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Easy-to-Use Garden Tools for Seniors

Jo has been gardening in her Southern home for decades and enjoys sharing some of her information and knowledge she has learned.

Advantages of Battery-Operated Power Tools for Seniors

Even though I enjoy gardening and yard work, there have been times through the years when operating some of the equipment has been difficult. I always had difficulty starting some of the gas-powered tools, like trimmers and chain saws. And electric models were too restrictive, either the cord was in the way or too short to reach. So when I discovered battery-powered models for some of the tools I was using, I was sold.

Battery-powered tools are not as powerful as some gas-powered models, but they are sufficient for the jobs I was doing. And they were much easier to start and lighter weight.

Our trusty little Greenworks saw

Our trusty little Greenworks saw

Lightweight, Easy-to-Use, Battery-Operated Chain Saw

My husband and I are both senior citizens and have been for a while now. Yesterday we went out into the woods surrounding our house and cut up some firewood from a tree that had fallen in the woods.

This wasn’t a necessity. We didn’t have to cut wood to survive here. We have central heat and air, or we could have called someone to deliver us a load of wood. But most of the land surrounding our home is wooded and there are almost always fallen limbs or trees that can be cut up for firewood.

The weather was bright and sunny, if a little chilly. We are still healthy and active, and the exercise was good for us. And the fireplace is very pleasant on these cold, snowy days.

What made this task much easier for us was our very reliable, small, light-weight, battery-operated chain saw. It’s a Greenworks with a 40V Lithium battery. Even though this saw is relatively small and light weight, it has a remarkable amount of power. It is not as powerful as a larger, gas-powered chainsaw, but is sufficient for the type of sawing we do around our property.

Besides its light weight, what also makes this saw easy for me to use is its ease of starting. I have been using a chain saw for years now, but I always had difficulty starting a gas powered saw and had to depend on my husband to start it for me. Once the battery is fully charged, all I have to do with this saw is pull a switch.

The only problem we have with this saw is that it must be filled with oil often. If using it for an extended period of time, this could be a real problem. We don’t usually spend that much time at one time, and are ready for a break when the saw needs to be refilled with oil but this could be a problem if you had a lot of wood to cut.

Battery-Operated Trimmers and Pole Saws

Chain saws were not the only gas-powered tools I had difficulty starting. Most gas-powered tools gave me problems, so we switched to battery-powered tools for our trimmers and pole saw. They are not as powerful as the gas-powered models, but easier to start and lighter weight. One charge on a battery does not last as long as a tank of gas, but I don’t mind taking breaks while doing yard work.

A Favorite Non-Battery-Operated Tool

Another tool we own that has been easy for both of us to use is a manual log splitter. I’ve just never had the power to swing an ax and split a log. My husband can do this, but at his age there is always a danger of tearing a rotator cuff.

Years ago, when I was still just dreaming of this place in the country, I saw an ad for a manual log splitter. In the ad, there was a testimonial from a woman who was 60 years old who said this tool was very easy for her to use.

That manual log splitter was the first gift my husband gave me after we met and he joined me to live here in our woods. (I happened to mention the ad I had seen just before Christmas.)

Besides the battery operated pole saw, a couple of tools we hope to purchase are a wheelbarrow that makes loading and hauling large loads easier and a small, battery-powered tiller.

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Another tool that makes the work easier around our place is our automatically retracting hose reel. All you have to do is push a button on this hose reel and it retracts for you. That has always been one of my least favorite gardening chores. Not only is the hose automatically retracted but the water in the hose can be caught as the hose is retracting and used to water the garden.

A List of Other Tools for Seniors We Have Not Tried Out Yet

  • Bionic Garden Gloves, granted the Arthritis Foundation’s Ease of Use Commendation, are designed with padding for extra comfort and improved grip strength. I don’t suffer from arthritis in my hands, but I’d still like to try these out. They just sound cool. And I think they’d go really well with my floppy garden hat.
  • Besides gloves, there are also garden tools designed to help reduce wrist and hand pain. Some of the brand names of these are Fist Grip Garden Tools, Hound Dog Garden Tools, and Radius Garden Tools. I think the Hound Dog Garden Tools would be go well with the Bionic Garden Gloves—and my floppy garden hat.
  • One of the frustrating things about aging is the increasing difficulty of getting up once you are down in a kneeling or sitting position. The Tractor Scoot is designed to help with this problem since it allows you to sit comfortably while gardening and steer around garden beds without having to get up.
  • Raised beds, window boxes, hanging baskets with pulleys to raise and lower, or deck railing boxes offer alternative gardening opportunities for those with increasing difficulty in moving.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2016 Jo Miller


Mona Sabalones Gonzalez from Philippines on August 30, 2018:

May I know about the two gray chairs in the picture? Are they tractor scoots? They look very nice and as if they also have wheels. Overall, these are wonderful tools for seniors. I'm not good in gardening but lately I fixed up my pocket garden. It's lovely to look at -- hope this one survives.

