Selecting & Maintaining Hand Pruners

How to choose, sharpen, and take care of hand pruners.

By Anne Marie Van Nest

Photography by Thomas MacDonald


Pruner maintenance will keep your pruners in good shape for yearsAdjust the tension when the cut is no longer sharp and clean. If the blades are too loose, the pruner will bind on larger branches; if the blades are too tight, then extra force is needed to make the cut. Adjust the center screw or bolt until the blades are properly aligned and rub slightly along 2/3 of their length.

For more information obout sharpening pruners, see our story Staying Sharp.