A Great New Set of Pruners
Junky tools make gardening miserable. On the other hand, a really good tool is a joy. This week I had the opportunity to trial Haus & Garten’s Pro Series Bypass Pruners, and they are an absolute pleasure to work with.
When I opened the shipping box I was pleased at the appearance, because they reminded me of another line of pruners with a huge following that I’ve enjoyed using as well. Then I looked a little closer. There are details on Haus & Garten’s Pro series Bypass Pruners that I’ve found lacking in other brands. Specifically the titanium coated blade, the double-stop blade lock, the handle bumper, and the sap channel stuck out to me as particularly nice upgrades over other high quality pruners.
The titanium coated blade is unique in the market as far as I am aware. This upgrade alone makes these pruners a superior choice. Titanium is far more durable than steel, and this blade should last a lifetime and require far less sharpening. It will also be easier to clean and more corrosion resistant than steel.
The thumb-lock that holds the pruners closed when not in use has a stop that will allow the pruners to open approximately 3/4 full – which is great for most jobs. This small feature can make a significant difference in hand fatigue at the end of a day in the orchard or rose garden or general landscaping. When larger branches are anticipated, simply open it all the way for an extra 1/4 inch of jaw space.
Another anti-fatigue feature that I really enjoyed is the handle bumpers. This feature keeps the handles from crashing together when cutting. Other brands feature something similar, but it felt to me like the ones on the Haus & Garten pruners were of particularly generous proportion, making the cutting motion feel very smooth.
As for the sap channel on the bottom jaw, I unfortunately didn’t have an especially sappy project to work on (just a day’s dormant pruning of miscellaneous hedges, roses and a few large deciduous shrubs). What I noticed, however is that the channel begins with a narrow groove – presumably to allow sap to bead and runoff more quickly. This idea seems a bit different, but possibly helpful with juicy plants – herbaceous plants in particular.
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Overall, I would say that because of these details, along with the otherwise comparable materials and design, the Haus & Garten Pro Series Bypass Pruners are of better quality than any other pruners I’ve used in the $70+/- range. What’s more, they are sold for less than $40 on Amazon, and that is a fantastic value!