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Best Hydroponic Nutrients 2017 – Reviews and Buyer’ Guide

Editor's Choice

Do you need to go through several bags of fertilizer to get the world’s best hydroponic nutrients?

Not really, but you will need a good idea on what to look out for. Some plants may require specific nutrients, but for the most part and at the first stages of growth, there will be little to no distinction.

These are some of the most potent hydroponics nutrients for various plants. You can also use them for other mediums, but on differing frequency.

Hydroponic Fertilizer For Your Patch

No

Brand

Nature

Form

#1

General Hydroponics Flora Grow  (Editor's Choice)

Synthetic

Liquid

#2

General Hydroponics General Organics

Organic

Solid

#3

Lettuce Greens and Herbs Hydroponic Nutrients

Blend

Solid

#4

General Hydroponics Maxigro

Synthetic

Solid

#5

Pure Blend Pro Grow

Synthetic

Liquid


#1 - General Hydroponics Flora Grow – Best For Growth And Bloom Cycles

Chapin 1002 48-Ounce Hand Sprayer For Multi-purpose Use

Note that this solution can be too strong as it is ideal for both soil and hydroponic systems. As such, it can damage plants if used the wrong way. Ensure to follow the instructions to the letter to avoid damaging plants.

While most companies will price singular products for each growth cycle, General Hydroponics sells this nutrient solution in a three-pack deal that covers all three main periods. More importantly, each of them is balanced to meet that stage’s requirements.

The labels tell you of the components and ratios, and even go on to stipulate how much you should use. You may need to apply your discretion here, as many reviewers note that they had to use less than was advised. Again noting that this solution is quite strong, you may need to observe and adjust accordingly.

This pack contains the required blend of macro and micronutrients, and each of the three products is meant for a certain growth cycle. Reviewers have noted that they are quite strong, almost too strong if you venture a little out of the required measurements.

Naturally, a three-pack is cheaper than individual products. The Trio’s shelf life (when opened) is longer than a year, as long you store it according to instructions.

It is easy to apply: once for the first three weeks, then progressively as your plants enter the next growth cycle. Everything is in the manual.

What we like:

  • A little goes a long way.
  • These products are cheap.
  • It has a pH of between 5.5 and 6.5

    What we don't like:

    • Too strong and will damage plants if you use too much.
    • The manual cold be more detailed.

    #2-General Hydroponics General Organics-Organic Nutrients For Fast Absorption

    Chapin 1002 48-Ounce Hand Sprayer For Multi-purpose Use

    You will have to endure the foul smell (think compost).Well, but is not too and that you cannot stand it, but it takes some getting used to. It gets the job done, though.

    General Hydroponics have this pack of organic nutrients for those who prefer them to the synthetic kind. There was talk of organic nutrients damaging hydroponic systems, but there is no evidence if this yet. More companies are venturing into organics.

    This six-pack contains nutrients for the various levels of growth. Right when you plant, use Grow, Root, and Seaweed for strength until plants establish their stems. The manual directs on the frequency of usage, and most reviewers recommend twice a week.

    CalMag, Marine, and Bud are ideal for blooming and flowering. You will need to mix the all up in a container before adding them to your mixture (for the best results).

    The downside to these products is that you will need to use the whole lot of them every time, and they will need a thorough mix. Tedious, but worth the effort according to users.

    The company says that the product is 100% organic, although they have said nothing about it being OMRI listed.

    Worth noting is the fact that this solution is easy on plants, and you can go over the recommended dose without damaging plants. It also has the ideal ratio of macro and micro elements.

    What we like:

    • It has some organic elements.
    • Has the ideal pH for most plants.
    • Quite cheap.

      What we don't like:

      • You will need to use more for efficiency.
      • It needs thorough mixing.

      #3 - Lettuce Greens and Herbs Hydroponic Nutrients-Best Hydroponic Nutrients For Vegetables

      Chapin 1002 48-Ounce Hand Sprayer For Multi-purpose Use

      Good as it is for vegetables, it is in solid form, and so you will have to put in some work mixing it all together.

      While most nutrients are multi-user, and hence ideal for all plants, this brand caters to vegetables and herbs. Why does that matter? Because vegetables are unique in their composition, and they will need for a unique set of nutrients.

      This nutrient pack is solid, and so you will need to pre-mix it thoroughly, as well as stabilize your water’s PH before use (by leaving it to set overnight).

      This pack contains five macronutrients: magnesium, calcium, potassium, nitrogen, and phosphorus. The manufacturer says it also has six micronutrients that go from Grow to Bloom.

      The NPK ratio for an 185mg/L pack is 24:6:25. The package comes with a measuring cup and instructions for use, but you will need to get a pH adjuster for it (preferably phosphoric acid).

