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Kent & Stowe General Purpose Loppers

Kent & Stowe General Purpose Loppers

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  • 5-year guarantee
  • Cutting diameter of 30 mm
  • Premium ground carbon steel blades with non-stick PTFE coating
  • Suitable for light and general pruning of green wood

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What are the Kent & Stowe General Purpose Loppers?

Kent & Stowe General purpose loppers are made with premium ground carbon steel blades with a non-stick PTFE coating for rust resistance and a smoother cut. These loppers are best used for mature shrubs and branches that are too large to cut with secateurs. These loppers are simple to use and make it simple to clear tree branches up to 30 mm diameter. They require two hands to operate and come with a 5-year guarantee.


Small grooves on the lower blade provide some purchase for a good grip while cutting.


These loppers use a bypass action like these traditional secateurs and professional secateurs.


The bypass action allows you to use the loppers on more delicate jobs like deadheading, taking cuttings, pruning and cutting shoots down to the nearest bud. These bypass loppers are not ideal for deadwood as this will blunt the blades.


Why Choose The Kent & Stowe General Purpose Loppers?

The general purpose loppers are an entry level tool, suitable to use for all your light and general pruning of green, live wood. The bypass action of these loppers work by a single sharpened blade passing over a fixed jaw to make a clean, precise cut that heals quicker.


How Do I Use The General Purpose Loppers?

Use the general purpose loppers to achieve close, clean cuts. Keep the blades in good condition by wiping them down with an oiled cloth after each use and sharpen them when necessary.


Correctly using these loppers will help your shrubs and trees heal quicker after pruning.


Best Practice Using General Purpose Loppers

Some simple best practice advice:

  • 1. Blade on the Inside
  • 2. Size matters
  • 3. Deep in the jaws
  • 4. Leave the branch collar

1. Lopper blade on the Inside

The simple rule to remember when using bypass loppers is to keep the blade on the inside of what you're cutting. The blade side of the pruning cut is always cleaner and heals faster. The non-cutting jaw will slightly crush the stem leading to bruising, keeping the cutting blade on the inside avoids the issue as the damage is on the side that gets cut off.


2. Lopper size matters

As a general guide don't cut anything larger than diameter the lopper. If you can't get any purchase with the small grooves on the lopper blade, use a more suitable tool such as the Kent & Stowe folding saw.


3. Deep in the jaws of the Loppers

You can apply a lot more force when that branch, that you're on your tiptoes cutting, is deep in the jaws of the lopper. Larger diameter items, that you want to remove are easier to prune when you apply more force. Avoid using the tips of the blades for cutting wood, it takes more effort and can damage the blade.


4. Leave the branch collar

The branch collar is the raised ridge around where a branch attaches to the trunk or branch of the tree. Cutting above the collar allows the tree/shrub to heal quicker. Cutting below the collar can invite disease or kill healthy wood and future growth.


How Do I Sharpen Loppers?

In general, you'll need a fine sharpening stone to sharpen your lopper. A long, thin stone, like the Kent & Stowe Diamond Blade Sharpener enables you to sharpen the secateurs by hand. Refer to the user instructions for the type of sharpening stone you're using.


Garden tip:

  • Before using the sharpening stone, prepare it with a few drops of paraffin oil.
  • For straight blades, push the sharpening stone forward across the blade on a consistent angle, moving sideways with light downward pressure.
  • For a curved blade, (most bypass secateurs) push the sharpening stone forward, working around the curve of the blade on a consistent angle. Maintain sideways movement with light downward pressure as you sharpen.
  • Try to maintain the same sharpening angle along the blade.

NOTES:


  • For bypass action cutters, it is important to sharpen the outside of the blade only. Don't sharpen the inside of the blade or the bottom jaw.
  • On anvil and parrot beaked secateurs you'll sharpen both sides of the blades.

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