Tools for Tool Care

Segment: Tools for Tool Care
Episode: Spring 2019, Ep02
Presenter: Nigel Ruck
TX Date: 14th September 2019

With secateurs and pruners being so helpful in the garden, you want to make sure you’re properly caring for your tools.

  • You can clean your tools with soapy water, using a brush or wire brush to get rid of the built up dried up sap. Be sure to dry them once they’re clean, then apply some oil to prevent rust.
  • Use a sharpening stone regularly to keep a keen edge on your blade. A simple stroking motion on a 22-degree angle will do the job. Maybe don’t test the sharpness with your thumb – if you get blood on your tools you’ll have to re-wash them.
  • You can use the same graphite sharpening stone on your shears – simply open the blades right up, hold them securely and glide the stone over the blades at a slight angle.
  • Treat your loppers like a large pair of secateurs or pruners, keeping them clean and using the sharpening stone and oil.
  • It’s easy keeping your axe sharp with the Cyclone Axe Sharpener. All you have to do is put it in a vice or on a flat surface, and with a few strokes through the dual tungsten carbide blades your axe will be ready to go. The same technique will work on your hatchet.