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.
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.
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.
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.
Some simple best practice advice:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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