Best Pruning Shears: Felco Pruning Shears & Secateurs

When it comes to purchasing pruning tools it really pays to buy the best that you can afford.  A good quality pair of pruning shears or secateurs will last you many years especially if they’re well looked after.

I have a pair of Felco secateurs which I purchased when I was doing my Associate Diploma in Horticulture way back in 1993, 21 years ago, and they’re still going strong.  When I first finished my Diploma I worked in propagation for a number of years and used to produce at least a couple of hundred cuttings a day.  I was paid piece-rate back then and so the more I could produce, the more I was paid.  Not only didMy Felco Secateurs I have to cut the plant material to size and reduce some of the leaf growth but I also had to take a small sliver off the bottom of the stem to make rooting easier.

As you can imagine, its absolutely necessary to have sharp, reliable tools for this kind of intricate work.

Here’s a photo of my trusted secateurs and yes, they do need a good clean, but they never let me down!

So lets look at some of the features and benefits of the Felco Pruning Shears:

Features of the Felco Pruners:

  • Blades are made from strong, high quality hardened steel.
  • The forged aluminium handles are light weight and fit very nicely into the hand.
  • The blades include a wire cutting notch.
  • Easy to lock and unlock using just your thumb.
  • The pruners come with a limited lifetime warranty.
  • Manually adjustable center bolt for aligning the play between the cutting blade and the anvil blade.
  • Available in different models to suit small or large hands and also available for left handers.
  • Replacement parts available including blades and springs.

The Main Benefits of the Felco Pruners:

  • Blades won’t break, bend or warp and stay sharp for a very long time.
  • Because the handles fit so well into your hand there’s less chance of cutting fatigue and they feel so comfortable to use.
  • There’s also a sap groove which prevents the blades from sticking and means you don’t have to keep stopping to clean your shears if you’re cutting particularly ‘sappy wood’.
  • There’s no need to carry a separate wire snip while out in the garden.

Now lets look at the different models available:

Felco F-2 Classic Manual Hand PrunerFelco F-4 Classic Manual Pruning ShearsFelco F-5 Classic Manual Pruning Shears
The original Felco pruner.
Length – 8 1/2 inches (215mm)
Weight – 8.5 oz (240g)
Recommended cutting capacity
– 1.0 inches (25mm)
Wire cutting notch
Sap groove
Micrometric adjustment
Shock absorption system
Forged aluminium handles
A more basic pruner built to last.
Length – 8 1/4 inches (210mm)
Weight – 7.8 oz (220g)
Recommended cutting capacity – 1.0 inches (25mm)
Wire cutting notch
Sap groove
Forged aluminium handles
The lowest price pruner still with excellent cutting ability.
Length – 9 inches (225mm)
Weight – 10.9 oz (310g)
Recommended cutting capacity
– 1.0 inches (25mm)
$45.90$39.99$30.44






Felco F-6 Classic Pruner for Smaller HandsFelco F-7 Hand Pruner with Rotating HandleFelco F-8 Classic Pruner with Ergonomic Design
Especially designed for people with smaller hands

Length - 7 1/4 inches (195mm)
Weight - 7.4 oz (210g)
Recommended cutting capacity
- 0.8 inches (20mm)
Wire cutting notch
Sap groove
Micrometric adjustment
Shock absorption system
Forged aluminium handles
Angled cutting head for user comfort
Ergonomically designed for the professional
Length - 8 1/4 inches (210mm)
Weight - 10.2 oz (290g)
Recommended cutting capacity - 1.0 inches (25mm)
Wire cutting notch
Sap groove
Micrometric adjustment
Shock absorption system
Forged aluminium handles
Revolving handle (reduces the risk of tendonitis and carpal tunnel syndrome)
Angled cutting head
Ergonomically designed. The same as the F-7 but without the rotating handle.
Length - 8.3 inches (210mm)
Weight - 8.6 oz (245g)
Recommended cut capacity - 1.0 inches (25mm)
Wire cutting notch
Sap groove
Micrometric adjustment
Shock absorption system
Forged aluminium handles
Angled cutting head
$45.38$59.24$47.52






Felco F-9 Classic Pruner for Left HandersFelco F-10 Left Handed Pruner with Rotating HandleFelco F-11 Narrow Blade Pruner
A left handed version of the F-8 with the same ergonomic features
Length - 8.3 inches (210mm)
Weight - 8.6 oz (245g)
Recommended cutting capacity
- 1.0 inches (25mm)
Wire cutting notch
Sap groove
Micrometric adjustment
Shock absorption system
Forged aluminium handles
Angled cutting head
A left handed version of the F-7
Length - 8 1/4 inches (210mm)
Weight - 10.2 oz (290g)
Recommended cutting capacity - 1.0 inches (25mm)
Wire cutting notch
Sap groove
Micrometric adjustment
Shock absorption system
Forged aluminium handles
Revolving handle (reduces the risk of tendonitis and carpal tunnel syndrome)
Angled cutting head
The same design as the F-2 but the anvil blade is attached with screws instead of rivets making it easier to replace.
Length - 8.3 inches (210mm)
Weight - 8.6 oz (245g)
Recommended cutting capacity
- 1.0 inches (25mm)
Wire cutting notch
Sap groove
Micrometric adjustment
Shock absorption system
Forged aluminium handles
$44.20$59.90$47.95






Felco F-12 Classic Pruner for Smaller HandsFelco F-13 Classic Manual Pruning Shears for Use with One or Two Hands
Designed for smaller hands with a smaller cutting head for precision pruning closer to the trunk of the plant.
Length - 7.9 inches (200mm)
Weight - 9.3 oz (265g)
Recommended cutting capacity
- 0.8 inches (20mm)
Wire cutting notch
Sap groove
Micrometric adjustment
Shock absorption system
Forged aluminium handles
Revolving handle (reduces the risk of tendonitis and carpal tunnel syndrome)
Angled cutting head
The extra long handle allows the use of both hands when cutting thick branches.
Length - 10.6 inches (270mm)
Weight - 10.9 oz (310g)
Recommended cutting capacity - 1.2 inches (30mm)
Wire cutting notch
Sap groove
Micrometric adjustment
Shock absorption system
Forged aluminium handles
Use with one or two hands
Angled cutting head
$60.14$55.90





For those of you who like to see how things are made here is a video from Felco showing their production and the amazing machinery they use in the manufacture:

How to maintain your pruning shears:

  • Wipe down with a soft cloth dampened with warm, soapy water after each use.
  • For more thorough cleaning you can use methylated spirits which will also help to disinfect them.
  • After your secateurs are completely dry you can apply a little oil to the blades.  You can purchase special Felco lubricant spray or just use vegetable oil or sewing machine oil.
  • Blades can be sharpened with a sharpening stone or if they do happen to become damaged, they can be easily replaced.

 

2 Responses

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  2. Zac Spade
    Zac Spade May 6, 2017 at 8:05 am | | Reply

    I like the felco pruning shears are good too

    A great value brand of shears IMO

    Although i do prefer a spring to the metal spring mechanism that felco uses. Ever got your finger caught in one of those things? Ouch

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