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We have owned these secateurs since we moved in to our house in 2008. We went abit tool crazy as we went from a flat with no garden to a house with a rather large garden which needed taming.
We brought our secateurs from the BBC Gardeners World Show on a show offer price which I think was about £7 but they can be brought in most good DIY stores for around £13.
Recently we took down a tree in our back garden and I used them to cut up branches approx. 1 inch diameter and cut them in to tiny pieces so more fitted in the garden bags and it breezed through every branch with easy and little effort from me. In the past I have used secateurs which you have to apply a lot of pressure and hurt your hands sometimes even resulting in blisters. But these Draper ones have a very comfy handle. As they are spring loaded they we wide open and ready for the next cut each time.
There is a locking feature of the handle so when not in use can be locked close to prevent accidents. This is situated within easy reach of your thumb and on the handle there are softer black. They also have a handy 3 settings switch allowing you to tailored the bite of the secateurs for the thickness of your particular pruning/cutting job.
The secateurs are green and on the handle have black softer plastic strips to aid your grip and comfort.
I would recommend these to anyone who has a garden. We have owned these for 5 years now and they work as good as the day we brought them. We have never oiled/sharpened or done anything other than store in a dry shed. Great gardening tool.
I purchased these secateurs last year after moving into my home and inheriting a terrible, overgrown garden with many small bushes that needed tidying up.
For me, a persons garden shows how well they look after their home. If the garden is a mess and left to run wild, the majority of the time, the person who lives there doesn't really care about their home. This was definitely the case with my house as after a month or two of living there, the things we have found were terrible.
With the garden being overgrown, this did give me the opportunity to get some new tools and sit out in the sun for a few hours gardening. One of the first tools I brought were these secateurs.
I paid around £10 for them after advice from my Grandfather. He said "pay a little more, but they'll last for longer", as usual he was right.
They really take very little effort to use, just squeeze and pick up the branches. It's just like cutting paper with scissors. I think that the extra few pounds I paid really does make a difference.
I have seen my neighbour struggling to cut small branches with his secateurs, something I can't imagine I would ever have a problem with when using mine.
One thing I tend to do is keep them locked away in my toolbox to avoid them getting damp and I always give them a quick clean (the same goes for all of my tools) after I have used them.
For safety reasons the secateurs have a "locking" feature so when not in use you can close and lock the blades together. This is common in most models but it is simple to lock and unlock and the button to this is located in an easy to reach position.
I spend an hour or two every few months using my secateurs, cutting back hedges and trimming plants and the blade is still as sharp as it was when I brought them.
They work brilliantly, and my neighbours and family have commented on how nice my garden is now compared to when we moved in.
One thing to add is to make sure that you are careful when using this tool. I managed to cut an inch wide hole in my gloves with these without noticing. It is easy to do so just take that extra bit of care, sometimes hand tools are just as dangerous as power tools!
I have owned a pair of Draper Expert Bypass secateurs for around 5 years now, and although I didn't use them a lot at first, the last few years has seen their usage increase quite considerably due to my ever growing interest in gardening activities.
Draper Tools is a British family-run company that has been selling high-quality tools in the United Kingdom and beyond for more than 90 years. I paid around £10 for my set from my local garden centre around 5 years ago, when I realised that my solitary bush in my old garden was in desperate need of a prune to tidy it up.
There are generally 3 types of secateurs, Parrot beak, Anvil and Bypass. Bypass secateurs feature 2 cutting blades in a similar style to a pair of scissors and are probably the most common type in use.
My Draper Bypass secateurs have green coloured metal handles, with the upper handle styled with a black rubber area to aid the comfort and grip on the hands when using. The handles are spring loaded in such a way that force is required to close the blades together to cut an object, after which the handles (and thus the blades) spring back open again ready for the next cut. They feature a lockable thumb lock, which is well positioned for the thumb to easily lock the blades together for obvious safety reasons when not in use.
