We have to learn how to lengthen the life of tools and gardening machines. That is one of the phrases that are repeated over and over again the excellent professionals of the Customer Service Area of Machinery of Gardenería.net. And it is not because these professionals do not want you to buy new machines and tools, on the contrary. What they pretend is that the investment you have made in gardening equipment is profitable. May your lawnmower, hedge trimmer or sulfate be in perfect conditions of use for a long time.
And that is simply the goal of our article today: to offer you some useful tips to extend the life of your machines and garden tools and to amortize your investment. Shall we begin?
Tip 1: Understanding the importance of maintenance
If you are reading the article, it is because, you are interested in keeping the tool and gardening machinery in good condition for quite some time, right? That is the main idea: to be aware that every machine, every tool needs a minimum maintenance so that it does not spoil in four days, but also so that it fulfills its function perfectly (cutting, blowing, sulfating, pruning, And also to avoid accidents. Have not you thought about this last point? You are right.
Just as a blunt knife in the kitchen cabinet can lead us to a poorly maintained finger, machine or gardening tool can give us more of a fright by locking in a branch when cutting, breaking dry while we are mowing the lawn, etc. Thus, two powerful reasons to devote time to our garden and garden machinery would be the following:
- For personal security, family, neighbor, your crops, plants, and hedges, etc.
- For pure and hard money.
Tip 2: Classify machines and tools by type
The world machine tools are infinite, and there are many types of machines and tools. So how can we know how your particular maintenance is? Very simple: applying common sense.
Although there are many kinds of tools and machines for gardening, gardening and agricultural work, they share some basic characteristics: they are made of metal or plastic, they are electric or with gasoline or diesel engine, they have parts Removable or not.
So, the second tip of our experts in Machinery of Gardening is that you take a look at your collection of garden tools and put them by groups or families. This classification will allow you to apply the following tips listed below.
Tip 3: Clean and grease
Plastic tools such as small shovels or sprinklers have to be washed with soap and water after each use and dry thoroughly before storing. This is especially important if you are working with freshly sulfated soil or plants or if you have been cutting diseased branches or flowers or with pests.
An essential plastic element in our garden is the hose and almost all we forget about its basic rule of maintenance: let it rolled well in its support and not let it spend all the week lying in the garden, folded at impossible angles while receiving hours and Hours of sun, etc.
Machines and tools with metal parts such as chainsaws or brush cutters have to be cleaned first and then greased. Cleaning can be done with a simple cloth and a little water or even oil if the dirt is heavily encrusted. If you use water remember to dry the machinery very well and add a good layer of oil, a product that prevents rust, etc.
This same rule of cleaning applies to all implements and hooks that you can place to your machinery: Japanese plow, chisel, etc.
Tip 4: Sharpen
As you know, much of the garden machinery has sharp parts for cutting, mowing, etc. We speak of hedge trimmers, best chainsaws, pruners, etc.
These parts not only have to be thoroughly clean and free from dirt, dirt bumps or rust stains; They also have to be very sharp so that they do not lose their functionality, do not cause accidents and, of course, last, all the useful time that their manufacturer guarantees.
Tip 5: Protect and save
All metal and plastic tools must be collect and stored indoors after each use. No matter how simple they are, garden tools need minimal maintenance, including indoor sleep even during summer nights.
Also if you are not going to use a tool or a machine for several days or weeks, remember to cover it with blankets or with paper or plastic bags. This way you will be giving double the roof to your garden machinery: the one of the sheds, garage or workshop and the one of the blanket or bag that keeps your garden tools safe from dust, humidity, etc.
Tip 6: Read the maintenance instructions for the machinery
Fans of the world machine tools usually have something in common: we do not like too much read the maintenance instructions that accompany the garden machines. I do not know why, but these instruction manuals become invisible, especially if we’ve had a similar machine or tool before, right?
In short, there will be people who are not convinced by our last advice to extend the life of their machines and garden tools. But we say it with full knowledge: every machine, every tool is a world, and operating instructions, cleaning, And maintenance that accompany it in its packaging can give us great keys to keep them in perfect condition for years and years.
Recognize the importance of maintenance, classify our machines and tools by types, clean, grease and sharpen them, and finally read the manufacturer’s instructions are 6 basic tips to extend the life of your gardening tools, but there are more. Do you want to add your personal advice? Do it; we’d love to read your comment.