What was your best purchase last year?

A cordless polesaw, not just for the redbud trees out back, but also the juniper hedge out front.

I am no longer a spring chicken, so when using a handsaw, my arm gets tired after only about one minute.
 
A cordless polesaw, not just for the redbud trees out back, but also the juniper hedge out front.

I am no longer a spring chicken, so when using a handsaw, my arm gets tired after only about one minute.

I actually bought something similar. I had a very wide and tall hedge out by the street. It's on a hill and it also slopes down into the yard. So it's difficult to use ladders, pruners, etc. to reach the whole thing. I do some from the street, some from the yard and the middle is still difficult.

I've used pruners, underpowered electric hedge trimmers and it's still a problem. Finally I cut the height to 7 feet or so with heavy duty hand pruners, one branch at a time and then I was determined to keep the new growth to that height.

I could cut new growth with an electric trimmer but my old one never worked, was too short and kept jamming. Last year I bought a much, much longer electric trimmer and it has a lot more power and I'm finally able to stand on a step ladder (stable, only 4 steps) and with the greater power and length I can keep everything in the yard trimmed. It is tough on the arms when you have to fully extend your arms but with the extra power, it works quickly and I don't have to extend my arms like that for long.

I can see how the pole saw was helpful for you. I had an extendable pole "trimmer" where you pulled a cord and it could cut a thin branch but nothing more.
 
Just bought a DVD player with a USB port. So, from cassette to DVD to flash drive for MP4 videos. It's getting hard to keep up anymore.
 
I was just bored really I guess but I'm hoping the car tire chains I just ordered will be the best purchase this year.:)

I live in the middle of a steep hill and the few times a year when we have snow, I'm effectively stuck. If I could just get up the hill I'd be able to easily get to my local grocery store. When I bought my latest car I was thinking about finding something with AWD but the cars that had it ended up being about twice as much as I need to pay otherwise.

Maybe chains will be a cheap alternative.
 
A portable jump starter is very useful, better than cables. I was once stopped in a line of cars on a street that usually doesn't have much traffic, as I got closer I saw that a cop was directing traffic around a car that was stalled. I jumped out with my starter and got it going in like 30 seconds. Cop got on the radio, "cancel the tow, we got a good samaritan here". Impressed my lady friend too.

Also, you can plug it into the cigarette lighter, you don't have to go to the battery itself.
 
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