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Gardening tools – where to buy

Postby fennel » Sun Mar 22, 2009 2:31 pm

I'm in the market for some good quality gardening tools. Can anyone suggest where to look in Madison? Let's say my standard of quality would be for a hoe or spade to last at least 20 years if reasonably well cared for. That would preclude plastic parts, I think.
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Re: Gardening tools – where to buy

Postby Renee Gabel » Sun Mar 22, 2009 2:55 pm

Jung's....but it's gonna cost you.
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Re: Gardening tools – where to buy

Postby Violet_Skye » Mon Mar 23, 2009 8:08 pm

I got my spade from the back room of the (now defunct) Maple Tree Antique Mall over ten years ago for a couple bucks. No idea how old it already was at that time. It's still going strong and doesn't look any different from when I got it, despite very casual care and year round use (still gotta turn the compost in the winter and chop thru ice). It's definitely heavier than similar shovels I see at the stores, and made to last. I got my metal rake at Ace hardware around the same time, and it's also still just fine, although the paint flaked off long ago from the handle. Both tools are wood and metal only, I think that's the key. If you don't want to shell out for pretty and new ones, I bet you can find plenty of tools with lots of life left in them at estate and garage sales.
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Re: Gardening tools – where to buy

Postby Madsci » Tue Mar 24, 2009 10:32 pm

Sears - the tools have a lifetime guarantee and are not over-priced
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Re: Gardening tools – where to buy

Postby kweetech » Wed Apr 01, 2009 8:45 am

most of today's garden tools are chinese junk
search rummage sales, or pay for quality
you won't regret not having to replace simple tools every couple years because they fall apart
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Re: Gardening tools – where to buy

Postby weengra » Sat Jun 13, 2009 11:00 am

I buy the farmer-grade, USA-made tools at Farm and Fleet. If they're not made in the USA, I put 'em back on the shelf. Last year I scored a very nice Estwing axe made in Illinois (bought it at Dorn Hardware).
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