Posted: 12/09/2016 at 09:54
It's interesting to see this old thread dug up again Fishy. Being 6'3" and as strong as an ox is not the only consideration. Your body automatically uses its muscles, sinews, balance and weight to achieve all sorts of things, but the tool is what it is - it can't make adjustments, so if you overload it the tool just snaps or bends. It really is pointless to blame the tool; it's like expecting a 2CV to win the Formula 1 championship. So I wouldn't alter my post of 21/8/14.
"I think garden tools should be built to cope with things you might find in a garden."
Victoria Sponge, decent tools are built to cope with things you find in the garden, but it's the appropriateness of the tool and the mindset of the gardener that's the problem. You would no more think of digging up a tree with a border trowel than you would choose to use a JCB for bedding out pansies.
I've broken a couple of tools over the years - the ash handle of Dad's old spade (circa 1950) finally rotted through at the rivets about five years ago and the blade of a Wolf trowel which I was trying out a few years ago bent rather quickly. Apart from that, tools have always given me the service I expected, and I've done some big, awkward, heavy jobs over many years. (I'm 5'10", slim, not getting any younger, but I work out the best way to do the job and the customers are happy.)
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