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Old 04-05-2014, 04:36 PM
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Pruners - Throw Aways ?


You know the anvil style pruners - handheld - kinda like a parrot's beak ?

Well - they are probably my single favorite garden tool, and the most useful, aside from a shovel - But, the problem is, after a couple of DAYS of hard use, they no longer open by themselves when you release the handle.

I'm sure you all know what I'm talking about - Is there any way to "fix" this? I throw them away every week or two, and keep buying new ones which is very wasteful - but I can't spend all the time it takes to manually open them after each squeeze.
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Old 04-05-2014, 05:26 PM
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maybe clean & oil the the pruners? pruning can leave gunk on the pruners.
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Old 04-05-2014, 09:52 PM
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Good thinking, but how? I have tried working them open and closed, quickly, underwater, with no effect at all.
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Old 04-06-2014, 08:08 AM
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Don't wash them with water!

See this site for a how-to:
http://www.felcostore.com/maintenance
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Old 04-06-2014, 08:09 AM
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I regularly spritz a little WD40 into the working (spring?) mechanism of my pruners, especially before putting them up after use.
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Old 04-06-2014, 11:24 AM
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Zuzu - and it takes care of what i described ? I'll have to get some - thanks!
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Old 04-07-2014, 03:06 PM
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... it takes care of what i described ?
Yep, it's a pretty good general purpose lubricant, we keep it around the house and studio and use it for all sorts of things - squeaky hinges, sticking windows ... etc.
The "WD" in WD40 stands for Water Displacement, so it helps to keep pruner parts from becoming "stuck" by discouraging rust formation., but it requires regular use.
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Old 04-07-2014, 05:13 PM
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Wow - never knew about the "WD" - very interesting. Thanks!
I'll try some in and report back Thanks again!
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Old 04-08-2014, 09:11 AM
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I spray mine with WD40 and they work fine. Never use water!
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Old 04-08-2014, 09:52 AM
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Do you use it after each day's use?
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Old 04-08-2014, 10:53 AM
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I only do it when they start to stick. I dry them each time after using them since they get sticky and damp.
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Old 04-08-2014, 11:27 AM
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I use WD40 on my pruners after each time I use them and have never had a problem with sticking or rusting either.
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Old 04-10-2014, 05:16 PM
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To clean gunk off of my pruner's I give them a little scrub with a soap bad. I let them dry hanging on a clothes rack in the laundry room.
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Old 04-16-2014, 11:44 AM
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By reading this thread now I'm more interested in how to clean and take care of them better now too.
No water but how do you clean them? A brush?? Then give them a little lube of WD40 every now and then.
What do you do if they start to rust?? Soak them in a can of coke?
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Old 04-16-2014, 05:27 PM
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A soap pad will take care of the rust. I just wash mine like I would my kitchen scissors. Wipe off the gunk, run hot water over them and scrub with a soap pad, hang them up to dry, open of course. And then oil them. Wd40does work wonders.
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