Garden Power Tools and Equipment
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Garden Power Tools and Equipment are power tools mainly used in Yard Projects.
Power Tools are designed to help you complete your projects in a quicker, more efficient manner. They are a big help, especially for any large projects that you might have.
The most common Garden Power Tools and Equipment are as follows:
Blower: (sometimes referred to as a Leaf Blower) A gardening tool that propels air out of a nozzle to move debris such as leaves and grass cuttings. A Blower is powered by electric or gasoline motors. This tool is great for removing leaves and grass clippings from walks, patios, driveways, plants and planting beds, etc., and will save you a lot of time and effort in cleaning up these areas.
Chainsaw: A portable, mechanical saw which cuts with a set of teeth attached to a rotating chain that runs along a guide bar. It is used for taking down trees as well as tree pruning. Chainsaws can be electric or gas powered.
Dethatcher: A tool used for scarification or Dethatching of lawns or turf, using a mechanical process whereby the surface and subsurface of the lawn is rigorously abraded by penetrating metal blades, tines or prongs in a rotating manner.
Thatch is a build-up of organic matter which can include dead grass, leaves, stems, and overcrowded grass roots and lateral weed growth. Thatch can stifle the growth and health of grass.
Removing the thatch helps the grass by encouraging it to thicken up and also makes it stronger and less susceptible to disease. Reducing thatch levels increases the levels of water, air and nutrients that can get through to the root zone of the grass plants. Significant thatch problems in lawns can cause diseases and can encourage moss to grow in the areas where grass has died.
An expensive tool that is normally only used once every other year, so rental is more appropriate as apposed to purchasing.
Lawnmower: A machine utilizing one or more revolving blades to cut grass to an even height. Lawnmowers can be battery powered, electric, or gas powered. The choice normally depends on how much grass there is to be regularly cut.
Battery powered and electric Lawnmowers are fine for very small yards, but are not practical for medium to large size yards. Gas Lawnmowers can be push style, self-propelled, or ride-on models, again, the choice is a practical one depending on lawn size. If you have a 60′ x 120′ lot, with half of that taken up by your house, drive, walks, and patio, a push style or self-propelled model is sufficient. If you have an acre or more of grass to cut on a weekly basis, a riding Mower would surely be beneficial in saving you tons of time and energy.
Lawnmowers can be used with or without a catcher bag for catching the grass clippings. They can be of the mulching variety, which does not catch the clippings, but instead, churns them up into fine particles, or can include a catcher bag for catching and disposal of the grass clippings.
Pressure Washers: Machines that connect to a water source, and convert that water into a high-pressure water spray to remove loose paint, mold, grime, dust, mud, and dirt from all types of surfaces, such as buildings, decks, vehicles, patio furniture, concrete surfaces, and more.
Pressure Washers are available in both electric and gas powered models, but the electric models do not have enough pressure for most applications. I would always recommend the gas powered type, with a PSI of at least 2200.
Various tips with different sized orifices, allow the user to control the spray produced, from a gentle spray to a forceful pinpoint spray.
Rototillers: Machines that use a rotary motion of teeth or tines to stir and pulverize the soil, either before or after planting. When used before planting, the Rototiller is used to aerate the soil and prepare a smooth, loose seedbed or planting bed. When used after planting, it will help to control weed growth and aerate the soil surrounding the plants, allowing more water penetration to the roots.
Although there are some battery powered and electrically powered Rototillers, the gas powered is the most common. It comes in a variety of sizes and styles, with size and style being practical to a specific use. The smaller 10 inch versions are very powerful tools and are an excellent choice for small gardens, flower beds, etc. for the average homeowner, while the larger versions are good for tilling larger gardens or areas.
Snow Blower: (or Snow Thrower) A machine for removing snow from an area where it is not wanted, such as a driveway, walkway, patio, etc. Snow Blowers can be battery operated, electric, or gas powered. Battery and electrically powered types are usually best suited for very small areas. The gas powered versions come in various sizes, from those that are designed to remove only a few inches of snow at a time with a width of 18 inches or so, to larger versions which can remove a whole lot more and are much wider.
Snow Blowers can generally be divided into two classes: single-stage and two-stage. Single-stage Snow Blowers use a single high-speed impeller to both move the snow into the machine and force it out the discharge chute. The impeller is usually in the form of two or more curved plastic paddles that move snow towards the centerline of the machine where the discharge chute is located. These types of machines are normally only found in the very small models.
By comparison, two-stage Snow Blowers have one or more low-speed metal augers that break up the snow and move it into a separate high-speed impeller (sometimes called the fan). The impeller ‘blows’ or ‘projects’ the snow out the discharge chute with considerable force. All but the lightest-duty Snow Blowers are typically two-stage machines.
Sod Cutters: Machines that are designed to cut grass at the roots so you can remove entire sections of sod and expose the bare ground beneath. Sod Cutters are gas powered, expensive pieces of equipment that you are better off renting, rather than purchasing, due to your probable limited needs for such a machine.
If you only have a small area of grass to remove, you can easily do it by hand with a spade shovel. For large areas, or in preparation for installing a large patio or similar project, you can usually rent one of these machines at your local home improvement store or tool rental facility.
String Trimmers: Made for those who truly appreciate a well-groomed landscape. Usually a nylon cord rotating at high speeds is the cutting action. String Trimmers come in battery operated, electric powered, and gas powered models. As usual, the battery powered type are made for light use, the electric for medium use, and the gas powered for heavier use.
Trimmers: Powered Trimmers can be battery operated, electric, or gas powered and are used for trimming evergreens, shrubs, and small trees. If you have only a few shrubs or evergreens to trim on your property, the battery powered versions will work fine. If you have a fair amount to large amount of trimming to do, the electric trimmers are usually the way to go. If you are a professional landscaper, than you may want to choose the gas powered version.
All are designed to quickly trim your plants with minimal effort on your part. Some plants will require a little touch up with hand Trimmers after trimming with a Power Trimmer.
Wood Splitter: (or Log Splitter) A piece of machinery or equipment used for splitting firewood, from softwood or hardwood logs, that have been pre-cut into sections (rounds), usually by a chainsaw. Splitters can be electrically or gas powered. A nice tool to have if you split your own logs regularly for use in a fireplace or fire pit.