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Tool Maintenance

HI All

I've been stuggling to get into a routine to clean my tools regularly. What routines do you use? - do you do it every day when you get home or after every job? - do you have particular tools in the van that help you do this? I mainly do border maintenance rather than lawns or large hedges so the tools I use are more the smaller hand held variety, although I do have a hedge cutter and wondered how you keep the blades clean on a regular basis as this seems a particularly time intensive job.

Any suggestions greatly appreciated.


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  • Hi Ali,

    There is a product from sthl that gets rid of the ,resin on the blades. Spray it on dry , leave it for a few minutes and then use a karcher and whoopla up it comes brand spanking new, depending on how gunked up they are..!! Very effective. 

    I use their wd40 version to lubricate the blades after every session of cutting. Its handy but a good thicker oil is probably better.



    • PRO

      More cost effective cleaner is Autosmart G101 ( massively cheaper). Generally available in 5L concentrated form and Diluted to suit. Non-caustic, but test first. We use it on all stuff, especially blades & rideons. Important to re-oil blades etc where needed. 

      Also great at cleaning vans, wheels & mowers ( its original purposes ).

  • At risk of being labelled a slob, my advice is...don't bother, life's too short! I hardly ever clean my tools and it does them no harm at all.

  • Hedge cutter blades are the only tool I clean regularly. I found the Stihl blade cleaner absolutely useless, especially for the money - much better is a bug/tar remover from any auto parts shop, Amazon etc. This stuff works wonders, followed by a squirt of WD40 or similar.

    • Yeah Sean sorry your right. It's actually a product called xtc clean I use. The old sthl one is rubbish ,but they have a new one out here which works the same way as the xtc. 

    • Hi Just used my husband's bug/tar remover on my hedge cutter blades - came up brilliant - thanks for the tip. It has now found a little home in my van!


  • hedge cutter blades i brush with old oil when i get home after using them then thay are redy to go the next time you want it also sharpen the blade now and again it only takes   seconds  to do 

  • PRO

    I just keep a can of wd 40 or similar in the van and spray hedge cutter and hand tool blades regularly, sharpen tools with file or dremel as needed and scrape large chunks of mud off spades etc is really all that's needed. 

  • I never realised people cleaned their tools:)  As Graeme says.... "don't bother".  As for hedgecutter blades, I tried a can of the Stihl resin solvent a while back........... very disappointed as it really didn't do much.  I find that if I'm cutting a hedge that's quite wet, the blades come up really clean which is a lot cheaper and more effective.

  • PRO

    Couldn’t imagine spending £££ on vital kit and not looking after it .....

    Bit like not cleaning your van and turning up to client in it .....

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