Book Review: Care and Repair of Lawn and Garden Tools

This is a how-to book that I picked up for the purpose of caring for tools and implements.  The title is “Care And Repair of Lawn And Garden Tools” by Homer L. Davidson.  This book goes into detail about a wide variety of machines and hand tools that the gardener or landscaper will need, so i recommend it for anyone who wants to learn more about lawn care tools or landscape equipment.
Here’s an excerpt from Chapter 3 so you can get a sense for the quality of the writing:

Servicing small hand tools:

Small hand tools keep the lawn, shrubs, trees and garden in top-top shape.  Many of these hand tools can last a lifetime if they are properly cared for. All small tool should be cleaned up after each use and properly lubricaed. Tools should also be hung up after each use to prevent rust and possible injury.

Replacing Handles:
Wooden handles often break in the middle or right where they enter the tool. Repair handles cost about a third of the price of a new tool.  To make a temporary repair,place two layers of plastic tape around the split handle. Remove metal rivets by grinding them off on a portable or bench grinder. Either replace metal rivets or install  bolts and nuts to hold the wooden handle in the tool.

Wooden handles can also be repaired with a good cleanup and cement. Sand down all rough spots and place a coat of wood glue between broken areas. Spray on a coat of paint or clear varnish to brighten.

Handles that turn within a hand trowel or cultivator can be repaired with epoxy.   Mix up a batch of epoxy and fill up the holes around the metal handle.  Let set up for a whole day.  Grind off any surplus epoxy.  Also, rubber silicone cement can be worked own inside the handle area to keep the handle from turning.

Handles that will not stay on lopping shears can be repaired in the same manner. When the wooden or metal handle keeps dropping off the metal shear end, place epoxy on the long handle piece before inserting it into the handle. Fill up the handle area with epoxy. Work the epoxy down.

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