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9 Things to Look For When You Buy Hand Pruners

Hand pruners, often called garden shear or secateurs, are a standard item for every gardening enthusiast. But what features should one consider in when purchasing a pair of hand pruners?

There are so many choices on the market but what tool will pack in the most benefits, convenience and functionality and yet be affordable and durable.

features of prunersWe operate and own a 75 acre tree nursery in Canada and here are the specific c things we look for when we choose a pair of pruners for our business.

  1. Size of the tool: (Size Matters!) It is most important that the pruners fit and feel comfortable in the hand of the user.   It is no good if it is too large or too small for the user.  The most convenient size that will fit most male and female hands is about 20 cm in overall length.  It should also be lightweight enough to be comfortable for one to use for a full day without tiring from the sheer weight of the tool. 
  2. The blade: No part of the pruning shears is more important than the cutting blade itself.  It needs to be made of a hardened steel to receive and retain a good cutting edge and be hard enough to remain sharp for a long period between sharpening. And yet, the steel must not be so hard that it will easily snap and break. No pruning blade should ever break during normal use when used for cutting wood!  It is not a screwdriver or a chisel and the blade must be treated with respect.  We have found SK-5 steel the best choices.
  3. The lower handle: Nothing is more aggravating that to be continually dropping ones shears when pruning.  The best defense against this problem it to have the design included a full loop so that if the pruners slip from ones hand that the loop will stop them often from dropping.   A finger guard on the loop makes for great ease of use and gives an extra measure of control of the tool. 
  4. The upper handle: During normal use, this rest in the palm of the hand of the user.  A great benefit on this is a rubberized or neoprene grip guard that helps to make the tool easier to hold and also, reduces the pressure on the palm when in use. 
  5. The latch mechanism: There are many left handed people as well as the majority of right handed folks.  The ability to open and close with either hand as an ambidextrous design makes a tool convenient and easy to open and close for anyone.
  6. Opening and closing safety: It is essential that when the tool is open and in use, that there is a spring mechanism which create the slight pressure to open to the full size.  This must be just right and not too stiff.  It is this same spring operation that keeps the pruners closed when not in use and acts as a safety lock.  Without this feature pruners would flop around randomly and would be most dangerous.  The latch when closed needs to catch in place. 
  7. Anvil and channel design: The blade cuts and is stopped by the Anvil, or block and allows the bald to fully make the cut when it slides into the channel and the wood being cut is held firmly as the cut is completed. An extra special feature is a coated channel which is soft and prevents the blade form bulling.
  8. A cleaning mechanism: Many trees particularly conifers exude pitch and often pruning leaves debris.  A small sponge can help to keep this blade clean of pitch and can be used with cleaners like alcohol or with light oil.
  9. Levered cutting: Pruners with a good working and dependable ratchet mechanism that will allow for cuts to be completed in a series of stages without requiring as much hand pressure, thus making the take easier for those with Hand mobility issues and easier to use for everyone.

We in fact, put all these features and benefits together and create our own pruners for our own use and that of our team.  And once we realized just how great these are we decided to produce and market these tools worldwide.