Its important to choose the right secateurs
Pruning in your garden covers a variety of plants with anything from soft growth holding lots of sap to woody branches. Therefore, not only are a good pair of secateurs or loppers essential, but also choosing the right style for the job. To perform at their best, they should have a good-quality blades that keeps a sharp edge as well as feel comfortable in your hand for long bouts of pruning. Kent & Stowe’s cutting range not only provide all of these features but actually have a huge amount of extra key benefits.
You should also consider the size of your hand or if you suffer with a weaker grip. It is particularly important to get a pair that fit comfortably in the palm of your hand and are light weight such as our Garden Life Bypass Secateurs or loppers. If you are left-handed, we also have a pair of secateurs that makes it not only easy to prune, but also easy to close.
Our professional range of secateurs include features such as wire cutting notches with sap grooves on the bypass versions to direct sap away from the blade. Both our bypass and anvil secateurs are made with high quality SK5 carbon steel heat treated blades, with dual position catch allowing you to adjust the span of the handles. These secateurs include rubber cushioned shock absorbers providing smooth working and soft closing. As well as our range of loppers which include premium ground carbon steel blades with non-stick PTFE coating for rust resistance and a smoother cut. Both telescopic and geared versions available. Loppers are ideal for larger, more difficult to reach branches. Kent & Stowe bypass loppers also include sap groove to direct sap away from the blades preventing them from sticking.
Anvil Vs. Bypass Cut
Anvil cutting tools have one blade that closes onto a cutting block. They are ideal for thicker stems and woody pruning rather than using bypass style. An anvil cut is more powerful than a bypass cut with minimal effort required. Ideal for the powerful pruning of dead wood.
Bypass cutting tools have two sharpened blades that pass over each other to make a clean and precise healthy cut in a scissor action. Ideal for cutting delicate stems as the bypass action is less likely to cause bruising and damage to the stems.
The design of the blades on secateurs make it easy to get into small gaps and to prune side stems flush with main stems. Never use your bypass secateurs to cut through stems thicker than the recommended cutting diameter, we recommend you keep your packaging to refer to as this can easily cause damage.
If you have some thicker branches to chop through, loppers or a pruning saw are better alternatives.
Other Kent & Stowe Varieties
Ratchet secateurs cut in stages and are great if you have a weak grip, as you do not need to apply much pressure to make the cut.
Cut-and-hold secateurs hold the stem after cutting, so you don’t have to bend down to pick up clippings.