Hand Tools

jrblawncare

LawnSite Senior Member
Location
Kentucky
&quot;Shovels,Rakes and Spades,Oh No&quot;..I have not seen this asked yet,As I look at the Leonard catalog and others I see high priced,quality hand tools are they worth the extra cash or do you go to Home Depot,Lowe's to get your hand tools?I have never used a 70.00 to 80.00 all steel spade,I guess I'm just a scrub.One of My distributors has Wolverine shovels they look great but 70.00.Happy 4th to all! <p>----------<br>John <p><p><font size="1">Edited by: jrblawncare
 

Guido

LawnSite Silver Member
I Know I'll hear it for this one, But Sears Craftsman has those yellow fiberglass handled tools for $20.00 and they have a lifetime waranty!!!! In my opinionl, you can't beat that with a stick!! I wouldn't pay $70 for a shovel, thats nuts. Just my 2 cents though.<br><p>----------<br>&lt;a href=&quot;http://communities.msn.com/guidosequipmentpics/&quot;&gt;&quot;Guido&quot;&lt;/a&gt;<br>David M. Famiglietti
 

thelawnguy

LawnSite Silver Member
Location
Central CT
Even fiberglas handles snap. Ill pick up a fiberglas handled shovel if I spy one at a yard sale, otherwise, Ive been running the same crapsman lifetime warranty descendant shovel for eight years now. Where else can you buy a shovel for $16/dozen :)<p>Bill
 

Barkleymut

LawnSite Bronze Member
Sears is where I pick up my shovels, pitchforks, and other hand tools. I like the lifetime warranty, but don't go in there with a company shirt or send your workers in to exchange a broken tool. By the way, why would you buy a fiberglass handle when the wood is guaranteed just as long?
 

paul

Lawnsite Addict
Location
Chicago,Ill.
We buy all steel handle spades because they last forever, are heavier than a wood handle one giving you more power digging in heavy soil, can hold an edge much better. For rakes we also buy all steel ones with replaceable heads cost more but worth every penny they never break. Shovels we use fiberglass handles same as with pick and sledge hammer handles. <p>----------<br>paul<br>
 

Guido

LawnSite Silver Member
Barkleymut, I like the fiberglass better because they're smoother and easier on the hand, and no splinters!<p>----------<br>&lt;a href=&quot;http://communities.msn.com/guidosequipmentpics/&quot;&gt;&quot;Guido&quot;&lt;/a&gt;<br>David M. Famiglietti
 

TGCummings

LawnSite Senior Member
Always buy my stuff at Home Depot or OSH. OSH is owned by Sears and has the Craftsman stuff as well, though that's more of a coincidence on my part than shrewd buying. ;)<p>-TGC
 

Acute Cut

LawnSite Senior Member
Location
Bellingham WA
rakes and shovels are one thing. Pruners are a whole nother thing. I have gone through a few pruners and hated them all. They are weak and get damaged easy. Untill i bought one of them 60$ pairs. WOW. The best hand tool i have now. When it comes to work that requires finess, dont go cheap.
 

Eric ELM

Husband, Father, Friend, Angel
Location
Chicago, IL USA
Acute Cut, what brand did you buy and which style? I agree, most cheaper pruners are not worth buying. <p>----------<br>&lt;a href=&quot;http://pages.prodigy.net/eric.erickson/&quot;&gt;Eric@ELM&lt;/a&gt;<br>
 
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