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Discussion in 'Tools and Supplies' started by ziggy, Jan 11, 2014.

  1. ziggy

    ziggy Member

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    I think I just found my most useful tool around the shop. A 5 gallon bucket opener! Those things are a pain in the butt to open when sealed and since picking up a bucket opener it makes life so much easier.

    This is the opener i bought. Any other ideas for useful tools to make my life easier? :) :) :)
     
  2. Lost in mn

    Lost in mn Well-Known Member

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    Ha Ha you are right they are a pain to get open!!!!

    My favorite tool is my Gerber Multi tool. I don't go anywhere without it. Living in the sticks there is always something one needs to tweak or cut or whatever.

    My next is for fishing it's a Cutco Fishermans friend Fillet Knife. Best Fillet Knife you can get. The sheath is like giant pliars for holding the fish by the mouth and it has a hook sharpener and line cutter on it. Also the blade is able to go from 6-9" with a lil slide lever in the handle. Love that thing!!!!

    Next would be a palm pocket ratchet, I have no idea where I got it from or who makes it but I use it all the time. 1/4" drive and works with any sockets or screwdriver bits with the adapter. very small yet knurled edges on it so you can really tweak the thing.

    Oh I could go on and on and on lol
     
  3. Mr_Yan

    Mr_Yan Well-Known Member

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    I'm amazed how often I grab my drywall hatchet 14 oz with a 18" handle.

    I have several friends who have been to rural Haiti for mission trips. Apparently the Haitians all have machetes and use then for about everything - food prep to boat building. At one point the team of Americans was digging holes with shovels and picks and some Haitians started digging the other set of holes. The Haitians with machetes and their hands were out digging the Americans with picks and shovels about 2 holes to 1. Ever since I have wanted a machete but have yet to make the purchase.
     
  4. w_r_ranch

    w_r_ranch Master Gardener Moderator

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    Another useful tool is a 'WeedAway".

    I had one years ago, but I sold it when we moved to the ranch thinking I would never use it again... Mrs. Ranch bought me another one for my birthday as we have a bumper crop of crabgrass this year & this is the fastest & easiest way to get rid of it.


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  5. majorcatfish

    majorcatfish Well-Known Member

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    in early march this is the best tool to have for those tiny seeds. have been using it for years.
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  6. w_r_ranch

    w_r_ranch Master Gardener Moderator

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    I have one of those too, indispensable for broccoli, cauliflower, etc.
     
  7. majorcatfish

    majorcatfish Well-Known Member

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    heres one of those tools that have a duel purpose . digital thermometer
    great for the smoker and great for keeping a eye on soil temp either in the greenhouse or checking on soil temp in the garden
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  8. Mr_Yan

    Mr_Yan Well-Known Member

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    I had forgotten about one of my more important tools until the last week or two. A good hat with a brim. My garden / summer hat is a Dorfman-Pacific Cotton Aussie Hat and my winter / nicer hat is an Orvis packable felt fedora.
     
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  9. dorisamurray

    dorisamurray Member

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    There's many of them..

    But I personally luuuvv my wheelbarrow and I feel it's a very important tool for gardening!
     
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  10. Mr_Yan

    Mr_Yan Well-Known Member

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    I currently have three wheelbarrows full of garden soil in my backyard. I would not be able to do this garden bed rebuild without borrowing a few wheel barrows. This is also the first project I have used my new wheelbarrow for - this thing is a 9 cubic foot bucket beast and I opted for the one with a solid wheel.
     
  11. mattroj

    mattroj Member

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    I also have a Gerber Multi tool. Quite pricey yet very handy.
     
  12. Georgewilliam

    Georgewilliam Member

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    I have expandable garden hose which are easy to use. Quality product and I used it for watering my plants.
     

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