Corona Bypass Pruner Bp 3160 (038313000608) Reviews

Corona Bypass Pruner Bp 3160 (038313000608)

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The Pruner Made to be Abused and Overused

Dec 28, 2006 (Updated Dec 28, 2006)
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Pros:Economic, easy to clean, sharpen, and use over and over


The Bottom Line: Cleaning up winter damage and deadheading summer plants is less tiring and easy with this comfortable and reliable set of sharp pruners.

Overgrown roses with dead wood or weak growth will be begging for attention over the next few months—if you don’t believe me, just watch, you’ll see. Depending on where you live, late winter or early spring provides the best times to prune most plants. Woody shrubs that have become too woody with dead, or very old canes, will welcome some timely attention. My roses, spirea, and honeysuckle are already nagging while the forsythia, lilac, and weigela will have to wait until they finish blooming.

Did someone give you a Corona bypass pruner this holiday season? If not, don’t you deserve to treat yourself to a quality pruner? I’ve several favorites, but the Corona Clipper Bypass Pruner 3160 keeps this gardener happy for many reasons.

It’s a generalist. It will work on almost every project less than ¾ inches. It fits my hand. The cushioned grip doesn’t slip. It’s easy to adjust and simple to clean. Using a Corona sharpening tool I’m able to keep the high quality steel alloy blade sharp. It holds and maintains a proper edginess throughout most pruning tasks.

This bypass pruner easily cuts canes and stems up to ¾ inches in diameter. When branches are wider I recommend another tool, perhaps loppers. The bypass pruner action is similar to using scissors, but the blade and hook are designed to allow close cuts.

A special feature, the sap groove, helps to reduce friction and sticking while pruning. This recessed area reduces contact between the two blades resulting in less friction and sticking. It also allows more cutting time between cleanings. My bypass pruner is at least five years old and will undoubtedly see another season beginning in a few months.

This bypass pruner is my most overused and abused tool. While there are a lot of pruners available, at many different prices, it was important for me to find one that could be easily cleaned and sharpened. As my hands age (I’m not aging, just my hands), it was also necessary to find one that was ergonomically comfortable. The cushioned vinyl handle and the spring action on this were both a comfortable fit and a smooth motion.

The pruner has a self-aligning pivot bolt that can be easily adjusted, but it can also be replaced if it comes free and disappears into the garden forever lost. Like wearing old shoes or jeans, once your hand becomes accustomed to this pruner you won’t be eager to replace it so replacement parts are a desirable feature. If the spring gives up, you can replace it through the Corona online catalogue. The pruner easily locks (with one hand) for safety using a special locking clip and eyelet (also replaceable). I try to carry mine in a leather case, but if I’m seriously working in the garden, the pruner never makes it to the case until the end of the day.

This bypass pruner is designed for general pruning and it’s perfect for cutting flowers. The razor sharp blade provides the desired clean cuts necessary for quick healing and for your shrub's general health. (Acquaint yourself with pruning guidelines before attacking your shrubs this winter so you understand who needs what and when.) The ergonomic features make both cleaning up winter damage on shrubs and deadheading summer annuals and perennials less tiring, leaving your hand ready for other tasks. (Did someone say dig?) Pruning can tire most hands, regardless of how experienced you are, so I recommend sampling a variety of pruners before buying. You will most likely return to the Corona Bypass Pruner 3160 for both its fit, reliability, and cost.

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