      Because these hydroponics nutrients are complete, there is no need to add any other component when prepping the solution.

      Cost-wise, we find this product n the higher side, considering that you have to use it every day to get the desired results. The upside is that vegetables experience explosive growth. It is not too strong to ruin plants, and so you can adjust your measurements as you suit.

      What we like:

      • Ideally suited for vegetables.
      • It has all nutrients (macros and micro).
      • It will not damage crops even when you use more than recommended.

        What we don't like:

        • The daily preparation process is tedious.
        • You will have to figure out how much to use.

        #4 - General Hydroponics Maxigro - Best Hydroponic Nutrients For Tomatoes

        Chapin 1002 48-Ounce Hand Sprayer For Multi-purpose Use

        Sadly, it brings your solution's pH down. It can go as low as 3.2, and so you will need to boost it back to normal levels. Luckily, there are several pH stabilizers on the market.

        General Hydroponics Maxigro has the ideal nutrient composition for a vegetable garden. It boosts roots in cherry tomatoes, chilies, cucumbers, and practically every little gardening plant.

        It comes with a measuring spoon for effect, and the manufacturer has given instructions on quantity. Now, this product is primarily meant to grow roots and establish some base for your plants. You will need to buy a different product to move it to flowering.

        Is it cheap? Not really, seeing that it is mainly a vegetative agent. A little goes a long way, though.

        General Hydroponics Maxigro is in solid form, and you will need to mix a little each morning for your hydroponics solution. Though tedious, it saves you the handling fees you would have paid for the liquid product and the hassles of storage.

        The NKP ratio is 10:5:14, and the label says it contains a host of micronutrients. Well, the nutrients are synthetic, and so the plant absorbs them pretty fast (hence the explosive root growth), and hence the high ratios.

        What we like:

        • Effective because roots shoot almost immediately.
        • Nutrients are well balanced.
        • Does well with tomatoes.

          What we don't like:

          • A bit expensive.
          • It will need a pH stabilizer.

          #5 - Pure Blend Pro Grow - Best Hydroponic Nutrients For Strawberries

          Chapin 1002 48-Ounce Hand Sprayer For Multi-purpose Use

          It works well for the vegetative cycle, but you will need to mix it with a flowering stimulator when you move to the boom period. Good thing it is in liquid form, and so you do not have to mix it beforehand.

          Strawberries are sensitive, and so they will need delicate handling. They need a pH of between 5.5-6.0, b you can push it to 6.5, and they’d still survive. The nutrient composition is also very particular, as is the atmospheric requirement.

          This nutrient solution attempts to get to those levels, with an NPK ratio of 3-1.5-4. The manufacturer indicates that the solution has all the required macro elements. It also has amino acids and 72 traces of micronutrients that add value to hydroponics.

          You will only use it once a week in your hydroponic solution. Depending on the water you use, you may need to boost the levels of your solution’s pH. Fr the best results, use water filtered using reverse osmosis.

          What we like:

          • Cheap as it sells by the gallon.
          • It boosts root development to give plants a good base.
          • It has the ideal blend of macros and micros.

            What we don't like:

            • It lowers the pH of your solution.
            • It is not an organic product, and so too much of it will do more harm than good.

            pH Testing Accessory

            Your medium will need to be the perfect balance in pH so that plants can thrive. This is certainly going to be a challenge with hard water. Most manufacturers advise using filtered or even distilled water, and especially purified using reverse osmosis, and so you will need a pH tester to be sure that you have the right balance.

            pH levels vary from plant to plant, but hardly will they go below 5.5 or higher than 7.5.​

            pH Test Liquid

            This pretty affordable liquid measures levels ranging from 4.0 to about 10.0 for clear liquids. You will only need to pour a few drops of the solution into your medium and compare the results with the color chart that comes with it.

            The liquid (in a squeezable bottle) is only 15ml, but a little goes a long way. The color may not always match what is on the chart, but it will come close enough to give you a clear indication.

            Building Blocks Of An Ideal Hydroponics Solution​

            Because hydroponic systems involve growing food without soil, (the common medium of nutrient transfer), you will need to provide nitrogen, phosphorous, and any other nutrients through water. Your chosen nutrient solution will need to encapsulate all these without overwhelming the plant.

            What nutrients do plants need? Primarily, macro and micronutrients.

