Review of Felco pruner

Written by Robert Martin

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The following is an article written by Robert B. Martin, Jr. of Pasadena, California. Robert wrote this article forrepparttar Rose Parade Newsletter. Robert is also Editor ofrepparttar 116332 American Rose Society Quarterly Rose Exhibitors' Forum. "Of all ofrepparttar 116333 tools ofrepparttar 116334 Rosarianrepparttar 116335 most important are pruning shears. The purchase of pruning shears is not a place to cut corners or attempt to save money. Good pruning shears can last nearly a lifetime and viewed in terms of their years of use, they are quite inexpensive. They also make a nice Christmas gift for your favorite Rosarian Although there are other pruning shears of value onrepparttar 116336 market, a survey of Rosarians will reveal that by farrepparttar 116337 most preferred pruning shears are those manufactured by Felco. Felco is a Swiss Company that has setrepparttar 116338 standard for professional pruning shears for more than forty years. Their line of shears is, however, so extensive that considerable confusion exists as torepparttar 116339 differences between each model. The purpose of this article is to set forth in detailrepparttar 116340 entire line of Felco pruning shears and related products. Pruners Felco #2 Pruner . The Felco 2 is usually calledrepparttar 116341 "original" there being no explanation I have uncovered of why there is no Felco 1. They have a replaceable, precision ground forged cutting blade, with sap groove and soft wire cutter. The handles are a tough forged alloy, which are easy to grip; rubber shock absorbers betweenrepparttar 116342 handles cushionrepparttar 116343 impact of cutting. When not in userepparttar 116344 handles are held closed by a locking mechanism on a pivot bolt. The pruners are 8 1/2" in overall length and sell for $30.00 and up. Felco #4 Pruner . The Felco 4 is often calledrepparttar 116345 "basic pruner" and is basically a stripped down Felco 2 withoutrepparttar 116346 locking mechanism or shock absorbers. The pruners retail for $26.00;repparttar 116347 small cost savings is clearly not worthrepparttar 116348 difference in features. A more economical stripped down model isrepparttar 116349 Felco 5 described below. These economy pruners are obviously designed for large scale operators and make little sense for a serious Rosarian Felco #5 Pruner . The Felco 5 isrepparttar 116350 down-scale pruner inrepparttar 116351 line containing little more thanrepparttar 116352 replaceable cutting blades. They are 9" in overall length and retail atrepparttar 116353 "bargain" price of $19.50 and up. Felco #6 Pruner . The Felco 6 is a smaller scale pruner with shorter blades which is good for those with smaller hands; they also allow more precision pruning of miniature roses. The pruners are 8" in overall length and sell for $30.00 and up. Felco #7 Pruner . The Felco 7 isrepparttar 116354 top ofrepparttar 116355 line shears with allrepparttar 116356 features one can imagine. The blade design is angled for close pruning; there is also a sap groove and a wire-cutting notch. The handles have an ergonomic design with little curves that fit well inrepparttar 116357 hand. Of particular interest is a rotating lower handle that is said to allow fingers to move naturally, reducing hand fatigue andrepparttar 116358 chance of blisters during prolonged pruning. Personally I findrepparttar 116359 action ofrepparttar 116360 rotating angle to be odd and recommend thatrepparttar 116361 buyers actually testrepparttar 116362 shears in their own hands before pruning. The pruners are 8 1/2" in overall length and sell for $42.00 and up.

How to Sharpen your tools

Written by James Curran

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Why sharpen tools? Most gardeners do not takerepparttar extra time to clean and sharpen their tools mostly because either a. they don't understandrepparttar 116331 importance of it or b. they don't know how. Hopefully this article will help you with both.

The main reason why it is important is that when a pruning tool, like a shear or a lopper, is sharp you get much cleaner cuts which is important torepparttar 116332 healing ofrepparttar 116333 tree or plant. Immediately after making a cut on a plant, it starts to ooze sap or resin. This isrepparttar 116334 plant's natural protection remedy to provide a shield from weather, fungi and insects. When a plant has a jagged cut, as from an unsharp pruner,repparttar 116335 plant has a much harder time healing since there is a larger area exposed to allrepparttar 116336 natural elements.

The second reason why it is important for sharp tools is that it will make your own efforts faster and significantly easier.

How to sharpen tools 1. The first step in sharpening any tool is to make surerepparttar 116337 blades are clean. I usually start by taking my pruning tool and cleaningrepparttar 116338 blade with soap and water to remove dirt and debris. This step, however, will not get rid ofrepparttar 116339 sap and resin from your recent pruning. To removerepparttar 116340 sap you need to diprepparttar 116341 metal ends in a solvent such as kerosene. After I lightly dry them I give them a mild coat of pruner lubrication oil. This lubrication oil is not on a lubricant but will also prevent future rusting. If you are going to sharpen you tools at this time you can putrepparttar 116342 lubrication oil on atrepparttar 116343 end of that process.

2. The next step is determinerepparttar 116344 correct sharpening angle. This is usually about 10 to 15 degrees. I then take my sharpening stone and put a light coating of vegetable oil on it to keep it lubricated. The oil not only keeprepparttar 116345 stone lubricated but helps to carry awayrepparttar 116346 grit while you are sharpening. It is important to periodically to add a little more oil as your sharpen. To maintainrepparttar 116347 correct angle, pressrepparttar 116348 blade againstrepparttar 116349 concave side ofrepparttar 116350 stone while sharpening. The main word of caution here is DON'T PRESS TO HARD! Use several smooth strokes, movingrepparttar 116351 blade in one direction towardrepparttar 116352 tip. For every 10 strokes torepparttar 116353 outer bevel, apply one stroke torepparttar 116354 inner angle.

3. To test whether you have sharpenedrepparttar 116355 blades enough you can performrepparttar 116356 light reflection test. Simply hold uprepparttar 116357 newly sharpened blade to any light source. If you get a reflection offrepparttar 116358 blade edge then you have not sharpened enough. It is important to note, however, that you don't want to sharpenrepparttar 116359 blades too much as that will make them fragile. To do a final test you can go out and testrepparttar 116360 sharpened tool on a size of branch is was designed to cut (i.e. cutting capacity 3/4"). Ifrepparttar 116361 blades pull or catch you need to sharpen some more.

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