Felco F-2 Hand Pruner – Item of the Day
Special Note – It is the time of year to get your pruning done before buds start breaking, these are currently marked down 20%. As hand pruners go they are expensive but they are also if maintained properly damn near a once in a life time purchase. I also give some lower cost options if you are so inclined.
Every day I bring you an item on Amazon that I personally use or has been purchased by many members of the audience and I have researched enough to recommend.
Today’s TSP Item of the day is the Felco F-2 Hand Pruners. To me pruners are a tool that you absolutely go with the “buy once cry once”, model. I have owned many different ones over the years, from cheap ass stuff, to mid priced stuff like Fiskars and say Corona.
Some were complete crap, some like Fiskars and Corona are damn decent but nothing compares to Felco. I found Felco by asking a few different nurserymen what they used, including Bob Wells and most said Felco. So I bit the bullet and ponied up 60 bucks for a pair. This was hard to do as you can get a decent pruner for 20-30 bucks. In the end though, there is the best and there is the rest.
My mantra is buy the best you can afford. So when we are talking cars, I fall back to 2nd fiddle but when you are talking 60 bucks for an item you will use often and use for years I say step up to the best. Oh they normally sell for about 74 bucks but right now they are on sale today for 60.
These cut like a razor and are easy to sharpen, see video below on sharpening options. Personally I use a simple carbide sharpener like this.
And after many seasons if you really wear out that blade, what then? You just pick up a replacement blade and install it and rock on. Winter is on the way out fast as spring approaches and the next few months are ideal for pruning. And many of us are doing back yard orchard culture and prune several times a season. So if you want the best hand pruners you can get check out the Felco F-2 Hand Pruners today.
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P.S. – Some folks with smaller hands find the F-2 to be a bit large, another option is the F-6 which is the scaled down version, it also has the ability to have the blade replaced and women and smaller handed people may find it more comfortable. You do give up some leverage though, so it won’t cut larger limbs quite as well.
Also if you just can’t bring yourself to spend 60 bucks on this tool, my number two pick would be the Corona 6250 at 38 bucks and my number 3 pick would be the Corona 7100D at about 28. If you want to go under that, just by generics from a box store, expect to be unhappy and expect replace them in one season or less.
P.S.S. – This video shows how to sharpen and clean pruners. I jumped ahead to 1 minute and 9 seconds in because I figure you can work out how to clean dirt off yourself. What I like about this video is he shows how to use several different tools so you can find the one you think works best for you.
The link is for a single pruner, not 2. Is there a link to a 2-pack of the pruners.
No, the twin pack is for the sharpeners not the pruners.
“These cut like a razor and are easy to sharpen, see video below on sharpening options. Personally I use a simple carbide sharpener like this. Note that I linked to the two pack because it is a dollar more than buying one, and well I can’t understand it but I sure as hell take advantage of it.”
I FOR ONE AM ALWAYS UP FOR A LITTLE TIME TO KEEP ALL MY GEAR UP FOR THE NEXT TIME I WILL BE IN NEED OF IT TO DO THE JOB. THANK-YOU FOR A “TID-BIT
I’ve owned a pair of these pruners for about three years now and I can say they are hands-down better than anything else I have tried. I am toying with the idea of getting a second pair as I am left-handed but I bought the right-handed pair and I often feel the need to switch hands as I am pruning.
Silly thought I know – but for all you lefties out there it’s good to know when there are tools available specifically for us.
I’m doing a master gardeners course and a nursery teacher that taught the pruning class mentioned these and said get real tools if you are serious. So, I just bought a pair last week. NOTE: another teacher said go to estate sales. She says the kids will often sell these for $2 along with other great tools because they don’t understand gardening.
I bought a pair to use at work. They were great. Accidentally tossed them in the dumpster with the trailer of yard waste. Replaced them with another pair. Lost them again. Now I just use the cheapies. it hurts less this way.
Any experiences here with the F-8?
Personally no but they are likely damn good too.
This may be helpful https://www.felcostore.com/comparison
Looks like the only real difference is the handle shape.
Don’t have this particular pruner, but this type of pruner is great for hunters. I keep a pair in my field dressing kit. It is the best thing in the world for cutting the pelvic bone. A few snips and you’re through, No more hacking at it with a hatchet, or slowly cutting it with a bone saw.
Dropped the money on a pair last year (along with the corona leather belt holster which fits well) and I have formed an almost unhealthy attachment to them. The best you can buy. Really excellent.
I love Swiss precision products, and if I ever need another pruner I might buy one of these. However, I have a few Fisker pruners, which as a group has done an excellent job for me. I bought the steel bypass and anvil pruners about 13 years ago when i first bought my farm. I’ve mainly used the bypass pruners in heavy use with some occassion for the anvils. They were around $12 each then and as I checked now are about $10 and $14 respectively. They sharpen easily and work great even today.
I did end up buying a second set of bypass Fiskers but it wasnt because the first ones were bad. While I kept a set at home, I needed a second set to keep in my truck traveling and making cuttings while I was away from home, so after the positive experience i had with the first set, i just bought a second set and now have 2. I expect these 2 will now last me for many more years, plus the blades are replaceable as well.
I secretly had hoped they might have went out so I could buy the Felcos based on your recommendation a few years ago, but as long as they’re holding up so well, it’s hard to shuck out the bucks for a new one. Maybe some day.