A beautifully landscaped yard creates an attractive space. It is the modification of a yard with plants, flowers, rocks or stones, arranged to create a visually aesthetic impact. Landscaping does not only require the necessary skills and artistic ideas. It also needs working tools and implements to aid in the preparation and maintenance of the area. Landscaping does not end in just setting the place up.
Tending the garden requires getting rid of unwanted weeds, trimming hedges and grasses, and rearranging flower beds. Regular maintenance and diligent upkeep preserve a landscape’s beauty.
Lawnmowers, chainsaws, and other gardening equipment are some of the tools needed for this task. Most of these tools have sharp blades and edges to enable it to hack into anything that doesn’t belong in the plot. With this rigorous activities, garden tools tend to get dull faster than just common kitchen knives. In order to keep up with work, landscaping tool sharpener must always be kept at bay.
Landscaping tool sharpeners vary in types because of the diversity of the designs and kinds of garden tools available. While some blades can be sharpened on conventional knife sharpeners, others may require a specific type to suit the built. Garden tools are generally built thicker and sturdier and their blades are not meant to be thinly sharp, rather, performance-quality sharp.
Here are various landscaping tool sharpeners for different garden tools:
1. Accusharp 006 GardenSharp Tool Sharpener ($8.89)
Accusharp garden tool sharpener is one of the easiest and convenient tools for landscaping tool sharpening. The sharpening slot is equipped with a reversible diamond honed the tungsten carbide abrasive blade. This abrasive is also replaceable when worn out. Tungsten carbide is known for aggressive sharpening and bringing the blade’s edges back into working condition.
This tool can be used on various blades such as shovels, pruning shears, knives, hoes, towels and lawn mower blades. This is a pull-through type of sharpener whose abrasive slot can be run into the edge of the blade and pulled for instant result. It can be used efficiently even by novices because of its simplicity. It has a full-length finger guard to protect the hand during sharpening. This is best for quick touch-ups and regular sharpening before or after an extensive landscaping activity.
The best way in using this sharpener is laying the tool on a stable surface with the blades turned up. Hold the tool securely and insert the sharpening slot into one end of the edge of the blade. Apply moderate downward pressure and slide the sharpener across the opposite end of the blade. Repeat the process 3 to 4 times or until the desired edge is achieved.
2. Corona AC 8300 Quick Sharpener Tool ($9.93)
This portable sharpener can bring instant sharpness to pruners, loppers, shears, and lawn mower blades in an instant. It is a carbide file that sharpens any edges while maintaining its factory angle to ensure precise sharpening. it comes with a non-slip grip for security during sharpening. It can work on all types of landscaping tools and is ideal for quick re-sharpening needs anywhere at any time because it can be easily slipped into the pocket. This can also easily sharpen a pruner from heel to tip without hassle.
To use, simply hold the blade steadily with one hand with the cutting edge in front. Starting from the heel, put the file and pull it across the entire surface of the blade using a moderate downward pressure. Make sure to maintain the angle of the edge. Repeat the process 3 to 5 times until thoroughly sharpened. Repeat this on the other beveled side of the tool. This process will create a burr on the tool’s non-cutting side. Make one pass of the sharpener on the non-cutting side of the blade to thoroughly remove the burr and polished the edges.
3. Byers All-in-One Pruner, Knife and Tool Sharpener ($16.99)
There are garden tools that are difficult to sharpen like a bypass and ratchet pruners and anvil loppers among others. Their curved blades cannot accommodate any contemporary sharpeners and therefore they need to be disassembled to sharpen the entire edges. This all-in-one knife and tool sharpener is an ideal landscaping tool sharpener with its ability to sharpen without the need for dismantling. The carbide sharpener is set underneath a recessed portion on its base to put up with the curved portion of the tool. The v-slot sharpener can also get to the far edge of the blade near the anvil to sharpen the entire surface at once. It can also be used to sharpen other straight blades of any types of garden tools.
In sharpening a bypass pruner, hold the tool securely with one hand. With the other hand, hold the sharpener and insert the sharpener into the edge of the blade. Using moderate and uniform downward pressure, pull it all the way up to the tip. Repeat the process 4 to 5 times until the edge is thoroughly sharpened.
4. Smith’s 50603 Mower Blade Sharpener ($21.12)
Lawn mowers are essential landscaping tool for producing uniform and aesthetically even surface of turfs for a wide area. It can aggressively cut into grasses and stumble into stones and rocks that eventually nick and dull the blades. For an efficient working condition of the mower blades, regular sharpening is very necessary. Smith’s mower sharpener can be a handy tool for this need. The sharpening blade is shaped perfectly to accommodate the mower blades and is fairly easy and convenient to use.
Ideally, mower blades need to be secured in a vise not just for convenience but also for a sturdy support. Insert the sharpener with the carbide blade positioned against the beveled edge and pull it all over the full length of the blade. Repeat until the edges are really sharp. Sharpen the opposite end of the beveled side of the mower by repeating the process.
5. Lansky Lawn and Garden Multi-Purpose Sharpener ($6.57)
Lansky’s multi-purpose sharpener is designed to sharpen a wide range of blades whether hand tools or power tools. This stone sharpener is lightweight and portable enough to be carried anywhere a quick re-sharpening is required. The surface is made up of 280 grit alumina oxide that aggressively sharpens all garden tool’s metal edges into its good quality cutting edge. It was designed strategically to enable convenience and easy handling on various sizes of landscaping tools. The stone may produce some visible burrs but will not affect the performance of its cutting edge. Anyway, gardening tools are built to be ruggedly sharp.
