One tool that comes in very handy in any garden and is an important impliment to have in the shed, is the secateurs. Ideal for tip pruning bushes, deheading flowers and cutting back roses, this tool is extremely useful and can make life a lot easier for every gardener.
The humble secateur comes in many shapes sizes and prices. It probably is the tool with the widest product range on the market when it comes to gardening.
I don’t intend to go over the different varities of this type of impliment in this blog, instead I will be simply looking at five of the best products available for you to purchase.
If you want to know more about secateurs, you can find a blog where I describe some different styles by either looking at the category boxes on the right of this website or by clicking here.
In the meantime I hope you get some value from my “Garden Secateurs” review.
1) Garden Elite
Razor sharp bypass pruning shears.
This is an excellent quality product that is great for tip pruning and keeping your rose bushes trimmed.
1). Very Sharp
2). Ergonomic handles makes for ease of use if you’re suffering from arthritis.
3). Comes with an extra blade and spring
4). Free ebook included.
5). Premium high quality shears that will cut through most 1 inch (25mm) wood easily.
1). Trigger mechanism can make them hard to open.
2). A bit pricey
I would have rated these higher as they are an excellent quality tool but I had a lot of issues with the pair I and at times found the opening mechanism a bit difficullt to deal with. I suffer from arthritis and even though the handles were extremely comfortable my hands would hurt from the effort of opening them up. However, if young have good strong hands this shouldn’t be a problem.
Close to $38 at most stores.
Powergear pruner model 7936
Another great secateur, and one that I currently own and have been using for many years. I have owned several Fiskar models over the years and have done a lot of work with the during my gardening career. Some people don’t like these shear but I think they’re great, I have never had an issue with them.
1). Come with a lifetime warrenty.
2). Ergonomic handles for ease of use.
3). Cutting through branches up to 3/4 inch (2mm) is easy with the rotating bottom handle.
4). High quality Metal.
5). Will handle a diversity of jobs easily.
1). If you are left handed you will have issues using this tool as it rotaes right on the bottom handle.
2). Some people complain that the tool needed sharpening after a year of use. I listed this under a con, but tell me what tool doesn’t need constant sharpening.
3). It has been reported that some customers have been receiving the new Fiskars model ‘powergear 2’ when ordering the above. The new one is cheaper in every way including price
If you receive the correct model then I would give it a 9/10.
If you received the new model ‘powergear 2’ I would sent it back for a refund. Rating 4/10
I absolutely love my original model 7036, it is a beautifully made pisce of equipment. I hope it lasts me through my gardening lifetime because I won’t putchase the new model. I don’t understand why a company would bring out a nwer cheaper brand. When you’re on a good thing… stick to it.
Original Model. Around $28
New Model. Around $18
F-2 Classic manual hand pruner.
This is another fantastic ptuner, and one that I have in my armory. This a light weight long lasting product. I have had mine for many years. Once every year I take it apart and give it a good clean upand sharpening. You’re probably wondering by now, just how many does he own.
Well, you must remember that I have been doing gardening for a living for many years. I also have had various staff members over those years. I don’t believe in bring stingy on money as these tools go through a lot of wear and tear and need to be able to handle being throen around, often lost for days and left out in the weather. This one handles all that with ease.
1). A long lasting Tool.
2). Easy to use.
3). Light weight.
4). Blades are veru sharp when new.
5). Ideal for a larger hands.
1). Not for people with smaller hands. However Felco do make one for this situation. The F6.
2). Not really much else I can say on the negative side escept they are expensive.
This is definitely my favotite tool for quality. I wouldn’t go without one. I realise the price is a bit steep. If you want to stick to ones that cost less then $15 fine, however you will be purchasing around six of those for every one of these.
8″ professional premium bypass pruning shears GPPS- 1003.
I’ve never actually owned a pait of Gonic secateurs, however I do have gardening friends that have. Therefore my review on rhis brand is based on their opinions along with thousands of others that I researched on line.
1). Comfortable ergonomic handles.
2). Incredibly sharp
3). Good quality.
4). Very reasonable for the quality of the tool
5). Good for both men and women to use.
1). The retaining screwa that hold the lock socket together have been known to strip out.
2). Its one of those annoying types that have the spring constantly pop out.
3). Won’t cut anything more then 3/8 ths thick.
Having never used these myself I had to go on what others tell em. If you’re after a cheaper but reasonable pruner, this mught be the one for you. Unfortunately it has some bad habits that professional gardeners hate. With springs popping out and screw coming lose, it’s not an ideal unit for lots of har work. For this reason I was unable to give it a high score.
5). Blue Ape:
2 in 1 Rachet hand pruners 3 stage action.
What a strange brand name for a gardeing tool. This is yet another one that I have never owned but a neighbour of mine swears by it so I decided to check out a number of reviews on line.
1). Sturdy and can cut branches to 3/4 inch thickness.
2). Ratchet feature great for those suffering from arthritis.
3). Well made and can last many years.
4). Ideal for smaller pruning jobs.
5) Well priced for the quality of the tool.
1). The ratchrting part can wear with time and become difficult to use.
2). Some people find the handle a bit large.
3). Can be difficult to lock and unlock.
Again I couldn’t go any higher with my rating of this product, regardless of the fact my neighbour owns one and loves it. To many people have had issues with the size of the handles. Overall its a good tool and if your hands are big. I’d buy it.
So there you are:
I picked out the top five for several reasons, the majot ones being that either I or someone I knew had used them. In the end I personally believe you are better off paying a bit extra to receive both quality and comfort. I hope you are able tto make a choice from the above. If not, there are many more to choose from, simply click on one of the links I’ve supplied and check them out.
If you have any questions about these or other gardening secateurs that you might want me to review , please feel free to either comment below or use the comment form in the “Contact Us” page above.
Happy Gardening. Jim