What are the different types of secateurs?

There are two types of Felco secateurs (Felco pruners); anvil and bypass. Bypass secateurs encompass most of the range and are by far the most popular option. If you’re using secateurs with an anvil cutting action to perform the majority of your pruning in the garden, chances are that you’re using the wrong tool.

What is the difference between anvil and bypass pruners?

Anvil pruners, though seemingly similar-looking to bypass pruners, feature a sharp blade and a metal surface, or pocket, that the blade crushes upon. Whereas bypass pruners, with their slightly more scissor-like appearance, feature a sharp blade and a counter blade.

What is a bypass pruner used for?

Bypass secateurs use two blades that glide past each other, enabling a sharp, clean cut, close to the stem or root. Bypass secateurs are therefore particularly suited for cutting living plant tissue. They can be used to cut young or soft wood, as well as semi-woody garden bushes and shrubs.

What are the different types of pruning shears?

There are three basic types of pruning shears: anvil, bypass, and ratchets. A bypass is the most popular of the three and acts like scissors. It is good for growing stems.

What are anvil secateurs used for?

Anvil secateurs have a cutting blade that comes into contact with smooth metal, and are suitable for cutting finger-thick branches and solid wood. However, as anvil secateurs do bruise the plant tissue, they should only really be used for cutting or chopping up dead wood.

What are geared secateurs?

Gear or power lever secateurs have gears or levers in the centre, making them easier to use. They don’t have the ratchet action of ratchet secateurs, meaning you cut in cleanly rather than in stages.

Can secateurs cut branches?

Pruning shears, also called hand pruners (in American English), or secateurs (in British English), are a type of scissors for use on plants. They are strong enough to prune hard branches of trees and shrubs, sometimes up to two centimetres thick.

Which is better anvil or bypass?

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.


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