garden hand tools (weeder, hand shovel, pruning sheers, etc.) in sand mixed with a little bit of mineral oil is a good practice because it lubricates them and keeps them sharp....
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Fixing a stainless steel garden hose connector?

The picture below will describe this better than I can, but our 100 ft hose just blew apart at the faucet connection and it seems some piece that would go on the inside (maybe a rubber or plastic ...
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What is this tool for carrying pots called?

Landscapers were using them to carry 2 5-gallon landscape pots in each hand.
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Is the pruner bad or my technique? Cuts are not clean and nice

I got this pruner and the build quality is certainly good, but my cut experience is not going good. The cuts are not clean. Check the pics attached: This is how I do it: I place the pruner in ...
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What to look out for when shopping for cordless chainsaw and/or hedge trimmer?

I am in need of a chainsaw to help cut down some dead branches of one of my trees (which is about 3 meter tall). While browsing the gardening power tools I notice this kind of 2 in 1 (chainsaw + ...
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Anvil or by-pass pruner?

I have a few potted plants, and plan on expanding with more different variety of plants. Not sure what kinds. I am looking for good quality pruners that will be most suitable for my different kinds ...
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How to make a moss pole with stuff other than moss?

I have bamboo sticks which I want to use for my climbing aroids. The moss - absorbs more water than peat and is a good medium for aerial roots. It is, however, hard to find in my area, so I must find ...
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Can I use antique kitchen shears for gardening?

I recently purchased a pair of antique shears intending to use them for pruning bushes and stems. When searching for information on the shears I found out they are antique poultry shears. Is there any ...
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What are the longest pole hedge trimmers available?

I have several tall hedges... Some over 20 feet. I'd like to keep them pruned but it's expensive to keep hiring a landscaper. What products are out there for really long reach hedge trimming, and what'...
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What equipment to use for a large garden/lawn?

I've got a battle raging with about 1.5ha (4 acres) of grass. So far, the grass is winning. Scattered through the grounds there are a few old buildings, multiple fruit trees and many berry bushes. In ...
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Measuring leaf blower force

It seems that many manufacturers are moving from CFM/MPH claims to using newtons of force for comparisons. Does anyone know how they're measuring it - what tool/meter, from the motor or tube, etc.?...
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Spool flies off

Hi I have a Bosch art 26 combitrim. Every time I use it the spool and line shoot off is there supposed to be a spring inside the centre spindle. If so can I get a replacement ?
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When moving large quantities of mulch, are more tines worth it on a pitchfork?

I'm going to be moving large quantities of arborist wood chips this summer, and am wondering if it would be worth the investment to get a 10 tine pitchfork as the 4 tine is too wide to hold wood chips,...
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Co2 enrichment with exhale bags

I’m intending to try co2 enrichment with Exhale bags. And from reading on the co2 enrichment I understood that photosynthesis does not play a role during night time and the plant actually emits co2. ...
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How to avoid asymmetry in back muscles splitting logs? [closed]

I'm generally in great health but have a persistent niggle in my lateral muscle on one side. Nothing serious it's just easy to pull it. I've started doing a lot of log splitting with an axe but this ...
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Identifying/operating an automatic watering system

I recently bought a house built circa 1970 in France, and it came with an automatic watering system (date of setup unknown, so any time between then and now), controlled by this: I've been unable to ...
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Digging a hole in ground for fitting stakes for fencing and play structure

I need to dig around 20 holes in my garden. Each hole needs to be 2.5 inch wide and 3-5 feet deep. Ground I am going to work on it not very soft and have some stones. I dont mind renting or buying ...
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What’s the best way to remove 2-4 inches of large gravel from backyard?

New home owner. After moving in I noticed the previous owner had laid down some gravel in a portion of my backyard so he could store a boat. Approx 15ft x 30ft. It’s been completely taken over by ...
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An idea for a sowing tool

I've got an idea for a tool for placing seeds directly in the soil. Imagine that square ABCD is a sturdy sheet of wooden or other material of size 600mm x 600mm x 5 mml, and all other points are ...
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What are the right tools and techniques to dig a hole in stony or heavily rooted ground?

I have great soil which is very easy to dig, sadly many trees have taken advantage of this - in some places I want to plant bushes or trees in gaps but everywhere It ry to dig appears to be solid root/...
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Pruning clippers covered in copper - curse, blessing, or neglibable for plant propagation?

How I got clippers covered in copper "Dusting off" some pruning clippers I noticed much more rust than I expected. I usually maintain tools well but lost track of this pair for a bit, and I guess ...
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Is there a type of garden shredder that can handle leaves, branches and wet materials?

