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Garden Tools Online: Power or Hand Tools?

October 6th, 2009

garden-tools-online.jpgIf you’re searching for garden tools online, you might be wondering if you should buy the more expensive power tools or the usually cheaper hand varieties. Is it better to pay less for a cheap garden power tool or go ahead and buy that expensive hose that will probably last much longer than your old one? This PLR article attempts to answer these questions from one gardener’s perspective. You may or may not agree, however, and you can always register your own opinions in the comment section.

Tool Truth #1: Good garden tools are better than bad ones.

Yes, I know, I’ve really shared a revelation this time. :) But many of us ignore this simple truism for the simple reason that good tools cost more than bad tools.

They are worth it. And you can buy good garden tools online in addition going to the physical stores of the usual retail outlets.

I bet every experienced gardener has a still-angry spot in his or her peaceful, plant lover’s heart for some poor quality, shoddily made, unreliable, aggravating, downright detestable tool in his or her past. With me, it’s hoses. I don’t want to recall the number of kink-leaking, joint-spraying, sun-cracking, good-for-little hoses in my past. Some people talk to their plants, but I talked to my hoses, and usually in no sweet terms.

You see, I didn’t learn my lesson when my first cheap hose performed, well, cheaply. And the next year, I bought another. And the next year, another (it was a different color, so I figured it’d work better). Finally, four years ago, I went into the hardware store, said, “Give me the most expensive hose you’ve got”, and walked out a poorer but much happier man. The body of this high-quality hose was thicker, so it was less likely to kink (or to crack when it did kink). Its ends were sturdier, so it was much less likely to leak. I haven’t had any hose troubles since.

Now, I don’t believe you have to purchase every garden implement and accessory under the sun. But friends, when you do need to buy a garden tool online or elsewhere, don’t hold back. Get a good one.

Tool Truth #2: Garden hand tools are better than power tools.

Hand tools work at your pace, while garden power tools make you work at theirs. Hand tools connect you to your garden. Power tools separate you from it. Hand tools let you hear the world around you. Power tools drown out everything but their own racket.

I’m not a Luddite. I don’t bicycle to work or wash my clothes in a creek. But come on, we’re not doing our jobs or chores here, we’re gardening. And one of the main purposes of gardening is to connect us to the earth, to help us relax and get more closely attuned to nature’s rhythms. And I will admit to occasionally using a rototiller or gas-powered lawnmower (I’m not a glutton for toil), but I do so as sparingly as possible. There will probably be times when you, too, will want to use one of those garden power tools. But the fewer the better. Chasing a noisy, strong, exhaust-spewing machine around a yard or garden is, let’s admit it, not fun.

Corollary: Rent Garden Power Tools, Don’t Buy Them

If you need to turn over a lot of dirt twice a year (spring and fall), rent that rototiller. If you really need to chop up brush only once a year, rent that chipper/shredder. And if you need to clean up fallen leaves only once a year, use a rake! (I’m sorry, I have no tolerance for leaf blowers.) If you eventually do decide to buy one of those yard machines, you’ll have learned a lot more about it and your need for it before you spend all that money on it.

Counter Corollary: Don’t Borrow Garden Power Tools

I don’t know why, but Person A’s tool in Person B’s hands breaks 92.5 percent of the time. And then you’ve got two problems: you didn’t finish the job you borrowed the tool for, and you’ve got yourself a sticky, potentially friendship-ending situation, to boot. I’ve been on both sides, lender and borrower, in this disaster, and it truly is a lose-lose situation. (I’m not going to tell you the sordid details of those sad stories. But I will say one thing: Keep a close and constant eye on the oil level of other people’s garden power tools.)

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