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Name: Joanna
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joannakat
Jan 26, 2017 6:09 PM CST
Hi everyone,

I just accessed the Favorite Hand Tools app but although it provides a lot of links to pruners and other amazing tools, it doesn't have any reviews of the linked items.

I would like to buy a really, really nice set of pruners. I like the anvil type, but am open to suggestions. But instead of just clicking links (very similar to Googling "pruners"), I'd really like to hear what people have to say about longevity, ease of cleaning and sharpening, comfort of use, how good the locking mechanism is, and other stuff I don't know to ask about. I don't mind spending a decent amount of money if it's for a really great product.

Thanks to anyone who is willing to recommend something! It will be greatly appreciated.
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ctcarol
Jan 26, 2017 6:43 PM CST
I don't know what the brand is after 29 years of use, but if you're asking about long handle pruners, go for the metal handles. The wood handles may be a little lighter, but with age they are likely to break if you put to much stress on them.
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dyzzypyxxy
Jan 26, 2017 6:52 PM CST
Hi Joanna, I don't have a favorite brand because I just let my husband (an engineer and Home Depot addict) buy them for me, but I always do specify bypass style pruners over the anvil type. The reason for this is that when they get dull, which they do easily because of the design, anvil pruners crush the stem or branch you're cutting rather than slicing it cleanly. Bypass pruners stay sharp longer because to a certain extent they sharpen themselves just by their action.
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Name: Joanna
North Central Massachusetts (N (Zone 5b)
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joannakat
Jan 26, 2017 7:04 PM CST
dyzzypyxxy said:Hi Joanna, I don't have a favorite brand because I just let my husband (an engineer and Home Depot addict) buy them for me, but I always do specify bypass style pruners over the anvil type. The reason for this is that when they get dull, which they do easily because of the design, anvil pruners crush the stem or branch you're cutting rather than slicing it cleanly. Bypass pruners stay sharp longer because to a certain extent they sharpen themselves just by their action.


Wow! Thank you! See, I never would have known to even ask that! Thank You! Thank You! Thank You! !!!!!
AKA Joey.
Name: Steve Claggett
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madcratebuilder
Jan 27, 2017 8:52 AM CST
Barnel makes the finest pruners I have had my hands on, Made in USA not far from my home. Good range of prices, I have a pair of these.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/prod...
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Name: woofie
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woofie
Jan 27, 2017 11:15 AM CST
There are a couple of threads over in the Tools and Stuff forum that discuss some pruner types:
The thread "New pruners" in Tools and Stuff forum
The thread "Felco Pruner #7 vs. #2" in Tools and Stuff forum
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Name: Joanna
North Central Massachusetts (N (Zone 5b)
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joannakat
Jan 27, 2017 8:43 PM CST
madcratebuilder said:Barnel makes the finest pruners I have had my hands on, Made in USA not far from my home. Good range of prices, I have a pair of these.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/prod...


Thanks Steve. Now looking at these. http://www.barnel.com/pruners....
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Name: Joanna
North Central Massachusetts (N (Zone 5b)
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joannakat
Jan 27, 2017 8:46 PM CST
woofie said:There are a couple of threads over in the Tools and Stuff forum that discuss some pruner types:
The thread "New pruners" in Tools and Stuff forum
The thread "Felco Pruner #7 vs. #2" in Tools and Stuff forum


Thanks @woofie. Very helpful.
AKA Joey.
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