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Get Your Tools Ready
tools should be cleaned, sharpened, oiled, and put away in the fall.
But if you didn't get to it, there's no time like the present. You do
not want to start a new season with rough, splintery handles or dull
blades. Johnny's has the supplies you need to maintain and revitalize
your hand tools.
Wooden handles will last for many years if you
treat the wood annually. We recommend that you rub a new coat of Tried
& True Danish Oil
into the handles. This product, available
from johnnyseeds.com, is the same finish that is applied to our tool
handles when new. Tried & True finishes are 100% linseed oil, and
have none of the solvents or chemical drying agents found in "boiled
linseed" products available in most hardware stores.
True oil should be applied at a temperature between 70F/2C and 120F/49C,
which can be accomplished by warming the can in a container of hot
water not by holding it over a flame. Use a cloth or sponge to apply a
thin coat of the oil to the tool handle and allow the finish to soak in
for five minutes. Wipe off until dry, and allow to cure 8 to 10 hours.
Additional coats can be applied the same way and with the same curing
times. After the final coat has cured, buff the wood. The finish becomes
harder and more durable as it ages.
Sharpening tools is quick
and easy with the new Rotary
. The aluminum oxide angled wheel fits any electric
drill. A non-turning back plate holds the stone on the blade at the
correct grinding angle to sharpen all kinds of hoes, wheel hoes,
shovels, spades, and mower blades. For sharpening smaller tools, such as
pruners and harvest knives, use our diamond hone.
If you have a
broken tool, don't consign it to the scrap heap before you check for
replacement parts at Johnny's. We have wooden handles for hoes and wheel
hoes, and replacement blades for most of the hoes we sell. See our 'Sharpening
and Caring for Tools video
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from JSS Advantage March 2010