Tools suitable for pruning

Long sleeve pruner

The cutting head is that of a pruner, however, the long sleeves allow a greater reach and above all to exert more force using the two arms.

  • Advantages: this very versatile tool is used for shrubs, roses, climbing plants and fruit trees. All it takes is a gentle pruning.
  • Disadvantage: sometimes there is insufficient space between the branches to open the tool wide in order to benefit from the maximum cutting diameter, that is to say approximately 30 to 48 mm depending on the model.

Pruning saws with the extension pole

Fixed on a pole (make sure it is rigid), this saw allows cutting tall branches, theoretically up to 4 or 5 m, without climbing into the tree.

  • Advantages: this tool is as efficient as it is ecological, moreover, it represents a modest investment to cut branches measuring up to 50 mm in diameter.
  • Disadvantage: because of the physical effort that this saw generates, it is better to reserve it for occasional work. Its handling is quite delicate at the end of a pole, especially when it comes to making a clean-cut, without damaging the bark.

Small chainsaw

It allows you to cut branches from 10 to 35 cm in diameter depending on whether you are using an electric battery or petrol model. To work in trees, there are pruning chainsaws that are held in one hand, but the handling is dangerous.

  • Advantage: with such equipment, the work is done quickly.
  • Cons: Using this high-risk tool requires constant attention and excellent learning. Cutting large branches (over 30 mm in diameter) is not compatible with tree-friendly pruning.

Hydraulic, pneumatic and electric secateurs

These are “motorized” cut secateurs; hydraulic and pneumatic are still reserved for intensive and professional use, given their high price. For private use, we recommend the electric pruner which exists with an integrated battery.

  • Advantage: the start-up is simplified, it is enough to press the trigger to trigger the cut, without the effort of the wrist, which is appreciable for repetitive work.
  • Disadvantages: the price remains high, even for the smallest electric model with a cutting diameter of 9 (dry wood) to 14 mm (greenwood).

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