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Tool Talk

Care & Maintenance Tips

Using the care and maintenance tips below can help to extend the lifetime of our products, and give you years of reliable use.

Shears

Clean your shears with a dry cloth after each session to remove sap and any moisture, and keep the pivot point on the blades well oiled. At the end of the cutting season, wipe the blades down with an oiled rag, to prevent corrosion.

If cutting becomes difficult, sharpen the blade edges by using a blade sharpening tool or carefully running a file diagonally away from you across the sharp edge, maintaining the factory bevel. Hone the final sixteenth of an inch of the blade with a sharpening stone.

Loppers

During heavy periods of use, make sure the pivot is kept well oiled and sharpen the blade if cutting requires more effort. Always clean and dry the blade with a dry cloth after each day's pruning, to remove any sap or moisture. Wipe the blades down at the end of the cutting season with an oiled rag, to prevent corrosion.

Maintain all sharp edges with a sharpening tool or medium grit sharpening stone.

Pruners

During heavy periods of use, make sure the spring is kept well oiled, and sharpen the blade if cutting requires more effort. Always clean and dry the blade with a dry cloth after each day's pruning, to remove any sap or moisture.

Wipe the blades down at the end of the cutting season with an oiled rag, to prevent corrosion. Maintain all sharp edges with a sharpening tool or medium grit sharpening stone.

Garden saws

Always carefully clean and dry the blade with a dry cloth after each use, to remove any sap or moisture. Wipe the blade down at the end of the cutting season with an oiled rag, to prevent corrosion.

Tree pruners

During heavy periods of use, make sure the spring and pivot are kept well oiled. Always clean and dry the blades with a dry cloth after each day's pruning, to remove any sap or moisture. Wipe the blades down at the end of the cutting season with an oiled rag, to prevent corrosion.

Digging and cultivating tools

General use: Remove soils during use, and wash the head at the end of the day. Do not leave tools outside during extreme weather conditions. Wipe any moisture from the tool before storage.

Store in a cool dry place such as a garden shed or garage and always hang your tools head up. In addition, storing tools with wooden handles in warm, dry conditions for a prolonged period of time can cause the wood to dry out leading to a loose handle fitting within the socket. If this occurs a useful remedy is to immerse the head and socket of the tool in water to allow the wood to absorb moisture and expand providing a more secure fitting within the socket.

End of season: Thoroughly wash the tool head. Wipe all moisture from the metal parts and wipe or spray them with oil. Wipe the hardwood shaft with a rag soaked in linseed oil at the start and end of the gardening season.

Usage: Digging tools are not manufactured for striking, prising or levering applications and misuse can lead to the product failing - for example, do not attempt to lift heavy paving slabs using a digging spade or digging fork.