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brunoferreira
Feb 21, 2018 4:05 AM CST
Good morning, I am a university student, from the product design course, we were offered the creation of non-professional gardening tools. What are the most important tools, what tools are lacking for example in the basic toolkits, what tools need improvement.

Thanks a lot for your help!
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greene
Feb 21, 2018 4:52 AM CST
Welcome!
Would you please tell us what you think of as a basic toolkit for gardening? I think basic tools vary depending on region and country.
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WillC
Feb 21, 2018 2:20 PM CST
It also depends on the type of gardening being done.
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lauriebasler
Feb 21, 2018 3:05 PM CST
An affordable but light garden cart, well made to last, rust proof, sturdy, easy storage in winter, on decent durable wheels is probably too much to hope for. Could it dump too?

A tool to go over the end of sprayers like a funnel so you can lay it over a weed, and spray without risk of over spray ornamentals.

A robotic garden boy would be amazing. I'd pay a bit more for one of those. I will test the prototype. Rolling my eyes. Rolling on the floor laughing

brunoferreira
Feb 22, 2018 3:38 AM CST
Hello, WillC and Greene, the products I'm designing, are to be used for the elderly, with mobility issues. The type of gardening will have to be the simplest, small gardens, pots.
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greene
Feb 22, 2018 8:04 AM CST
I will try this a different way. Brunoferreira, can you please post images of the tools that you already know and consider to be the 'basics'. That would be very helpful.

As I said earlier, tools vary depending on where a person lives -
city/state/region/country. Ask this same question in Japan, Vietnam, Africa, etc. and the answers would be different. We have NGA members from all over the world but the majority are gardening in the US and Canada (I think). I supposed I should also ask in which country is your university?

Also, now that you have provided additional information that the tools are for elderly with mobility issues, perhaps knowing what the assignment entails, more details, we could narrow this down and give you the best answers possible.

For example, with the first bit of information, you provided I might have answered, a shovel, hoe, cultivator, 2 kinds of rakes, a Hori knife, bucket, garden cart, lopping shears, chainsaw. But now that I need to consider the elderly/mobility aspect I would need to say bench/seat, kneeling pad, short-handled- shovel, hoe, rake, cultivator, bucket on wheels.
Thank You!



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brunoferreira
Feb 22, 2018 11:14 AM CST
Greene

Good afternoon our Good morning!

The products that I am studying are the ones that are in the picture ie, they are not only the most basic, a shovel, a rake, goes beyond that. Attached are pictures of the products I am studying.

The products will be primarily studied for a senior public, between the ages of 50 and 100 if they still have health, it is obvious that these products can be used by anyone not necessarily senior public. We are talking about people living in Europe, Portugal, Spain, Finland, Sweden, France, etc.

As for the products below, it was something that I have already thought about, I did a search for basic sets for garden lovers, and in rare cases, we have a bench, a knee cushion, and sometimes there is another product that could complete the sets, maybe by strategy of the brand, I do not know but they are missing, I would add a trolley to allow older people to easily carry a vase, even the tools and maybe incorporate this bucket that you mentioned.

My intention with the creation was to have the feedback, of things that could be improved, for example in another forum, a gentleman complained a lot of the ax handles, that already had bought many scissors but these they cause him pains in the hand by are hard, the way you have to get to it is not comfortable. It's the ergonomic and functional aspects that I'm looking to study, and of course if I find products that are lacking and that are necessary, start investing in the creation of products to complement those that already exist.

Thanks a Lot Thank You!

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WillC
Feb 24, 2018 8:59 AM CST
Check out "Could Garden Kneelers be better? - Knowledgebase Question" on this site.
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Name: greene
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greene
Feb 24, 2018 12:45 PM CST
WillC said:Check out "Could Garden Kneelers be better? - Knowledgebase Question" on this site.


https://garden.org/frogs/view/...

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Name: Lyn
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RoseBlush1
Feb 27, 2018 12:23 AM CST
You can also do a Google search for "garden tools for the elderly and the disabled.

You will get a lot of hits. In many cases the sites describe the benefits of the tools and that should give you some ideas.

A couple of examples:

https://www.nrshealthcare.co.u...

https://www.gardeners.com/shop...

https://www.betterhealth.vic.g...

http://www.technologystudent.c...

http://horttech.ashspublicatio...

Good luck on your project.
I'd rather weed than dust ... the weeds stay gone longer.
Name: Philip Becker
Fresno California (Zone 8a)
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Philipwonel
Feb 27, 2018 4:56 PM CST
I got one ! I got one ! 😀😀😀
I call it, " Save the o'l back. " It's simple.
I've always wondered ? Why ?
Why ? 🤔 ??? Why ??? Do they make long handled, tool handles, at a length that you have to bend part way over to use ???

