As you prepare to spruce up your home's exterior, you might find yourself lacking a few power tools that will help get the job done. If you're a first-time buyer, you're probably buying this equipment for the first time. Let us recommend some powerful essentials for outdoor maintenance and repair.
Never operate any power tool before taking appropriate safety precautions. Review manufacturer's safety instructions, and protect yourself with safety equipment like safety goggles, earplugs, gloves and hard hats.
Mowers. Make mowing enjoyable by getting the right mower for your terrain. Consider the options available like push or self-propelled, rider or standing, etc., and your budget and power needs.
Hedge Trimmers, Edgers and String Trimmers. The avid DIY landscaper knows the job isn't finished after a mow. Hedge trimmers will keep your shrubbery neat and compact. Edgers are necessary for a clean-cut line around your perimeter. And string trimmers will keep brush and heavy grass under control.
Chainsaws. Chainsaws are crucial to taming a yard packed with trees. While the job remains the same, what you decide to purchase is not so cut and dried. Familiarize yourself with the make-up of a chainsaw: gas or electric, bar length, engine displacement, chain pitch and chain gauge. And know the features available, from anti-vibration control to quick-start ignitions. All will come into play when you're selecting the perfect size and power for your projects.
Wood Chippers or Shredders. If you're using trimmers and chainsaws, you're also making a pretty sizeable mess. Chippers and shredders quickly clean up debris and leaves, and produce organic materials you can recycle as compost or mulch.
Pressure Washers. Pressure washers are great for cleaning garage floors and your home's exterior. If one of your home improvements includes painting the outside of your house, you'll want to prep with a power wash. These washers can be 50 times more powerful than a garden hose, while using 80% less water.
Generators. If you're boosting your home's safety rating, a generator is a great addition, since it keeps your house running when the utilities fail. But its uses aren't limited to dire circumstances: use it as a portable power source for recreational events or myriad other outdoor projects.
Leaf Blowers and Snow Throwers. Raking leaves in the fall and shoveling snow in the winter don't have to be the time-consuming chores they traditionally have been. Forsake the rake with a leaf blower. And when the storms hit in December, spend a fraction of your shoveling time by clearing walkways with a snow thrower.
Tillers. Do you plan to add a garden to your new home? You may want to invest in a tiller. This tool is perfect for ground preparation and cultivating between garden rows during the season.
If you're looking for other outdoor equipment, take a look through more buying guides on Lowes.com.
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