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A Guide to Garden Power Tools Selection III


Chain Saw: A chain saw is a perfect garden power tool that good at cutting large branches into smaller, more manageable pieces. These types of saws are also useful for trimming branches that are too wide for other devices.

The cutting on a chain saw is done by a sharpened chain that races around the blade. Since this task takes some serious power, battery-operated chain saws are not a major player in the market. Your choices are either a gas-powered or a corded-electric model.

The gas-powered models cut faster than their counterparts and require less force. They are, however, heavy and noisy and can produce fumes. They too need tune-ups. The electric saws are lighter and don't require fueling. They are less powerful than the gas-powered models, but suffice for moderate cutting needs. Frequent chain sharpening is necessary for both models in order to retain their cutting capabilities.

Among the features to look for on a chain saw are a kickback bar (one danger of a saw is the tendency to kick away from the cut when the going gets tough), a chain brake to stop the chain when it does kick back, a chain catcher to keep the chain from being thrown back into the operator if broken, and a wrap-around handle for maximum grip.

Cultivator: If you really don't like weeding by hand, a cultivator uses its several L-shaped tines to rotate into the ground and turn over the soil, thereby pulling up weeds. It also opens pathways in the soil for water and nutrients. Cultivators are also useful in preparing the soil for planting in the spring.

One walks behind a cultivator like an old-time plow being pulled by a horse. Gas-powered models are the most powerful, although extra weight comes with that power. Corded, electric models are lighter and suitable for most aerating. For really heavy work, such as digging up new ground for a garden, the tiller (a sister device to the cultivator) is your best bet.

Cultivators come either with tines in front of the wheels or behind them. The former is better for tight spots, and the latter is ideal for large open areas. Some can be adapted to mow lawns, edge, aerate, and plow. While most rotate forward, some cultivators offer a reverse feature that can be useful in difficult conditions.

Obviously, a great garden and lawn can be immensely satisfying, but incredibly time-consuming. Having the rightgarden power tools at hand can save you enough time to really enjoy the fruits and vegetables of your labor.