Not good for young backs, much less, older people's backs. Angry

One day, my back get tired 😞.

Then ! BAMM 👍!!! It hit me D'Oh! ! 😀.

So, i got my handy dandy belt sander, and it's cradele, that holds sander upsidedown out. Sanded end of wood handle down a little, till handle slipped into a price of PCV pipe. Screwed pipe on. Cut pipe off to desired length. Wrapped pipe with duck tape, nice feeling, and ergonomic, nice grip.

Now 👍😀😀😀 ! I can stand straight up, to hula-hoe, rack, or hoe.
Handle Extender's ! They would sell. 👍.
I'll accept any Royalties. Rolling on the floor laughing

Also ! How about, narrow, one inch wide, hula-hoe's ? nodding 😀
Of course, with long handle.

Now ?🤔??? I need to figure out some way, so I didn't have to kneel down in garden 😞 ! It's a real bear for me, to stand up, after kneeling.
I love my garden, but I don't want to die out there !
Any ideals ???


Ttfn 💃
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ardesia
Feb 27, 2018 6:44 PM CST
There are a number of ergonomic garden implements on the market and they seem to universally disliked by my fellow older gardeners with arthritis. They just seem more trouble and ungainly to use.

Tools with ratcheting mechanisms are a big help for me, I use ratcheting Corona pruning shears and find it makes cutting branches a cinch. Ratcheting loppers would be a help.

I have another pair of pruning shears that are sized for people with smaller hands. You buy them by the size of your hands, I think the name is Bahco and they are made in France.

The Cobra Head tools are my go-to for weeding and small digging jobs. I have all 3 sizes.

I have a lot of very large containers on my deck and good quality plant caddies with rust proof casters are a must for older folks. I use this one https://www.amazon.com/gp/prod...

Plant lights for indoor gardeners that do not look so industrial.

Along with the robotic plant boy I could use a hydraulic lift to get me up off the kneelers.



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Name: Alice
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ardesia
Feb 28, 2018 4:25 AM CST
Saw this in my FB feed this morning.
https://thegeriatricgardener.w...
Minds are like parachutes; they work better when they are open.
Name: Philip Becker
Fresno California (Zone 8a)
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Philipwonel
Mar 1, 2018 8:15 AM CST
@ardesia
Hay, Alice !🤔🤔🤔??? WOW-IEE D'Oh! That's a great ideal.👍!!!
A hydraulic lift, to get me to my feet from my knees. Gee, I sure would buy one, hecka yes !
We should get together , and brain storm. Remember : "If you can think it ! It can be built !"
Right-off, I'm thinking, hydraulic crutches. Or, a tripod, with ropes and pulleys.
Does that give you any ideals.
I'm excited nodding
What do you think @brunoferreira ???
😎😎😎



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Name: Alice
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ardesia
Mar 1, 2018 9:20 AM CST
Hilarious! Hilarious! Hilarious! Whistling
Minds are like parachutes; they work better when they are open.
Name: Kat
Magnolia, Tx (Zone 8b)
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kittriana
Mar 7, 2018 12:41 AM CST
I think gardening MAKES us old, love it or no, definetely first in line for the robotic Johnny Depp toolboy... still haven't figured out how to get a chair close enough to the ground to work the ground and scoot me to the next area...or a toolbelt that isn't so heavy its dragging me to the ground...
kitt
Cleveland, OH (Zone 6a)
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FrugalGramma
Apr 15, 2018 1:59 PM CST
I think the garden really has to come to us...as in really raised beds. I've seen them, but wonder how hard they would be to maintain. The soil must become depleted and would have to be replenished and gramma isn't going to heft that bag on her shoulder to get it in there. Hydraulics...that is a concept that really should be explored. Seriously! But then it would probably be too expensive.
Name: greene
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greene
Apr 15, 2018 7:06 PM CST
kittriana said:...still haven't figured out how to get a chair close enough to the ground to work the ground and scoot me to the next area...


I can't locate my photo right now but I bought one of these at Harbor Freight a while back. I added an umbrella and a handle. Can sit and scoot around with ease. Of course, I would not advise this if one lives on a hill; there are no brakes.
https://www.harborfreight.com/...

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Name: Kat
Magnolia, Tx (Zone 8b)
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kittriana
Apr 15, 2018 7:20 PM CST
Smiling I had more in mind slinging a mechanix flat roller on balloon wheels, that chair is still too tall - and I have no idea once I get down if I can get back up Rolling on the floor laughing o well...
kitt
Minnesota (Zone 3b)
RpR
Apr 17, 2018 12:10 PM CST
If you wish to improve something, the tools for the triceps need to have handles that do not bend or break.
Does not do any good to improve your triceps if the tools break after a few dozen hours.

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