Jo Miller (author) from Tennessee on October 13, 2017:

Thanks, Mona. We do love working on our land here.

Mona Sabalones Gonzalez from Philippines on October 12, 2017:

You are so lucky to have a green thumb and this made the article most enjoyable to read, because you obviously know what you are talking about. I am not familiar with any of the tools you mention so it was a learning experience. I also appreciated the end, when you said to get chairs so you can enjoy your garden, plus the fact that you have a wonderful Mennonite craftsman. Even if plants die under my care, this was a pleasure to read and very informative:).

Jo Miller (author) from Tennessee on October 03, 2017:

I like to buy tools for my husband as gifts, even when he doesn't know he wants them.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on October 03, 2017:

I love tools. I didn't particularly love them when I was younger, but now that I'm older I love working with them, the circular saw, the jig saw, cutting and trimming and building....I love it all. :)

Jo Miller (author) from Tennessee on July 24, 2017:

Glenis, those garden gloves do sound cool, don't they. I haven't tried them yet either.

Jo Miller (author) from Tennessee on July 24, 2017:

Thanks, John, for stopping by to visit. We do remain very busy here, but it is what I love to do.

Ann Carr from SW England on July 18, 2017:

Just revisited this, Jo, and it seems I should now get some of those bionic gloves. Going to look them up!


Glen Rix from UK on July 18, 2017:

Some excellent suggestions. I might need to try to source the gloves soon.

John Murphree from Tennessee on May 30, 2017:

You certainly seem busy in your little corner of the world, and have great suggestions for tools to work with for us 'older' people. Thanks a lot for all of this info.

Jo Miller (author) from Tennessee on November 15, 2016:

With five acres, electric is not very practical here, but I like our battery operated tools a lot.

Larry Rankin from Oklahoma on November 15, 2016:

Very interesting.

Personally I have always hated gas oil mixture tools. That's one of the reasons I often choose electric.

Jo Miller (author) from Tennessee on February 12, 2016:

We love these tools, but I would have loved them when I was younger also. Hope your parents enjoy the gifts.

Thanks for stopping by and commenting.

FlourishAnyway from USA on February 12, 2016:

Excellent choices and useful too. My parents are about the same age and still very vital outdoorsy people who insist on doing things themselves. You've given me some gift ideas!

Ann Carr from SW England on February 06, 2016:

We're in Somerset, south of Bristol. I know the whole of the south pretty well; my mother was from Sussex and that's where I was brought up. However my father and his parents were northerners, from Yorkshire, Tyneside and Durham. My sister lives in Yorkshire. I've also lived in Hampshire, Wales and Cheshire! My heart still lies in Sussex but I love Somerset and this is where I'll stay as it's a much slower pace of life!


Jo Miller (author) from Tennessee on February 06, 2016:

Bill, I personally like the term the Chinese use to describe us. They call us 'the experienced ones'. I'll take that one.

Jo Miller (author) from Tennessee on February 06, 2016:

Ann, that sounds wonderful. Where are you located in England? We enjoyed our drive through your country a few years back. One of our best trips yet.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on February 06, 2016:

Clever title! I'm not ready to accept the label "senior" despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary. lol

Ann Carr from SW England on February 06, 2016:

Love the bionic garden gloves! If all goes well with our purchase, we are about to buy a house which needs lots doing to it before we move in (then we sell this one!). The garden needs so much sorting out that I think those gloves would be wonderful.

We're probably going to have a wood-burning stove. There will be plenty of small logs by the time we've finished pruning trees and shrubs but we have an added bonus, much like your wood, which is the beach - there is a lot of driftwood washed up all the time so that should keep us going through the winter months!

We have similar tools available here and are fortunate enough to have most of them already - my partner is a dab hand at diy etc so I'm hoping to concentrate on the garden! He's 74 and I'm coming up to 65.

Thanks for the good read.


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