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.