What are the Best Oils for Garden Tools?
Over the years, we’ve tried many types of oil on my garden tools.
Here are our current recommendations.
Oil for Wooden Handles
Boiled Linseed Oil
Boiled linseed oil penetrates and moisturizes wooden tool handles. It also hardens somewhat to form a protective barrier.
Most boiled linseed oil has chemical drying agents added. This oil from Tried and True is made the old fashioned way and is non-toxic and food safe.
Read “How to Care for Wooden Tool Handles” to learn how to apply linseed oil.
Oils for Lubricating Moving Parts
This plant-based, non toxic oil stays viscous in cold weather. It’s perfect for lubricating pruning tools and hoes with moving parts, like the Hula Hoe.
Though not as “clean” as Camellia oil, this petroleum based oil does the trick.
Whenever my pruners or loppers are disassembled, I like to use a dab of lithium grease between the two blades. It lasts longer than Camellia oil.
Oil for Protecting Metal
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