To use this stone sharpener, hold the tool securely with one hand. For bigger tools, clip it on a vise for sturdy support and convenience. Matching the angle of the sharpener with the blade, push the sharpener across the entire surface of the blade making use of the full length of the stone. Repeat the motion until the blade is sharp enough. Repeat the process on the other side of the bevel.
6. Spear and Jackson 6-in-1 Blade Sharpener ($15.79)
For bringing edges of a landscaping tool back into its working efficiency, the 4 sharpening slots of Spear and Jackson could be a handy option. It can be used on knives and a wide variety of garden tools like shears, secateurs, loppers, scissors, and may others. The sharpening slots have different abrasives like tungsten carbides, carbon steel, and alumina.
To use, hold the tool firmly with one hand or mount it in a vise with the blade facing up. Using the oil stored inside the grip, put a few drop into the blade and clean the blade with the included cleaning sponge. With firm pressure, push the sharpener down and pull it across the blade. Repeat the process 4 to 5 times. The sharpening slots are designed to accommodate different blade types. The main sharpener near the arch of the handle is used for garden and other types of knives. The “V” notch tungsten carbide and carbon steel are for pruners and loppers. Shear and scissors are sharpened on the underside tungsten carbide. And the alumina surface is for honing and sharpening the blades.
7. Sharpal’s 103N All-in-One Knife, Pruner, Axe, and Tool Sharpener ($16.44)
Since garden tools are diverse, a versatile landscaping tool sharpener is necessary to accommodate all of this stuffs. Sharpal’s All-in-One tool sharpener can cater this variety without the need for purchasing additional sharpener. It is also very easy and convenient to use that eliminates the guesswork of sharpening. The tungsten carbide sharpener is used for setting edges on very dull double-beveled tools. There is also a flat tungsten carbide that is used for sharpening single beveled edges of blades. A ceramic rod is also available for polishing all blade types. A wider angle sharpener at the back is available to accommodate thick blades. Another pre-set tungsten carbide sharpener is also incorporated for hard-to-sharpen pruners and shears.
To sharpen a very dull knife, use the main tungsten carbide slot. Set the sharpener on a steady surface and pull the blade into it using moderate pressure. Repeat the strokes until it is thoroughly sharpened. The flat sharpener is used by sliding it across the entire surface of a single-beveled edge. Curved blades like pruners and shears can be sharpened by sliding the pre-set tungsten carbide sharpener into it. The ceramic slot is versatile and can be used for polishing edges of the blades after sharpening them in the tungsten carbide.
8. Smith’s 50008 8-inch Diamond Tri-Hone Bench Stone ($98.03)
Smith’s Tri-Hone bench is designed with three different stone surfaces mounted on a rotatable triangular bench. The stones are made up of a coarse diamond, fine diamond, and Medium Arkansas that are extensive in repairing dull edges and bringing it back to its original condition. These stones can be used as landscaping tool sharpener for varied landscaping blades. It also has a micro-pad for use with narrow-edged blades.
To sharpen, rotate the lever so that the desired stone is on top. The coarse stone is used for severely damaged edges while the medium grit is for routine sharpening. Spread the stone with a honing solution. Push the blade away in a sweeping motion across the stone, applying necessary pressure, repeating 8 to 10 times or more until thoroughly sharp. Repeat on the other side of the blade with the same number of strokes. Polish the blades in the Arkansas stone.
9. Dremel 100 LG Lawn and Garden Rotary Tool Kit ($39.17)
Landscaping tools are used for weeding, cultivating the soil, or clearing branches and or trunks. In time, the edges blades get dull and chipped off due to stringent work and get the job compromised. Re-sharpening the teeth is made easier by rotary grinder that precisely work to sharpen each and every blade easily and efficiently. Dremel’s rotary grinder comes with a fiberglass cut-off wheel, three grinding stones, and an aluminum oxide stone. The grinding stones are efficient for use with chain saws, lawn mower blades, and shears.
When sharpening a non-motorized landscaping tool, install the garden tool sharpener into the rotary grinder. Mount the tool securely into a vise or a sturdy surface. Position the sharpener over the blade of the tool. Matching the angle of the bevel with the angle guide on the sharpener, move the sharpener across the entire surface of the blade using uniform and steady pass. This will remove just enough material for a thoroughly sharpened edge.
10. WorkSharp WSKTS-KO Knife and Tool Sharpener Ken Onion Edition ($129.95)
Worksharp’s belt sharpening system is an excellent and all-around sharpener for any type of knives and tools available. It can be used for grinding, sharpening and honing tools and knives and light grinding for metals. Some garden tools can be sharpened using the replaceable belt abrasives. The extra-coarse and coarse belts are typically used for tool sharpening. Lawnmower and other blades can be lightly ground using different abrasive belts. P220 is used for tool shaping, P1000 is for sharpening, P3000 for honing and the 12000 micromesh for stropping.
To grind some landscaping tools, install the unit properly with the accurate abrasive belt. Put the blade on the reference plate and move it up into the edge of the abrasive using only minimal force. Move the blade across the abrasive up to its tip and pull it away. Continue until a burr is created before repeating the steps on the other side of the blade.
Sharpening landscaping tools are not for the sole purpose of rectifying damages on the edges or bringing it back to its most proficient workability. Regular sharpening and polishing help in preventing corrosion that would extend the useful life of the tools and save from further purchases. Well-maintained tools always ensure their availability in service for a well-maintained yard and landscapes.