Whats been the most waste of money tool you've got?

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  1. moonraker

    moonraker Gardener

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    I made the mistake years ago of buying a bulb planter,
    The sort that opens when you press the ends of the handle,
    Not only will it not drop the soil its collected but it also needs washing out after each soil collection,

    Whats your wasted garden tool?
     
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    • CanadianLori

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      If we're talking hand tools, I have to admit that I find this tool with the tapered and forked end is worthless. And the shaft is ergonomically bent to it's at a weird angle. :scratch:
       
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      • CarolineL

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        The thing for punching cores of soil out of your lawn so you could replace them by something grittier. There was only a nanosecond every year when the clay wasn't so soggy that the holes seemed to close immediately or so dry that it had turned to concrete.
         
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        • noisette47

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          Oh definitely the husband :biggrin: Expensive to maintain, difficult to start and becoming more ineffective by the year :roflol:
           
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          • NigelJ

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            All mine earn their keep, even if they end up not doing the job they were designed for.
             
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            • pete

              pete Growing a bit of this and a bit of that....

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              Stainless steel digging forks, the tines break of really easily if you hit a stone.
               
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                A tenner in a sale, still hanging in the shed within its packaging.

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                As I am new to gardening I haven’t invested in much but I will follow this wisely so I don’t make the same mistakes :heehee:
                 
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                • Graham B

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                  I bought an electric chainsaw to deal with the cypress hedge. The plan was to do the job a bit at a time. Then we got a dog which was small enough to get through, and we had to get someone in to do the job quickly. Still never used it.

                  Also the new Bosch mower I got last year. Bosch tools have gone right downhill quality-wise over the past 10 years or so - not buying any more of them.
                   
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                  • shiney

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                    I agree with Nigel. That's probably due to my stingy nature :heehee:. If I can't see an absolute need for something, I don't buy it. Donated tools gratefully accepted. :whistle:

                    Mower Harrier 56 bought last century and still going strong.
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                    Various hoes and rakes - all still giving good service.
                    Long handled fruit picker, used every year but can't remember when I bought it 40 plus years ago.
                    Two different hedgecutters that gave good service but now too heavy for me. :old:
                     
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                    • Islander77

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                      Are you folk reading my mind! Last back end I clearly put my trusty trowel and fork in a very safe place. Yep, they have vanished and as they are the only tools I can use because of disability.... I am going to have to bite the bullet and make my pension eke out. I know; as soon as I do that they will reappear.. OR manage with the serrated kitchen spoon? Off to find a website as we are in isolation out here now.
                       
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                      • andrews

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                        Probably my bow saw. I only say this as I bought it to saw down hawthorn that had grown too big. Started off with one of the smaller trees and, after 10 minutes of sawing, gave up. Trip to the local garden machinery shop, chainsaw bought, hawthorn cut to size. Its not a bad tool, just the wrong tool for that job.
                         
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                          A wheeled Lawn Fertiliser "Distributor" that I bought to reinvigorate the lawn only to find it just spread the Fertiliser badly and when at rest kept letting the fertiliser trickle out:gaah:
                          The best tool I have ever bought is a Spear and Jackson Hand Saw that I bought in the late '60's or very early '70's which I've just used to prune my overgrown Buddleja and, it being still as sharp as when new even after long and heavy use, has done the job on the arm thick stems with ease.:love30::cat-kittyandsmiley::coffee:
                           
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                          • Islander77

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                            Just wasted another hour of my life and energy I cannot spare searching for that hand trowel and fork to no avail. Sitting abed with tears flowing; FED UP!

                            I QUIT!
                             
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                              Lost tools never turn up when you look for them, Islander. And don't cry as you are with friends and part of the GC Gang who understand how you feel.:love30::thumbsup::cat-kittyandsmiley::coffee:
                               
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