Darlac Compound Action Pruners review

Small, light secateurs that cut easily and well.

Our rating 
4.8 out of 5 star rating 4.8

In a nutshell

A BBC Gardeners’ World Magazine Best Buy winner, these are easy-to-use secateurs with a great cutting action. Perfect for repetitive pruning as well as thicker wood, they're light and comfortable in the hand and come with a lifetime warranty.
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Value for money
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Pros: Comfortable and light

Cuts easily and well

Easy safety catch

Lifetime guarantee

Great value for money

Replacement parts available
Cons: Small opening for maintenance

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What are the Darlac Compound Action Pruners like to use?

These compact little pruners have short, strong SK5 carbon steel blades, coated to prevent sticking or jamming. They also have a central lever action, which makes cutting smooth and easy and they can handle even thicker stems effortlessly. The blades are short, which makes them a little tricky to sharpen and maintain but they have a 20mm cutting width. They’re light and comfortable and the handles have extra grip, which stops the plastic handle getting slippery. The safety catch, which is on the top, is easy to flip on and off with the thumb.

Are the Darlac Compound Action Pruners good value for money?

These work well, are very well priced and come with a lifetime warranty. We think they’re excellent value for money.

Who are the Darlac Compound Action Pruners most useful for?

Great for all small, repetitive pruning jobs like cutting back perennials or deadheading. Their compact, light design also makes them best for smaller hands.

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Product Specifications


Brand Darlac
Name Darlac Compound Action Pruners
Model Compound Action Pruners
Price £17.99
Secateur type Bypass
Secateur handle type Suitable for left or right handed use


Hand orientation Right-handed
Handle Plastic
Maximum cut diameter 20mm
Blade material Carbon steel
Blade removable No
Non-stick coating on blade Yes
Safety catch Yes
Weight 171kg