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What you need:
  • Wire brush
  • Nylon scrubber
  • Light machine oil
  • Rags
  • Sandpaper(150 grit)
  • Boiled linseed oil
Most tools require some periodic maintenance to keep them in good working order. Always spray any dirt or mud off of tools once you are finished working. A nylon scrubber or a wire brush works well for removing stubborn dried-on mud. Always dry your tools after washing them. Putting a tool away wet is a sure fire way to end up with a rust problem.
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If you do end up with a little rust on a tool, apply a small amount of light machine oil to the metal surfaces and scrub the entire rusted area with a wire brush. With a little work, the metal should be looking like new in no time.
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If you end up with a serious rust problem on a tool, try using a rust dissolver to remove it. Whatever rust remians can easily be removed with a wire brush.
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Wood handles need a little special care. Once a year, lightly sand the entire handle with fine sandpaper. Next, apply some boiled linseed oil to a rag and rub it into the handle. The oil will help to seal the wood and keep it free of splinters.
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It's best to hang tools in a dry place when not in use. Making or purchasing a tool rack to hang your tools from not only helps to preserve your tools, but also keeps them out of your way when not in use.
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Before you put your tools away for the winter, wipe any metal parts with a generous coating of light machine oil. If you notice that any of your tools have become dull and need sharpening, taking care of it now will ensure that when it comes time for spring planting, your tools will be up for the task.