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How to choose secateurs


Monty Don talks through the process of choosing a good pair of secateurs for pruning, looking at a variety of styles, to help you select a pair to suit your needs.

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Eddie 24/11/2011 at 15:27

I have used Felco no2 secateurs for past 35 years they are
the BEST.

petergrant 24/11/2011 at 15:28

agree with eddie, best secateurs I have ever bought.

Bouleversee 29/06/2013 at 14:24

I have bought loads of secateurs and had others given - all pretty useless, though they felt OK in the hand. Your video didn't help me to identify the best to buy, apart from being bypass. Can you not, please, recommend some makes? I have a sick husband and can't get out much to shop around.

Verdun 29/06/2013 at 16:52

Eddie, always wanted a good pair of felcos.

I go through secateurs every year, sometimes two a year.  Usually cheap ones cos I,use them to cut too-thick branches even wire and I am so clumsy.  Always breaking them.  I would break the felcos too....ah well!  

Frank Davidson 15/08/2014 at 02:36

I'm undecided between bypass Felco 2, 7, 8 or Okatsune 103 (will use different anvil ones for woody material). I'll be using them a lot, including for chopping up green stems for compost. There isn't a stockist near to try them. What are the advantages and disadvantages of the conical and flat holsters for the Felcos?

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