Felco secateurs

hogweedhogweed Central ScotlandPosts: 3,742
I bought a pair of Felcos as a special treat for myself. I find the little lever that you use to keep them closed has gotten stiffer over the last year. I have tried to use the little tool to unscrew the hexagonal screw to slacken them off. I can't shift it neither can my neighbour - a burly bloke. I have squirted the screw and lever with WD40. It has helped a tiny bit but not enough. What do I do now?
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  • wild edgeswild edges The north west of south east WalesPosts: 2,865
    I use the leather belt holster and stopped using the lever altogether. It's so much less fiddling about to just pull them out ready to use. Otherwise felco will service it for you at a cost.

    Did you use a screwdriver or a spanner/socket on the screw? I imagine a socket would give you the best leverage. Plusgas is better than WD40 for releasing stuck things. I can also recommend a range of swear words that have helped me release stuck bolts in the past if you're interested :)
  • Pete.8Pete.8 Billericay, EssexPosts: 4,502
    You could try tapping it with a hammer, but not too hard.
    Or - pop them in the freezer for a couple of hours take them out and pour some boiling water on them.
    The Felco lock thingy annoys me. I removed it soon after buying them, but left it on the kitchen windowsill - 5 years later, it's still there (but I have dusted round it)  :)
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  • Hampshire HogHampshire Hog HampshirePosts: 330
    It's not a left hand thread by any chance?? just an idea have you tried to loosen it in the opposite direction.
    By common convention, right-handedness is the default handedness for screw threads therefore, most threaded parts and fasteners have right-handed threads.
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  • Pete.8Pete.8 Billericay, EssexPosts: 4,502
    I just checked with my felco 2 and it's a normal thread - so anti-clockwise to unscrew
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  • hogweedhogweed Central ScotlandPosts: 3,742
    Will try a socket on it next. I feel so pathetic!

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  • FlinsterFlinster Posts: 725
    I tried undoing mine to sharpen them during the ‘rainy season’ a few months back, but couldn’t shift it either... so just sharpened it in situ.... I’d tried every tool I had, almost sliced my finger off!
  • glasgowdanglasgowdan Posts: 386
    Use a thicker oil than wd, or grease. 
  • ObelixxObelixx Vendée, Western FrancePosts: 16,258
    I sharpen mine using a teeny mini knife steel - 4" version of a kitchen knife steel - I got from a chap selling knives and such at Malvern Flower show.  He had it as a mini sharpener for fishing knives and was selling them for just a few quid so I bought two for friends too.   Told him if he sold them as secateur sharpeners he could double his price as Monty had recently used one on GW.
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  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 53,269
    Bump
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