Tips For Buying & Maintaining Gardening Equipment

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If you have been following my blog on Active Rain, you will now know that I truely love the outdoors and love beautiful landscapes. In this post I am going to be talking about tips for buying garden equipment.

Over the years I have bought used, tried and tested various gardening equipment from trimmers, grass shears to lawnmowers

Here are some of my tips on buying garden equipment. These tips are based around making your life easier and saving you money in the long run.

 

Buy Cheap Buy Twice

This is a simple tip I can suggest to you now. If you buy cheap equipment by unknown or lesser brands, it is likely that you will have to buy again. Cheap equipment will not last long, especially after prolonged use. Usually when it comes to an item like gas string trimmers, if you buy a really cheap one and try to cut heavy grass you will find that they will burn out and eventually stop working.

 

While some of the branded items seem more expensive, in the long run they offer more value as they are more durable and spare parts are usually readily available. Buying top branded equipment will also give you an opportunity to trade up or sell on your equipment in the future.

 

Oil and Grease Up

After you do some work in your garden, you should oil up any moving parts around the cutter. This is mainly the case with items like grass shears. If there is a greasing point on your garden implements, you should grease those points with grease guns. Overall taking care of your equipment will increase the lifetime of those items and save you money in the long run.

 

Deep Clean For The Winter

In the winter you will need to store your items away. The big task that you need to do if to wash any grass or debris of your items. Even if your lawnmover or string trimmer has aluminium parts, you need to wash all the dirt of to prevent inner parts rotting which may cause your garden tool to fail.

Not only do you need to wash the issues, but you must also dry off any excess water before storing over the cold winter as dampness can also have the same effect on your implements as dirt. 

Store your items away in a shed for safe keeping. Ensure your items are stored in a secure location as sadly, there are criminals who are out there to steal garden equipment as there is a large second hand market for those items.

 

Those were some of my top tips for buying and maintaining gardening equipment.

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Dan Pittsenbarger
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I need to clean my garden tools better before winter - thanks for reminder.

Aug 13, 2019 07:07 AM #1
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Thanks for sharing your idea of "deep cleaning"  gardening equipment , most people probably only heard of oiling and greasing the unit.

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Hi Joseph,  Thanks for these great tips.  I have found that to be very true - it doesn't pay to buy cheap.  Not quite ready to deep clean for the winter - but it is just around the corner.

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