            For macronutrients, you have nitrogen, phosphorous, and potassium.​

            • Nitrogen (N)​

              Nitrogen is the core of any plant, seeing that it is responsible for leaf production. You know that there is no chlorophyll synthesis without green leaves. Telltale signs of a nitrogen deficiency include yellowing leaves and stunted growth.​
            • Phosphorus (P)​

              Phosphorous is responsible for the proper development of roots, stems, flowers, and practically everything that helps your plant yield.
              Naturally, plants will need more of this nutrient during flowering, but they will still need a constant supply throughout all growth stages.
              What tells you when phosphorous is lacking? Poor stem development, roots will be weak, and they may not even get to flowering.​
            • Potassium (K)​

              Potassium synthesizes proteins and carbohydrates, and so it will be needed from the very early stages of development. It also plays a small role in the development of flowers and roots.​

            Micronutrients

            Macros alone will not get the job done. Your ideal solution will include magnesium, zinc, sulfur, iron, copper, calcium, and boron. Each of them plays a major role in the development of plants and ensures that your patch of hydroponics reaches maturity.​

            Ideal Ratios of Macro Nutrients

            In the initial stages of growth, a plant will need more potassium for healthy development. So, the ratio of Nitrogen to Potassium should be 1:1, to keep the plant in vegetative growth.

            During bloom, the plant will now require a significant amount of phosphorus to flower, but also a constant amount of Nitrogen to be complete. The ideal ratio at bloom will be N:P:K =1:1:2.​

            Before Buying Hydroponic Nutrients, Consider These Factors

            #1 - Nutrient Composition

            You want all the macro and micronutrients present to give the best to your plant. Having the ideal balance is not enough, but you also want to have them in the ideal composition. The N-P-K ratio, (Nitrogen-Phosphorus-Potassium) will be on the package to let you know whether the nutrients are ideal for that stage of growth. (1)​

            #2 - Organic Or Synthetic?

            Organic fertilizers work best on soil since the nutrients are sent into the medium (soil) and drained (not reused). The same cannot be said of hydroponics, where water stagnates, and organic matter may clog the systems.

            Tests are being done to introduce organic nutrients to hydroponics, but synthetic is the best option at the moment. The nutrients are broken down easily and availed to the plants sooner. In the same vein, the N-P-K ratio of synthetic nutrients is higher than that in organics.

            #3 - What Is Your Budget?

            Well, as subjective as this topic is, you should always shop around for price comparison. As long as your preferred product contains all the required nutrients, you will not need to spend your last dime on the biggest name.

            #4 - pH Level Of Nutrient Solution

            PH, the measure of alkalinity and acidity, will determine the ability of a plant to absorb minerals and nutrients it requires for healthy growth. Too much of it will damage the plant, and too little will lead to stunted growth and eventual death.

            Although the requirements differ from plant to plant, most will require a slightly acidic environment to grow at their best, and so levels between 5.8 and 6.2 are ideal. However, you can still push it to the 5.0 and 7.0 ranges without affecting growth.

            #5 - Powdered Or Liquid?

            Hydroponics nutrients often come in either of the two. Powdered nutrients need to be dissolved fully into water before they are used. They lack pH buffers at times, a quality that makes them unpopular.

            Most liquid nutrients, on the other hand, come with pH buffers, so you don’t have to tame the pH of your water. You will only need to add the solution to water and proceed.

            The Best Hydroponic Nutrients For Vegetables and Fruits

            Name

            Best Overall

            2nd

            3rd

            4th

            5th

            Product

            General Hydroponics Flora Grow (Combo)

            General Organics Go Box

            Greens and Herbs Hydroponic Nutrients

            General Hydroponics MaxiGro

            Pure Blend Pro Grow

            Brand

            General Hydroponics

            General Hydroponics

            5Gallon Bucket

            General Hydroponics

            Botanicare

            Growth Cycle

            Synthetic

            Organic

            Blend

            Synthetic

            Synthetic

            Get it Here

            And The Winner Is …

            Liquid hydroponic fertilizers are still the best because they minimize the work you have to do. You will only need to test your water’s pH and then mix as per the directions. Additionally, synthetic solutions absorb faster into the plant and produce results in only a short while.

            General Hydroponics Flora Grow not only comes in a Trio, which takes your plants from growth to bloom, but it is also reasonably priced. Just a little goes a long way! Its composition of macro and micronutrients alike makes it a winner.​

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            5 Best Chainsaw Chain Reviews and Buyer’s Guide 2017

            We may not agree on so much but, you’ll agree with us on this:

            Sharpening a chainsaw chain whenever it becomes blunt is tiring and well, however much efforts you throw in, the chain won’t be as efficient as it was after you bought it; right?

            Having gone through the hassle of buying chainsaw chain sharpeners and looking around for the best price saw chains, we had to enlighten you. Finding the RIGHT chain for your chainsaw is incredibly difficult.

            However, with our unbiased review, which took us hours as we scoured the internet, we have a list of the five best chainsaw chains which you can order today.