Another feature of these secateurs is the 3 jaw opening slider button. This gives some flexibility when pruning as it allows the blades to be set at different widths depending on the nature and thickness of the object that needs cutting. I generally use the secateurs on the narrowest setting which is 25mm, as I find that it copes fine with almost all my pruning jobs. However there is the option to set them to 30mm and to 40mm if required which then enables the secateurs to deal thick thicker foliage.
The blades are thick and strong, with one non-stick Teflon-S coated blade which offers a smooth corrosion-free operation.
As mentioned above I didn't get much use out of this pair of secateurs at first, and I remember debating with myself in the garden centre whether £10 was too much to pay for these just to prune 1 bush with. Since moving into my new house around 18 months ago however they have certainly had a lot of use, due to the numerous plants, shrubs and trees in my new garden.
So far I have not come across a task that these powerful secateurs cannot comfortably deal with, including cutting small branches from a few large trees in my front garden.
The design is superb, and I find that it seems to take minimal effort when cutting almost anything. Both the thumb lock, and the 3 jaw slider button are positioned perfectly for the hand, and the black rubber grip on the upper handle offers real comfort when operating the secateurs, whilst also providing a good grip to stop them from sliding out of the hand.
All in all I would highly recommend these secateurs from Draper. For around £10 they are a strong and solid set, which are easy on the hand and very comfortable to operate. They are powerful, and can deal with most pruning and cutting jobs. The adjustable jaw width is a very useful feature which makes them quite a versatile little tool.
After 5 years of use, my pair still look in very good condition, with no sign of any corrosion and they work as effectively as they did on the day of purchase. Once or twice over the years I have applied a little squirt of oil to the blades and the spring loaded area of the handle just to keep them in good condition, but so far I have not had to even consider sharpening the cutting blades.
A very, very minor niggle for me would be the colour, as they are sometimes a little difficult to locate if I have put them down on the garden, especially when mixed in with the green grass and general off-cuts of shrubs and trees after pruning, but this is only a small quibble.
At the time of writing this review, Draper Expert Bypass secateurs are available from TheBigToolShop.com for £10:14 and from AllToolsDirect.co.uk for £10:57 - These both include VAT, but not delivery charges.
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© L500589 2013
Secateurs are a must-have for any sort of gardening. A good pair, such as this one made by Draper, will make short work of pruning anything up to the thickness of my little finger. The blades of these Secateurs bypass each other when the action is pulled, hence the name. They work like a pair of scissors, though the blades are shorter and thicker, the curve on the top one pronounced.
Green and black might look chic, but a brighter colour on the handles would help to prevent what happened to me the other day, when I put these down and forgot where they were; Just underneath a rose bush. Thankfully, the metal gleamed in the sunlight (yes! Finally, sun in April!) and calm was restored.
The action is simple to operate, aided by a spring. The blades can be locked by means of a black plastic switch. Another improvement for me would be widening the gape of the jaws. At present, Although there's a slider button for one of three set opening limits, you're stuck with a maximum of four centimetres. That's not even two inches. I guess this is probably a good thing, as my last pair wore out with me cutting small branches. But it does feel like a constraint nonetheless.
I cut back the roses and some of the horrid pyracantha that trails over from one of my neighbours. Out front, cutting back the bushes was equally easy, my hand never feeling strained by the use. The blades look to be coated, meaning they won't be rusting anytime soon. For a pair of Secateurs that cost a tenner, the overall quality is quite impressive. There's even some rubber on the grip. I cut barehanded, but for anyone with wet gardening gloves, this should help avoid slipping your grip while cutting.
Draper produce a huge variety of secateurs. I made my decision based on price, but you may not wish to. Spend twenty quid and you'll have access to almost all. Including a pair of loppers that I've now got my eyes on.
I'm very fortunate to have a very large garden as I love growing all types of plants, shrubs and trees but of course there is a considerable amount of maintenance work involved. I own a small collection of secateurs however one of my two pairs of bypass secateurs has become corroded over recent years and almost useless despite my efforts to restore and sharpen. My daughter gave me these Draper expert bypass secateurs as a birthday present last Autumn and it was the ideal time of the year to test them out with the usual abundance of pruning and trimming at the end of growing season.
