Product Type: Spear & Jackson garden tools
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Quite durable,comfortable,ea sy to use - an important garden tool!
Spear & Jackson Razorsharp Large Bypass Secateurs
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Spear & Jackson Razorsharp Large Bypass Secateurs
Advantages: Attractive finish, comfortable, good solid blades that cut easily in a bypass fashion
Disadvantages: Quite large if you have small hands, the closure switch has come loose after a few years
The Spear & Jackson Razorsharp bypass secateurs are a gardening tool used to trim stems and branches intricately. Secateurs are a popular gardening tool and are handy to have when large hedge cutters and hedge trimmers are too cumbersome to cut smaller branches. I've had this product from Spear & Jackson for about 3 years and I can still routinely use them now for general garden maintenance. I bought the product from a local gardening centre for £12 and think they've been a rather good investment.
The current image of the product on Dooyoo is not accurate, please look on Ciao or Amazon for a clearer picture of what the product actually looks like. The secateurs are of a good length, have added grips to the plastic construction at the handles and feature carbon steel blades. The handles are contoured and on close inspection I've found a small hole which allows a strap to loop through. The product also features a bypass action in terms of the way the blades cut past one another. I find the bypass system cuts branches more precisely and cleanly. At the top of each handle is a stem crusher system which I've not actually used before. There is a sliding catch at the top, near the blades, which when closed locks the blades shut so they won't open out and cut you. The product is available in two colour schemes, grey and dark blue and a red and navy blue form. I own the red and navy blue colour scheme as I think the red stands a better chance of being spotted in the grass if you lose the secateurs. There is a raised logo just underneath the closure switch which reads "Spear & Jackson" in white font.
The Secateurs are easy to use, the bypass carbon steel blades make easy work of most branches and can be easily sharpened if they wear down from use over time. The handles are really comfortable and made from a tough plastic. The handles are contoured to the shape of your hand and there is some extra grips to the outside of the handle which I think make a big difference to your grip strength. The range of motion of the cut is quite large, so I think if you have small hands or are an older person it may be worth purchasing a smaller pair of secateurs. For most other people then I find the range of motion gives you extra power to cut branches cleanly and easily. I used the product on a good sized branch from my rose bush, which the S&J bypass secateurs cut effortlessly.
The product is well made and I've used it successfully for about 3 years now and they are still in good working order. The plastic construction is tough and won't rust and the carbon steel blades are strong and reliable. The carbon steel blades are also coated with PTFE or Polytetrafluoroethylene which helps prevent the blades from rusting. The PTFE coating works because in 3 years I've never had any rust problems in regards to the blades. What I would say is that the plastic closure switch has come a bit loose over time and sometimes needs a bit of force to actually lock the blades shut. I haven't been able to find a way to tighten the switch either. This is more so of a trivial problem since you can still cut easily with the product, it's just you have to store them safely as you don't want to reach and find you cut yourself on an exposed blade.
I thought the Secateurs are reasonable value for money. I bought them years ago for £12 from a local garden centre which weren't the cheapest option but they've lasted quite well. You can pick up secateurs from a poundshop quite easily but you probably pick up a poor product that will break after a few uses. The S&J secateurs have lasted a while, cut effortless, are comfortable and look quite attractive and striking in their red/blue colour scheme. So I think all in all, they were a worthy investment for £12 but I probably wouldn't have paid much more for them.
The S&J bypass razorsharp secateurs are a good investment and useful gardening tool for the consumer. I've had years of use out of them and countless branches trimmed and they remain in good condition. The contoured handles are comfortable and feature extra grip sections which do aid in assisting your hold of the product. The blades are tough and made from carbon steel, they cut most small to medium branches very easily and are coated with PTFE to stop rusting. The bypass system of the secateurs results in clean and precise cuts and is very effective at what it does. The secateurs are quite large and have a big range of motion so if you have small hands then you may want to invest in something smaller. I've also noticed the switch closure system at the top of the product is coming a bit loose over time and consider it a minor durability issue. Overall, I highly recommend the S&J razorsharp large bypass secateurs and consider them an important tool for my garden. Thanks for reading my review.
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Summary: Very useful gardening tool