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Post  sanderson on 12/4/2018, 1:41 am

This article was posted on the FB page, My Job Depends on Ag. This is a good time to go through all of your tools and make sure they are cleaned, sharpened and oiled. That includes me!! https://ucanr.edu/sites/placernevadasmallfarms/?blogpost=28798&blogasset=21700&fbclid=IwAR2_Z48_WHvSxJ7WQQuAeocvWgCj0rAiUwh5CB46o3cputDb2vR9D26wx_g

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Post  has55 on 12/4/2018, 9:46 am

Thank you Sanderson for the article!  I'm one who doesn't know how to take care of my tools, esp sharpening. I'll admit I haven't tried to find out to do it since youtube is readily available or the internet.
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Post  sanderson on 12/4/2018, 2:48 pm

My tools are the hand tools (SFG) and the manure fork. It's time I do a good cleaning, including sharpening and oiling. I have a spray bottle of rubbing alcohol for the pruners as they are used on both the veggies and landscape such as roses and bushes.

Pruning shears: For a thorough cleaning I use hot water and Dawn with a brush or SOS pad. Hot rinse and dry. Sharpening stone on the angle part of the by-passing blade. For quick cleaning, I spray with alcohol.

It may start raining again so maybe I should hop to it today. There is a 5-gallon bucket of hand tools calling for me. Embarassed

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Post  trolleydriver on 12/4/2018, 2:58 pm

You mean we are supposed to clean and care for our tools.  I am afraid mine a very neglected. Thankfully most are put away now for the Winter so out of sight out of mind.  Very Happy

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Post  sanderson on 12/4/2018, 3:14 pm

Razz The bucket of tools is handy on the back porch and during the summer, I tend to get a little neglectful. Embarassed

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Post  has55 on 12/6/2018, 10:19 am

@sanderson wrote:Razz  The bucket of tools is handy on the back porch and during the summer, I tend to get a little neglectful. Embarassed
I like the 5-gallon storage idea. I'll give it a try.
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Post  OhioGardener on 12/6/2018, 12:35 pm

I have a old metal 5-gallon bucket filled with oily sand. After using the shovel, spade, hand trowel, hoe, bulb planter, etc., I push it in and out of the sand sever times to clean it and then put it back on the rack where it belongs. Cleans the dirt off, and prevents rust from forming. Been using it for years, and it still does its job.
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Post  has55 on 12/7/2018, 5:29 pm

@OhioGardener wrote:I have a old metal 5-gallon bucket filled with oily sand. After using the shovel, spade, hand trowel, hoe, bulb planter, etc., I push it in and out of the sand sever times to clean it and then put it back on the rack where it belongs. Cleans the dirt off, and prevents rust from forming. Been using it for years, and it still does its job.
great to know. what kind of sand and oil?
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Post  OhioGardener on 12/7/2018, 5:39 pm

@has55 wrote:
great to know. what kind of sand and oil?

I used builders sand that I picked up a broken bag of at Lowe's, and used motor oil from when I changed the oil in one of my vehicles - it happened to be synthetic oil, but that wouldn't make much difference.
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Post  sanderson on 12/9/2018, 1:34 pm

I finally cleaned and sharpened the tools! Hot water and Dawn, with a steel Brillo pad on the blades to remove sticky sap and rust build up. Snip, snip. They work so well now when they are clean and sharp. Duh.

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