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When we moved into our current house from a house that had a tiny low maintenance garden we were not equipped to deal with a family sized garden. So a trip to our local garden centre was required to buy the basics.
My husband always buys high quality tools and despite the fact he had never gardened before, convinced me that a Wolf Garten trowel was the way to go, even though this was the most expensive one on sale.
Well he was right for once as 25 years later this trowel is still going strong. Ok I admit that it does not get as much use as when we first bought it, but even so it has been well used over the years.
The idea behind this range is that you buy one handle and attach it to a range of heads. We do that with the long handled tools, but to be honest we only have a trowel, so I have not actually dismantled this, but can say that the system works well with the other long handed tools we have.
The tools have a distinctive red and yellow handle which fits nicely in the hand and is comfortable to use as part of the handle is padded. However as I don't always keep up to the garden, I have managed to get blisters while using this, but that is because I have spent all day gardening and my hands are not accustomed to manual labour.
I use this mostly to turn over the soil around the plants in small flower beds and garden pots. Also to dig holes for planting. This trowel is the business, as in the past few years I usually leave the pots and beds until I suddenly notice they are an eyesore and so the soil is full of weeds or compacted. This trowel makes light work of digging out the weeds and turning the soil over.
The tool itself is made of metal (steel?) and despite my best efforts to ruin this , either by leaving it out ( unintentionally) or not cleaning it after use, it has not rusted and is still as effective now as when we first bought it. I also use this when another tool might be more appropriate, like a spade and so far it has withstood all my attempts to bend it out of shape.
Our garden is not overly large, but this is the tool I use most and although it has had little use in the past three years, before that I used to plant up pots and beds every season, as well as maintain all the flower beds. I used this to plant and transplant, dig out weeds and as a garden ornament as I have an awful habit of leaving it stuck in the ground for days on end, much to my husband's despair.
The product is guaranteed for 10 years and I would say that it will last my lifetime.
Would I Recommend?
Absolutely. This has stood the test of time and is still a really efficent trowel despite being really badly treated . A great quality item that you pay more for , but in terms of value for money I think we made the right choice by paying a little extra all those years ago.
This range would also be useful if space is limited as you only need one handle which you can use with other hand held garden tools.
We bought ours in a garden centre and I can't remember what we paid, but this is available from Amazon currently for £11.52.
So not the cheapest as you can probably buy trowels for under a fiver but I think you get what you pay for here and this is definitely a 5 star product which is still going strong after 25 years.
This Hand Trowel is designed for use with the Wolf Multi-change tool system. The snap lock connection to the handle (sold seperately) allows for straightforward tool swapping as required. The hand trowel is perfect for general planting/ transplanting use. Robust and very strong.