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Coronaclipper Professional 14ft Compound-Action Tree Pruner Tp 6870

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Look mom! My arms are 17 feet long!

May 18, 2000
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Pros:Excellent reach, well made, easy to use.

Cons:Gets a bit heavy in the long run.

I have no particular anxiety around tall ladders. However, when the ground in your yard is rough-- or wet and soft-- using a tall ladder can become a pretty dangerous proposition.

Texas is a pretty windy place, and since we live by a creek the perpetually moist ground encourages some pretty large trees to grow. A good storm, and we have half-broken branches all over the place-- mostly still attached to the trees.

A couple of years ago, some of our large oaks needed pruning, so I finally gave up my precarious balancing acts atop 10-foot ladders and went in search of an "arm extension."

The answer: The Corona Professional Compound Action 14' Tree Pruner. The name certainly sounds impressive... and it has also turned out to be a very impressive and useful tool.

What it is: In simple terms, this is a saw and shears at the end of a pole. OK. There's a little more to it than that. The "pole" is a two-piece telescoping fiberglass construction that give you an "effective" reach of 8-14'. A threaded tightening mechanism at the center allows you to secure the pole at whatever length you need. For my particular purposes, that's turned out to be mostly "fully extended."

At the "business end" of the pruner you have a 15" branch saw blade, angled about 20-25 degrees from the pole, as well as a pair of branch pruning shears capable of chewing off branches up to about 1 1/4" in diameter. You work the saw by moving the entire pole, the shears are operated by pulling on an approximately 12-foot long rope attached to a chain-pulley system by the blades.

Using the pruner: I have to say that this has been one of the most useful garden tools I have ever owned. I now literally have "17 foot arms" that can reach any branches in need of being trimmed off the side of the house (2-story), broken branches and twigs after storms, pruning and shaping of fruit trees. Another handy thing about this pruner is that it enables you to trim branches in areas where it is simply not possible to put up a ladder.

Although easy to use, the pruner does require a little getting used to. For example, the saw is best used if you can stand off slightly to the side of your job-- otherwise it tends to bind in the cut. The shears have a smooth and easy action-- once you get the hang of how to "catch" the right branch. The manufacturer's claim of cutting 1 1/4" branches with the shears is probably a bit ambitious, unless you're working with a very soft wood.

A few general observations: It does require a fair amount of arm strength to use the Corona pruner for more than a short period of time (actually, it's pretty decent workout if you have a lot of trees to trim!), but the back of your neck will also get a bit sore from looking up. And if it's a sunny day, remember your shades!

I have occasionally had a little difficulty loosening the center screw that holds the length of the pole constant. It has to be tightened quite firmly in order to keep the pole where you want it, and it can be a bit of work to loosen it again. The rope attachment for the shears is-- naturally-- designed to work with the pole at its full 14' length. Which also means that you have a lot of loose rope flopping around if you have the pole set at 9'-- and it can get in the way.

Finally, the saw blade can sometimes get in the way when you're using the shears, especially in very "bushy" growth-- it tends to get "caught" in the greenery. If I have to shape trees, or prune water shoots (which would only require the use of shears) I have found it easiest to completely unbolt the saw blade so it's not in the way. This "problem" is probably a part of most pole pruners.

Overall, though, this is an excellent tool for those with lots of trees in their garden, and I am glad to recommend it.




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