Posted: 16/04/2016 at 10:55
I have a range of cutting tools.
Lightweight, long bladed ARS snips for all snipping and pruning (up to about 1/4") - very sharp, easy to sharpen, long thin blades get into small spaces to make really clean cuts. Can be bought for about £10 - a bargain.
Wolf bypass secateurs for tougher, woodier pruning jobs up to about 1/3".
Long handled Wolf loppers which will go through branches about 3/4" diameter.
Pruning saw for branches up to 3" diameter
Bow saw for thicker branches.
Telescopic pruning pole (up to 6m) for pruning high branches up to 1" diameter.
Tree surgeon for higher / bigger jobs!
It is very easy to sprain secateurs etc by trying to cut things which are too thick. I have built up my toolbox over a few years and I would suggest buying good quality tools and then taking care of them (sharpen and wipe down with an oily rag after every use & keep them somewhere dry).
I have a small (about the size of a wax crayon) blade sharpener which cost me £3.99 a few years ago. It is really easy to use and has prolonged the life of many gardening tools.