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Buying Gardening Tools; Factors to Consider

In CategoryTim Whitcombe
ByGardenAdvice Tim Whitcombe

Buying gardening tools is not a simple task. There are so many brands, and types of tools in the market to choose from, which could lead to confusion when buying. The cost implication of purchasing the wrong device is enormous.

So, what should you consider when looking for the right gardening tool?

What do you need it for?

Before going shopping, know what you need the tool for. For instance, what tools would you need to lay Go Artificial Grass properly? There are many places you can buy you tools including specialty stores, online shops, supermarkets, amongst others. Do proper price comparisons before deciding on where to buy.

Is the tool easy to use?

Check how useful and comfortable is the tool when you are using it. The best way to know is actually to test how it feels in your hands. If you are buying online, take note of things like weight, height, and shape.

Do you have the necessary skill to use it?

Have a proper, honest grasp of your skill level.  There are some tools that a beginner cannot use without training.

Take note of the design

A poorly designed tool may break because of brittle material or even shoddy workmanship. Consider buying a forged tool and not one that has a tang and ferrule. The latter tend to separate, but one that is forged from handle to end; it may give you longer usage because they rarely break.

Your garden tool should have an excellent grip to avoid blisters. Ergonomic handles are comfortable and help reduce user fatigue. Test the tools for weight, height, and grip; the larger the handle, the better the grip.

Check the shaft length of the shaft for tools like shovels, hoes, and rakes. A short shaft will lead to poor posture and eventually back problems.

How much do you want to spend?

How much have you put aside for buying the tools? Even if you want to save, we would recommend purchasing high-quality tools because they last longer and you will eventually justify the high cost.  

Check the type of material used in the construction of the tool

For metallic parts, a high quality, durable material is essential. Rust free stainless steel that is easy is the best.  Forged steel is best for durability, and lightweight easy to use tools are constructed using carbon fiber, plastic, and aluminum.

Brand and user reviews

Buy tools from companies that have a reputation for the quality of their devices. Do your research and pay attention to review from other users.

A brand with a warranty is a sure indication of the manufacturer’s confidence in his product.  If the company offers after-sale services, the better for you as you will not have to worry about maintaining the tools.

Type of tool

Are you looking for a manual or powered device? Powered tools are efficient and allow you to handle a large amount of work in a short time. They are however more expensive and require quite a bit of maintenance.

Final thoughts

Finding the right gardening tools will allow you to enjoy the gardening experience so much more.

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