Need help with hand tools

Discussion in 'Landscape Maintenance' started by hostolawnservice, Mar 30, 2011.

  1. hostolawnservice

    hostolawnservice LawnSite Member
    Messages: 6

    I'm new to the business, mainly mowing. However a couple of the older customers of mine are requesting me to refresh the mulch in the landscape beds. I have some old cheap hand tools, but I'm thinking of investing in some better quality tools. I'm hoping that some of the seasoned landscape professionals on this site can point me in the right direction as far as quality tools. When I say hand tools I am talking about wheel barrows, shovels, rakes-i.e.. I have been looking at Jackson and Rigid. But have also seen Ames. I guess what I am looking for is a good brand of commercial grade tools. Any help is greatly appreciated and Thank You.
  2. PerfectEarth

    PerfectEarth LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,734

    Midwest Rake Company
    Corona rakes
    Felco pruners
    Kenyon tools
    Union tools

    Stay away from the crappy HD tool section. Places like John Deere Landscapes and larger rental yards that have supplies in their "showrooms" carry nicer tools.
  3. scagrider22

    scagrider22 LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Most of the tools you named are sold at HD. :drinkup:

    To the OP, if your a small company I would use craftsmen, you can exchange any craftsmen brand hand tool if you break it, you dont even need the receipt. If you have employees I would buy a higher quality tool. I buy some of my hand tools from A.M. Leonard.
  4. 93Chevy

    93Chevy LawnSite Fanatic
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    AM Leonard have some of the best tools. You pay for them, but if you use them yourself, they should last you dang near forever.
  5. Lucasdad

    Lucasdad LawnSite Member
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    You can also buy kobalt hand tools from lowes and they have a lifetime warranty with no receipt required and much easier to find locations than a sears.
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  6. hostolawnservice

    hostolawnservice LawnSite Member
    Messages: 6

    Thank you for the input. As I said earlier, I am not trying to get into the landscaping side of the business but rather just help a couple of my older clients out. I like the idea of the lifetime warranty, especially since they won't be used all that much. Thanks again.
  7. SouthSide Cutter

    SouthSide Cutter LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Just got my first AM Leonard catalog for some reason. And its hard to find tools that wont break. Just looked at some yesterday at a store and I coundnt believe the chitty craftsmanship on the tools and it was in the casting. I don't mind paying 50 bucks for a good shovel if it will last me for a long time. Just really hate cheap tools. And the Kobalt chit you can have it. My wife bought me some for Christmas and I don't care if it is war. for life they are chit compared to the SnapOn and Mac and some others.
    Going to order from A.M. on some items.
  8. hostolawnservice

    hostolawnservice LawnSite Member
    Messages: 6

    I agree, I haven't been real impressed with the Kobalt brand of tools. All of the hand tools that I have in my toolbox are Craftsman mainly because of the warranty. I would love to own SnapOn or Mac, but can't justify the cost for home use. I have all Ryobi power tools like the 18v stuff. I would like to have DeWalt someday, but for now the Ryobi works fine. I'm just saying that I would love to have all professional grade tools (for the house) but for now I'm gonna have to make do with Craftsman and Ryobi.

    However when it comes to business equipment I want professional grade tools. But I think I may check into the Craftsman tools for starters.
  9. 93Chevy

    93Chevy LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 38,523

    I don't think it makes any sense to buy a cheap tool, then later upgrade to a better tool. Just but the right tool the first time. If it means saving up another couple weeks, you'll be much happier with a better tool.
  10. TurnerLawn&Landscape

    TurnerLawn&Landscape LawnSite Member
    Messages: 127

    I agree with am leonard, i have two of there spades and have had them for 12 years. As far as wheel barrel go to home depot or lowes and buy the true temper for 89.99

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