Review of Felco pruner

Written by Robert Martin

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Felco #8 Pruner . The Felco 8 isrepparttar same asrepparttar 116332 Felco 7 withoutrepparttar 116333 rotating handle. These are my pruners of choice, as I do not likerepparttar 116334 feel ofrepparttar 116335 rotating handle and am also suspicious of additional moving parts. But I do likerepparttar 116336 ergonomic design ofrepparttar 116337 handles and believe this pruner which sells for $33.00 and up is well worthrepparttar 116338 slight increase in price overrepparttar 116339 original Felco 2. Felco #9 Pruner . The Felco 9 isrepparttar 116340 same asrepparttar 116341 Felco 8 with reversed blade, anvil and locking catch for left-handers. They sell for $30.00 and up. Felco #10 Pruner . The Felco 10 isrepparttar 116342 same asrepparttar 116343 Felco 7 reversed for left handers, complete with rotating handle. They sell for $42.00 and up. Felco #11 Pruner . The Felco 11 is similar torepparttar 116344 original Felco 2, with a more narrow, pointed anvil blade for extra close cutting. It has an ergonomic handle design, is 8 1/4" in overall length and sell for $32.00 and up. Felco #12 Pruner . The Felco 12 is a compact pruner likerepparttar 116345 Felco 6, designed for small hands, withrepparttar 116346 rotating handles. It is 7 1/4" in overall length and sells for $42.00 and up. Felco #13 Pruner . Introduced in 1996repparttar 116347 Felco 13 features extra long handles to give better leverage and for two hand use on heavy branches. It is 13 1/2" in overall length and sells for $38.00 and up. Felco #30 Pruner . The Felco 30 are anvil shears that I cannot recommended for roses. They are 8 1/2" in overall length and sell for $29.00 and up. One ofrepparttar 116348 best things about owning Felco pruners isrepparttar 116349 wide availability of replacement parts which can be used to extendrepparttar 116350 life ofrepparttar 116351 shears. These includerepparttar 116352 following at approximate prices: Cut Blade ..................... $9.95 Hook Blade ................. $9.95 Pivot Bolt & Nut ....... $7.60 Spring Pack ........... $3.25 Repair Parts (All parts not listed above) ....$5.45 "Although some local nurseries carry Felco pruning shears it is rare to find a wide selection and sometimes you have to ask since they are kept underrepparttar 116353 counter. There are many places to purchase Felco's in catalogs and a few online locations but one ofrepparttar 116354 most complete and perhapsrepparttar 116355 best pricing I have found is at Frostproof Growers Supply. They can be purchased online at their website which is: or you can call them at 800-635-3621."

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How to Sharpen your tools

Written by James Curran

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4. Finish offrepparttar blades by giving them a light coat of lubrication oil. Finally I always keep my tools in some kind of sheath. That does two things a. it protectsrepparttar 116331 blades from dirt and other debris and b. it protectsrepparttar 116332 blades ifrepparttar 116333 pruner gets dropped onrepparttar 116334 ground.

Special pruning jobs 1. Anvil type pruners:

Anvil type pruners have only one cutting blade but it important to sharpen both sides equally. Avoid putting a curve onrepparttar 116335 blade's edge because unless it is perfectly straight pieces of plant tissue will cling torepparttar 116336 blade after each cut and it will be harder forrepparttar 116337 plant to heal.

2. By pass loppers

For scissor-action "bypass" lopping shears it is only necessary to sharpenrepparttar 116338 outside surface of each blade. The inside ofrepparttar 116339 lopping shear blade needs to remain flat. The inside ofrepparttar 116340 blade should be cleaned but not sharpened.

General Pruning Tips 1. After you have sharpened you tools, it is a good idea to checkrepparttar 116341 tension screw betweenrepparttar 116342 blades. That is located several different places on most tools but is usually aroundrepparttar 116343 middle of each blade. You should adjustrepparttar 116344 screw to give freedom of movement but make sure that they are close enough together to make good cuts.

2. Over time you may notice thatrepparttar 116345 cutting edge has become rounded or you get a serious nick inrepparttar 116346 blade. It is much easier and more cost effective at this time to just replacerepparttar 116347 blade. I usually recommend that my customers also replacerepparttar 116348 spring atrepparttar 116349 same time they replacerepparttar 116350 blade. Doing these two steps, along with a quick sharpen will restore your pruner to its original glory days.

3. In my tool shed I always keep a rag handy that is dry (and fairly clean) on one end and has some lubrication oil onrepparttar 116351 other end. That way when I put my tools away I never forget to do a quick two step process.

Final Words Having sharp tools to use in your garden really does make your job easier but more than that it is good for your plants. Over time you will easily be able to tell when it is time to sharpen but it is always time to keep them clean and well oiled.

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