Tools and Tips for Springtime Yard Care
Once your yard wakes up from the winter, you’ll have a lot of outdoor work on your hands. Here are some new tools to help shape up your landscape for the growing season.
Black & Decker 60V MAX EasyFeed String Trimmer
For cordless power and control, the new 60V MAX trimmer/edger offers two-speed operation that lets you balance more power or longer runtime as needed. Easily and reliably feed the dual 0.080-in. trimmer line with the push of a button. Height and handle are adjustable, and it flips to an edger in seconds. Perform clean, fast cuts with the Power Drive high-torque transmission to give you cutting power at the string. Visit www.blackanddecker.com.
The EarthWay SideSpred-Control is a new innovation that eliminates the need to use a side deflector, which can adversely affect your application rate to prevent material from being spread into flowerbeds, on sidewalks, or driveways. The SideSpred-Control stops the material before it comes out of the hopper and maintains the correct application rate while it is activated, giving you excellent results in seeding or spreading while controlling the spread pattern on the left side of the spreader. The SideSpred-Control is an EarthWay exclusive. Visit earthway.com
Steerable Rolling Seat with Tool Tray
If you’ve ever had to crouch for long periods in the garden, you’ll appreciate the value of a rolling seat. This one has the added convenience of steering to maneuver around the garden. The comfortable metal tractor-style seat is adjustable from 17 to 20 inches high and swivels 360 degrees, so you can position your body comfortably while working. The rolling base, constructed of 1-in. diameter powder-coated steel tubing, has four wide pneumatic tires that move easily through soil without sinking. The seat includes an under-seat poly tool tray and a rear storage basket to keep supplies and tools handy.
In addition to planting, maintenance and harvesting, this rolling seat is useful for low-to-the-ground chores such as washing cars and painting. Visit www.leevalley.com.
Ryobi 18V ONE+ Reciprocating Saw
The New and Improved Ryobi 18V ONE+ Reciprocating Saw is delivers more power than the previous P514 unit as well as a 1-1/8-in. stroke length for more material removal per cut. This saw features an Anti-Vibe handle that reduces user fatigue during prolonged use.
The adjustable, pivoting shoe allows depth-of-cut control and more efficient use of blade. The saw delivers 0-2,900 strokes per minute no-load speed for smooth/fast cutting, and a variable speed trigger offers easy starts and cut control.
The tool-less open lock blade clamps for quick one-handed blade changes. Covered by a 3-year warranty, the new P516 works with any 18V ONE+ battery (sold separately) and is a part of the ONE+ System of over 50 tools that all work with the same 18V battery platform. Visit www.ryobitools.com.