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Topic by bold1 posted 12-02-2014 09:32 AM 6114 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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bold1

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12-02-2014 09:32 AM

Many years ago my father bought me a shovel, hoe, and rake to work in the garden. They were good quality scaled down tools made for a child’s hands. I would like to buy some for my Grandbaby. Does anyone know where such could be purchased today? Everything I have found so far are cheap stamped steel toys not decent tools.



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Radicalfarmergal

4312 posts in 3068 days
hardiness zone 5b

12-10-2014 01:00 PM

When my children were younger, I tried to find them tools that they could use in the garden because they always wanted to help. I found three tool selections that included a wheelbarrow, standing tools (rakes, shovel, hoe) and hand tools made from wood and metal. Here is a link to show you what I bought:

http://www.forsmallhands.com/primary-garden-tools

My children enjoyed them very much and helped rake leaves, dig holes and even hauled firewood in their little wheelbarrow. That said, the tools are not as strong as adult-sized tools and all of them eventually broke because my children wanted to use them to dig out rocks to create a “giant” hole, haul “big” firewood pieces, etc. I found that the metal bent if they used it vigorously in our hard, rocky soil and the wooden handle snapped where it was attached to the metal shovel. They did enjoy the tools while they lasted. The wheelbarrow lasted the longest because the wheel and base are very sturdy. The plastic case eventually became brittle and broke when they stacked loads of firewood in it.

Handling firewood in the winter was cold, hard work, so we also bought them work gloves:

http://www.forsmallhands.com/yard-garden/small-leather-work-gloves

If your grandchildren use the tools in soft, tilled garden soil, they might last longer than ours lasted!

-- "...I have nothing against authorities as such; I am only in favor of putting a question mark after just about everything they say." Ruth Stout

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bold1

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12-11-2014 12:13 AM

Thank you for your answer. These look like the same ones I found at a True Temper dealer. Not junk, but not good tools, either. Most of the other ones I found are toys. As you state most children love to help, if they have tools they can handle. I also know how frustrating it is to learn anything, when your tools aren’t up to the job. I’ve found a good small garden spade. I guess if I can’t find anything better, I’ll buy that and cut down a rake and hoe, and turn smaller handles for them. Sounds like a lot more work, doesn’t it? Thanks again. Rich

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ThomasMaloney

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01-07-2015 03:09 AM

Any chance you can dig through storage for pictures of the tools you are looking for? I know you can probably find some crafts people to handmake some versions for you if you really want a good quality set.. Maybe something pass down the generations…

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Radicalfarmergal

4312 posts in 3068 days
hardiness zone 5b

01-07-2015 03:57 PM

That is a great idea, TM. My children are old enough to use grown-up sized tools now, but I would definitely have considered it when they were younger.

-- "...I have nothing against authorities as such; I am only in favor of putting a question mark after just about everything they say." Ruth Stout

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bold1

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01-10-2015 11:09 PM

Thanks for your idea. I don’t know of anyone in our area anymore that I could get to make any. I’ll wait till the weather gets a little warmer and buy a good rake and hoe and cut them down. Cutting the heads won’t take long, and I’ll prob. have to reweld the rake. But dismounting the handles and working them down will take some time. I didn’t realize till I started looking that good small tools aren’t being offered anymore.

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