You can save a lot of money by refurbishing your old tools rather then replacing them. Save your money for buying something you don’t already own.

  • Remove all of the dirt from your digging tools after each use.
  • Allow your tools to dry completely before storing to prevent rusting and handle rot. A quick rub with an old towel will help quicken the drying process.
  • Before storing, wipe the metal parts of pruners, shears, and loppers with an oily rag. A shot of products such as WD40 will also do the trick.
  • Rub linseed oil into the wooden handle of your tools. This will help prevent drying out and splintering. Sanding down a splintered handle then rubbing with linseed oil will restore it to a smooth finish.
  • Chemicals such as fertilizers will quickly corrode any metal parts. Take time to rinse off the tool with soap and water then dry and rub with an oily rag.
  • To prevent rusting, place your shovels, hoes and other digging tools in a dry well ventilated place
  • If the tool is rusted, you can remove the rust by securing it in a clamp and then cleaning with a wire brush, sandpaper and steel wool. Penetrating oil will help with the more stubborn spots.

Keep your tools sharpened to maximize their efficiency while in use and make your job that much easier!

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