Wednesday, 1 July 2015

Guide for Buying a Garden shredder

A garden shredder is very useful tool to have when it comes to cleaning up your lawn. You can feed it all your twigs branches grass and leaves to the shredder to become mulch or compost. This is a very good way to stay environmentally friendly while sorting out your garden and there are a few different types of shredder that will work well for different materials.

Decide on impact or Crushing shredders

Impact shredders have the advantage of being less expensive but are a lot louder. These use a spinning blade similar to a food processor and you just feed the debris into the machine. Crushing shredders are quieter but more expensive. These models are self feeding and pull debris into the machine to crush it against a steel plate. Consider the type of material you are shredding when choosing as crushing shredders are better against heavier materials.

Gas or Electric

In this case electric shredders are the cheaper options but you will need to make sure the cord is long enough to move around the yard. Gas shredders have more power with the advantage of having no cord but they can require more maintenance and you will need to keep the tank filled with gas.

Check the Specifics

Pay attention to cleaning instructions and also check the limitations on the model you buy and sales associates can help you find what these are.

Wednesday, 17 June 2015

How to Replace the Handle of an Axe

If you damage the handle of an axe and its broken it is almost always better to try and replace the axe handle than repair the current one so I'm going to give you an overview of how to complete this.

Find a Handle

You will need to go to a hardware store to find a replacement handle and its much easier to do this if you bring the axe with you to match size and fit.  You will also need a few wood handle wedges and twice as many steel handle wedges.

Remove the Handle

Saw off the broken handle close to the head of the axe and soak the head overnight in a bucket of water and then let it dry for a complete day. The water will swell the wood but when it dries it will be looser than before.

Clamp the Axe Head

If there are wedges at the top of the handle knock them out with a hammer and chisel. Next open the vice and put the head back on upside down. Now begin tapping the handle out with the largest diameter steel rod. Work on multiple spots for the best results and use a smaller rod if corner areas get stuck.

Check if then new Handle Fits

Keep the axe upside down to check if the new handle will fit or not. If it goes in too easily its the wrong handle. It should be a little too big for the axe to fit correctly. The handle should have a saw kerf cut across the longest axis. The wooden wedge you bought should be a little shorter than this slot. The sides of the axe socket are not parallel and towards the top the opening widens. Use the rasp to carefully trip the handle down until it matches the axe head socket. Now put the handle through the head.


If there is excess wood above the head saw it off as close to the steel as possible. Next put the steel wedge through the axe handle from above the head. This will expand the handle to fit the head.

Wednesday, 3 June 2015

Chainsaw Safety

Chainsaw safety is paramount to avoid serious or even fatal injury whilst working with the machines. Below is a quick infographic showing some quick tips on how to avoid or, in the worst case scenarios, limit the the damage of the injury.

Chainsaw Safety

Chainsaws are a very useful commodity for any homeowner who is interested in home improvement but there is an awful lot of safety and legislation that comes with them that the average homeowner simply does not know about. This infographic below aims to show just what you ahve to do when operating and owning a chainsaw:

chainsaw safety

Just a helpful little infographic on the safety procedures associated with chainsaws!

Tuesday, 26 May 2015

Most Common Chainsaw Troubles

There are a lot of things that can go wrong with chainsaws as they are quite a complex tool so heres a little troubleshooting guide to cover the most common issues that arise with chainsaws.

No Start Condition

When a chainsaw wont start but the engine turns over freely its a no start condition. This is the most common chainsaw issue and there are many possible reasons for it. A few tips to fix this kind of condition are replace your spark plug as its the most likely part to not be functioning properly and make sure your wiring, ignition coils and switches are all working properly.

Start Stop Condition

This is the name for chainsaws that stop under load or run for a few seconds then die. Lots of parts can cause this issue but the most likely reason would be a plugged spark arrestor screen that would prevent exhaust from properly leaving the engine. You should also check if there are any clogged ports in the carburetor that would affect its ability to inject the right amount of fuel or air into the engine. Other possible but less likely causes are faulty spark plugs, bad gas caps or bad fuel filters.

Hard Starts

A hard to start chainsaw engine can be caused by hugely varied list of parts. Nearly any component of a fuel, spark or air system can cause this problem. The first thing to check is that you are getting a good spark from your spark plug. If that doesn't work try cleaning the intake and exhaust. Next you should check any fuel delivery problems to make sure its getting enough.

Bad Engine Performance

Just because it starts and runs doesn't mean it's not suffering from performance issues. It could sputter or lack power and this normally means that your engine is out of tune. The easiest way to fix this is to keep replacing temp parts such as air filters when they are used up.

Thursday, 21 May 2015

Inspecting Chainsaw Bars for Damage

The guide bar on every pro saw lives a tough life. It is constantly battered at a tremendous pace against a variety of materials and all the while the risk of breakage for the novice chainsaw owner is high. Hopefully this mini guide will help you spot when your chainsaw bar is damaged.


Inspecting For Wear

The body of most guide bars wears in two places: On top side of the bar rails and on the surfaces inside the rails. Since the tops of the rails are easy to see and the inside surfaces hard to see, start your inspection by looking at the tops. Pay special attention to the area just behind the bar nose. This is the location where the rails often show the most wear. Saw operators who do a lot of limbing will notice pronounced wear here, because for them, this area of the bar does the most work. Also look for chipping or any other type of rail damage.

How To Inspect A Bar for Damage

Experienced saw operators don't bend bars often, but every pro user will occasionally have their saw's bar in the wrong place at the right time. It can't be avoided. So when a bar experiences “tree trauma,” stop and inspect it. Sometimes it is easy to see it is OK, and you can go on cutting. Other times it is necessary to stoop and take a good look.
To inspect a guide bar for damage, first remove it from the saw. Wipe away any sawdust or debris and look for anything obvious. If all the surfaces look good, hold it level with your eye and look down the rails as if they were a site on a gun. This can be done from either end of the bar. If your bar is bent, you will see sweeps or bends in its body. If you have never looked at a bar from this angle before, you will be surprised how visible even a slight bend is.

Tuesday, 12 May 2015

The Correct Way to Use a Digging Spade

Lots of people put a lot more effort into using their spades than is necessary so i'm going to give you a few tips on efficient, safe digging for the average home user.

Safety First

Digging is hard work and also a good workout but you will need some forms of protection before you can go for a while. First of all you will need gardening gloves to keep your hands from getting massively blistered. It would also help to have Sturdy footwear if you have any.

Efective usage

To effectively use a spade you need to keep it verticle when digging into the ground. This works best if you hold the handle with both hands then push the blade down with your foot. After this your going to want to use the lever system here. Hold the spade at the handle and leverage the soil up so it requires as little effort as possible.To lift the soil simply bend your knees and slide one hand down the blade. Remove the soil by walking a few paces. If you repeatedly twist your torso to drop it next to you it wont take long before you start to feel muscle strains. If you follow this simple guide then digging shouldn't be too hard on you although it is not the easiest of gardening tasks.

Thursday, 23 April 2015

Finding the Right Tools for the Job

We talk about the right tools for the job a lot on this website and we even compare and contrast tools to make sure you get the best tool for the job. But what do we recommend to someone starting off on their gardening hobby/career? What tools are right for them?

Well theres no need to worry as Timberpro have made a full infographic showing you 5 tools that will mean you always have the right tool for the job!