The best new garden tools around are ergonomic, meaning that they are designed to fit the hand comfortably. Designed for comfort, ergonomic garden tools were also designed for specific motions and tasks.
With a design in mind to fit both male and female hands, finger, wrist, and grip these tools are excellent for any gardener whether they be novice or pro. The handles with a soft no-slip grip are filled with a gel material for extra cushioning to absorb the pressure and reduce the stress on hands when flexing while using.
Gel-filled non–slip handles promote cushioning when digging and the stainless steel blades are rust-resistant and more durable. Large holes in the handles for hanging make for easy storage. The long-handled lightweight tools with thick gripping handles help save the knees and hips which makes it appealing to gardeners of all ages.
Most of these ergonomic garden tools have measurement markings for planting and some have serrated edges that are good for cutting roots. And, because they are designed to be larger than the average size garden tool, using these will minimize garden injuries.
Tools that require pushing or pulling, the handles were designed specifically for those tasks, providing the user with more than one grip position, and a handle long enough for use with both hands if needed.
Ergonomic garden tools usually have thick gripped handles that reduce pressure on hands, wrists, and shoulders. Ergonomically designed pruning tools are designed for squeezing motions and have non – slip handles for absorbing pressure. While hand shears and garden scissors are made to spring open for less strain on the hands.
When shopping for ergonomic garden tools, look for those with telescopic and pistol grip handles. They require less energy and keep your body in proper alignment. Also, those garden tools with fat, soft handles are much better for gripping and be sure to look for a depression in the handle for your thumb, as this will keep your hand in proper alignment.
If you have the need to use long-handled garden tools, opt for the ones with interchangeable attachments, as they will help you stay in an upright position. If you want to modify the grip on your favorite tool, determine the size of your grip by making a circle of your thumb and index finger, then use foam, baseball, or electrical tape or a bicycle handle grip to bind the handles.
Remember to always use gloves when gardening, they protect your hands against scrapes, cuts and also provide additional padding. Use a stool or knee pads when working close to the ground, or plant in raised flower beds, containers or trellises if necessary. Transport heavy objects and tools in a wheelbarrow and never rest your weight on one arm or leg while gardening.
Remember, that if you choose the right ergonomically designed garden tool for the job you are doing and always keep your tools sharp, clean, and oiled before putting them away, you’ll be sure to reap the rewards of this new wave of tools for gardeners.
The Benefits of Ergonomic Garden Tools
Hello fellow gardeners, its Ms. Eudora again, and as promised here is my second article regarding ergonomic garden tools. This time I will be going a little deeper into the development, design, and use of these wonderful tools, as well as a few informative facts about the bionic gardening gloves. Please read on:
To be able to get a full understanding of ergonomic garden tools, its best to know what the word ergonomic means.
The word itself is Greek, Ergo means Work, Nomos means Natural Laws, therefore: Ergo+Nomos = The Natural Laws of a Working Design, also known as the re-designing of a product optimizing its use by humans or human factored engineering with the body proportions, weight, and height in mind. Any type of work activity should permit a worker to have several different safe, healthy postures for different tasks.
For instance, when muscle force is needed the largest muscle group should be utilized. Work tasks requiring the head, trunk, and upper limbs should use joints at the mid joint of their movement. With these facts in mind choosing proper gardening tools will guarantee you a successful garden.
Always make sure that your tools have the right size grip, larger grip tools are easier to hold on to. Depressions in the handles for your thumb or ridge grips will also help keep your hands in proper alignment.
Whenever possible use tools with extra long handles so there is less of a need to bend over, and always keep your tools sharp and in good working condition, and please avoid slippery surfaces.
Gardening is too soothing and relaxing to be troubled with joint stiffness and pain, so try changing your tools and making an extremely worthwhile investment in a pair of Bionic Gardening Gloves.
These gloves were designed by a hand surgeon with the palm, finger, thumb, and the high points of their bones in mind. When friction from prolonged use of tools presses them, these bones can cause hand fatigue along with blisters and calluses.
Pads placed in the exact anatomic locations and at specific points reduces pressure and friction caused by gripping tools and giving your hands extra improved comfort without interfering with the natural design of your hand.
These ergonomic gloves come in a variety of sizes and colors for both men and women and they are hand washable or machine washable (I prefer hand washing). Washing will only enhance the durability and help maintain the softness of the leather.
Women’s sizes are 61/4 to 81/4 (S to XL) and Men’s 7 3/4 to 9 1/2 plus (S to XXXL)