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The worst tool I bought was a medium sized (about 2 feet high, cylindrical) spray container for spraying weeds. The strap (just one) went over the shoulder and was attached to the bottle with two split rings.

I filled it and slung it over my shoulder. One of the split rings straightened under the weight, and the full bottle came down behind me and hit me on the calf, bruising it. If it had fallen at the front on my foot it would have broken it.

After that I tried another one (different make) and tied the straps as well as whatever clips it had. In the end I bought a magnificent backpack sprayer with pump handle attached. It's ergonomically much better, and works brilliantly.



  • Busy-LizzieBusy-Lizzie Posts: 14,272

    I think the best garden tools are English and the best secateurs are Swiss.

    The worst fork I ever bought was French, from my local GC. It had a horrid long wooden handle, just straight with no formed end and wide tines. It was heavy, clumsy, woouldn't enter the ground properly and the handle snapped after not very long. It was some years ago when you couldn't buy English style garden forks here.

    I love my little stainless steel hand fork, but one tine is bent and now the GC here doesn't sell them any more, for a while they sold "made in England" ones. I'll have to get one in England in September.

    Dordogne and Norfolk
  • chickychicky SurreyPosts: 8,744

    My hand trowel and fork - my Mum bought them for me, so they are now both sentimental and useful.  And recent, but very useful, addition is a tiny pair of secateurs/snips which i keep by the front door for impromptu deadheading spreesimage

    We did not inherit the earth from our grandparents.  We’re borrowing it from our children.
  • Best tool in the box my husband for mowing the lawn......

  • Worst tool in the box... My husband for everything else......

  • Alan4711Alan4711 LincolnshirePosts: 1,572
    Hi all best hedge trimmer was from Argus a Spear and Jackson 600 wat ,not the lightest one in the box but strong and cuts through thick and thin,i got the extra length one on sale around ??30 highly recomended

  • Alan4711Alan4711 LincolnshirePosts: 1,572
    sorry the ???? should be ??30 thirty quid
  • I have a pair of folding secateurs which I put in my pocket when riding my horse along overgrown bridleways. I just get him to stand still at brambly bits and do some horseback pruning! It's amazing what a difference it makes being about 9ft off the ground!

  • XX Posts: 707

    Best tools my Felco secateurs and my Japanese razor hoe (small hand tool).  Worst thing I've bought, a weed and feed spreader which is useless.

  • GillyLGillyL Posts: 1,077

    Worst thing ever bought were those spiky thing you strapped over your shoes to aerate the lawn as you walked up and down,OH put them on whilst standing on the grass and could,nt move an inch.Needed rescuing  which I did as soon as I finished laughing.image 

  • BobTheGardenerBobTheGardener Leicestershire, UKPosts: 8,347

    My best tool is a stainless steel wooden handled hand trowel I picked-up from wilkos many years ago.  Next best is a border fork and spade set - also stainless steel.  Those three get more use than anything else by far.  Worst are all in a drawer I rarely open and are mostly gifts from well-meaning friends and family - cheap secateurs and hand forks (never found a use for one!)

    A trowel in the hand is worth a thousand lost under a bush.
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