Shear Saw and Lop Your Way to the Perfect Cut

Shear Saw and Lop Your Way to the Perfect Cut

Shear Saw and Lop Your Way to the Perfect Cut. In the market to purchase some tools for pruning? Choosing the correct tool for the job can ease your work. Below are some tools that will shear, saw and lop your way to the perfect cut.

Ugh! For the longest time I was trying to pruning my bushes with the wrong tools. Hey, it happens.  We can’t know everything.  Even when you think you have it all figured out, something new hits the market.

If you are looking for some direction, I have written up a little tidbit about some of the tools you can use for pruning.  I’m not an expert by any means.  Not pretending.  Just trying to pass on what I learned through trial and error.

Pruning Shears
Another common name for pruning shears is hand pruners. Whether the tool goes by pruning shears or hand pruners it is the same tool, a type of scissors that can be held with one hand to cut plant material and branches up to a ½ an inch in diameter.

Bypass Pruning Shears

There are two types of shears, anvil and bypass. The major difference between the two is that anvil pruners have one blade and bypass has two blades. The anvil pruners tend to take less effort but also crush your branches leaving a messy cut.

Anvil Pruner

Bypass pruners are by far my favorite of the two tools. They require a little more physical effort but make cleaner, healthy cut.

Regardless of which tool you use, be sure to purchase a set that has a brightly colored handle. This will help you locate the tool once you set it down. And, yes!  You will set them down and lose the green handled ones in the green grass 🙂

Loppers can handle branches that are about 2 inches in diameter. If you find yourself struggling with two hands to cut a branch with your pruning shears, then you need to pull out the loppers.

Loppers are essentially pruning shear with long handles. They also come in anvil and bypass types.

Pruning Saw

Pruning Saws
Pruning saws are useful for branches up to three inches in diameter, they have wide set crosscut teeth and come in three types.

The styles are one with a handle, one with a curved blade that folds and a bow type. As a female, I find the curved blade saws are easier to use and handle better.

Pole Pruner

Pole Pruners

In cases where you don’t have a ladder or are afraid of heights (not admitting anything here)  a pole pruner will allow you to keep your feet firmly planted on the ground and cut branches 1 inch thick or less. A pole pruner is a combination of loppers and a curved pruning saw mounted to a 12-foot pole.

Handy Tips For Using Pole Pruners

1.)   Purchase a pole pruner that has a wooden or fiberglass handle and always use extra caution when trimming near electrical lines.

2.) Wear safety glasses.

Wear eye protection that has wrap-around lens.

#3  Do not stand directly under the branches you will be cutting off for safety purposes.

A whomp to the head from a branch sucks. If asked directly I will not admit that this has happened.

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There you have it! You to can shear saw and lop your way to the perfect cut.  Picking the right tool for the job and understanding the function that each of your cutting tools can perform will make all the difference.

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