Buying Garden Tools and Equipment

With a little serious efforts in  the Fall you’ll likely find the best deals of the year on all types of gardening  tools, equipment and other supplies – with the possible exception of snow  blowers, chain saws, and snow shovels.

This time of the year is perfect for hunting for  used lawn mowers, weed trimmers, and other lawn and garden equipment, since many  people dump their used equipment at thrift stores, flea markets and yard sales  at the end of the season.

In case you are looking for something major – like  a lawn or garden tractor – it’s worth calling some area landscaping companies to  see if they plan on selling off any of their used equipment.

Tuning Up Garden Tools and Equipment

Lawn and garden  tools can cost a bundle, even when they’re on sale at the end of the season. It  pays to take care of the equipment you own, and Fall is the perfect time for this.

Aluminum foil makes a great scrub pad to remove dirt and rust  from shovels, hoes, and other metal gardening tools. And when you’re done  scrubbing them, sharpen your pruners and other gardening sheers by simply  cutting through the aluminum foil scouring pad a few times. Oil all metal  surfaces on your tools – used motor oil works fine for that – and put the  business ends of your gardening tools in a plastic bag along with a couple of  pieces of leftover summer charcoal to keep tools from rusting.

Lawnmowers and other gas powered garden  equipment should be thoroughly cleaned. Air and fuel filters should be changed . And, most experts agree, the gas tank should be kept  filled with gasoline that has been treated with a stabilizer; this keeps the gas  fresh and prevents condensation and deposits from developing in the engine (run the engine for about 10 minutes after adding the stabilized gasoline).

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