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Last post 17-08-2011 6:42 PM by AlexS. 10 replies.

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  • 14/06/2011 07:54 PM
    • jdpa1964
    • 13 Jun 2011
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    Can anyone recommend a really good pair of secateurs for general use, there seem to be a lot to choose from and I dont know where to start?  Any advice would be appreciated...thanks

  • 14/06/2011 10:03 PM
    • sue1002
    • Ipswich, Suffolk
    • 06 Sep 2005
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     The best ones I have ever used are my Felco no 2.

    sue1002
  • 14/06/2011 10:15 PM
    • AlexS
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    • 06 Sep 2009
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    Hi jdpa, I'm firmly of the opinion that it's best to get the best you can afford. I make my living from gardening, and use secateurs every day. I have yet to find a better make than Felco, and my favourite design is Felco 8. Good garden centres stock them for about £50, or you may find them cheaper on the internet (try ebay). I'm still using the pair I bought in 2001, and don't expect ever to have to replace them. I've tried plenty of other makes - none are anywhere near so good, they all have drawbacks. And if you damage them, all parts are replaceable. Cheers,

    Alex
  • 14/06/2011 10:54 PM
    • kaydee
    • Perthshire
    • 15 Feb 2009
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    Yes, agreed Felco - life time investment. They do well designed left-handed versions too. Makes a huge difference. K

  • 15/06/2011 06:52 AM
    • Julie
    • London
    • 28 Apr 2009
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    I like my Felco secateurs (and every tv gardener seems to have the same) but beware they have a type where 1 handle spins. I originally bought that type and had to exchange them for the standard type (I think the type with the spinning handle is like Marmite - you either love it or hate it. I hated it).

  • 15/06/2011 09:28 PM
    • jon jon
    • stratford on avon
    • 18 Sep 2009
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    FELCO No2  they will last you for many years

  • 15/07/2011 11:13 AM
    • Scott
    • South Yorkshire
    • 20 Oct 2010
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    Felco. I still have my grandads from 40 years ago and still cut really well. The handles are quite long too, especially good if you have long hands. In the Arboricultural world, we use a Japanese company called Silky Fox. http://www.silkyfox.co.uk/ They are the market leaders in pruning saws and pole pruners and also do a good range of secateurs. They are not cheap though, but you always pay for what you get. Just because i am from South Yorkshire, i have to mention Burgon and Ball. http://www.burgonandball.com/ They make some really fine hand tools, especially if your into Topiary. Their secateurs are really good and retail at about RRP£25-£30. We sell loads of them at work. Stihl also do a good range, if you want a good solid pair... Happy Buying..

  • 29/07/2011 07:39 AM
    • alex-adam
    • Cleveland
    • 29 Jul 2011
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    Hello, good morning all. I am a new member of the forum. - Yes I agree with the other contributors that the Felco brand is excellent, but to be honest outrageously expensive in the UK. I have Felco, but also Wilkinson and Burgon & Ball, both very good performers. For serious pruning especially of trees and roses I cannot fault the Loewe Anvil Secateur I had from Germany some years ago. These secateurs were the foundation of the Rolcut type, a favourite for many years. the website is www.original-loewe.de

  • 29/07/2011 08:18 AM
    • Scott
    • South Yorkshire
    • 20 Oct 2010
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    Wow, they do look nice, might have to invest in some of those, ready for a new set of loppers. Lets face it, the Germans make all the best gardening tool (Stihl, Wolf).

  • 17/08/2011 12:09 PM
    • alex-adam
    • Cleveland
    • 29 Jul 2011
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     I've just discovered the UK distributor for these tools  www.pruningworld.co.uk - worth a look I think

  • 17/08/2011 06:42 PM
    • AlexS
    • Reading
    • 06 Sep 2009
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    "Lets face it, the Germans make all the best gardening tool" - not necessarily! You'd be hard put to it to find a better spade than those made in England by Bulldog. The best gardening ladders I've found are the Niwaki tripod ladders from Japan. Felco secateurs are Swiss. My favourite shears - five years old and still cutting well - are by Bahco which is a Swedish company. I've also got excellent gardening tools from Holland and Austria. I do use Wolf and Stihl tools and they're first rate, but let's face it, there are good tool manufacturers in many countries.

    Alex