            2017’s Reviews of The Best Chainsaw Chains  

            Product

            Weights

            Our Rating

            Oregon S56  (Editor's Choice)

            0.4 Pounds

            Oregon S62

            0.35 Pounds

            Husqvarna 531300439

            0.6 Pounds

            Black & Decker RC800

            0.4 Pounds

            GreenWorks 29072

            0.3 Pounds

            Chainsaw Chain Reviews at a glance

            Oregon S56 is compatible with Craftsman, Echo, Homelite, Poulan, Remington, and Husqvarna chainsaws. It also has a low kick back and cuts fast and smoothly.

            Oregon S62 is compatible with Poulan Pro as well and a look at it reveals a low weight and a high-performance chain.

            Husqvarna 531300439 works well for Husqvarna chainsaws and a perfect chainsaw chain replacement. Unfortunately, it may come off when working under high heat.

            Black & Decker RC800 is easy to store and carry around and it is the perfect replacement chain for black & Decker pole chainsaw.

            GreenWorks 29072 is compatible with most 8-inch chainsaws around. It works perfectly for corded and cordless electric chainsaws.

            #1 - Oregon S56 16-Inch Semi Chisel Chain Saw Chain Fits Craftsman, Echo, Homelite, Poulan, and Remington

            Oregon S56

            Whether you consider yourself an economist or not, you just know that when buying a chainsaw chain, it has to fit at least one chainsaw brand. As it turns out, my first mistake was picking a brand-specific chainsaw chain. Of course, we can all laugh at that now having learned from my mistake.

            Moving forward, I had to find a chain that suits more than one chainsaw chain, and that is when I stumbled upon the Oregon S56 16-Inch Semi Chisel Chain Saw Chain which fits Craftsman, Echo, Homelite, Poulan, and Remington brands.

            Besides the versatility, the chain is hard-treated, and it is a hard chromed cutter chain. This unique cutter design allows for precision cutting, and it cuts smoothly and fast. The other favorite feature of this chain is the fact that while allowing you to cut firewood quickly, the notched bumper drive link makes for a minimum kickback and good chip flow.

            Its engineering adheres to high-performance, safety, and reliable quality. The high-performance results from the twin corners of this cutter. Thanks to technological advancements, you might also like the toughness and the sharpness of this cutter.

            This S56 chain also has four symmetrical tie straps which simplify the joining of the chain loops.

            What don’t we like about this chainsaw chain?

            It doesn’t work with the WORX chainsaw.

            What we like:

            • The notched bumper drive link reduces kickback when sawing
            • This Oregon semi chisel chainsaw chain is compatible with Craftsman, Echo, Homelite, Poulan, Husqvarna, Stihl, and Remington chainsaw chains
            • It has a good chip flow and a smooth cutting action.
            • This Oregon S56 16-Inch Semi Chisel Chain Saw Chain meets the ANSI Standards as well as the Is UL Classified Standards.

              What we don't like:

              • It is not compatible with the WORX chainsaw or the Poulan Model 966-051601.

              #2 - Husqvarna 531300439 18-Inch  - (Great Cut and Good Price)

              Husqvarna 531300439

              My yard requires a lot of work from moving to trimming the hedges and Husqvarna are my favorite. From their mowers to their chainsaws, you might join me in agreeing that their products are the best.

              Their chainsaw chain is efficient and it is a perfect fit for 41, 45, 49, 51, 55, 336, 339XP, 340, 345, 346 XP, 350, 351, 353, 435, 440, 445 and 450e Husqvarna chainsaws.

              This pixel chainsaw chain has a .325-inch and a .050-inch gauge making it an ideal chain for professional users with very demanding job conditions. This chain is also a low-vibration chain, and this enhances its performance. It is lightweight weighing a mere 9.6 ounces, and it is quickly set up.

              Unfortunately, it seems like this chain doesn’t fit a 55 chainsaw as listed in the description. Also, the chain came off when the chainsaw heats up; this isn’t a personal favorite feature.

              What we like:

              • This saw is well-priced for Husqvarna equipment
              • It is very sharp and cuts fast
              • It is compatible with various Husqvarna chainsaws.
              • It has a high-quality anti-kickback and a low vibration enhancing comfort when cutting.

                What we don't like:

                • The chain may come off as the saw heats up when using it.
                • Frequent use means that the chain wears and stretches prematurely. You may consider soaking it in gear oil before installing it.

                #3 - Black & Decker RC800  – Best Price

                Black & Decker RC800
                Black & Decker RC800

                Though this chainsaw chain isn’t compatible with other chainsaw brands, it is compatible with Black & Decker’s cordless  chainsaw models CCS818 and NPP2018 models.

                The chain measures 8.0 inches and weighs 3.0 pounds and is a favorite chain to replace a dull chain. It is compact and lightweight for easy storage. This chain effectively handles most of your yard cleanups as well as maintenance projects.

