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Get Warmed Up: Best Tools to Prepare Properties for Spring

Prepare Properties for Spring
April 2018

With the weather getting warmer, it is time to make sure properties are ready for outdoor activities. It’s a busy time for property maintenance teams, so start the season off right by making sure they have the right tools to do the job.

Go Cordless

Cordless technology remains the top trend driving the tool industry and now delivers the performance to satisfy the demanding needs of maintenance teams. Build an inventory of power tools that use the same battery so managers do not have to use different types of charging systems. For example, Milwaukee is launching its first outdoor power equipment line with three core landscape maintenance tools useful for preparing or clearing properties, especially when noise is a concern for residents. The hedge trimmer, compact blower and string trimmer are compatible with the M18 battery line, which is already popular among pros for regular tools.

Perfect for essential touch-up landscaping jobs, the EGO Self Propelled Lawn Mower is another new product that features a 60-minute cut time and the torque of gas without the noise, mess and fumes. Additionally, DeWalt’s ergonomic and extremely lightweight leaf blower is perfect for multi-unit properties because it is easy to control and minimizes stress on the arm. All of these products run quietly, which means teams can get started early in the morning without bothering residents.

New Tools of the Trade

Spring is the perfect time to upgrade or replace hand tools to keep the property in tip-top shape. If teams need to replace older or broken products, make sure to go for new tools with improved weight and durability. For example, the Goodyear Rubber Hose is ideal for cleaning unit exteriors and ensuring fresh blooms in and around the property. It is 40 percent lighter than a standard hose, so it’s easier to use for extended periods. Additionally, invest in the accessories to help repair the hose if it gets damaged mid-job.

Spring also means pruning overgrown foliage and making space for outdoor activities. Clear out hard-to-reach branches with Fiskars Tree Pruner and use the fiberglass Husky Axe for cutting and chopping kindling, branches and firewood. The Razor-Back Landscape Rake features a lightweight, aluminum head so it takes less time and exertion to tackle tough tasks.

Get Organized

Start the season off right by making sure teams are organizing tools to save space and avoid misplaced items. While maintenance members are hopping around the property for hours at a time, it’s smart to have a versatile bag to store tools for a variety of projects. The Husky 12-inch Tool Bar Bag allows complete customization for tools and accessory storage needs.

When the job is complete, store equipment in chests and cabinets that are now taller and deeper to accommodate a selection of tools such as cordless drills and saws. The moveable toolbox from Husky is a great addition to keep the maintenance team organized. It features reinforced drawers that can hold up to 2,500 pounds, electrical outlets, USB ports and a magnetic wall.

Winter takes a toll on the property, so the spring maintenance checklist may be long. Discover new tools, brush off the tried-and-true equipment and stay organized to prepare properties to for the warmer months ahead.