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One handed gardening - tools to keep me going.

Moved into a new a new house very recently and I already made progress. Mostly clearing and cutting back/down. I've since broke my arm. I need to continue but in can no longer n use loppers. I need to chop up what I cut down for removal. Cutting off a tree a bow saw or pruning saw is what I can use but not D good for the clean up chopping down.

Are there one handed loppers? Are there worth getting? I have long handled bypass and telescopic loppers but can't use them right now. Something strong enough to cut what those two handed tools manage.

I've been cutting with a pruning saw and bow saw but there's the chopping down of the branches for more compact removal to the skip that saws can't manage.


  • Lizzie27Lizzie27 Posts: 11,193
    Sympathies with the broken arm, what bad luck!  I can't think of anything you could use right now although a shredder might help if you could hire one and have it delivered.
    I've sometimes balanced my loppers against my legs and used one hand to pull it together (I sometimes have a very painful shoulder) but it would be rather laborious for a lot of debris. Could friends or family help out?
    North East Somerset - Clay soil over limestone
  • NorthernJoeNorthernJoe Posts: 660
    Parents are coming round tomorrow but I want to get stuck in fully? Light duties then such as picking up leaves.

    There is a damaged Conifer out front to chop down. They're usually thinner branches around a central stump. I could use a bow or pruning saw and get that down to the stump at least. Then my dad can use his chainsaw on the rest. He never lets me use it for some reason. Using a saw can be one handed. It just leaves more tidying up for others which might not be popular.

    For me to break it now after in had cut down so much but before I could tidy up is very much bad luck.i was hoping to get it b tidy and nice before the v weather gets nicer to sit it in.
  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 34,053
    after an incident with a sledgehammer, my left index finger is in a splint. I empathise. 
  • A hatchet and block (old stump will do) 5o cut against?
  • NorthernJoeNorthernJoe Posts: 660
    Got a small hand axe. Might try that.
  • ErgatesErgates Posts: 2,198
    Got a small hand axe. Might try that.
    Be careful! Don’t want to see you posting in the Don’t Do It thread!
  • NorthernJoeNorthernJoe Posts: 660
    Got a useful work around to being one handed. My parents came around!! Add in my dad's chainsaw and we had two trees down and a lot of branches tidied away in 300 litre bags ready for loading into the car for the tip. Not a bad afternoon's work!

    Then I found a telescopic handled ratchet lopper and found I could cut through wrist thick cut down branches one handed by pushing one handle against my leg or upper arm then using n the good have to close it. Spent an hour on my own reducing the bulk of what was left.

    I might be less able to work in the garden right now but I can still do good work.

    Plus found some nice double facts, some delicate blue flowers and a whole bunch of other stuff that had been hidden by those half dead trees. In another part of the garden I've found some nice hellebores.

    So far I've seen snowdrops, daffs, Ransomes, bluebells yet to come, hellebores, a nice sized Camelia budding up nicely, a shrub with delicate yellow flowers coming out and that's just what I can remember. We've moved into a house with a garden full of potential and promise in equal measure. I'll not be half broken for ever so I'm going to have a lot of enjoyable work to come and hopefully the result will be good. Certainly worth it I reckon.
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