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Would like some advice about best secateurs to buy


  • ObelixxObelixx Posts: 29,642
    I like Felcos.  They aren't the cheapest but they are good quality and you can get them serviced if needed and also buy new blades, springs etc when needed.  They come in various sizes and include some for left-handed people.

    Whether you go cheap and cheerful or well-known brand, parrot billed or bypass secateurs are better than anvil as the latter can crush stems and the whole point is to get a clean cut to reduce the possibility of infections in damaged cells.
    Vendée - 20kms from Atlantic coast.
    "We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing." - George Bernard Shaw
  • Mr. Vine EyeMr. Vine Eye Posts: 2,385
    East Yorkshire
  • AthelasAthelas Posts: 862
    I use Okatsune 101 bypass secateurs
    Cambridgeshire, UK
  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 34,553
    Felco for me too.
  • chickychicky Posts: 10,394
    Felco for me too.  I have No 2 and No 5.  Discovered recently that No 5 are actually their “budget” model .....but I would definitely rate them nonetheless 👍🏻
  • NorthernJoeNorthernJoe Posts: 660
    I got a Wilkinson sword cheapo double set of bypass and anvil secateurs. I don't even know where the anvil ones are because the bypass ones are just better with everything from woody to green. I was told anvil for woody but bypass for green. Not in my experience.

    The Wilkinson sword one I use has closed, small hand and large hand setting with the lock switch. I've got the hands to use the widest setting and I've cut thumb sized woody branches without difficulty. In fact I go to ratchet, bypass loppers if these don't cut it. Only £10 for the double secateur pack.

    BTW felco are considered the better brand but I've never justified buying one not when cheapo works well enough. Five years of two secateurs use for a tenner no sign of them failing yet.
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