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Quality tools that last a lifetime for the gardener and the woodworker. They do have some purposely inexpensive or disposable tools but these are clearly labelled and described as such. Have never had a bad tool from them.
 
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I really enjoy Lee Valley's Garden Tools.

About 20 years ago we bought a little hand trowel from them. It had a lifetime guarantee not to bend. About a year later, a gravel truck (full of gravely) drove over it and it bent. Clearly our fault, but they replaced it anyway. Funny, I don't see it in the catalogue anymore.

They are also the only place that sell a fork and spade set that is long enough not to hurt my back. I can simply put it in the soil, bend at the knees and use it as a lever, then one hand as a fulcrum, one hand on the end of the handle, and unbend my knees. Minimal back involvement means I can dig for an hour or more without needing a rest. However, they are hugely heavy for most people to use, especially city people who wish to help out on the farm.
 
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I've been happy with the Lee Valley digging spade and fork. Unimpressed with the mulch/compost fork, as the tines bent badly out of shape while moving a couple dozen yards of wood chips, though I haven't taken it back to see if it is covered for life.
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