Cultivating your garden beds in preparation for spring is a dirty and reckless job. You will encounter all sorts beneath the surface such as stones, roots, clay and possibly inorganic matter such as old china or pottery.
This all takes a toll on your cultivator, and so a simple approach to maintaining your tool after every use is essential.
Before you start
Identify where you are going to work and carry out the maintenance of your cultivator. The area you choose to work should be clean, clutter free and well lit, as well as away from flammable materials and substances.
Remove the battery pack from the multi-tool power head, then detach the cultivator attachment - now is a good time to put your battery on charge. Before carrying out any maintenance, wait for the blades to stop spinning.
Approaching the care of your cultivator
Removing the excess
Firstly, position the cultivator at a workable height so you’re comfortable and safe before beginning.
Next, remove any excess debris from the cultivator before cleaning it properly. This can be done by hand, using a brush and wearing protective gloves. This is necessary when operating around the blades.
Cleaning the multi-tool
When cleaning your cultivator, do not immerse any part of it in water. Instead, gently brush the tool all over with a solution of mild, warm, soapy water. Carefully scrub in the tighter areas too with a toothbrush or similar.
To clean the blades:
- Wearing protective gloves - carefully remove any roots, stems or other vegetation that has wrapped around or between the blades, guard or gear box
- Carefully remove the blades and guard and thoroughly wash them
- After cleaning, wipe the surface of the blades and guard with a clean, dry cloth
Check all the nuts, bolts and screws are tight and aren’t displaying any signs of rust or corrosion. This is to ensure that the equipment is safe and in full working order.
Any worn or damaged parts that you spot, replace them with identical replacement parts to avoid hazard or potential product damage. Replacement parts can be obtained from your local EGO authorised dealer.
Any maintenance to the blades should be done wearing protective gloves to avoid harm. To avoid the blades rusting, maintain them by applying an anti-rust oil to the blades.
Any blades that need to be replaced should be done by an authorised service personnel.
Storing the cultivator
- Remove the battery pack from the tool and store it in somewhere secure and away from moisture
- Remove the cultivator attachment from the multi-tool power head
- Apply the end cap to the attachment shaft in order to avoid dirt and other debris from entering
- Choose a dry and well ventilated area to store the tool. Also make sure the tool is out of reach of children and is away from fertilisers, petrol and other chemicals
Servicing your cultivator
Servicing your tool allows you to get the most out of your cultivator. A thorough service means you can prepare your garden beds year after year without the worrisome prospect of your tool giving up on you.
You can actually do this yourself - EGO’s battery-power ethos means you save on servicing costs. However, if you feel you would rather entrust your local EGO approved dealer to service your tools, they will be able to. Your service professional will:
- Sharpen and replace blades (if needed)
- Replace other worn or damaged parts
- Ensure the tool functions properly
Of course, in the unlikely event that your tool no longer functions, check out the warranty of your tool. We provide a variety of warranties throughout our range, so if you find yourself in this scenario, explore our product pages and find out if you are still covered.