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Yenling83

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Is rust on tools bad for trees?
« on: August 19, 2012, 01:13 PM »
Just curious would rust on tools be bad for the health of your trees?  What about if you spray them with rubbing alcohol prior to use?
 

Walter_Pall

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Re: Is rust on tools bad for trees?
« Reply #1 on: August 19, 2012, 01:35 PM »
I use special iron meal for feeding all my trees a couple of times during the year. Rust, if anything is beneficial for trees. Especially azaleas and five needle pines need more iron than is in regular feed.
 

Elliott

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Re: Is rust on tools bad for trees?
« Reply #2 on: August 19, 2012, 05:58 PM »
LOL! thank you Walter, Masakuni  has read your post and is now coming out with a new line of high end tools called "rusty coating" to go along with stainless and regular black. You pay extra to trim and feed your trees. Walters post makes sense, but I wonder if any iron would actually get into the tree. I have seen Pines come from Japan that had rusty nails in the trunk or soil to leach out iron for the tree.
 Actually, I think old Masakuni, rusty or not are better than new Masakuni.
 

Owen Reich

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Re: Is rust on tools bad for trees?
« Reply #3 on: August 20, 2012, 05:39 AM »
We use an iron product here at Kouka-en often.  I think it has magnesium and a few other macro-elements in it.  A trace element fertilizer is also reccomended.  In America, I used a product called S.T.E.M. aka standard trace element mix. A little goes a reallllly long way.  It was sold as a greenhouse crop product but as with almost every fertilizer, just because it says "orchid food" or the like means very little.  Plants need the occasional multivitamin too  ;D.  Helps plants operate more efficiently and respond to stressors; which are a given for bonsai. 
 

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Re: Is rust on tools bad for trees?
« Reply #4 on: August 20, 2012, 03:52 PM »
why is there rust on your tools?  It may not be bad for the trees, but I'm pretty sure it's bad for the tools.

- bob
 

edro

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Re: Is rust on tools bad for trees?
« Reply #5 on: September 29, 2012, 09:01 PM »
Most of my high carbon steel Joshua Roth tools have a light coating on rust on them.
I have cleaned them a hundred times, wiped them down with lubricants (tried WD-40, 3-in-1 oil, liquid wrench, air compressor oil, etc).

It's difficult to find the balance of "enough oil to keep rust away" and "my hands get greasy every time I use the tool".

I just wipe then down with a oily rag every few months now. The oil and rag takes the light rust off and help prevent its "growth" for a while.

It's high carbon steel... which naturally rusts very easily.
I have heard stainless steel tools are very difficult to keep sharp.
 

Yenling83

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Re: Is rust on tools bad for trees?
« Reply #6 on: September 30, 2012, 02:15 PM »
why is there rust on your tools?  It may not be bad for the trees, but I'm pretty sure it's bad for the tools.

- bob


No rust on my tools I was just wondering.  I clean them with rubbing alcohol after every use.