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    • AlisonW
    • By AlisonW 8th Oct 17, 12:26 PM
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    Secateurs
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    Secateurs 8th Oct 17 at 12:26 PM
    Can anyone recommend a decent pair of secateurs? Budget around £20.
    Thanks
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    • Davesnave
    • By Davesnave 8th Oct 17, 1:45 PM
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    Not really. While I'm fussy about many tools, secateurs aren't one of them. I find many cheapo ones perfectly acceptable. They have the advantage of not being too much of a loss when they end-up in the compost heap too, which is what happened to the last expensive ones we had!

    I suppose if you are very methodical and don't end-up with masses of cut material everywhere, just as it's getting dark, a pair of Felcos might prove a wonderful investment, but I'm sticking with the half dozen I have from the likes of Lidl, Aldi and Morrisons. Numerically speaking, they're easier to find too.

    Poundland? I hear folks cry.....

    What do you think I am, a cheapskate?
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    • Tom99
    • By Tom99 8th Oct 17, 2:31 PM
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    Felco - buy the ladies size they are easier to operate
    • Mojisola
    • By Mojisola 8th Oct 17, 2:46 PM
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    Not really. While I'm fussy about many tools, secateurs aren't one of them. I find many cheapo ones perfectly acceptable.
    Originally posted by Davesnave
    Especially when you choose a brightly-coloured pair - easy to spot when you put them down or drop them in the compost heap!

    My treasured Felcos were pinched and I've always bought cheap ones since.
    • Callie22
    • By Callie22 8th Oct 17, 4:24 PM
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    Especially when you choose a brightly-coloured pair - easy to spot when you put them down or drop them in the compost heap!
    Originally posted by Mojisola
    I was in the garden centre yesterday and saw some neon yellow and pink ones. I thought that was such a good idea, they normally come in green and the number of times I've lost mine in my green waste bin is just ridiculous!
    • no1catman
    • By no1catman 8th Oct 17, 10:42 PM
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    I've got three, one has a broken catch, but still useable.
    One was free with Homebase nectar promotion, another was too cheap to ignore in Lidl, and another pair from Homebase again too cheap too ignore.

    But £20 wtf this is MSE, I've not paid more than £2.00 for any of mine!
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    • Apodemus
    • By Apodemus 9th Oct 17, 6:29 AM
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    I’m also on the lookout for a new pair of secateurs. My old ones must be 27 years old and were not exactly top-of-the-range when I got them! I sharpen them from time to time, but the plastic strike plate is now deeply indented and beyond the point where filing it flat makes much of a difference.
    • glasgowdan
    • By glasgowdan 9th Oct 17, 8:30 AM
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    Keep them sharp whatever you buy. I use felco 7 and can't use secateurs without a rotating handle now or I go mad! It makes things so easy.
    • AlisonW
    • By AlisonW 9th Oct 17, 10:02 AM
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    • 9th Oct 17, 10:02 AM
    I've got three, one has a broken catch, but still useable.
    One was free with Homebase nectar promotion, another was too cheap to ignore in Lidl, and another pair from Homebase again too cheap too ignore.

    But £20 wtf this is MSE, I've not paid more than £2.00 for any of mine!
    Originally posted by no1catman
    I know this is MSE. Which is why I came here for advice, and am pleased to find that I will have plenty of change left from my £20. More money for

    £2 secateurs wouldn't be MSE if they fell apart after a year, now I know that probably won't happen.

    I also need them to be quite chunky but not need too much pressure as my fingers are somewhat creaky and stiff. The ones I currently have are Sandvik and the handles are quite skinny
    • no1catman
    • By no1catman 9th Oct 17, 1:19 PM
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    IMHO I think you're being a bit pessimistic regarding 'falling apart' but that's for you to decide.
    As an example - Homebase have them from £1.99 to £34.99

    https://www.homebase.co.uk/search/products?q=secateur&sort=PriceAscending
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    • AlisonW
    • By AlisonW 9th Oct 17, 3:31 PM
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    Just got back from Aldi with a pair of bypass secateurs and a pair of anvil ones £4.99 for the set. Look pretty convincing build wise, and comfortable in my hand.
    Leaving me £15.01 to spend on beer, which I did.
    Thanks folks : )
    • sevenhills
    • By sevenhills 11th Oct 17, 11:01 AM
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    I find that even the £10 ones break. It can be the blade or the catch, I have had 3 different ones that have broken.
    The cheap ones tend to have screws that keep coming loose.

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