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Difference between bypass and anvil pruners

Bypass pruners offer precision, while anvil pruners offer force. When should you use each?

Anvil pruners

Anvil pruners have a cutting blade that comes into contact with smooth metal, and are suitable for cutting finger-thick branches and solid wood.

However, as anvil pruners do bruise the plant tissue, they should only really be used for cutting or chopping up dead wood.

anvil pruners

anvil pruners

Bypass pruners

Bypass pruners use two blades that glide past each other, enabling a sharp, clean cut, close to the stem or root.

Bypass pruners are therefore particularly suited for cutting living plant tissue. They can be used to cut young or soft wood, as well as semi-woody garden bushes and shrubs.

bypass secateur

bypass secateur

Expert tip

Quality is important with both types of pruners: High-quality, sharp blades will give you the optimum cut.

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