Garden tools: Let’s get some power!

standing hose reelSuper excited about my new toys. Each year I spend the winter months deciding what I’m going to buy.

Last year it was the mega hose reel. First I bought the pedestal version. It’s a swiveling turret design that can rotate 360 degrees and hold up to 200-feet of 5/8-inch hose. It is built for heavy duty use with all steel with anti-rust finish.

hose reel on wheelsI loved it so much at the bottom end of our property I decided to get a similar heavy duty hose reel with wheels for the top half. The wheeled version holds up to 300-foot of 5/8-inch hose and is also very  heavy duty with 13 gauge steel construction, durable powder coat finish, 5-foot inlet hose included, all brass-galvanized fixtures.

sharpenerSo far this summer, I doing a better job of staying below budget. All I had purchased so far was a tool sharpener, which not only prompted me to sharpen my trowels, hoe, weeder, etc., but also to scrub and clean all my tools, pots and planters, and my garden bench. There was a frenzy of soap, vinegar and scrubbing brushes. For the sharpener, I bought Smith’s 50185 Jiffy-Pro Handheld Sharpener. It boasts two stage sharpening for all types of straight edge blades, long-lasting cutting edge with just 3 or 4 pulls, a larger slot in handle accommodates pruners, and preset sharpening angles for guaranteed results. Not bad for just $10.

Then my ongoing complaining – about the steep grade of our yard and my inability to drag garden tools down the hill and refuse up the hill – finally hit my husband’s limit. He said, do something about it. Thus challenged, I priced used gators and golf carts with trailers on Craigslist. I looked into upgrading our aging lawnmower to a lawn tractor with trailer. All of these solutions to adding some power to my ability to get stuff up and down our hill were ranging in the $2,500 to $4,500 range. Not in the budget this year.

PAWWithPolyTrayThen I discovered (thank you Pinterest) powered wheelbarrows. There are only a few on the market, so hopefully I’m not making a huge mistake. Today I’m going to pick up my PAW Electric Power Assist Wheelbarrow from Menards. At a sale price of $330 that’s a better option than a tractor and trailer. The PAW has a 24-volt rechargeable battery operating system that can handle up to 200 lb. The directions read that it is a simple push button forward and reverse controls with variable speed to assist with steep inclines. However, the small print says it can only handle inclines up to 15 degrees and parts of my yard are closer to 45 degree inclines. Wish me luck!



About Kary Beck

Mother and wife, gardener, wine enthusiast, avid online bargain hunter, and owner of two black-and-tan cocker spaniels.
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