                Unfortunately, this affordable chain doesn’t fit more chainsaw brands, and the battery runs out too fast.

                What we like:

                • The 8-inch length enhances its performance and makes the chain more durable.
                • It is very affordable, and its purchase is more efficient compared to sharpening an old chain all the time.
                • It is lightweight and easy to install on the Black & Decker Pole Saw
                • It fits a 20-volt pole saw as well as the 18-volt pole saw.

                  What we don't like:

                  • The battery runs out too fast
                  • It doesn’t fit other brands other than Black & Decker.

                  #4 - GreenWorks 29072  - Compatible with all GreenWorks Pole saw bar 29062

                  GreenWorks 29072

                  If you are looking for a GreenWorks compatible chainsaw chain, then this is your best product. It might be the most genuine replacement part on the market for GreenWorks. The 8-inch steel pole chainsaw chain is compatible with 20192, 20302, 20352, 20672 models. It is, therefore, the ideal match for GreenWorks electric corded and the cordless pole saws.

                  This chain weighs a mere 4.8 ounces and is my favorite chainsaw accessory for my patio, garden, and the lawn. The price could be lower though

                  What we like:

                  • Works well with the GreenWorks Pole chainsaw and has a low kickback
                  • It is compatible with most GreenWorks chainsaws, corded or cordless
                  • It is small and uncommon in the market
                  • It is sharp and cuts through timber easily.
                  • It works just like the original

                    What we don't like:

                    • It becomes dull when cutting on areas with dirt

                    #5 - Oregon S62 18-Inch Semi Chisel Chain Saw Chain Fits Craftsman, Homelite, and Poulan

                    Oregon S62

                    The Oregon S62 18-Inch Semi Chisel Chain Saw Chain is a semi chisel chainsaw chain that allows for precision cutting. It is heat-treated, and it’s a hard chromed cutter chain uniquely designed to cut quickly and smoothly with a minimum kickback.

                    The low kickback results from its notched bumper drive link on this 91VG chainsaw chain as well as the ramp-shaped depth gauges. The gauges do not affect the performance of the chain. It comes with 18-inch drive links, a 62 pitch, a 3/8" Gauge and 0.050-inch Chain Type fitting Homelite, Poulan, Poulan Pro, and Craftsman chainsaw brands.

                    The effectiveness of this chain is the result of the advanced grind geometry and its out-of-box sharpness. These features also lead to its high cutting speed. The bumper tie straps with slots that deliver low-kickback performance LubriLink tie straps that keep oil where it is needed.

                    The LubriWell oil holes carry oil throughout the length of the chain and the guide bars’ groove Vibe-Ban chassis design reducing vibrations by up to 25%. This low-kickback is the reason why the chain meets the performance requirements of the ANSI B175.1 (USA).​

                    The bad thing with this replacement chainsaw chain is the fact that if it hits the dirt and you have to sharpen it, it loses its edge. You will have to replace it once it becomes blunt or once it calls for more frequent sharpening.

                    What we like:

                    • It has a low kickback from the notched bumper drive link as well as bumper tie straps.
                    • Relatively cheap meaning that replacement of the chain is better than sharpening it.
                    • It works well
                    • It is sharp and cuts quickly when new.

                      What we don't like:

                      • It loses it sharpness after few uses
                      • The new chainsaw chain is rather specific to the chainsaw you use. Only works for Poulan, Craftsman, and Homelite when the chainsaw specifications match.
                      • Wears off unevenly

                      Reviews and Comparisons of The Best Chainsaw Chains

                      Rankings

                      1st

                      2nd

                      3rd

                      4th

                      5th

                      Top Rated Best chainsaw chains Brand 2017

                      Name

                      Oregon S56

                      Oregon S62

                      Husqvarna 531300439

                      Black & Decker RC800

                      GreenWorks 29072

                      Pitch

                      3/8ths Inch Pitch

                      3/8ths Inch Pitch

                      0.325 Inch Pitch

                      3/8ths Inch Pitch

                      3/8ths Inch Pitch

                      Gauge

                      0.050 Inch Gauge

                      0.050 Inch Gauge

                      0.050 Inch Gauge

                      0.050 Inch Gauge

                      .5 Inch Gauge

                      Length

                      16-Inch

                      18-Inch

                      18-Inch

                      8-Inch

                      8-inch

                      Kickback

                      Low

                      Low

                      Low

                      Low

                      Low

                      Get It

                      How Do You Buy the Best Chainsaw Chain?

                      As mentioned above, with all the issues that surround some chains, you cannot trivialize the purchase requirements. As we searched for the best replacement chain for our chainsaw, we noted that the following factors required some thought.

