lets talk hand tools

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by DiSantolandscaping, Oct 1, 2011.

  1. DiSantolandscaping

    DiSantolandscaping LawnSite Senior Member
    from Maine
    Posts: 346

    just was wondering what everyone has for hand tools for stuff like, pruning, fall/spring clean up, patio installs, etc.
    I just got this little 4 in wide leaf rake to do clean up in flower beds and other tight places, plus i got some decent pruning shears made by corona, rubber mallet, hard rakes, leaf rakes, shovels, etc. I buy something every week that i think i might need.
  2. hackitdown

    hackitdown LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,505

    Shovels for digging, "hula" hoes for weeding, edgers, plastic manure shovels, grading rakes, more.
  3. Rake 'n Bake

    Rake 'n Bake LawnSite Member
    Posts: 36

    I highly recommend Histand tools. They are all steel tools that are great for the clay soil around Pa.

    The edging shovel cuts through shale and roots pretty easily and the spade is great for digging up plants that need removed or replaced. The stiff rakes are perfect for mulching but the teeth are a little far apart and skinny for raking soil (still works pretty well, just wish they were closer together).

    They do sell a grape hoe but I have a feeling that it would be too heavy. I need to find a wooden handled one. They are great for breaking up soil and removing weeds when doing a bed install when they builder spread the soil three months before you could get there and the weeds are 2 feet tall.
  4. Snyder's Lawn Inc

    Snyder's Lawn Inc LawnSite Platinum Member
    Posts: 4,541

    Best hand tool I ever owned is a 1946 army shovel be used as a shovel or fold it to a hoe
    Keep it sharp when you are on your knees right size tool
    Older it is better New ones wont hold up
  5. DiSantolandscaping

    DiSantolandscaping LawnSite Senior Member
    from Maine
    Posts: 346

    yea i just keep buying one or two things each week that i think i might need, because come spring time im going to go full time. I got shovels, rakes, hard rakes, pruners, trash can, wheel borrow, and more, but im trying to decide what to get next. I got 35 i can spend this week so far, and im in debate between round up pump and go 2 gallon pump, just the 2 gallon jug but comes with a free sample of round up to make 2 gallons. I figured if i clean it out real good then maybe i can use it to put miracle grow in as well to put on flowers. just gotta make sure i clean it out real good. or i was going to get a pick axe, or a square ended shovel. Ill get it all eventually but not sure what would be better for now.
  6. frostedunit

    frostedunit LawnSite Member
    Posts: 9

    Once you have Roundup in something, use it only for Roundup. You're asking to do a lot of free replacement work if you try to use a Roundup container or backpack for something else.
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  7. blakerugg

    blakerugg LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 450

    i second this. roundup will never completely come out.

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