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Sharpening Garden Tools

July 20, 2005

You can sharpen a pruning knife or shears with a clay flowerpot. Just use the edge of the pot as a sharpening stone.

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October 7, 2008

How can I sharpen very dull hedge shears?

Clydene from Houston, TX

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October 7, 20080 found this helpful

Try using a wet stone or a file.

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By Judy (Guest Post)
October 9, 20080 found this helpful

My hardware store does it. I do it every winter, so it is ready for the spring season.

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October 13, 20080 found this helpful

Yes you can sharpen hedge shears. I just did mine as well as my loppers.

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October 13, 20080 found this helpful

Yes you can sharpen your hedge shears. Using a file you sharpen one side of each blade. I have also sharpened my loppers.
www.rd.com/.../article18295.html

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October 13, 20081 found this helpful

Try this

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I bought a great little sharpener for about $10 I use it on scissors and shears.

www.accusharp.com/

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September 29, 2011

How do I sharpen two of my garden tools, 2 pairs of shears? I forgot them outside and it rained and they got rusted. Thanks.

By Anna K.

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October 1, 20111 found this helpful

First thing to do is fill a bucket with 'sharp sand' available in most garden centres (or get a bag of children's play sand, it's not as sharp as sand labelled sharp but will work in a pinch)

Mix in some used motor oil-not too much but enough to make a sort of oily sand mix. Plunge the rusted tools up and down in the mix, you should see the rust slide right off. Repeat as needed, then wipe the tool down and hang or lay it in the shed or garage.

It's a good idea to do this regularly with garden tools. The oily sand cleans, slightly sharpens, conditions, and kills any pests or fungus, etc, you may have your tools. Have a look at this Better Homes and Gardens post, good pics, but I want to say I've always used old motor oil, not vegetable oil, or the other lightweight stuff the post recommends.

www.bhg.com/.../

Check the BH&G links on the page, they have a good tutorial on sharpening tools, too-something I always ask my husband or a pro to do because it takes more upper body strength than I have to get a good, clean edge-something that essential for good pruning.

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January 22, 2010

How do you sharpen tools?

By guest from Knoxville, TN

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January 22, 20101 found this helpful

Depends on the tool. You can use a grinder. Most tools can be sharpened with a whet stone (I think whet with an H is right, might be just wet).

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April 7, 2013

How do I sharpen my hedge trimmers?

By Doyle

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April 7, 2013

How do I sharpen my hedge trimmers?

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