“ Brand: Aldi / Tool: Pruners „
The Aldi loppers are light weight and strong. The ratchet mechanism provides great mechanical advantage as long as the blade is opened slowly till it clicks once only then shut again. The problem is the last notch in the ratchet mechanism to finish the cut may not hold making it hard to finish off the cut if the material is still resisting.
Aldi Ratchet Garden Cutters are great. I bought these because we have quite a few bushes and tree's in our garden and I struggle to cut them.
approx £7 to £9
How to use
They are about three times the size of securteers, they have easy to hold handles and you put the branch between the cutters and then squeeze once, and then a bit more and then a bit more and finally it snaps off. I managed to get through branches approx 2cm diameter at the most. They have been so well used as I've used them to cut down branches into smaller/shorter peices for my chimenea. The ratchet part means it keeps slicing through without too much effort. I used to cut small branches with usual secuteers but get annoyed because it was too tough, now it's brilliant and I can do loads. You do need to use both hands to do this and after long use your arms will hurt though - believe me!!
These are well designed and not too heavy to hold, they are easy to store as they have a clip which keeps them shut.
There isn't much more can be said about these ratchet cutters as they're great, non electrical easy to use cutters. Well worth the money I feel.
Like powerful, long-handled secateurs is the quickest way to describe the Aldi ratchet branch pruner.
The ratchet in this case is linear. There is a rack with five teeth giving six depressions or settings into which the pawl (the pivoting metal bar) can spring. As you pull the handles of the pruner apart the pawl slides forward along the toothy rack and springs into the depressions between the teeth. This is beneficial when pruning as the blades of the pruner remain fixed in the branch you are tackling whilst the handles remain free to open and close. As you open and close the handles for a second time the ratchet device allows you to squeeze the blades further together whilst exerting no greater force than you applied with the first cut. You can cut branches up to 35mm diameter with very little exertion.
The blade is coated with ilaflon. This is a substance that offers high abrasion resistance and is resists stickiness. It is apparently used for baking trays and equipment. On the pruner it does a very good job of keeping sap and resin at bay. The blades clean easily with a quick- and careful!- wipe. The manufacturers suggest you clean metallic parts with an oily cloth, but so far I've just used an old rag that happened to be in the shed.
The handles are not the most comfortable, and the plastic is quite slippery here. There are no indentations to place your fingers in, just smooth oval handles. You get a much better grip if you wear gardening gloves, as the instructions advise. There is no doubting the quality of the product though. Indeed I have found all Aldi's gardening items to be excellent value.
When not in use the pruner's blades are held locked together by pushing a sturdy metal clip over the end of the ratchet. A plastic wallet is supplied that fits over the blade and head of the pruner, being held in place by a single press stud. Although the pruner is lightweight it could still do some damage if it was swung or dropped so it needs to be stored safely. Since there is no hanging hook this will probably be a shelf or drawer- annoying as they are bulky and awkwardly shaped. A hanging hook would be a big improvement.
I have not owned this tool long, just a matter of days really, but so far I am impressed. I am always struck with enthusiasm when I prune and clip away until I reach a branch that is just too thick. "Really", I used to think, "I need to get the saw." Then I would curse and squeeze the secatears as hard as I could before bending the branch forward and back, forward and back until a few frayed bits would appear- then more secateur work and cursing...then more bending, and so on. But no more! Now I can know pruning peace. And if you pop down to Aldi, you can too :-)