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Tool Tips - Hand Tools

Hand Tools

All Spear & Jackson products are guaranteed against defects in manufacturing (subject to normal wear and tear and reasonable care and maintenance, as outlined above). This does not affect your statutory rights.

Consider your working environment

Do not expose tools to the rain.

If using tools in side, ensure your work area is well lit and that you are working in a well ventilated space.

Keep children and pets away from the work area.

Take care when using tools with blades and sharp edges.

Dress appropriately

Do not wear loose fitting clothes or jewellery when using tools.

Protective gloves, eyewear and ear protection along with non-slip sturdy footwear are all recommended.

Tie back long hair to avoid getting caught up whilst using the tools.

Use a face or dust mask if the operation is dusty.

Do not over stretch

Always keep a safe footing and maintain your balance when using tools. Maintain an upright stance to avoid unnecessary back strain and do not stay in the same position for long periods of time, and take regular breaks.

Have tools repaired by a qualified person

Should your tool need to be repaired, repairs should only be carried out by qualified persons.

Only use Spear & Jackson approved spare parts.

Storing tools

When not in use, tools should be stored in a safe and secure place, out of the reach of children.

Do not force tools

Tools last longer and operate better when used within their designed operating limits.

Always check the tool's specification before use.

Check for damage prior to use

Before using any tool, check that it is not damaged and that no parts are missing.

Do not use any tool that appears to be damaged.

Stay Alert

Never operate tools when you are tired, after drinking alcohol or taking drugs.

Maintaining tools

Keep tools clean for better, longer and safer performance.

Follow all instructions regarding lubrication and changing of accessories and parts

Accessories & spare parts

Only use Spear & Jackson approved accessories or attachments.

Always refer to the instruction leaflet prior to use of any accessory.

Recycling

Please dispose of any tool responsibly at the end of it's working life.

Please Do not dispose of tools as household waste.

Help to protect the environment.

Selecting the right tools in the first place can make the job easier, quicker and improve the quality of finish. By combining our great tradition with the latest technologies, and by understanding what you actually want from your tools, we ensure that our products, over 3000 of them, help you take pride in a job well done.

Selection tips

1. Plan out a DIY or gardening task in advance of starting it. Many retailers have in store job cards for a range of tasks, which highlight what tools you need. If you are still unsure ask an experienced friend, family member or the stockist for advice. The trick is to not end up with a tool you don't need or, even worse, find yourself half way through the job minus that vital drill bit.

2. Try before you buy. Different tools perform and feel differently in the hand. It is important that the tool does what you want it to and is comfortable in use.

3. Buy cheap pay twice. Price is usually a good indication of the relative product quality, durability and standard at which it will perform. Also, check how long the product is guaranteed for - a manufacturer will not guarantee a product longer than they expect it to last for.

4. Don't buy a tool that performs at a standard much higher or lower than you need, either way it is a waste of money.

5. Wherever possible buy specific tools for specific jobs. They are designed to do the job in question and will deliver a better performance and finish. However, in some instances it is possible to buy a multi-purpose tool designed to do a range of similar tasks.

6. The perfect tool kit would consist of a mixture of both power and hand tools.

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