I live in NJ, USA. I've been purchasing most of my lawn equipment from one of the big home improvement stores (the Blue one, not the Orange one). Most of the equipment (rakes, shovels, etc) I have bought from them over the last 2 years has broken during what I believe to be "normal use". They have been pretty good about allowing me to return/exchange my stuff. However, it's sort of frustrating to start out my day with a broken tool and have to make un unexpected trip to replace it (find the receipt, etc).
Does anyone recommend any particular brand or store to purchase equipment (such as rakes, shovels, etc)?