I just bought some pruning shears today at a local nursery, that I
have done business with for many years, for what I thought was a lot
of money; about $50.
The first thing was the force required on the handles to enable the
release of the safety latch required so much pressure on the handles
that they were deflecting.
Secondly, after only a couple small, about 1/4" dia., branches were
pruned the return spring couldn't return the handles to the open
Third, the package said the shears could handle up to 1" dia.
branches, but the force required to trim 1/2" or 3/4" branches took
two hands. No way they could handle a 1" dia. branch.
As the person rang up the sale she said "you'll have these for the
rest of your life." She will be right if I die on my way back to that
nursery tomorrow to return them. They are a piece of shit!
Who makes a quality pruning shear?
They like most others must have outsourced because I have
some older Corona hand and loping shears as well as a pole
saw that are excellent. I guess in pursuit of the homeowner
market they have cut corners. The reason I got them was a
friend that runs a landscaping business used ONLY Corona an
d swears by them
On Thu, 05 Nov 2015 21:24:44 -0600, Gordon Shumway
Fiscars and if it ever breaks or just goes bad, they will send you a
new one for free.
I have these and they are great.
I don't have that model but the ones I do have work great. I also have a
Fiskars ax, hatchet, and let handed scissors. Some of their products
don't have the traditional appearance but when it comes to cutting stuff
that's my go to brand.
I bought a number of different Fiskar products and have been happy with all
of them. They make scissors with very large finger holes that are much
easier for arthritics to use than normal scissors are. Made from real
stainless steel and not stuff that begins to show oxidation damage a week
after their first use.
I'll share your disappointment. Fifty bucks for
a piece of junk. I've not bought pruning shears
lately, so can't advise. I'd also take them back
for refund. That's no fun, at all.
Christopher A. Young
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On Thursday, November 5, 2015 at 10:25:34 PM UTC-5, Gordon Shumway wrote:
Just a couple of pruning tips, which you may already know, but I'll share
for the benefit of all:
1 - When using bypass pruners, always keep the flat, wide blade on the "good
side" of the cut - the part of the plant that you want to keep. This will
results in a cleaner cut, with the ragged cut being on the discarded side.
2 - The very last bud on the tip of a stem is the "boss". This bud sends
a chemical down the stem, inhibiting growth from the buds further down the
stem. Many times the interior of a plant or bush can be filled in by simply
cutting off the very tip of the stem. The "inner" buds will begin to grow.
You need to be more selective with some species. With some if there
isn't an existing branch about a third of the diameter of the one you're
cutting the whole branch will die back. I've got a flowering crab that
in previous years was 'pruned' by chopping off branches that were in
someone's way. I've flagged the dead wood and will take it out this
winter when the tree is dormant as well as pruning a lot of the lower
I don't want to take too much out since it's a nice place to hang out
with the hummingbirds on a hot day but mowing is getting to be awkward.
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