Quality Tool Makers and Retailers

Discussion in 'Buy, sell, trade, give away & exchange' started by Grahame, Jul 1, 2010.

  1. Grahame

    Grahame Senior Member

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    HI folks,

    I'm wondering if anyone can recommend a brand, maker, or seller of decent quality garden tools? Is there even any such thing any more?

    It seems to me that you buy a new garden fork, for example, and it looks good, seems to be put together well, but the quality of steel is just so poor - the tines bend on the back of a big worm! Even spades these days seem to bend and twist at the corners if you push them too far (which is no where near as far as old tools can be pushed). And don't even get me started on the quality of the wood they use for handles!

    So any recommendations?
     
  2. permasculptor

    permasculptor Junior Member

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    Garage sales I have found are the best place to find tools.You need to go to lots to find the quality stuff.I got a stainless steel fork for five bucks the other day.
     
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    Spear and Jackson for quality spades and shovels.
     
  4. petal

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    I would second Spear and Jackson. My Spear and Jackson Stainless Steel Digging Fork is my favourite garden tool. Strong and light.

    Also www.allsun.com.au have a range of useful, but harder to find tools. I have several from their range.
     
  5. Speedy

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    Decent quality tools... yes there is such a thing,
    there's just so much absolute rubbish out there being sold.
    It really is cheaper to spend 3-4 times as much money for quality than the junk that you'll throw away after a few days/weeks of use
    and risk injury in the process.

    a lot of old tools were made with very good steel, sometimes better than good quality these days.
    you can pick some up at a garage sale and may have to re-handle them yourself, but it's worth the effort should have


    Failing that,
    S&J for sure.

    Secateurs and loppers handsaws ...Felco, Sandvik/Barco, Corona

    any really well known, tried and trusted brands
     
  6. aroideana

    aroideana Junior Member

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    Tell you a great story about my Felco's .
    I picked up a pair many years ago and used always .
    It needed a new bolt and nut , so i asked at local supplier .
    Oh no such thing as a felco #1 !
    Well whats this , as i showed him mine .
    Quick phone call found these had not been made since the 1950s
    I was offered a brand new pair of #2 , and my old one is displayed in a case .
     

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