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Andrew Winsor
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Location: Aberdeen, WA
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I am looking for non-powered hand tools and maintenance items for hand tools such as a way to sharpen and oil them.
I'm on 7 acres in the Pacific Northwest.
Some jobs that need to be done around here include prune plants and trees, Chop wood, break up big logs, fell trees, weeding gardens, planting seeds, collecting seeds, collecting harvest (veggie, fruit, nut) , butchering meat animals, install posts for fencing, planting trees, moving heavy objects and materials.

Please provide URLs for recommended tools where I can buy them. I do realize I may need 3 different types hoes for example.

Goals:
Tools that will last a lifetime(s) when they are maintained and put away.
Tools that can be sharpened -- I'm thinking that means Carbon Steel.
Tools that are low wear on the user (such as long handle tools).


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Disclaimer: I am working through the suggestions slowly, feel free to help me out by making more specific suggestions.

1. So far I feel I have processed the only Hoes I need (I'm most likely wrong), and broadfork
2. Please provide what I need to sharp and oil these hoes with, I think its just any linseed oil right?


Tool List
Rogue Hoes- 40S and 65VW
40S This narrow scuffle hoe works well in the tight places that weeds like to grow and it gets you off your knees. This one comes with a 3 1/2x3 1/2x4 inch head. 34.95

65VW This is one hoe you have been asking for.....at the widest point it is 6.50 inches wide with 3 sharp fingers which can be used like a rake...the other end comes to a sharp point and has many uses...we call it the garden hoe/rake. $39.95


Meadow Creature Broadfork an 12in and 14in
 
John Polk
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Here are a couple links:

Rogue Hoe Manufacture of fire-fighting, trail building tools, as well as a full line of hoes. Rugged tools.

Vashon Broadforks - the most durable broad fork on the market - built right here in WA

EDITED to add: The Vashon Broad Fork is the same as the Meadow Creature shown 2 posts down (Original name vs site's name - probably the only one on the market that will last a lifetime.)
 
John Polk
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Oh. And here's another one. I have never dealt with them myself, but they specialize in professional Timberman/Arborist tools. Quite an assortment of tree tools and...
http://www.baileysonline.com/
 
Kelly Smith
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Meadow Creature Broadfork = http://meadowcreature.com/broadforks/



a short video on how to use it:
http://vimeo.com/47193165

they are cheaper when you buy 2 due to shipping.
they are basically guaranteed for life
they are heavy duty

we have the 14in version and love it.

 
Jen Shrock
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https://www.bahcostore.com/

I bought a pair of hand pruners from them. They can be ordered to fit different hand sizes, material cut sizes and right or left handed. Some of them have replaceable parts too.

I also bought from them a pair of loppers that are made of aircraft grade aluminum (tough stuff - I work for a company that makes airplane parts). They are light, so I don't get tired using them, and the ones that I bought have handles that can extend out 8 inches longer, if I want, or I can leave them retracted.

If I remember correctly, the tools are made in France and are very high quality.
 
R Scott
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+1 for Rogue Hoe. One of their combo hoe/rakes and one of the medium scuffles will do almost anything a gardner and homesteader needs

http://www.wisementrading.com for a good selection of quality axes and homestead tools. Their site is outdated and can be hard to navigate, but they have good prices on good stuff.

http://www.baileysonline.com for lots of gear. Walmart of logging gear.
 
Matt Stern
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Hi Andrew,

I recently started a business selling pretty much exactly what you are looking for. Quality hand tools, built thoughtfully and to last. If you are still in the market, I'd be glad to offer what I can. Check out my website at http://thetoolmerchants.com/. I haven't added everything to the site yet, so if there is something you want but don't see, just ask

Kindly,

Matt

541-450-3893
thetoolmerchants@gmail.com

ps. the meadow creature broadfork is an excellent tool. as for sharpening, a good file(s) plus various stones are a good place to start. I like DMT brand diamond stones for their durability and ease of use/maintenance. For example: http://www.amazon.com/DMT-FWFC-Double-Diafold-Sharpener/dp/B00004WFTW
Linseed oil works well, just know that most boiled linseed has petroleum solvents and heavy metals to speed up drying time (raw linseed dries very slowly). I wrote a bit about this in a recent post: http://thetoolmerchants.com/care-wooden-tool-handles/

cheers!
 
R Scott
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I really like the harbor freight diamond stones for rough work like garden tools. They are coarse, cheap and last longer than cheap files. DMT's for finer stuff--they are much more consistent but more money.

Only name brand files, and even then there are good and bad ones depending on where they were made.

 
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