Garden tool handles and maintenance guide
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- Fitting type
What are the key features of a garden tool handle?
Garden tools are many and varied - essential both for weeding and loosening soil and when preparing soil for sowing.
Choosing a garden tool handle is easy - there are three main selection criteria to keep in mind: material, length and joint type.
Choose wisely on these three aspects, and you'll greatly enhance your working comfort and minimize blisters and lower back pain resulting from long hours of toil!
What material to choose?
Very robust if the handle is solid, but in this case also quite heavy.
What length to choose?
Obviously the length of the handle will depend on the type of tool.
Choose a rake with a 90 rather than 150cm handle and your lower back will never forgive you!
Thankfully, handles are generally sold for specific tools - so the lengths are fit for purpose.
How to fix the tool head to the handle?
...With the sap of a maple tree, extracted on the night of the full moon to imbue it with cosmic energy... If that doesn't work, you've got choice a of 4 standard fitting types.
Inverted self-locking fitting
For striking and digging tools. The profile of the handle is tapered from one end to the other, so that the tool head can be locked in position by mechanical resistance (i.e. on a hoe) or by the centrifugal force generated by wide swinging actions (i.e. on a pick).
This type of fitting requires a fixing joint, since it lacks a specific means of locking.
The socket acts as a female connector on the tool head, into which a conical-ended handle is inserted. With this type of fitting, don't forget to clamp the tool head down firmly on the handle.
For certain types of multi-purpose handles only.
Caution! The shape and diameter of the hole in the tool head must match the handle exactly.
Extensions and multi-purpose handles
A word about maintenance
Sharpening cutting tools before winter storage will allow you to enjoy top performance for years to come.
Learn more about gardening tools...
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The DIY motto ? Learning is better than delegating… well, it's also a question about your wallet! The satisfaction? The beer at the end of the job! What do the best have in common? The influence of Gyro Gearloose, Mac Gyver and Carol Smiley depending on your generation, a good dose of curiosity, a average hand-eye coordination and a taste for risks… and if it doesn't work, try again! Advise you? I'll do my best!
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