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Name: Cheryl
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ShadyGreenThumb
Apr 28, 2018 4:20 PM CST
Got any suggestions? Have had these plastic classics for years. I don't need the sprinkle nozzle, they've been gone for years, too. ha Had to toss one away. I need three watering cans in various places in the yard cuz I'm lazy like that. So I need a new one. Just thought maybe you'd might know if there is a good one out there that they have come up with. Ergonomically friendly, perhaps so that the water weight distributes more evenly? Keep wishing on that, right?? Wide mouth opening a must for ease of filling and adding stuff to it. Prefer two handles for pouring from different angles. What say you?
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Name: greene
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greene
Apr 28, 2018 4:58 PM CST
I can not recommend the cheap ones that are made in China. They are nowhere near ergonomic, are difficult to fill, they like to tip over. I am thinking a watering can is worth spending a bit extra as it is such an important tool. (Did I really just say that?! Guess it must be true because I hate spending money.)
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Name: Cheryl
North of Houston TX (Zone 9a)
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ShadyGreenThumb
Apr 28, 2018 5:28 PM CST
You're right, @Greene. A watering can is a tool and if it isn't right, it's an awful chore! This is my DD's. She hates it and I can see why! She tried to pawn it off on me! Hahaha
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Name: Chris
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FoolOnTheHill
Apr 28, 2018 9:51 PM CST
I'll be watching this thread closely. Tipping over is a problem with one we bought last year. We have multiple rain barrels, and use watering cans to transport the water to saplings or other baby plants we've planted. I use one can at a time, while leaving the other to fill (rushing to be sure I return before it overflows. Very annoyed that a can we bought near the end of last year kept falling over, so I had to stop using it. It replaced one that was leaking. Hard to find good balance on bigger cans, as well as ergo-design for both carrying and pouring.
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WillC
Apr 29, 2018 2:36 PM CST
Dramm is the Rolls Royce of watering cans - expensive, but the very best quality in all ways.

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Name: Cheryl
North of Houston TX (Zone 9a)
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ShadyGreenThumb
Apr 29, 2018 3:27 PM CST
That's it! This will be the last watering can I'll ever buy. It HAS to be good enough to help me in my old age! Thanks @WillC! I tip my hat to you. Mother's Day is coming up. Tee-hee! nodding
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Name: Mindi Hammerstone
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MindiHammerstone
Apr 29, 2018 5:41 PM CST
Here are some photos of mine. Don't remember the name but it came from Orchards. So maybe you could find it at a brick and mortar shop. I have chronic pain and this gives me no problems, is evenly weighted and has two handles and a super wide mouth and carrying capacity. One handle moves for lugging the water and the other for pouring and it's a metal can.

To heck with all my past watering cans.


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Hope you find it somewhere!!

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Mindi
Name: Cheryl
North of Houston TX (Zone 9a)
Region: Texas Greenhouse Plant Identifier Plant Lover: Loves 'em all! Plumerias Ponds
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ShadyGreenThumb
Apr 29, 2018 6:29 PM CST
I love how the handle [email protected] I can't tell you how much stuff I get onto the handle while getting that fat Tablespoon into the can! And a wiiiiiide opening! I will look around for those features if not that exact can! Thanks! I tip my hat to you.
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Name: Chris
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FoolOnTheHill
Apr 29, 2018 9:16 PM CST
I'm really liking the look of Mindi's can, too! The reason that one of mine tips, is because of the hose from the rain barrel and the watering can's handle interfering with each other, and the fact that the can was light weight plastic, and so had nothing to keep the hose from tipping the can, unless I'd wait there until enough water was in the base to prevent a tip (which undermines the plan of alternating between cans while the other fills). Being able to drop the handle would probably eliminate the tip over I experienced with that one can. The other can is not as well balanced, and I have other smaller cans that don't work so well for alternating, either, as they fill before I get back.

If someone finds a source, hope you'll post it! I'll look too, when I get a chance.
Name: Mindi Hammerstone
Tracy, CA (Zone 9b)
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MindiHammerstone
Apr 29, 2018 9:55 PM CST
I looked at OSH.Com and saw a galvanized steel watering can that holds like 2.5 gallons an has the movable top handle like mine as well as the back handle.

On this phone I don't know how to post a picture from the site. I believe it was called Bethrens. Let me double check that! Yes and it's at Home dept also, I looked on the Behring site and it tells you where they sell them. Expensive but worth it rather than having to keep replacing cans and it feels so good in the hand. Iam not their rep or anything lol. Iam a stay at home mom, just trying to help!!

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Mindi
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