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Name: Dave Whitinger
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dave
Dec 21, 2016 4:04 PM CST

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I've been contacted by a writer from a major magazine wanting to do an article on ergonomic gardening tools. If you would like to be interviewed, please let me know and I'll pass your info along to the writer!
Name: greene
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greene
Dec 21, 2016 5:06 PM CST
Not volunteering myself (too cheap to purchase new tools *Blush* ) but thinking back to discussions about tools I remember that @abhege, @jvdubb @paulgrow and @Marilyn had positive things to say about the Cobrahead which is ergononic in design.
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Name: Marilyn
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Marilyn
Dec 21, 2016 6:18 PM CST
I'm embarrassed to say I don't always remember to use my Cobrahead hand tool. I've several trug tubs that I keep my hand tools in and can't remember which one it's in and/or it gets buried by other things on top. *Blush*

It's great when I remember/find/use it. Thumbs up

Years ago, I ordered the Cobrahead long handled tool from the company, but never got the blade and the handle put together and haven't found the two parts to put it together now, since they got buried in the garage, so I've never got to use it. Sighing!
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Name: Philip Becker
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Philipwonel
Dec 24, 2016 8:17 PM CST
Dave !!! Merry Christmas !!!😎
Put my name in !!!
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Anything i say, could be misrepresented, or wrong.
Name: Porkpal
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porkpal
Dec 25, 2016 7:25 PM CST
Since I am not actually sure what ergonomic means when applied to gardening tools, I guess I don't have any.
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Name: Elaine
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dyzzypyxxy
Dec 26, 2016 9:57 AM CST
I think "ergonomic" applies to any tool that is designed/shaped to make it easier to grip, or to apply pressure (give better mechanical advantage), or to relieve back strain by changing angles or with soft padding to make it more comfortable to use a tool longer. These would be an example of non-ergonomic (straight) handled pruners vs. ergonomic. I do find the shaped handles work better for me although the lock is easier to use on the straight ones.
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I've had arthritis in my hands for years and my husband, although no gardener, is an engineer so he has always kept an eye out for ergonomic tools that might help me. Some have worked and are excellent, others just didn't work for me - maybe because I'm a klutz and didn't use them correctly. Longer handled tools like brooms and rakes with curved handles (supposedly ergonomic) didn't work for me, I just found them awkward. Might have been because they also come in "one size fits all" and they were made for somebody taller than me.

Stars of the show for me have been the long pruner/loppers which (Thanks, Santa) I just got a new pair for Christmas from the aforesaid engineer. They truly do have double the mechanical advantage of regular loppers, because of the way the blades have been messed with. (he's explained it to me a couple of times Shrug! Rolling my eyes. I know, I know) Also the new pair has (Ta Da ! ! ) ergonomic (shaped and padded) handles that are actually fastened on with a screw so they won't slip off like the old ones did.
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Anything that makes my cranky old hands work half as hard will keep me working longer, so these are a great help.

Elaine

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Name: Anna Z.
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AnnaZ
Dec 26, 2016 10:20 AM CST
All can give input on is my Cobra hand "grubber". I absolutely love it.
Name: Philip Becker
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Philipwonel
Dec 26, 2016 10:56 AM CST
@porkpal
Buddy ! Read what dyzzy wrote above.
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Name: Porkpal
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porkpal
Dec 26, 2016 11:29 AM CST
Philip, I was mostly kidding. The tool I find cleverly designed for my use is a limb-lopper with telescoping handles: long for leverage, short for working in close quarters. I don't know the manufacturer off hand.
Porkpal
Name: James
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JamesAcclaims
Dec 26, 2016 12:02 PM CST
I am definitely no expert, and probably don't need to be interviewed. The only ergonomic anything that I have are Gardenbrite bypass shears. They have a rotating handle to minimize strain and "hand fatigue" (reduces blisters, etc.). Though, I'll fully admit that I only purchased them because they have a hand guard that protects your hand from thorns or sharp foliage. I don't have any roses, but they would be perfect for rose growers. I've never had any issues with them.
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