How to Sharpen Garden Tools
After a couple years of service, it's common for your favorite garden tools like garden cutters start losing their edge – literally.
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Sharpening Garden Tools the DIY Way
Shears, shovels, garden cutters, knives and much more can grow blunt over time, making them less efficient and potentially dangerous. Keep your tools sharp with these tips. You may need to make a run to the hardware store or home center to make sure you have everything you need. Required equipment for these sharpening projects may include:
- High-grit sandpaper or steel wool
- The right files (triangle, mill, etc.)
- A vise or similar clamp
- A grinder for larger blades
- A whetstone for knives and other tools
- Mineral oil for lubrication, cleanup and protection
Note: Remember to practice safety while sharpening. Wear protective clothing and safety glasses, set up a workstation away from pets or kids, and always have full support for the tool you are working on.