                      Take a look:

                      The type of chain​

                      There are four main types of chains including chisel, semi-chisel, skip chisel and chipper chains

                      Chisel chains

                      These have square cornered teeth, and they are the fastest in cutting. Among these four types of chains, chisel chains have the highest number of teeth making them the quickest saws with the smoothest cuts. Most domestic chainsaws have these chains.

                      Semi-chisel chains

                      These chains have rounded cornered teeth, but the number is less than that of teeth on a full chisel chain. While half of the teeth are close together, the other half is spread apart meaning that this chain will cut at a lower speed compared to the full chisel chainsaw. It’s 10 percent slower to be precise.

                      The upside of a semi-chisel chain is that it retains its sharpness for a longer duration. At the same time, they don’t become dull too fast when they hit dirt making them the best chains for cutting tree stumps, hardwood, and frozen wood.

                      Skip chisel chains

                      Compares to semi-chisel chains, skip chisel chains have the least number of teeth and are the perfect choice for making bigger cuts as they work well with the big bars. A skip chisel chain is suitable for tree felling because of the need for the chain to carry the wood chips over long distances before spitting them out.

                      The bigger spaces between the teeth make this possible. Even though they cut slowly, they retain their sharpness longer than other chisel chains, they are versatile, and they work well in the dirt. The other two downsides of the skip chisel chains are the high kick-back risks and the strong vibrations.

                      Chipper chains

                      They are almost similar to the semi-chisel chains save for the size of the radius at the working corner. In cross section, the chipper’s tooth looks like a question mark with a full radius over the whole cutting portion of the tooth.​

                      Which one do you choose between these four types of chains? Well, it depends on the purpose. However, since we think that you are looking for a non-professional chain for your gardening, a chisel chain is advisable. Though it loses its sharpness and dulls fast, it works fast.

                      Performance

                      While we always consider the performance capabilities of the chainsaw, we often forget that the performance of the saw lies on the chain. This means that the new or the replacement chain must be of a high quality and capable of offering efficient performance.​

                      A poor quality chain results in overheating, inefficiency in performance, production of more dust – even if the chainsaw has an efficient cleaning system, and finally, a bad chain labors and eventually destroys the chainsaw.

                      Safety

                      A good chainsaw doesn’t put your life in danger whether it is new or old. It should have a design that makes sure the chain fits perfectly whether it is a new one or a replacement chain. One way of abating danger when you feel like the chain is problematic is by sharpening the chain.

                      Unfortunately, this is often a temporary solution, and you’ll need to replace the chain sooner than you think.

                      Versatility

                      The best chains work for more than one chainsaw brand. Even though the chains come in different designs, today, brands look at satisfaction across the board. Therefore, you’ll come across various chainsaw chains which work well for more than the designer’s chainsaw brand.

                      The chain’s gauge

                      The gauge of the saw refers to the thickness of the chain’s drive links. Most gauges range from .05 inches to .063 inches. When looking at the gauge, ensure that it matches the gauge on the chainsaw’s guide bar. If the gauge is too thick, it will not fit and, if it is too thin, it will slip sideways out of the edge slot.

                      The length

                      This is the number of drive links. You’ll come across chains with 52, 55, 62 drive links, etc. In most cases, the drive links determine the chain’s and the chainsaw’s kickback.

                      The pitch

                      The pitch is the average distance between two rivets. No rivets have the same measurements or distance apart, and therefore, you calculate the pitch by measuring the distance between any three rivets then dividing that by 2. For most chains, the pitch ranges from .325, .404, or .375.

                      Desired smoothness

                      If you are looking for the smoothest cut surface, you may want to get a chainsaw chain with full chisel-shaped teeth. The closeness of the teeth also results in the production of an even cut with powder-fine sawdust.

                      That said, we already know that the chain will wear off after a few uses. However, how do you ensure that you get value for your money after purchase? In as much as it will need replacement, how do you extend the time between two chain replacements?

                      Sharpening

                      Sharpness is important, but it is lost fast depending on the kind of teeth on the chain. Full-chisel chains require sharpening much more frequently compared to skip chisel chains. You may, therefore, consider getting one of the best sharpening kits on the market.

                      Lubrication

                      Though important, it's hard to maintain lubrication when the chain moves at high speed. You need to have chain oil which compensates the oil lost as you saw away. The chain oil compensates by the inclusion of a special additive which keeps oil on the chain despite the high sawing speed.

                      Use of chain covers

                      As long as the chain is sharp, or even when it isn’t, it can cause injuries even if it isn’t moving. You should consider getting a plastic scabbard to cover it when transporting it or when storing it.

                      Conclusion

                      As you’ll notice, there are many replacement chainsaw chains on the market, and the search can get confusing. However, with our review of the five best chainsaw chains, you should be in a position to make a decision.

