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Frank Brentwood
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Looking to stop buying new hand pruners every year or two, I purchased a set of Fiskars "Professional" that advertised replaceable blades on the package.

Come to find out that no one at Fiskars seems to know WHERE TO BUY the replacement blades.

So, I'm back in the market for a good set of bypass pruners with replaceable blades that are actually available.

Anybody got a recommendation?
 
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Wow. Seems that Fiskars only has one blade size/type available.
Clauss has a replaceable blade model, but Northern Tool says the blades are no longer available.

It appears that "Consumer products" are designed to be consumed.

Corona Tools offers several models with replaceable blades (and even sells replacement blades, unlike other manufacturers).
Corona Tools - replacement parts
It appears that the replacement blades are almost as expensive as the tools themselves.

What I would suggest, is to go to your favorite store, and tell them that you want to buy a new set of pruners and a replacement blade. The sale is dependent on you walking out of the store with both. If I couldn't get both, I would walk out empty handed.
 
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Here is a company that you can buy the pruners from as well as a multitude of replacement parts, if needed. Just a thought. http://www.bahcostore.com/pruners

I have been looking at them because they make some pruners that are small enought to be well suited for a woman's hands. I like the idea of replaceable parts because the crap pruners that you normally can find don't last long and are not comfortable to use. This kind of pruners is nice because they offer different combinations of hand sizes and cut sizes. I like having the versatility option in addition to the replacement parts. Shipping on the pruners (orders over $10 and under 4 foot) should be free too.
 
Frank Brentwood
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John Polk wrote:It appears that "Consumer products" are designed to be consumed.

Ain't it grand?

John Polk wrote:Corona Tools offers several models with replaceable blades (and even sells replacement blades, unlike other manufacturers).
Corona Tools - replacement parts

Thanks for that link, John. Looks promising!

John Polk wrote:What I would suggest, is to go to your favorite store, and tell them that you want to buy a new set of pruners and a replacement blade. The sale is dependent on you walking out of the store with both. If I couldn't get both, I would walk out empty handed.

Unfortunately, I don't have a "favorite" store anymore. Just a growing collection of big-box enterprises that anger me every time I'm forced to purchase anything from them.

Jen Shrock wrote:Here is a company that you can buy the pruners from as well as a multitude of replacement parts, if needed. Just a thought. http://www.bahcostore.com/pruners

Thanks, Jen. Those tools look amazing!
 
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Are you talking about secateurs or bigger pruners?
For the first I would always recommend felco, even I can't wreck them.
 
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Being a nurseryman, I've used many, many pruners so I feel I can talk sort of authoritatively on this.

The only brands I've used that are worth their salt are Corona and Felco. Stick with classic type, anything that looks like more than handles, springs, and blades is not worth it. Just more stuff to break. I think both brands have replacement blades.

Main difference I've seen is Corona's are a lot cheaper ($20-$30), but not very ergonomic (I get gnarly blisters from mine at home) and Felco's cost more ($60-$100) but are easy on the hand (I use these at work). The blades seem to hold up similarly though.

Corona does sell a sharpener to make a blade go longer, I just use a file on mine periodically.
 
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Frank Brentwood wrote:
John Polk wrote:What I would suggest, is to go to your favorite store, and tell them that you want to buy a new set of pruners and a replacement blade. The sale is dependent on you walking out of the store with both. If I couldn't get both, I would walk out empty handed.

Unfortunately, I don't have a "favorite" store anymore. Just a growing collection of big-box enterprises that anger me every time I'm forced to purchase anything from them.



To me, that is a good reason to buy from a local Mom & Pop store. While they cannot compete with the box store's prices, they will do the leg work for you to find the replacement parts because they don't want to lose a sale (or a customer). The big box store doesn't really give a damn one way or the other. Just a bunch of under paid clerks who have zero incentive to do anything 'extra'.
 
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BTW I really recommend wearing gloves. Whichever brand the cuts are nasty.
 
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