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Picking the Perfect Pruners

Find the right pruners for the job with Blain’s Farm & Fleet.

Using the right pruners for the right job is very important. There is a plethora of different plants, bushes and trees of all sizes,so it’s fitting that there are a number of different pruners to choose from. The three types of hand pruners are bypass, anvil and ratchet. You might also need bypass loppers or a pruning saw. Blain’s Farm & Fleet is here to teach you all about the different kinds of pruners.

picking the perfect pruners
Find the right pruners for the job with the help of Blain’s Farm & Fleet.

1. Bypass Pruner – This pruner gets its name from the two curved blades that bypass each other while you are trimming bushes. There is one blade with a sharper outer edge that slides by a thicker unsharpened blade. This popular style is similar to a pair of scissors and creates a nice clean cut. Bypass pruners are the most important type of pruner because they can be used for just about anything related to plant and tree care. If you invest some money into a good pair of bypass pruners, you will most likely never have to replace them.

2. Anvil Pruner – Anvil pruners are often used for dead or damaged branches and are bulkier than bypass pruners. They have a straight cutting blade that closes onto a flat edge, much like a knife on a cutting board.

3. Ratchet Pruner – This pruner is similar to the anvil pruner in that it has a cutting blade that closes onto a flat edge. However, it includes a mechanism that allows you to cut in action stages. This helps to lessen fatigue if you are going to be doing a lot of pruning. It is also ideal for small hands or people with a disadvantage, such as arthritis.

4. Bypass Loppers – Bypass loppers are great for trimming overgrown shrubs and healthy trees. The blades are the same as a bypass pruner including a sharpened blade that slides past another like scissors. Its long handles are what make the difference by allowing you to get more leverage when cutting stems.

5. Pruning Saw –  A pruning saw is used mostly for tree care and bushes with thick branches. It can come with a blade on a handle or with a large pole for trimming the crown of a 15-25 foot tree. Remember to handle this tool responsibly as its razor sharp teeth can cause injury. The pruning saw is bulkier than other pruners so you will want to wear gloves and safety goggles.

With the right garden tools, you can turn your lawn and garden dreams into reality. That’s why at Blain’s Farm & Fleet, you’ll find all the lawn and garden supplies to get started. For more tips on choosing garden tools and caring for your lawn and garden, visit our Lawn Care and Gardening blogs.


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