Landscapes and Gardens of Northern Nevada: Useful and Innovative Tools | News from Carson City, Nevada
My friend Pat volunteers at the Wilbur D. May Arboretum in Reno and has been fortunate enough to work with someone who is a tool junkie. He introduced Pat to some pretty useful light tools that make the aging body work easier. Pat shared these tool ideas with me.
Pat and I both love to prune. We’re both little ones, so when she said she found an easy-to-use extension saw I wanted more information. I find my pole saw / lopper combo difficult to use if I extend it beyond its 7ft pole length. Pulling on the rope to operate the lopper is awkward and I still hold the post in my hip to get enough leverage to pull hard enough to cut with the rope lopper.
I can’t use the saw at all. Pat said to try the Hooyman Extension Saw instead. I looked online, www.hooyman.com, and found two folding saws. One extends up to five feet and the other extends up to 10 feet. The shorter one folds up to 12 inches and the longest up to 28 inches. The site says “incredible cutting stability – even at full extension”. Maybe I should try one.
Another tool Pat told me about that extends his pruning reach is the ARS LA-180ZF305 Telescopic Pruner with Razor Head that has a 1/2 inch cutting capacity. The handle ranges from six feet to 10 feet and weighs 2.75 pounds. There is a bypass pruner with sharp blades at the end operated by a trigger handle. Imagine a secateurs on an extension cord. This tool is not cheap.
But if I could pull the trigger and have a 6 foot reach, not to mention a 10 foot reach, I could do so much more size without needing a ladder; then it would be worth it! The blade is designed to be replaced just like all blades are on my favorite and well used pruner. An online reviewer reported that she learned how to use it at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden during a pruning class and that she loves it. Another tool I can invest in.
We also talked about the extra long handle hedge trimmers which can lengthen our short reach. As I explored them, I saw another long-handled tool that cuts the edges of the grass while standing. The cutting mechanism works when the handle is pressed. Cutting the grass without having to bend over or kneel could save my back and knees. I become more and more aware of this as I get older.
The right tools make the job easier!
– JoAnne Skelly is Associate Professor and Emeritus Extension Educator at the Cooperative Extension at the University of Nevada. She can be contacted at [email protected]