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What's wrong with my secateurs?

I found my lost friskar P94 secateurs ( the one with the rolly handle) when cleaning out the shed. 
The handles won't spring open.
I unscrewed everything I could , cleaned it with a toothbrush and gave it a good dose of WD40.
The actual spring seems ok to me.
Has anyone an idea what might be wrong with them?
In London. Keen but lazy.


  • wild edgeswild edges Posts: 10,435
    It looks like there's an internal gearing system so it might be the cogs are stuck with something. You might need to soak it in WD40 for a while and see if that frees things up. Plusgas would do a better job though if you have any.
    If you can keep your head, while those around you are losing theirs, you may not have grasped the seriousness of the situation.
  • ObelixxObelixx Posts: 30,006
    A friend of mine once bought an old metal bottle holder and trolley in a junk shop in Brussels.  It was brass, quite fancy and had wheels that were jammed with rust and gunk.  She was advised to stand them in coca cola (acidic) for a few days to free them up then scrub clean, dry and treat with some WD40.
    Vendée - 20kms from Atlantic coast.
    "We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing." - George Bernard Shaw
  • B3B3 Posts: 27,293
    edited April 2021
    I have  some white lithium grease whatever that is. I have coke and I have some WD40 left. I'll try  the coke next. I pretty much drowned them in WD40 already.
    Sounds like I don't have to give up on them yet. They were my favourites.
    Thanks @wild edges @Obelixx
    Just googled plusgas. I want some!
    In London. Keen but lazy.
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