Sunday, 18 August 2013

Neodymium magnet tool for getting nuts into those hard to reach places

I eventually found an application for one of those neodymium magnets I bought from Dealextreme.com!
I had made up a bracket for attaching the old engine salvaged from a Suffolk Punch  lawn mower to my cement mixer. Some of the nuts had shaken loose from vibration so it was time to replace them with lock nuts. Unfortunately clearance between the engine and back of the mixer bowl was limited so I needed some assistance getting the nuts into place so that they could be screwed onto the bolts. A standard magnetic pickup tool was out of the question and a socket was difficult to position, so I made up  a right angled magnet pickup to get the nuts into place so that they could be spun onto the bolts.

You can buy various sized versions of these strong magnets here: http://dx.com/p/super-strong-rare-earth-re-magnets-20-pack-12mm-x-1mm-5964?Utm_rid=55371787&Utm_source=affiliate


Friday, 17 May 2013

Sharpen your blade

Sharpen the blade on your mower regularly during the summer. Not only does it make it easier for the engine to cut through grass, but it should also cut down on fuel consumption because there is less resistance.

Wednesday, 6 February 2013

Get your tools ready for spring

While it might be too wet to start gardening, now is a good time to get your tools ready for spring. Spades and hoes can be sharpened with a sharpening stone, file or angle grinder. If you haven't changed the oil in your mower, now is the time to do it. Replace or change the spark plug also.

Check out these links on selecting garden tools and lawnmower maintenance:

http://eugbug.hubpages.com/hub/Selecting-Tools-for-Gardening

http://eugbug.hubpages.com/hub/Why-Wont-That-Lawnmower-Start