Forum home Tools and techniques

Felco secateurs - best size?

I'm thinking of getting hubby a pair of Felco secateurs for his birthday, but I really want a pair we can both use and I've read that Felcos can open quite wide for small hands. His hand's are probably medium for a man, mine are very small. Recommendations for the best compromise size please, that we'll both find comfortable?

I'd be happy to consider other makes, but we won't be able to try before we buy, and the number of different models on Amazon is confusing enough as it is!


  • LiriodendronLiriodendron Posts: 8,034
    I have small hands and couldn't find a pair of Felco secateurs which didn't open too wide, I'm afraid.
    Since 2019 I've lived in east Clare, in the west of Ireland.
  • ObelixxObelixx Posts: 29,162
    Assuming you have them in your grip when you release the catch they will open as wide as your hand allows.    That's how I use mine anyway.

    Felco 2 is the standard pair for general use.  No 12 is a more compact version for small hands.   Treat yourself to the smaller pair for a birthday or Xmas but get the standard ones for your OH?    Unless he's left-handed in which case he'll need no 9. 
    Vendée - 20kms from Atlantic coast.
    "We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing." - George Bernard Shaw
  • pansyfacepansyface Posts: 21,924
    edited July 2020
    My hand span (tip of thumb to tip of little finger) is 7.5”.

    I find Felco No 6 very comfy.
    Apophthegm -  a big word for a small thought.
    If you live in Derbyshire, as I do.
  • LiriodendronLiriodendron Posts: 8,034
    I found that the spring on the smallest Felcos was too strong and made me drop them.  Unfortunately, I don't think there's any substitute for trying before buying...
    Since 2019 I've lived in east Clare, in the west of Ireland.
  • JudyNJudyN Posts: 119
    Thanks all :-) I might go for No. 2 and then put some smaller ones on my Xmas list. Or I might just go for some cheapies to do us until we can have a proper mooch round a garden centre again!
  • JennyJJennyJ Posts: 8,909
    Try before you buy if at all possible. I found the smallest felcos were too big. I have the  Burgon & Ball pocket pruner ones that are just right for me and some loppers for branches that are too thick for them. OH doesn't do garden so no need for me to compromise 🙂.
    Doncaster, South Yorkshire. Soil type: sandy, well-drained
  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 34,057
    I don't have big hands and I have both No2 and No8 and both are fine for me
Sign In or Register to comment.