Posted: 18/03/2015 at 15:57
Purchase date March 2015
Website: http://www.felco.com/felco/pages/product.page?name=FELCO 7
Price paid: £44.95
Retailer: ebay seller.
Purchased based on reputation of brand.
Bypass type blade (where one blade slides past the other) as opposed to the anvil type blade. Holding up the secateurs to the window, no light could be seen between the blades, which created the impression that they were a well-engineered precision tool.
After using continuously for about 40 minutes, the concertina spring between the handles would not allow the handles to spring apart naturally. In fairness I had made in excess of 300 cuts of up to 20mm (mainly green) blackberry stems (in to 3 inch long pieces for the compost heap). A quick spray with WD40 remedied the issue temporally. However, after only another 10 minutes of continuous use another spray of the lubricant was needed. If it happens next time, I will try oil on the spring instead. I am going to fall short of describing this as a fault as I feel sure the spring will bed in. It is a good fit between the blades and I could not imagine it dropping out.
While on the subject of “sticking“, it is worth mentioning that there was no problem at all with the small catch that holds the handles together when not in use. Once released the catch remained out of the way. I mention this because many people have highlighted the issue with other brands that they have tried.
The seceteurs were sharp. The specs states that they will cut up to 25mm (1 inch) thick. I did not try this for the following reasons. I want to keep a good edge on the blade. I don’t want to strain my finger joints. Finally, if you need to cut 25mm thick wood you should be using loppers. Remember, there is no leverage with short handled tools. (Try digging with an 18 inch spade to understand what I mean)!
I bought the No7 model because it is recommended for large hands, and the handle opens very wide (ok for me). The other new feature that is on the No7 (and a few others) is the swivelling handle. I found this to be a little disconcerting and mildly annoying. Imagine using some hedge-clippers and one of the handles is rotating in your hand. I’m sure you get the picture.
Are they value for money?
They are a quality item with a lifetime guarantee. But, for £45 I could buy 3 pairs of Spear & Jackson secateurs from Tool station and still have a bit of change. (Prices of S&P range from £11.30 up to £14.10, max cut 20mm).
Am I pleased with my purchase?
I’m 80% pleased. I can keep the oil can nearby for the spring issue, but I may not get used to the rotating handle.
Notes: Spare parts are available for Felco secateurs on eBay & Amazon etc.
Felco have a wide range of secateurs available