Propagation forum: Grafting pliers?

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Name: Calin
Weston-super-mare UK (Zone 7b)
Bulbs Lilies Plant and/or Seed Trader
Apr 24, 2013 2:54 AM CST

Well, my dad's been trying for years to graft. Mainly fruit trees and sometimes vine (wine).
He's got a poor sight (but won't have a check and glasses) and he's not always been successful.
So... his neighbor and friend (where he's got his vineyard) has got these pliers... and of course dad would like a pair too.
In Romania there's a site selling them, made in Italy or imported from.
Some reviews/feedback is not so great.
I am just wondering if any of you have ever used this tool.
Name: Terri
virginia (Zone 7a)
Beekeeper Region: Virginia Dragonflies Farmer
Apr 25, 2013 7:10 AM CST
AM Leonards web page has a lot of favorable comments:

I have not tried this myself, but if it was just a little cheaper and I was heavy into grafting I would buy it. Always up for a gadget and usually AM Leonards toolds are very good.
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Name: Sheryl
Hot, hot, hot, Feenix, AZ (Zone 9b)
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Jun 9, 2013 1:48 PM CST
Whew, yeah - that is a little pricey. I found another one on Amazon (always good because of the reviews!)
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Name: Tim Hoover
Elysian FIelds, Texas (Zone 8a)
Region: Texas Seller of Garden Stuff Beekeeper Ponds
Mar 1, 2014 9:45 PM CST
Hi Calin,
I know this is a very late response but yes, I do own this tool and have used it for many years. There are some draw backs to this tool. The primary problem with it is that the scion and the rootstock must be exactly the same size- about 3/4 inch grade. It creates an Omega graft (if you can think of the Omega symbol, you get the idea of the look of the graft). Would I recommend this to an average grafter? Probably not- unless you were doing a lot of Apple or Pear grafting with commercially graded/purchased rootstock. . I used to own an Apple nursery and found it to be ok- but mostly as a novelty. Frankly, I was much faster doing a cleft graft with the traditional knife. It is a useless tool if your scion wood is smaller than your rootstock- this is often the case.
Name: Calin
Weston-super-mare UK (Zone 7b)
Bulbs Lilies Plant and/or Seed Trader
Mar 3, 2014 2:13 AM CST
Thanks Tim.
We also figured out from people around that it's not really as they claim to be.
So... sticking to the knife.

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