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Recommend Me Some Long Handled Edging Shears

Crag30 Posts: 273 Forumite
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edited 25 June 2020 at 12:23PM in Gardening
Can somebody recommend me some long handled edging shears. My elderly parents bought some to replace their shears from the 60's and these replacements were next to useless.
Since the loss of my dad I have been doing their garden and bought some Spear & Jackson, (£59.99) which  also turned out to be rubbish. After first use I had to take them to work to pin the handles to the blade to get the handles to stay on, but you also have to push one handle away from you and the other towards you to get them to cut.
The neighbours have just bought some from B&Q (brand unknown), only to return them as they wouldn't cut. The assistant in the shop tried to cut a sheet of paper with them before issuing a refund, and the test failed.
I don't feel like paying out another sum of money on something that's not fit for purpose, and was wondering what everybody else is using. I wish they'd kept their shears form the 60's and replaced the handles now


  • Don't buy manual ones..buy a cordless edger Strimmer. Quick,  easy and works on wet and and dewy grass with the added benefit of being able to  strimming tight corners etc  They are a similar price..60 quid seems a lot for something manual. 
  • Crag30
    Crag30 Posts: 273 Forumite
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    Thank you. Can  I ask though, is that going to fire all the cuttings over the borders etc  though? I did it with my petrol strimmer once, which created a hell of a lot more weeding time 
  • It shouldn't do ordinarily. It could happen though if you go too deep into the lawn or leave it too long between strims. Little and often is probably best. If it does, leave the cuttings alone and let them burn off in the sun don't rake them, you just end up covering them with soil then they could root.
  • Crag30
    Crag30 Posts: 273 Forumite
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    I'm leaning towards manual still as it's not my garden, little and often isn't always possible, and sun to burn cuttings is not guaranteed anytime of the year
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