Roses forum: pruners for roses

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Long Island, NY (Zone 6b)
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MargieNY
Jul 30, 2015 8:16 PM CST
Looking to buy new pruners. Recommendations???? Thanks in advance.
Name: Zuzu
Northern California (Zone 9a)
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zuzu
Jul 30, 2015 10:27 PM CST

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I always use the Fiskars PowerGear Bypass Pruner. It has an ergonomic design that keeps my wrists from getting tired.

http://www.target.com/p/fiskars-powergear-bypass-pruner/-/A-...
Long Island, NY (Zone 6b)
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MargieNY
Aug 1, 2015 8:42 AM CST
Thank you for the suggestion and the link
Name: Mike
Long Beach, Ca.
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Calsurf73
Aug 1, 2015 8:51 PM CST
How ironic. I just bought a pair of those same pruners yesterday !
Name: Zuzu
Northern California (Zone 9a)
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zuzu
Aug 1, 2015 9:17 PM CST

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You'll love them, JD. I can use them all day without any ill effects.
Long Island, NY (Zone 6b)
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MargieNY
Aug 1, 2015 10:33 PM CST
sold!
Name: Mike
Long Beach, Ca.
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Calsurf73
Aug 3, 2015 8:11 AM CST
Zu: You're right.
I used them for hours the other day and I didn't have that ache in my hands afterward.
Discovered those by accident. A nursery worker was using them and he told me where to get them.
Name: Sherry Austin
Santa Cruz, CA (Zone 9a)
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Henhouse
Aug 19, 2015 7:27 PM CST
I used Felcos for 35+ years. The 6 has a smaller arc and has a bit smaller "nose" that can get into smaller spots. I loved them for years and never thought you would be able to pry them out of my hands.. until I found ARS HP-VS7Z. It also has a smaller arc like the Felcos, but is sharper, and stays sharper. I can easily cut through a half inch branch with them. The feature I love is the "squeeze to open" function, rather than having to flip a lever.. Both the Felcos and ARS are around $50, but if you use pruners as much as I do, it pays to have well-made quality tools.
ARS also makes several models of long reach pruners. I've got an extendable one that goes from 3-6' that I've had for years. It's not as good as the professional models, which have fixed lengths, but being able to change the length while I'm up on a ladder is invaluable. They're also great for getting into the middle of a thorny rose to cut and grab a branch.
In the winter I prune an orchard of around 30 trees, over 60 roses, several Wisterias and a lot of other shrubs and climbers.. Cut back a lot of perennials, and do a lot of general maintenance the rest of the year. Either of these pruners are great workhorses, and the smaller size is less tiring.
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Name: Andi
Pocono Mountains, PA (Zone 6a)
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GardenQuilts
Aug 19, 2015 9:44 PM CST
I have the Fiscars pruner also. I was familiar with the brand from sewing gear. I bought the Fiscars pruner because it was much less expensive than the recommended Felco pruners and available locally. I am happy with it. I have a long reach pruner found in a garage - it is old, no brand name, but free. It works if I sharpen it yearly.
Long Island, NY (Zone 6b)
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MargieNY
Aug 20, 2015 2:05 PM CST
Thank you very much for your pruner suggestions. I am sure I will be able to find at least one of these pruners in a local store. I haven't been on the rose forum lately due to various problems. We are in a moderate drought here and I have had a problem with thrips. However, the thrips have slowed down a considerable amount - thank goodness. It's been very hot and extremely humid - working with 4 hoses. My car with 30,000 miles on it literally fell apart - tomorrow my new car is coming in - yippy! I know I will be heading out to get those pruners. I just posted over 20 photos to the Coneflower data base - enjoy!
Name: Porkpal
Richmond, TX
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porkpal
Aug 20, 2015 7:40 PM CST
Rather off topic, but what make was that car - just so we'll know...
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Name: Mike
Long Beach, Ca.
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Calsurf73
Aug 20, 2015 11:49 PM CST
I'm curious about the car, too !
Long Island, NY (Zone 6b)
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MargieNY
Aug 21, 2015 5:52 PM CST
The part that was effected is called the cradle. Apparently this metal part supports the engine, the transmission and the wheel is connected to it somehow. If you hit a bump or pothole in the road the wheel can come off. The mechanic said he is seeing more and more of this with "various" cars because the metal that is being used now is not as good as years ago.

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