~ Draper Tools Ltd ~
Originating in 1919 Draper Tools is a British company and I was impressed to discover the business has remained family run to the present day. Draper Tools prides itself in producing quality tools at reasonable prices along with following high ethical and environmental standards of practice.
~ Bypass Secateurs ~
There are three main types of secateurs; anvil, parrot-beak and bypass. The two cutting blades of bypass secateurs work like a pair of heavy duty scissors. Bypass secateurs are probably the most widely used secateurs in the garden as they are ideal for fine to medium plant stem pruning and cutting.
~ Initial thoughts ~
Being fussy about colour, I liked the green painted finish and black plastic and rubber colouring of these secateurs, but more importantly I thought they looked well made in design and material, giving an overall immediate impression of quality. They feel solid without being too heavy. I have quite small hands so can tend to find secateurs cumbersome and awkward to hold and operate, these secateurs feel comfortable to grasp, open and close.
~ Description ~
The secateurs are 22cm long and 6.5cm at the widest part. I would say they are perfectly suitable for those with small to medium size hands and with or without gardening gloves. The metal handles are designed in such a way to provide a comfortable and sure grip. The lower handle is curved downwards at the end to prevent your fingers from sliding off the handle as you work. The higher handle is made with a wide black rubberised and textured strip to provide user comfort and prevent slipping. In my view this is especially good design because often when pruning your hands can become wet due to recent rain, dew or watering on the plants or shrubs. On more than one occasion when using secateurs I have found my hand slip as I've began to cut a branch which has resulted in a bad angled cut or the secateurs falling out of my hand altogether. The handles are spring-loaded for ease of use.
The blades are Teflon coated to prevent corrosion, another good design feature as secateurs stored outside throughout year in a shed (or on occasion accidentally left out in the garden) do need to be durable. Surprisingly quite a few of my garden tools have become rusty and corroded to some extent over time.
A black plastic thumb lever lock releases the blades. I found this needed quite a bit of force to shift at first but after a few weeks of use this eased and has since been easy to push across with my thumb yet provides a strong secure lock when closed. It would be a simple matter of tightening a screw if in the future the lever lock becomes too loose.
There is a little black plastic slider button for three blade opening positions marked by dots. The narrowest allows the blades to open only at 2.5cm, central position is 3cm and the widest is to 4cm. At first I thought it a little disappointing the blades did not open wider than 4cm, but quite honestly in use I have never found this to be a problem or hindrance in any way at all.
~ Ease and Efficiency of Use ~
I have been using the Draper secateurs for 9 months as my main pair of secateurs, they were used extensively during the Autumn clear up in my garden and for a couple of large pruning projects in early Spring. They are comfortable and reliable to work with, both for small projects and large. My hands have never ached or slipped whilst using these secateurs. The secateurs will cut cleanly through woody stems, smartly through soft pliable stems and also neatly trim delicate fine stems. They will easily and efficiently cut a blade of grass. I have used these secateurs to prune large shrubs such as rhododendron and hydrangea, prune back wild rose and honeysuckle and also cut thin branches of trees such as willow, laurel and hazel. They are presently in regular use for trimming herbs, tomato and cucumber plants and even collecting flowers for vases indoors. In my experience so far they have proved to be excellent general use secateurs. They have become rather muddy at times, also on a couple of occasions left out in the garden during rain and along with a considerable amount of use I can say they are operating as well as they did when new. For a relatively inexpensive pair of secateurs, I'm thoroughly impressed.
~ Availability and Price ~
Draper Expert 45312 225 mm Bypass-Pattern Secateurs are currently available from Amazon priced £9.72 and from Tooled-Up.com for £11.99. In my mind these secateurs are very good value for money, a few of my more expensive secateurs just do not compare in terms of good overall design.
5 stars without hesitation.
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© Lunaria 2012