What secateurs for trail riding?
I did a bit of trail maintenance up in the Lickeys last week.
I use a Fiskars folding saw (c.£15) and it happily went through 4″ branches in less than 30 seconds. Quite a few trees were down and blocking trails and it only takes one person a few minutes to clear it. Wish more riders did it instead of just walking around and carrying on.
Lighter than secateurs and no pointy bits to get in the way if you crash.Posted 4 years agoprojectMember
After getting a thorn right through a finger nail and going septic, always carry secetuers now,descent ones from toolstation.com, good tip always point them down in your bag, if they open youre not going to spear yourself, done that as well.
Oh and its immensely satisfying to trim back a large bush, just make suere you tidy it to the side after.Posted 4 years agoz1ppyMember
my saw lives in my backpack (I ain’t being stopped twice by the same log), but is no good for pruning, it does chop up quite large logs though.
Thats my old fiskars unit, got a much better Silky Fox one now.
Occasionally my Spear & Jackson Razorsharp Advance Heavy Duty Bypass Secateurs (hey I didn’t make the name) come out to play, can’t say I’ve had many pairs to be able to recommend them over any other brand, but I know my brother bought some independently (he’s more into gardening than me). Just found you can buy folding secateurs, which might be slightly safer for the pack while riding.Posted 4 years agoOCBMember
I’d go for some bypass secateurs, something with good steel and a proper fit will be fine. The cheap versions out of local markets and the like, are all-but universally horrible, they are made entirely from cheese – they don’t hold an edge for more than a couple of cuts, and too much pressure (to overcome the by-now rolled blade) and you’ll break / fold the handle.
If you go down the road of a folding saw, the Bahco ‘Laplander’ (396) gets good reviews. I’ve [still] got a 396XT, and that works well on thicker stuff.Posted 4 years agozangolinMember
Felco FTW – had the same pair for 10 years. Best quality.Posted 4 years ago
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