Spring is here in the Midwest, and it’s a darn fine time to be outside doing stuff. I took the opportunity the other day to set out a few tomato plants in the pitifully small area we have in our yard that actually gets enough sunlight to be effective at promoting photosynthesis – a term my 7th Grade son picked up on in science class, and I’m hoping will prove to be more interesting…at times…than his video games.
Anyway, in order to do this Real Gardening Work, I had to get some tools out of their winter hibernation. I was pleased to recall that, last fall, I had taken extraordinary measures to clean, lubricate, repair, and properly store my small arsenal of dirt-working implements. So, I didn’t have to:
*push the hand spade’s handle back in, every time I pulled it from the dirt.
*pull the pruner blades back open every time I squeezed them closed.
*reassemble my “garden weasel” tilling tool with bailing wire.
I was able to do all of that, last fall, with glue, oil, and fasteners that I already had in my garage, so it cost me nothing but the time to do it. Which paid off the other day.
There are plenty of ways to extend the life of your tooling – but it all boils down to how you operate and maintain it. I was able to apply the latter successfully, and I recently had the pleasure of discussing an application with a machine shop’s maintenance supervisor, about applying the former. He was interested in making operational improvements by replacing their messy mist coolant systems, and extending the life of their tooling. It was almost like he’d been reading our Cold Gun literature (full disclosure: he had.)
The Cold Gun Aircoolant System has proved to be a highly successful solution to both of these problems. In fact, the improvements in tool life has been documented in this detailed, long-term study by a major university’s Forestry Products Department.