Stuff We Love: Tools & Products for the Great Outdoors
Do you spend as much time outdoors as possible? If so, these tools and products will make your open-air time even more enjoyable. Whether you’re chopping wood, planting trees or feeding the birds, these 11 products are designed to make your work easier and more efficient, which means more time for fun.
Cool Covers for Your Shoes
The four pieces are easy to install and are available in black, white and bronze. to learn more about Post Shields.
Killer Firewood Saw
I’ve tried just about every type of firewood saw you can imagine, and short of a chain saw, this is the one to beat. It’s called the . It’s a pruning saw with very aggressive, super-sharp teeth that cut on the pull stroke. It’ll burn through a frozen 6-in. log in no time.
There are only two problems: It has no sheath, so you’ll have to rig that up yourself, and it can really chew up your fingers if you’re not careful. I wear leather gloves, always. You can get the saw, and smaller versions (with plastic sheaths) that are almost as fast-cutting. — Ken Collier.
No More Knots
Super-Easy String Replacement
The heavy-duty string comes coiled on a disk. All you do is plop the disk into position, feed out the two string ends (and not through tiny little holes, like on my old one), and snap on the cap. My property is several acres, so if I’m close to running out of string, I slip a replacement spool in my pocket before I head out. That way I don’t have to walk all the way back to my shop to reload. — Mark Petersen.
This Swedish company began making axes in 1902. Each ax is made from start to finish by one smith, his initials stamped on each forged head. Since they’re handcrafted, no two are exactly alike. I guess that’s why they cost so much! — Larry Roepke.
Gas Can That’s Easy to Use
First, the can has an auto-stop nozzle. Just lower the nozzle into your lawn mower tank and press the button. The flow stops when the tank is full. No more gas spills. Brilliant! And the nozzle is self-venting, so the tank fills much faster and without the gurgle-gurgle of other cans. Plus, no more guessing how much gas is left in the can. You can see the level through the viewing stripes on the container.
The No-Spill can is available in 1.25-, 2.5- and 5-gallon sizes.
Plant Trees Like a Real Forester
You just push the planting bar into the ground with your foot, push it away to create a slit, drop in the seedling and pull it back so the soil falls back into place. The whole operation takes about 30 seconds. We planted all 200 seedlings in two days. Who knows, maybe next year we’ll plant 400! — Marcia Roepke.
Backwoods Repair Gear
I spend a lot of time outdoors: canoeing, backpacking, fishing, camping—you name it. And as a DIYer, I feel compelled to carry a repair kit wherever I go.
Of course, the kit varies depending on the trip, but here are a few items I often carry. Some are pretty obvious, like duct tape, paracord, zip ties and a multi-tool.
But the others aren’t: A piece of aluminum tube that can slide over a broken tent pole can be a trip saver. A lightweight magnifier will actually allow you to see what you’re doing when you make small repairs.
And thin wire is one of the most useful items you can carry. Wrap it, twist it, ‘sew’ with it…. It’s strong, heat proof and doesn’t stretch. I’ve used it dozens of times, for fi everything from my boot to a canoe.
solves this problem the same way your SUV does: with four-wheel drive (or ‘all-wheel drive,’ as they call it). Aside from hill-climbing traction, this 22-in. self-propelled gas mower has a powerful 190cc Honda engine and variable drive speed. There’s a water port for easy cleaning—you just hook up your garden hose and start the engine to blast-clean the underside of the deck.
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