Garden Glossary of Terms
Adjustable Blade Tension
Adjusts for freer movement and allows for cleanout of sap build up. Allowing you to select the correct setting for light to heavy work and allows for various branch thicknesses.
Anvil – good for cutting dead wood. The Anvil style has one precision-sharpened blade that closes against a solid, flat-faced block. Anvil secateurs are ideal for pruning mature or woody stems.
Buffer tips are like shock absorbing cushions that help to reduce fatigue and jarring, making for more comfortable use
Bypass – good for cutting green growth. The Bypass style features a scissor action, with one finely honed cutting blade passing against a heavier, curved blade. Bypass is ideal for pruning of live or soft stems. About 90% of the Australian market is bypass, 10% is Anvil.
These are used for light trimming and provide the precision and control for cutting grass in narrow places. Useful for areas such as under trees or bushes; around flower beds, delicate plants and trees; and near fences or paths. Blades swivel and index positively to 3 cutting positions horizontal, vertical and diagonal – good for any job.
Hedge Shear Blade Shape
Straight blade – cuts easily. Good for use on rapidly growing plants. Straight blade is ideal for general shaping and clipping of fast growing hedges and topiary.
Wavy blade – cuts easily whilst gripping the plant. Helps prevent stems from slipping, giving a clean cut. Allows easy cutting of thicker stems while minimizing tearing and branch damage. Wavy blade is ideal for cutting hard-wood hedges.
A must for cutting difficult branches in hard to reach places. Lopping shears are ideal for gardeners who need to maintain trees, bushes or cut wooden stems larger than 25mm in diameter. The long handles and two-hand operation allows the user to apply considerable amount of force and cut branches up to 45mm in diameter.
Those tasks that are too thick for secateurs and loppers dictate the use of a pruning saw. Pruning saws maintained in good condition are capable of neatly and efficiently sawing through quite heavy branch and trunk material still in fresh ‘green’ condition. Hardened old logs and long time dead material may well require a small chainsaw to sever them safely and effectively instead of destroying the precision edge of a good pruning saw.
Offset tooth pattern is designed to give an effective cut on all trees and shrubs. It allows cutting on both the forward and backward actions.
Curved blade for optimal sawing angle and easy handling.
Step ratchet mechanism reduces cutting effort whilst multiplying cutting strength. Ideal for gardeners with much cutting to do or those with limited hand power.
This groove collects the gum and sap and drains it away from the blade surfaces.
Snaps blade open, so easier use with less effort.
Teflon coated cutting blades prevent rust and provide reduced cutting effort due to lower friction. Also prevents cutting debris and sap from adhering to the blade surface. Teflon coated blades are easy to use and maintain. No need to sharpen.
Allow for cutting hard to reach limbs. Lessens the need for ladder or climbing up to dangerous positions. Increases leverage and strength.
Twist lock handle
Sets the handle at any length for the desired job.