Permaculture forum: All I want for Christmas . . . . Garden Tools for Women

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hazelnut
Dec 14, 2013 10:44 AM CST
http://www.motherearthnews.com/homesteading-and-livestock/to...

Now Im very fussy about my tools. I like them clean and sharp and I like tools that fit me. Im 72, five foot six inches, and female.

My garden tools keep me in shape and they keep me independent. I live alone, and I don't want to postpone my activities waiting for a male person to show up. So thinking about tools that FIT women is something I do a lot of. So I enjoyed reading this article.

I agree, managing the rip cord on a gas powered chain saw or lawn mower is one of the hardest things for a woman to navigate.

But one thing I have learned is that short handled tools are not necessarily the answer to a shorter person. A long handled shovel gives you more leverage for hefting a shovelful of dirt or manure for example.
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dave
Dec 14, 2013 11:02 AM CST

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hazelnut said:managing the rip cord on a gas powered chain saw or lawn mower is one of the hardest things for a woman to navigate.


And for men, too!

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hazelnut
Dec 14, 2013 1:24 PM CST
Ive seen some guys THROW the chain saw while hanging on to the rip cord. I was thinking, "Gee, I wish I could learn to do that." But then, maybe that's just for show and not too safe.
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lovemyhouse
Dec 14, 2013 1:38 PM CST
Hilarious! Hilarious! I think you are right, hazelnut.
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hazelnut
Dec 15, 2013 10:51 AM CST
On the other hand I love my 16 inch Remington electric chain saw. Ive noticed the lithium ion battery charged saws now. I wonder if they have the power you need to cut safely. I would be good not to have to manage a cord, while concentrating not to pinch the saw blade and not let the tree fall on you.

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hazelnut
Dec 15, 2013 10:52 AM CST
On the other hand I love my 16 inch Remington electric chain saw. Ive noticed the lithium ion battery charged saws now. I wonder if they have the power you need to cut safely. It would be good not to have to manage a cord, while concentrating not to pinch the saw blade and not let the tree fall on you.

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