Getting the Most Out of Your Tools
The cost of purchasing the tools you need to handle all of your yard maintenance is considerable. Even the smaller items we purchase add up over time, nevermind the high-end power equipment and specialized tools we sometimes splurge on. What’s more, storing and organizing all this gear can be a nightmare.
One way to manage the money and storage woes that lawn-care purchases can cause is to invest in devices that do triple or quadruple duty in the yard. Multitasking tools that can handle several types of jobs, or even be adapted for different uses, equates to less gear taking up space in our storage sheds and garages. Keep reading to learn more about our favorite multitasking tools for yard care.
The Perfect Base System
For DIYers who prefer swapping out attachments to standalone equipment, RYOBI’s Expand-It system is worth checking out. The brand’s 40-Volt lithium-ion brushless electric cordless string trimmer comes with a base unit that quickly and easily connects and disconnects to other attachments. Compatible attachments include a hedge trimmer, snow thrower, and cultivator, each of which is less expensive and easier to store than their dedicated alternatives. This set comes with both a battery and charger. Available at The Home Depot.
Just about every DIYer needs a wheelbarrow at some point, but what if it could do more than haul materials across the yard? The Worx Aerocart can operate as a wheelbarrow, a hand truck, a refrigerator mover, and a bag holder. It can lift and move heavy rocks with its Turbo Lift arm attachments, and has a 300-pound weight capacity and flat-free tires. Best yet, this comes with the accessories you need to complete these tasks. Available on Amazon.
Stihl’s Kombi Homeowner System mixes the power and torque of gas-powered equipment with the flexibility of an interchangeable attachment system. The KombiMotor is a 27.2-cc, 4-stroke motor that is easy to connect and disconnect from its attachments, which include a brush cutter, a power scythe, a leaf and debris blower, and edger attachments. Available at Ace Hardware.
Heavy-Duty Yard System
DIY landscapers who want an attachment system that’s a little heavier duty should check out the Kombi’s big brother, Stihl’s Yard Boss. It has the same 27.2-cc gas motor as the homeowner system, but with a more robust design. Yard Boss comes standard as a cultivator but also attaches to a string trimmer, brush attachments, a dethatcher, and even a lawn aerator. The system even includes a power sweep for deep-cleaning sidewalks. Available at Ace Hardware.
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3-in-1 Blower, Mulcher, and Vacuum
Whether it’s vacuuming up debris from a deck, blowing leaves off the grass, or making rich mulch each fall, this blower, mulcher, and vacuum from Black & Decker is all about multitasking. This model plugs into a standard electrical outlet with the help of an extension cord, allowing you to tackle yard clean-up without toting several tools. The vacuum and mulching attachments simply snap to the suction side of the unit so you can get to work in seconds. Available on Amazon.
Adaptable 4-in-1 Cutting Tool
Some yard warriors would rather not buy and store a chainsaw, pole saw, hedge trimmer, and pole hedge trimmer if they don’t have to. Earthwise’s 4-in-1 kit solves that problem, offering all four functions in one tool. This unit features an electric motor, a hedge trimmer, a chainsaw, and pole attachment, allowing users to choose the right tool and right height for tree and limb clean-up. Available on Amazon.
Multifunctional Sprinkler Controller
Getting the most out of your sprinkler system requires a controller that does more than just follow a schedule. The Rachio 3 Smart Sprinkler controller uses proprietary weather intelligence to automatically skip watering your lawn on rainy, windy, and cold-weather days. It allows users to control up to eight sprinkler zones from their smartphones, and its integrated weather technology even serves as an at-your-fingertips thermometer. Compatible with Apple Home Kit, Amazon Alexa, and Google Assistant. Available on
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3-Tool Kit with One Battery System
With the WORX Power Share Cordless Combo Kit, you get three tools in one bundle. This unit comes with a blower that blows up to 75mph, a 22-inch hedge trimmer, and a string trimmer that feeds you more line at the push of a button. Buying the set is a big savings over shopping for each piece individually. All three tools use the same 20-volt battery system, and the kit comes with two batteries and a charger. Available at Amazon.
Battery-Powered Mower That Also Mulches
Building on the WORX Power Share system is the brand’s 40V Power Share lawn mower. This mower runs on two 20-volt WORX Power Share batteries and allows users to switch between mowing and mulching in seconds. Indicators on the mower let the user know when the bag is full, or when the batteries are running low. This model has a 14-inch deck, and the kit comes with two batteries, the charger, and a bagger attachment for collecting grass clippings. Available at Amazon.
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Versatile Pressure Washer
When it comes to cleaning multiple surfaces with one tool, it’s hard to beat the versatility of a pressure washer. This electric model from Sun Joe cleans decks, fences, houses, windows, and cars. In fact, it’s even possible to water plants that are out of reach when the pressure water is set to its lowest rinse setting. Available on Amazon.
Wood Chipper, Shredder, and Mulcher
When yard cleanup is more involved than just bagging leaves, enlisting the help of GreatCirculeUSA’s combination wood chipper, shredder, and mulcher might be worth your while. This gas-powered machine features a 7-horsepower, 212-cc 4-stroke engine and can shred or chip limbs up to 3 inches in diameter. It also has a vacuum attachment that can suck up leaf debris and turn it into mulch. Available on Amazon.
Garden Bench with Multiple Uses
Working in the garden can feel pretty zen, but if your back, knees, and backside are hurting you, it takes away some of the fun. TomCare’s Garden Kneeler/Seat offers a flexible solution, supporting gardeners with EVA foam padding as they sit or kneel. It folds up easily for transport and, with its helpful slip-on tool pouches, also doubles as a tool caddy. Available on Amazon.
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