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Name: Frank Richards
Clinton, Michigan

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frankrichards16
Dec 3, 2013 10:33 PM CST
This is without a doubt my favorite yard tool. It’s a small 22 HP articulated 4x4 hydraulic tractor made by Powertrac. It has quick connect tools for the front end. I have a 4ft and 5 ft bucket, a 5 ft finish mower and a 5 ft plow. Most of the time I use the 5 ft bucket for yard work. This year, for example, I ordered 12 yards of cedar mulch. Without this tractor, I might still be spreading mulch:) Purchased new in June of 2005.


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Name: Arlene
Grantville, GA (Zone 8a)
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abhege
Dec 4, 2013 1:44 PM CST
Umm, I was thinking hand tool! Rolling on the floor laughing which is, no competition, my cobra head!
Name: Jennifer
48036 MI (Zone 6b)
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jvdubb
Dec 4, 2013 1:57 PM CST
I'm jealous Frank! That would be my favorite tool also!
Name: Debra
Garland, TX (NE Dallas suburb) (Zone 8a)
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lovemyhouse
Dec 4, 2013 2:00 PM CST
Sturdy big garden fork. Has made it possible to do more of the yard work myself than would otherwise be the case.
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Name: Deb
Pacific Northwest (Zone 8b)
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Bonehead
Dec 4, 2013 2:08 PM CST
A toss up between my short-handled square end spade and my stick (soil knife, hori-hori, whatever you call yours). Joining the green envy team re Frank's way cool tractor.
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Name: Rick Corey
Everett WA 98204 (Zone 8a)
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RickCorey
Dec 4, 2013 4:27 PM CST
I used to agree with Deb: my "sharpshooter" drain spade. Besides digging and turning and making ditches, it was a "reaching tool" that let me transplant into the middle of a bed without stepping on it, or near the edges without stooping over. I could cut seed furrows with it, or smooth down and firm a seed bed.

But since I bought a 4-tine cultivator, I think that's may new favorite. It tills, weeds, picks coarse stuff out of the compost heap's surface layer, picks up brush, and mixes soil amendments.
Name: Cheryl
Kingwood, Texas (Zone 9a)
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ShadyGreenThumb
Dec 5, 2013 11:09 AM CST
My backpack yard blower.
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Name: Tara
NE, Florida (Zone 9a)
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terrafirma
Dec 5, 2013 11:25 AM CST
Rolling on the floor laughing I was thinking hand tools too! Rolling on the floor laughing
But then I got to thinking about it, and I'd have to say that that my tractor 'seat' has become my favorite! Hilarious! My old knees aren't what they use to be, and this has become my most valuable of all tools!
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And of course all the little hand tools fit in the basket under the seat!

Name: David Paul
(Zone 9b)
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DavidofDeLand
Dec 5, 2013 11:35 AM CST
Any tool that doesn't cost money to operate are my favorites! Smiling
Name: Cheryl
Kingwood, Texas (Zone 9a)
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ShadyGreenThumb
Dec 5, 2013 1:18 PM CST
I like your seat, @Terrafirma. I like that the wheels swivel. Your gadget holders are pretty cool, too! I want to get DH one. Where did you find it? btw, I think your screen name should be "TARAfirma"!
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Name: Tara
NE, Florida (Zone 9a)
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terrafirma
Dec 5, 2013 1:25 PM CST
hehehe…Thanks Cheryl! I found this at Gardener's Supply Co. The only thing that it's missing, in my opinion, is a cup holder, and an umbrella!!! Hilarious!
Name: Deb
Pacific Northwest (Zone 8b)
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Bonehead
Dec 5, 2013 1:54 PM CST
I have the rigid plastic rolling stool which does not have the pull handle or spot to hang a trug. The storage is under the seat, but you have to lift yourself off to access it, plus is gets flooded when I leave it out in the rain. At some point, I'd like to upgrade to the one Terrafirma shows (far superior in my opinion), but meanwhile I make do. I am always surprised at how easy on my back it is.

I want to live in a world where the chicken can cross the road without its motives being questioned.
Name: Cheryl
Kingwood, Texas (Zone 9a)
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ShadyGreenThumb
Dec 5, 2013 2:29 PM CST
Hey Deb! Gardener's Supply tractor seat is on sale for $79 PLUS Save 15% on orders over $75!! That's $67.57 +$13.95 s/h =$81.52. That is less than the original price of $89.99! That is the best coupon deal I can find so far. If I can find FREE shipping, I'll let you know.

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Name: Cheryl
Kingwood, Texas (Zone 9a)
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ShadyGreenThumb
Dec 5, 2013 2:41 PM CST
A better deal Gardener's Supply Rolling stool on Amazon $71.99+$4.99 s/h=$76.48
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Name: Cheryl
Kingwood, Texas (Zone 9a)
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ShadyGreenThumb
Dec 5, 2013 2:54 PM CST
DH and I were only doing stocking stuffers for each other this Christmas but I can't think of anyone more deserving. He has such a good attitude being stuck in his wheelchair. I think he would be able to transfer to this stool and get back into the garden where he wants to be! I mean the man actually wants to pull weeds! SOLD! Santa told me so! I'll stick the wheel of it into the stocking. Hilarious!
Sorry for the hijack, Frank. Tara's favorite toll will become DH's favorite tool! Now back to our regularly scheduled topic.....
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Name: Jay
Nederland, Texas (Zone 9a)
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Horntoad
Dec 5, 2013 6:29 PM CST
terrafirma said: Rolling on the floor laughing I was thinking hand tools too! Rolling on the floor laughing
But then I got to thinking about it, and I'd have to say that that my tractor 'seat' has become my favorite! Hilarious! My old knees aren't what they use to be, and this has become my most valuable of all tools!
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And of course all the little hand tools fit in the basket under the seat!



Now that I want.

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Name: Tara
NE, Florida (Zone 9a)
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terrafirma
Dec 5, 2013 6:38 PM CST
And the seat adjusts to different heights! Just by spinning it….up or down….Certainly my favorite gardening tool!!! As the saying goes…Try it, you'll like it! Thumbs up I definitely give this a Thumbs up
Name: Greene
Savannah, GA (Sunset 28) (Zone 8b)
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greene
Dec 5, 2013 6:56 PM CST
Guess my favorite is the scuffle hoe. I started using it while very disabled sitting on a milkcrate and half-heartedly shoving it forward and backward...the hoe not the milk crate that is. Rolling on the floor laughing Now that I am working in a standing position the scuffle hoe works even better, plus I like the sound it makes as it clickety-clacks back and forth chopping off the weeds.
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Name: Betty
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daylilydreams
Dec 5, 2013 7:21 PM CST
Tara if you get a beach umbrella and find a place on your tractor seat to attach a pvc pipe (wire it on is the easy way) that is just a little bigger in diameter than the umbrella plug the bottom end of the pipe and viola you have an umbrella.

I did this with a metal garden kneeling bench y umbrella also tilts. I have used for years it really make a difference when it is so hot to have some shade. I do like your tractor seat being it is movable on wheels I have to move my bench around.
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Name: Cheryl
Kingwood, Texas (Zone 9a)
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ShadyGreenThumb
Dec 5, 2013 7:22 PM CST
Green, My mom had a scuffle/stirrup hoe when I was a kid. I think it was called a "Magic Hoe" back then. Funny I don't recall her working in the yard at all??? Maybe she thought it worked by magic? Hilarious! But I have one It took some time to find one. I love it. But my blower still takes First Place as something I can't live without.
Life is short, Break the rules, Forgive quickly, Kiss slowly, Love Truly, Laugh
uncontrollably, And never regret anything that made you Smile.

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