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Quite simple, I'm looking at getting some half decent gear, spade, fork, hoe and hand tools. Just wondering what people use. Cost isn't the primary factor, quality is. "You buy cheap, you buy twice" according to my dad!

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The quality is directly proportional to the price.  I've wasted money in the past buying cheap tools that bend or snap in no time, so your Dad is spot on.

 

Why not support your local independent hardware store instead of the big chains? They usually only sell decent brands and you can negotiate a discount if you're buying quite a lot of stuff.

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I use a fork, spade, trowel, pruners, hand-shears, battery operated shears, hoe, rake, scarifier and hand-fork. You can pick up some decent tools from such as Wilkinsons or the Range , but not always up to scratch. Garden centres do tend to be more expensive and can vary on price. If money isn't an issue then brand name tools are probably better. It does pay to shop around, both on quality and price. 

 

All depends on the tasks in the garden. 

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Why not support your local independent hardware store

Just remember not to ask for "fork handles", as you may end up in there for some time...

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Go to a builders supply company to purchase what you need. You'll get what tradesmen use.

 

Steel-shafted forks, shovels, plastic-shafted picks and sledgehammers are better than wooden-shafted ones.

 

When you buy a spade, take a file to the back of the cutting edge to make it sharper and easier to use. It cuts out ages of wearing-in time.

 

Wear a (normal) belt when digging. It supports your back muscles.

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Nothing wrong with most of the stuff you can get in Wilkos etc providing you only need them for regular garden use.

You want more or heavy wear then spend the extra cash. But otherwise those brands are fine.

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There is some stuff that's pimped up to look all traditional and old fashioned: this stuff is a rip off

Cheap stuff as has been said is a false economy

I would buy if I was starting out a decent:

Spade

Fork

Dutch hoe

Rake

Trowel

Anvil pruners

Go to a big place where there is lots of choice

Cheap trowels and pruners are always a bad buy. Decent ones will last you forever

A cheapish rake ain't no big deal

A cheap fork will last you a fortnight before you lose a prong or they bend

A cheap spade will give way where the blade meets the shaft as soon as any kind of demand is made of it

A cheapish hoe is usually ok

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A cheapish hoe is usually ok

This is only a gardening thread. No need to go all gangster on us.

Blood

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This is only a gardening thread. No need to go all gangster on us.

Blood

You you you

I bloody knew it

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Quite simple, I'm looking at getting some half decent gear, spade, fork, hoe and hand tools. Just wondering what people use. Cost isn't the primary factor, quality is. "You buy cheap, you buy twice" according to my dad!

 

hang on a min...I'll just ask the wife what she uses.

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A cheapish rake ain't no big deal

You've met Old Frightful I see.

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Ask to borrow the neighbours stuff. And then put them away in the shed.

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Visit your local car boot, pick up all the gardening tools you'll need for next to nothing.

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hang on a min...I'll just ask the wife what she uses.

I'll ask the wife what I use, I'm not aowed my own opinion anymore

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Visit your local car boot, pick up all the gardening tools you'll need for next to nothing.

You did mean "car boot sale" didn't you?!

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You've met Old Frightful I see.

Hmmmph!

 

Not funny.

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Think the Spear and Jackson.

You're too late, Michael passed away a few years ago. It was in the papers.

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