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Can anyone please suggest ,the minimum to spend on a pair of secateurs.


  • Forester2Forester2 Posts: 1,477

    Silly question coming up:-

    When 'bypass' secateurs are mentioned what does this mean and why are they different to 'ordinary' ones and also are they used for different purposes? 

  • Bypass means that they work like scissors - the blades pass over each other. The other type is anvil - one blade cutting against a flat plate. They are supposed to have different uses, bypass is said to give cleaner cuts but anvil works well with woody material. I've tried all kinds and my favourites are small Wilkinson Sword anvils, they are like an extension of my hand now!

  • chickychicky SurreyPosts: 10,157

    Love my felcos - expensive, but i have had mine years.

    The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only one page  - St Augustine
  • archiepemarchiepem Posts: 1,155

    good god . just thought i have 5 pairs  my old dads wilkinsons. 2 wilkinsons anvils  the ones free with GW  subscription  and a small pair that i foundimage dads still the best

  • Forester2Forester2 Posts: 1,477

    Thanks Landgirl - very good description - all is clear now.  I will stick to my anvil ones as I mainly cut woody stuff.

  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 31,655

    I've bought 2 pairs of Felco second hand on Ebay this year  ( No 2 and No 8 ) and paid just less than £25 for each. Felco charge that to service an old pair. I've only used Felco for the last 30 years in professional horticulture and would never use anything else. 

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