Choose the right tool for the job: Different long-handle tools are designed for different tasks. Make sure you select the right tool for the job to ensure optimal performance and to reduce the risk of injury.
Inspect the tool before use: Before using any long-handle tool, inspect it for signs of damage or wear. Replace or repair any damaged parts before using the tool.
Wear appropriate clothing and footwear: Wear clothing that is comfortable and allows for freedom of movement. Wear sturdy, closed-toe shoes with good traction to avoid slips and falls.
Maintain proper posture: When using long-handle tools, stand with your feet shoulder-width apart and keep your back straight. This will help you maintain balance and avoid back injuries.
Avoid twisting your body: When using long-handle tools, avoid twisting your body. Instead, pivot your feet and use your arms and shoulders to move the tool.
Store the tool properly: Store your long-handle tools in a dry, secure place to protect them from damage and to prevent accidents.
Long handle tools make it possible to work while standing upright more of the time and to bend over less. You’ll get better leverage, which is easier on your back and useful for heavier work and for cutting through roots and tough ground. Long handle tools extend your reach, and are suitable for wide spaces. Long handle tools usually with a cushioned soft grip to absorb shock and reduce fatigue.
D-grip handle tools are easy to control, the ergonomic shape makes the grip more comfortable, lightweight and durable. D-grip offers support when digging or scooping, lessening the impact on the wrist. It is more suitable for tight spaces. D-grip usually with a shorter handle will provide greater control and is often useful for planting or digging up bulbs.
Wooden handles are traditional handles. Using a wood handle is easier on the hands, the smooth surface is gentle on the skin. The weight of the wood handle gives the shovel more stability. If properly maintained, wooden shovel handles are sufficiently strong and can last a long time. They are easy to replace if they are damaged, and they can be repaired with wood glue if the damage is minor.
Fiberglass handles are becoming increasingly popular due to their lighter weight and increased durability. Fiberglass handles are made from an extruded resin that is both strong and light, making them less likely to break than wood handles. Fiberglass handles can be used in any weather conditions without worrying about the handle cracking, breaking or rot.
Purpose: Think about what work will you use the hand tool for? Gardening or building? The right tools allow you to get more done with less effort.
Strength: The hand tools you choose need to be strong enough for your job. In demanding conditions you need a built-to-last hand tool.
Weight: The weight of the handle is also important to consider. Heavier handles can provide more stability and control, while lighter handles are easier to maneuver.
Material: The material of the hand tools is an important factor. Consider your usage habits and usage environment, and choose a more suitable hand tool.
Size: A comfortable handle and suitable size are essential, especially if shoveling for long periods. Look for the right size and comfortable grip for easier handling.