When Troy-Bilt sent me several gardening tools at the beginning of the summer to review, I had no idea I would be getting a diagnosis of severe degenerative arthritis and how a tool might truly make a difference in my garden for my health. I am very tough on tools – I chew them up and spit them out – and below are four gardening tools I reviewed from Troy-Bilt that I’ve used a grading scale of A, B, or C with a mention if I feel they are good for gardening if you have arthritis or another condition. If I find a tool that’s an F, I’m not even going to share that horror with you, so it has to be a C or above in my rating system. At the end of this post please leave a comment letting me know what your toughest garden problem has been this season for a chance to win a tool give-away contest (I hope to select a few problems and help solve them in upcoming posts).
Premium Garden Weed Remover – $34.99
I liked this tool (see top photo) and give it an A- rating. It was a fantastic tool for grass and dandelion removal. Without a doubt it would be perfect if you have arthritis and/or another medical condition that prevents you from bending or lifting. Easy to use, all you do is insert the claws into the soil and push down on the pedal, then step on the foot pedal for leverage and pull the handle towards you, it extracts a weed lickety-split. When weeding in heavy clay soil, I have noticed that this brings up a lot of soil with the root structure.
Premium Garden Rake $6.99
I found the premium garden rake to be graded, perhaps, at a C-. The handle metal was slick, therefore tough to grip tight. I would not recommend this tool for someone who has a health problem related to physically gripping tightly. It does indeed rake well, but only if you have a rubber glove on. Not my favorite.
Comfort Classic Anvil Pruner $19.99
This was a good tool to use to trim small, but tough branches. I liked it and give it an A- rating because it did a fine job on my blue spruce pine out back. I would use this tool in place of a lighter pruner for shrubs and tough perennial stems. Also, it was easy to grip and cut very well, thereby making it a good tool to use for snipping if you had weakened strength in your hands.
Troy Bilt Comfort Classic Anvil Lopper $59.99
This lopper was very tough and very easy to operate – I give it an A! I only squeezed it lightly to lop off my crab apple branches. This is good if you have health issues or arthritis because you do not have to use as much force to cut through heavy sticks and limbs. I think this would be a good investment for most gardeners who have shrubs and trees that need regular pruning.
AND THE WINNER OF THE CONTEST IS — Lynn Hunt of The Dirt Diaries. Congratulations Lynn!!!!
If you would like to win these gardening tools in the below contest, simply leave a comment below describing your toughest garden problem this season. I will select a totally random winner this Sunday 8/30 and will have the Troy-Bilt company send out all of these tools so you can try them too.
Special thanks to Troy-Bilt for sending out the tools so I could run it through the Shawna-Marator Tool Review Machine. I was happy that most of them would work for people who might have a health condition and have trouble squeezing a cutting tool as they were all easy to squeeze. #nevergiveup #arthritis