Most standard-weight hand pruners can be classified as either bypass, anvil or double-cutting. Lighter weight (though not necessarily lighter duty) tools frequently have needlenose (scissor-like) blades for more precise work where pruner cutting capacity isn't an issue.
Generally the most versatile pruner. A relatively thin, sharp cutting blade "bypasses" a heavier, thicker counter-blade. When properly maintained, bypass pruners make clean cuts in green wood without bruising or crushing the bark.
A good choice for cutting dead or very hard woods (less desirable on green wood and more prone to crushing or bruising). A thin, heat-treated steel blade cuts against a softer brass or aluminum anvil. Anvils are either straight (e.g. Felco 31) or curved (e.g. Castellari Ergonomic). A curved anvil is said to require less cutting effort.
Very popular with European fruit growers. Two sharpened blades meet precisely, effectively cutting the branch from both sides. Manufacturers claim this configuration makes a clean cut without a tendency to crush the branch, since both blades are cutting.
We also carry a number of lighter weight needlenose shears that are ideal for fruit and vegetable harvesting, wreath making and pruning house or greenhouse plants. OESCO sells such familiar brands as Felco, ARS, Bahco, Barnel, Corona, and Snap-Cut as well as some less-familiar brands like Pica, Castellari and STA-FOR. We stock replacement parts, where available, for every pruner that we sell—if you don't see replacement parts here for your pruner, give us a call!
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