Alright so today on Repairs101 I thought Iíd go over the basics on the care, repair and use of what I call secateurs. You may have another name for them.
So these were my first secateurs, these Wilkinson Sword brand. And they come apart easy enough with a torx drive.
Iíll clean up the blade with some abrasive and water.
I like to use Windex or soapy water to wet my sharpening stone.
Then Iíll plane the backside flat before I wet it down again and take a few passes on the blade.
Add some tenacious oil, ratchet it all back together and itís as good as new.
These are my Felcos. Theyíve seen better days.
First take out the spring and then undo the lock-screw. Undo the nut and pull it apart.
Iíll use some WD40 to clean it up but not to lubricate it with.
Then fit it for its new blade and add some Tenacious Oil. You can easily see why they call it tenacious.
So put it back together, tighten down the lock-screw, replace the spring and youíre ready to prune.
So when you prune a branch be sure to cut back to the branch bark collar. When left intact the collar will develop into a natural decay-rot organism resistant zone and protect the rest of the plant from decay. The collar is usually very obvious, especially on bigger branches.
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