                      Perhaps you are wondering – which is your favorite? Well, we shall oblige. The Oregon S56 is our best chain because it is compatible with other chainsaw brands such as Craftsman, Echo, Homelite, Poulan, Husqvarna, and Remington saw Brands.​

                      Besides compatibility, this chain has a low kickback thanks to its notched bumperdrive link. Sawing with this chain leaves smooth cuts, it cuts quickly too. This chain is ANSI certified.

                      Which chainsaw chain will work best for your chain?

                      5 Best Folding Saws Reviews 2017 – An Ultimate Buyer’s Guide

                      Haven’t you had enough with that old folding saw? What do you do when that old folding saw gives out on you, when the thought of repairing it frustrates you?

                      Now that you think about that bush of roses that needs pruning, how will you do it? Well, we have an answer for you – get a new folding saw. That old one with a flimsy handle and a blade that can’t stay put may cause you your finger.​

                      Though searching the market for the next replacement folding saw is challenging, we’ve got your back with our comprehensive review of our five favorite folding saws for pruning as well as survival in the wild. This review will save you time and money.​

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                      Super Easy Guide: How to Use Pocket Hole Jig that Will Help You Earn Money

                      Earning money can be challenging. We have different reasons why we wanted to earn but let me ask you, what are the side gigs you actually carry out with your things at hand? Do you think it is possible to utilize the same tools in gardening to create another monetary resource?

                      You have to bear in mind that if you have the right tools and creativity you can end up reaching your financial quotas faster. In today’s article, we are going to take a look at how a pocket hole jig can lead you to new streams of income just like making your own tower garden into a salad pot!

                      Now, without further ado, let us take a look at some guidelines on how to earn money with a pocket hole jig.

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                      Top Reviews of the Best Better Boy Tomato Seeds You Should Grow

                      The Search for the Best Better Boy Tomato Seeds to Grow

                      As what was mentioned in the previous article, some tomatoes take time to grow and ripen due to some significant factors. The maturity time, the ambient temperature and the type of tomato you are planting.

                      Some just go and buy tomato seeds without knowing what type it is. Eventually, they get disappointed when the germination takes longer than they expected. The ripening process and results might alter as well. Little they did know that tomatoes also have varieties. Each and every type has its designated size, germination period and ripening process. One of the most popular tomatoes grown is the Better Boy tomato.

                      What is a Better Boy tomato? How can you grow your own Better Boy tomatoes at home?

                      What is a Better Boy Tomato?

                      Tomatoes are classified with varieties and one of the most popular among them is the Better Boy. Typically, they grow from indeterminate plants. The ripening process only takes 70 to 75 days before the harvest. And because each plant can grow an enormous number of tomatoes, you are likely to harvest, more or less, 340 pounds from a single plant. It truly is an abundant crop! That will be tons of baskets to fill in!

                      Better boy tomatoes are highly preferred by most homeowners and farmers. The classic tomato flavor is what we often look for and the Better Boy tomatoes acquire this significant taste. The balance between the acid and sugar is just right. The size is also larger than the average ones. Each fruit usually weighs approximately 12 ounces.

                      Perhaps, the best thing about Better Boy tomatoes is their incredible resistance to common tomato diseases. No wonder many have tried growing this variety in their own your yard.

                      Would you like to grow your own? You will definitely need the best type of seeds, the accurate growing process, and the proper storage. Want to know more? Keep on reading!

                      Top 3 Best Better Boy Tomato Seeds

                      If you are determined to have your own Better Boy tomatoes in your hard, the first step is to find the best seeds on the market. That is why we have listed the best Better Boy Tomato Seeds you can grow at home. Check them out!

                      #1 - 50 Better Boy Tomato Seeds - JDR Seeds

                      50 Better Boy Tomato Seeds

                      The JDR seeds can be your option for a successful planting of Better Boy tomatoes. With its affordable price, you already have a set of 50 better boy tomato seeds.

                      These seeds have a germination rate of 76%. They are guaranteed to grow flavorful, red and delicious as long as the precise growing process is applied. Hence, if the accurate process is followed, planting these seeds would not be complicated thus hassle-free.

                      On the other hand, some users had issues with the seeds stating they did not sprout to the time it is expected to.

                      This could possibly happen if the growing process is not accurate and not strictly followed.

                      What we like:

                      • Germination rate of 76%
                      • Affordable price
                      • Includes 25 seeds
                      • Guarantees flavorful and red better boy tomatoes

                        What we don't like:

                        • Issue regarding the germination process
                        • would not sprout at a certain condition

                        #2 - David's Garden Seeds Tomato Slicing Better Boy DGS242RY (Red) 25 Hybrid Seeds

                        David's Garden Seeds Tomato Slicing Better Boy DGS242RY

                        If you are looking for tomatoes that you can eat in 75 days, the David’s Garden seeds would be the best choice for you! Yes, they are ready to be picked and eaten in 75 days. The germination rate is 80%. Once grown, they would also be great slicing tomatoes.