Is there any type of all-purpose and durable shredder that can shred leaves and a few small branches, and some wetter materials like vegetable waste? I'm not looking for a brand name, just to find out ...
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Can I fix my metabo hedge trimmer myself?

I use an electric metabo hedge trimmer. Both hands need to be on separate switches for it to run. When I let go of both switches simultaneously, the blades stop immediately. However, when I only let ...
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How to limit static electricity on my new seed sieve?

I just made the mistake of purchasing a plastic seed sieve. I've only used it a couple of times, and already regret not purchasing a larger metal one - but they were so much more expensive. I've ...
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What is the garden wire used for?

I noticed that the wire named Twist tie is also named Garden wire. But I can't find such wires used in gardening when searching "Garden wire" on Google images. What is the typical use for this kind ...
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Can I put a one minute delay on my hose so I don't get wet when the sprinkler turns on?

All I want is a water timer with about a 1-minute delay for those times that I have to run away after starting it and still get wet. Like when I'm ready to go to work and don't want those clothes to ...
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Bulldog Edging Knife Useless

I was all excited yesterday when I got home from work. I had received an email from Amazon saying my new Bulldog Edging Knife had been delivered. I opened up the box, unwrapped the tool, and was so ...
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At what size garden does a backpack leaf blower make sense?

Our new house has about half an acre of land, including a large lawn surrounded by many mature trees. We're clearly going to need a leaf blower... Even in spring everything is covered in leaves, bud ...
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What's the thickest stuff a garden line strimmer can cut?

I'm looking at getting a decent petrol-powered strimmer for my large garden. I saw one that comes with interchangeable heads: line, rough-cut, and one more like a saw blade. The idea being they can ...
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What tool(s) for cutting ivy stems on trees and walls?

I have some trees and walls which have decades' worth of ivy growth. Some trees in particular have ivy stems as thick as my forearm, and the tree is almost invisible. I plan to start by chopping the ...
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Optimizing use of aerator sandals

I lust over one of these: This is the kind of aerator that is towed behind a lawn tractor, with some cinder blocks or other weights on the ledge to help the tines dig in. So far, I have not been ...
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ID this plant training strap?

Can anyone identify this item, tell me where I could find more. I don't even know what to call it if I were to call around to local garden shops. I got some from a friend, and he doesn't know where it ...
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What tools will I need for cultivating an acre of lawn?

I recently bought a place with an acre of lawn in front of my home. It has a natural gravity flow watering system. I want to cultivate nearly all of this for a lawn. Currently growing is what looks to ...
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Uses of the scythe in a modern garden

Recently on a Basque TV channel from Northern Spain I saw a competition between two women scything a meadow against the clock. They were going almost as fast as a modern ride on mower, but were ...
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Garden tool handle shapes: the DTs

In this image (source: Spade (Wikipedia), creative commons), the spades have a T handle. On most modern spades there is a D handle. There is of course a third alternative of no cross piece at all, ...
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What are these garden tools used for?

I received a set of garden tools, and I'm not sure what a couple of them are used for. Could you help me identify these tools?
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How to sharpen garden scissors without dedicated tool?

Is there a simple way to sharpen garden scissors without using a dedicated tool for that?
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How do I replace string or open string head in RYOBI 40V-X Expand-it String Trimmer?

I bought this cordless trimmer about a month ago and was happy with it. However, I didn't realize the string head dispense the internal string from tapping down when operating. I tried to dispense the ...
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Why do landscapers constantly play with the throttle on a leaf blower?

I live in a condo complex which employs a professional landscaping service to take care of garden area around the house. They all use equipment that is powered by two-stroke engines: leaf blowers, ...
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Can my weed wacker designed for .065" (1.651 mm) trimmer line handle .08" (2 mm) one?

I have a Ryobi P2200 hybrid weed whacker. It takes .065" (1.651 mm) trimmer line. I have found better deals and much better shaped line. I have found a piece of (plastic) wire that was exactly .08" (2 ...
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What is the best way to channel an electricity cable under the lawn?

I need to channel an electricity (and network) cable under the lawn to an outbuilding. I understand it would be best to shield the cable to stop anyone from danger when digging in the future, but ...
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Why are hoes manufactured with both inside and outside edge bevels?

Hoes are manufactured with both inside and outside edge bevels. The most authoritative guide I see on sharpening is from the US Forest Service and describes an inside bevel in all except one case. ...
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What's the difference between drop spreaders and rotary spreaders?

Why are there two kinds of spreaders and which one should I get? This is not a question of product recommendation, but rather, which kind of spreader is more popular and why? Or should I have one of ...