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4 Ways To Get Your Landscaping Job Done Smarter

If it’s backyard cricket or a casual evening barbeque with a few of the neighbours over, great New Zealand summers mean that an attractive, functional garden is a must have for most Kiwis. 

Landscaping jobs come in all shapes and sizes, from adding a water feature to your backyard, to levelling the front lawn to make way for a cobbled stone path. Whatever landscaping job you’re working on, remember that there’s probably a smarter and easier way to do it. 

At Hirepool, we’ve got all sorts of tools and equipment for hire to reduce the hours of backbreaking manual labour, so you can spend more time over a beer enjoying your garden than working on it! From concrete mixers for filling post holes, to nail guns for finishing off that fence faster, we’ve got what you’ll need to make your landscaping job easier and faster to complete. 

We’ve come up with four ways you can get your landscaping job done faster and smarter. Here are some great pieces of landscaping equipment you might need, and how you can use them.

1. Digging Holes - Should I use a spade or a post hole borer?

If you’re digging post holes for a new fence or deck on your property, you can make life much easier by using a post hole borer. 

Digging post holes with a spade can make it difficult to achieve a narrow hole diameter, meaning you have to dig much larger holes than you require. That’ll mean more time digging, and more materials like concrete when you’re filling the hole later. And lets face it, it is literally back-breaking work! A post hole borer allows you to dig directly down into the earth, and has an attachment to remove dirt too. Unlike a spade, because of the post hole borer’s design, you can dig from a more upright position, so you also won’t need to bend over while digging (goodbye back pain!). 

What is a post hole borer?

post hole borer is a motorised or non-motorised tool that specifically helps you dig fence posts. With several different detachable auger bits, you can pick and choose the diameter of the hole you’ll need to dig and use other attachments to easily remove the dirt from the hole too. 

Why hire a post hole borer? 

Hiring rather than buying a post hole borer is typically a more cost-effective option for completing a fencing job, especially if it’s a residential job. While post-hole borers are really handy, most people don’t need to regularly dig post holes. Rather than invest your time and money finding the best post hole borer for the job, our Hirepool represenatives can recommend the best tool for the job.

Our post holer borers to hire 

At Hirepool, we have a selection of post hole borers available for any job! Pick and choose from our range of auger bits and attachments depending on the holes you need to dig.

Two-person motorised post-hole borers 

Post hole borers come in different sizes depending on your requirements. If you’re building fences for your lifestyle block or require wide, deep holes for supporting beams for a large deck, a two-person motorised post hole borer will be your best option. 

One-person motorised post-hole borers 

Even for smaller jobs, where you may only need to dig two to three holes, a post hole borer will get it done faster, and without toiling away outside with a spade all day. For these types of jobs, we’ve got single person motorised post hole borers.

Non-motorised post hole borers

Even with a non-motorised post hole borer, your digging task with be much easier. With two handles for extra leverage, you can dig directly down into the earth and achieve the narrow holes you require for posts. This piece of equipment is great when you need to dig holes for planting small shrubs - anything much bigger than that, opt for motorised!

2. Mixing Concrete - Should I use a wheelbarrow and spade or a concrete mixer? 

Yep, good question. Pourable concrete is a must for many landscaping projects. You might need to fill some holes, build a pathway in the garden or create some stepping stones - whatever it is, a concrete mixer is a useful tool to produce smooth, pourable concrete. 

How to mix concrete 

There are two ways to mix concrete: “by hand” (with a shovel), or using a concrete mixer. Mixing by hand is the more basic, laborious way to mix concrete, requiring you to mix pre-made, dry concrete with water. You can usually do this in a bucket or a wheelbarrow. If you’ve mixed concrete before, you’ll know that you then need to stir rapidly and consistently to achieve the right consistency for the concrete to pour. Sounds like a lot of work? It is! 

Using a concrete mixer 

On the other hand, a concrete mixer uses a revolving drum that automatically rotates to mix the dry concrete with water. Concrete mixers allow you to maintain a regular consistency for the mix, and can make it easier to pour accurately, reducing wastage and manual labour. Even if you’re only filling a few fence post holes, using a concrete mixer instead of mixing by hand will mean you don’t have to rush to mix concrete and pour it before it dries. It can also reduce the chance of air bubbles, blistering or pinholes in the concrete finish, which will mean more work for you down the track if the concrete cracks.

Make sure you follow the instructions of water to concrete mix, which will be outlined on the concrete mix bag!

 

Choosing a concrete mixer to hire

Our range of concrete mixers come in different sizes depending on what you’ll require for the job. If you’ll be using your concrete mixer along a wide space such as a driveway, consider a towable option. For a single fence, you might consider a non-towable smaller concrete mixer for an easy, accurate pour.