                        David’s Garden seeds ensures a juicy, meaty, round and red better boy tomatoes which usually weighs an average of 1lb per fruit. And since Better Boy tomatoes are known for higher resistance to common tomato diseases, these seeds, when grown, are tolerant from fungal diseases that could damage the crop such as Fusarium Wilt and Verticillium.

                        What we like:

                        • Juicy, meaty, round and red tomatoes
                        • Germination rate: 80%
                        • Resistant to fungal diseases to fungal and wilt diseases such as Fusarium Wilt and Verticillium
                        • Usually weighs 1lb

                          What we don't like:

                          • Fewer seeds in a pack compared to other brands

                          #3 - Better Boy Tomato 35 Seeds - GARDEN FRESH PACK!

                          Better Boy Tomato 35 Seeds - GARDEN FRESH PACK!

                          35 seeds would be just enough for an abundant crop and this pack from Hirt’s Garden handles it all for you. If grown according to the proper growing process, you’ll have your Better boy tomatoes in no time. They would grow huge, delicious and red.

                          The harvest for this variety is usually between 70 to 75 days, but you can take the fresh fruits in 72 days with these seeds. Then again, the correct growing process should be applied. They weigh a pound per fruit and are excellently resistant to possible fungal or wilt diseases.

                          There had been issues regarding its accuracy in germination. Some have complained about a low germination of 2pkg tomato seeds. However, Hirt’s garden has been responsive with it. The issue was resolved.​

                          What we like:

                          • 35 seeds in the pack
                          • Huge, delicious, and red
                          • Usually weighs 1lb
                          • Resistant to possible fungal or wilt diseases
                          • Affordable price

                            What we don't like:

                            • Low germination at some seeds

                            How Can You Grow Better Boy Tomatoes?

                            Now that you have picked out the best seeds on the market, the next thing to do is grow them. However, you’ll have no luck if the proper and accurate growing process is not applied. So, how can you grow them successfully?

                            Here are some steps and reminders you should take note of.

                            • Soil – it needs amend soil. Other organic matter will also do. The soil pH (measurement of acidity and alkalinity) should be about 6.2 to 6.8
                            • Planting Space – They should be planted 18 to 36 inches apart.
                            • Watering – They should be watered constantly all throughout the season. However, this should not be too much or too little. This helps moisture the soil thus prevents cracked or damaged fruits.
                            • Light Exposure – It needs to be exposed under a full sun.
                            • Protection Against Frost – To keep the seedlings protected from a frost or even a light frost, they should be covered with a frost blanket.
                            • Harvest – You will know it is ripe and ready for harvest if you notice a deep color. You can also squeeze the fruit gently if it is firm. And to pick them carefully, grab and twist the stem to pull the tomatoes. You can also use clippers
                            • Proper Storage – Never refrigerate the tomatoes. Keep them indoors with a room temperature. If it is only possible to store outside, place it on a shady spot. It can be stored longer if the stems and caps are still intact to the tomatoes.

                            Conclusion

                            Better Boy tomatoes are indeed a great crop to plant in your own yard. But to grow it successfully, you need to find the best seeds on the market. The list above are some of the best you can find. In my opinion, the David’s Garden seeds could be a great option. It is affordable, guarantees resistance to diseases, and ensures excellent tomato production. And to keep your tomatoes fresh and healthy, you have to provide the proper care they need.

                            If you still have other concerns or questions about this subject, share your thoughts on the comment box below.


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                            Best Chainsaw Chaps Can Save You from Danger – Reviews and Buyer’s Guide 2017

                            Chainsaws are such a powerful tool. It can cut small branches and humongous trees faster than ordinary equipment. With this kind of strength, it is automatic for users to prioritize their safety. This is the reason why I would like to present this best chainsaw chaps review.

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                            We are going to check 5 products that deserve a recommendation. It will not only save your precious leg from chainsaws, it can also protect you when you make use of other cutting tools such as gas hedge trimmer as well.

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                            Best Trimmer Line Reviews for Easy & Effective Weed Cutting

                            A properly landscaped garden is such a pleasurable sight. I understand the fact that not everyone understands how tedious it is to maintain it as such. You will have to make use of many tools like pruners, cutters, and trimmers with the best string trimmer head. I know how frustrating it is when you ran out of those helpful strings, and that is why today, I will help you by giving the best trimmer line reviews.

                            Here’s a quick preview of the products I have studied.

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