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PostPosted: Fri Mar 10, 2017 3:25 pm    Post subject: Whats the best and most rubbish garden tools you've ever had Reply with quote

I bought a plasic based wheel barrow and it lasted a few month pre the base cracking,
I only used it for soil/ compost (no bricks etc) a complete waste of money. Mad

But among the best tool has tobe my spade/fork both "D" handles and stainless steal, ive had both for 30 plus years,

and i did buy an old fork / spade & pitch fork to use for the inner section of a gate i made for the house we had when we lived in the uk, the people who bought the house asked if i'd leave the gate as they thought it looked so country, those three tools cost me 3 total from a car boot
they all had had a life time of use but i thought they'd finsh that life span as a decorative veg patch gate inner.

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PostPosted: Mon Mar 13, 2017 1:24 pm    Post subject: Wow you won't believe it Reply with quote

Hi there,

Speaking of garden rubbish there might be a lot of surprises once you decide to clear it out. So a couple of years ago I hired a company to help me dispose of my garden waste and you won't believe what kind of crazy stuff they found in the back yard: from shoes and household items to car and bike parts. I mean they did an amazing job. So if you ever need garden clearance check out:
http://citygarden.org.uk/garden-clearance/
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 13, 2017 1:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

There wont be much business for them on this side of the Irish Sea Aimee, no matter how good they are.
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 17, 2017 8:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

i'd recommend true temper tools based purely on me snapping one of their stainless steel garden forks; and after sending them a mail about it, they replaced it with one from the more expensive darby range, and sent on some other free goodies (gardening gloves, secateurs, a couple of trowels) as recompense.
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 17, 2017 9:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

A dodgy weld?
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 17, 2017 12:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Generally the only garden tools I'll buy now are Burgon & Ball, absolutely unbreakable and lovely wooden handles.

https://www.burgonandball.com/shop/scripts/prodList.asp?idcategory=33

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PostPosted: Mon Apr 17, 2017 1:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Next item on my to buy list is a Burgon & Ball long handled razor hoe.

I have the small one: nothing comes close to it for weeding at short quarters. Now I'm getting older I reckon the same design that I will be able to use standing up will be up my street.

http://www.burgonandball.com/shop/scripts/prodList.asp?idcategory=55

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PostPosted: Mon Apr 17, 2017 8:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Isn't 27 quid rather a lot for a simple hoe, KS? I gave away two s/steel hoes a few months ago as I'd never used them from new 10 years ago. I tend to use a three tined Canterbury hoe in open ground and a standard one in amongst plants but, of all the useless tools on the market is the dibber. If you're worried about your back in old age, I'll send you my two designs that avoid bending the back. Used for several years to good effect.
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 18, 2017 12:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well, I swear by their other tools and their ordinary razor hoe is absolutely the dog's nuts so I'm quite prepared to spend money on their long handled version. I certainly wouldn't spend that sort of money with anyone else.

Two of my most useful tools by the way are theatre forceps that I use for weeding the troughs. The troughs normally attract very few weeds but ones that do come along tend to secrete themselves down holes in, or under, the rocks so my forceps are brilliant for winkling them out. Also good for any weeds that infiltrate my cacti.

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PostPosted: Wed Apr 19, 2017 6:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

tagwex wrote:
A dodgy weld?

that was the diagnosis. either that, or they ground it back too far when tidying it up.
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 19, 2017 6:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I love my Burgon and Ball hand-fork and trowel. They were 'free' when I signed up to Gardens Illustrated some years ago. They outlasted the subscription (I got fed up with pages of ads for VERY expensive holidays and VERY expensive gardening 'stuff' (flowery aprons and designer wellies)

The one tool I could not do without is (are?) my Felco secateurs.

The most rubbish tool? A 'Neverbend' spade that did just that! Laughing

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PostPosted: Wed Apr 19, 2017 8:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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PostPosted: Wed Apr 19, 2017 11:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I know - it just didn't sound right. Rolling Eyes
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 20, 2017 7:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ah, two aficionados of Burgon & Ball. Smile Smile

We'll convert the rest in time, Sue. Smile Smile

By the way, those online prices in the link I posted seem out of order. You can buy them in a nursery or garden centre for almost half those prices.

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PostPosted: Thu Apr 20, 2017 11:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The worst, Wolfgarden, I think that is the name anyway, German make, a multi tool gadget where one handle has lots of interchangeable heads.
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