Depending on the job, you can hire petrol or electric concrete mixers, which are suitable for most job types. If you’ll be working on building a fence or concrete tree rings, you may want to consider hiring an electric mixer, which you can plug into your residential electrical output. Handy tip: don’t forget an extension lead! For outside jobs or where you don’t have access to electricity, try our petrol powered options. Whenever you’re using electricity outdoors, read up on safety tips as there are a lot of potential hazards involved. 

3. Putting in Nails - Should I use a hammer and nails or a nail gun? 

Many landscaping projects include building fences, decks or building planter boxes. Hammering in nail after nail while putting together a fence can quickly become tedious, not to mention loud! Using a nail gun speeds up the building process, allowing you to nail much faster than if you just used a hammer. Whether you’re knocking together a few pallets for a vintage looking bench or building a fence for the front lawn, a nail gun will help. 

Why use a nail gun? 

All of our nail guns for hire are gas powered, so you won’t have to worry about extension leads or using compressed air. We’ve got nail guns available for finishing and framing, depending on what job you need to complete.

Nail guns are much faster to use than a hammer because they have a strip of nails that automatically feeds into the tip of the gun, ready for the next nail. This drastically speeds up the rate at which you can fire the nails. Because the nail guns are powered by gas, electricity or compressed air, they have a high pressure shot that will give you a consistent finish every time. Here’s exactly how to use a nail gun.

Using a nail gun safely 

Firstly - nail guns are useful tools, but they can also be dangerous. Always keep your hands and feet clear from the front of the nail gun while operating it, and be mindful of loose clothing. When using the nail gun, don’t apply pressure using your leg or body, and make sure you have stable footing before you start. You can read up on WorkSafe NZ’s safety guidelines when using a power-actuated hand-tool, like a nail gun. All of our equipment also comes with instructions for use, outlining safety hazards and how to avoid them. 

4. Cutting Timber - Should I use a skill saw or drop saw? 

If you’re building a deck for your outdoor area or a new fence,, it’s likely that you’ll need to cut plenty of timber. There are multiple differences between saws and choosing the right one can save you time, and improve the accuracy of your cuts. 

At Hirepool, we have both circular saws and mitre saws available for hire. Both saws are helpful for cutting timber, and there are a couple of key differences to be aware of.

What is a Circular saw? 

circular saw is best for abrasive cuts where you need power and speed over accuracy. If you’re sawing off-cuts, a circular saw (sometimes called a skilsaw) is portable and can be quickly used to saw through plywood and other similar materials.

What is a Mitre saw? 

A mitre saw is best used for finishing cuts, and allows you to accurately saw in a straight line using a guide. The circular saw can be adjusted to achieve cuts of certain angles and is typically used for cross cuts (across the timber). If you’re building wooden framing for a deck, this would be the best choice.

Should I use a circular saw or a mitre saw? 

It can be a tough decision trying to choose which saw might be right for you. Both the mitre saw and circular saw have different advantages. 

A circular saw is best used for fast cuts to varying pieces of wood. The circular saw is also portable, so you can quite easily carry it around your worksite. 

On the other hand, a mitre saw will help you get accurate cuts, such as precise angles, for fitting together pieces of timber. It’s best to use the mitre saw when you require specific measurements or real precision.

It might make sense to use a circular saw at the beginning of your project, and then a mitre saw later on to achieve more accurate cuts. If you’re building something like a deck, using a mitre saw is a must-have so you can achieve angled cuts that will fit together with other pieces of timber.

Using a mitre or circular saw safely 

While you may be focusing on achieving an accurate cut, make sure you’re mindful of safety while using a saw. Although the circular saw has a safety covering above the blade, accidents can happen.

Always cut away from your body, and wear protective gear such as safety glasses, ear plugs and gloves to prevent injury. You can read more here about managing risks in your workspace. 

Getting your landscaping project started 

Landscaping jobs can include all sorts of tasks to improve the look, feel and functionality of your property. From building a trellis to display climbing plants over a pathway, to creating a fish pond or water feature in your backyard, we’ve got the tools and equipment available to get the job done faster. 

Whatever landscaping idea you’ve got on your mind, take a look at our wide selection of landscaping tools for hire, such as hedge trimmers, mulchers, saws. Plus, by hiring instead of buying, you won’t have to worry about the regular maintenance or upfront costs of owning a tool yourself. 

It’s easy to get started with the hiring process, simply use our online booking system to secure the equipment you want to use! If you have any questions, get in touch with your local Hirepool branch - the team would love to help.