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Garden Tool Sharpening Provided by Terry at Super Sharp Shop in Semmes, Alabama. Call 251-583-5955

It is a good idea to keep your digging tools sharp because you’ll get more work done in less time and with less effort. Sharpening is easy. All you need is a pair of leather gloves, a 12-inch mill bastard file, and a vise.

Secure the tool in the vise by its handle—dish-side up, in the case of shovels and posthole diggers, and blade pointing straight up for hoes.

Hold the file against the original bevel on the cutting edge. If there’s no bevel, tilt the file 45 degrees off the tool’s face. Push the file straight toward the handle in even strokes. Sharpen only on the push motion of the file; not the return pull.

Check for a small burr on the sharpened edge. Remove the burr, which forms as you file the metal. A couple of strokes is all you need.

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Published: September 20, 2018

Garden Tool Sharpening

Garden Tool Sharpening

Garden Tool Sharpening Service

 

All metal garden tools, including shovels, hoes, spades, forks and hand trowels need sharpening.  Today’s brand new tools are more often in need of sharpening than garden tools you may have been using for a while. Garden tools are not sharpened before they leave the factory – 99% of the time at least. It’s a matter of production costs. Precision in-factory sharpening equipment and human labor costs are expensive. So, in order to keep the selling price down and increase production efficiency, garden tool manufacturers just do not sharpen garden tools.

I realize that many of you will never have thought of sharpening garden tools such as shovels and hoes. Sure, you notice right away when your hedge clippers need sharpening but you notice when they are dull much quicker than when your shovel or hoe needs sharpening. Why is that? First, you probably use these garden tools much more often than a shovel or hoe so the fact that they are dull comes to your attention more often. Second, when you use a shovel or hoe, you are using a different set of muscles which are larger and more powerful. Unless you have quick access to a sharp shovel and a dull shovel at the same time it is unlikely you will notice the difference in effort required to use a sharp shovel compared to a dull one.

I could go on and on and there is not much need for that. You will either sharpen all your garden tools or you will not. I will say one thing that may influence you though: I live in a small city that at one time was the “plant nursery capital of the world.” There are dozens of plant nurseries with hundreds of workers taking care of thousands of acres of plants. Many of these nurseries have me sharpen their garden tools on an ongoing basis. This week alone I am sharpening dozens of shovels, hoes, pruning shears, hedge clippers, hand trowels, pitch forks and so forth. These nursery owners need efficient and speedy results from their employees. Sharp tools help with that.

 

 

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Published: May 14, 2018

Barber Clipper Sharpening

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Published: June 26, 2017