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If we listen to the birdsong it is official, Spring is around the corner. I for one cannot wait to see the lighter brighter days and the thought of spending some time in the garden is wonderful.
Like most, my garden tools have been redundant over the winter months, they have been hanging in the shed cleaned, oiled and raring to go.
My favourite hand trowel is one that belonged to my Mother, it is ancient and a bit battered to say the very least but it is still functional after all these years.
In readiness for the Spring I like to look at all of the new garden equipment, that is advertised on the Internet and if there is something that I fancy I usually buy it, providing that it is just a basic tool. I am so not into all the garden gadgetry that you see on offer on the shops . If any of you have ever purchased one of those supposedly magical garden claws I would love to know how you get on with it !
So this years gift from me to me was decided upon, a new hand trowel. Now, Draper make quite a few different shape and sizes so you need to take a good look at what you are ordering and study the details carefully before placing your order. Trowels come in so many different shapes and sizes and they are designed especially to cope with different tasks.
I found this Draper heavy duty hand trowel with a plastic handle and the self same hand trowel with a nice sturdy Ash handle. The trowel with the plastic handle was cheaper but I am afraid that it didn't appeal to me, I would far rather pay a little bit extra and have the wooden handle.
The Draper heavy duty hand trowel is 31 cms long, or twelve inches if your brain works like mine!
So the length is just about right for me, if the handle is too long I always find the head of the trowel a bit unwieldy.
I do not seem to think that it makes one iota of difference but the trowel is quite a smart looking `bit of kit`, Draper have used a combination of Ash and mirror polished stainless steel.
The handle of the hand trowel looks strong and sturdy and the handle is securely fixed to the shaft.
At the end of the Ash handle there is a hanging hole, so if you thread a cord through that hole then you can hang the trowel up in the shed when it is not in use.
The head of the trowel has a good sized scoop, the tip of the trowel head is well rounded and the polished stainless steel looks good.
When the gardening season starts then I find that a strong hand trowel is an essential, there is nothing worse than having a hand trowel with a handle that bends under strain.
You can go to Poundland and buy a trowel for next to nothing but I very much doubt if it will be as durable as anything that Draper or any other well known manufacturer produce.
I found my Draper heavy duty hand trowel on the Internet and it cost me £8.95 plus pp.
I know full well that it will be a very useful tool and that as time goes on I will get my moneys worth from it.
Draper have been producing top quality tools since 1919 and they are based in the UK.
Draper have a very comprehensive website where you can view all of the latest tools available, they have tools for every job imaginable. You can also order tools directly from the Draper website if you wish.
Now all I need is a few good dry days to set my new hand trowel to work.
Stainless steel hardened and tempered, mirror polished with polished steel ferrule, leather wrist strap and plastic handle.