Advantages Lightweight yet robust. User comfort. Corrosion free blades.
Disadvantages Thumb-lock may need loosening at beginning of use.
|Durability||Made from longlasting material|
|Ease of use||Helped with the job in hand|
Draper Expert 45312 225 mm Bypass-Pattern SecateursI'm very fortunate to have a very large garden as I love growing all types of plants, shrubs and trees but of course there is a considerable amount of maintenance work involved. I own a small collection of secateurs however one of my two pairs of bypass secateurs has become corroded over recent years and almost useless despite my efforts to restore and sharpen. My daughter gave me these Draper expert bypass secateurs as a birthday present last Autumn and it was the ideal time of the year to test them out with the usual abundance of pruning and trimming at the end of growing season.
~~ Draper Tools Ltd ~~
Originating in 1919 Draper Tools is a British company and I was impressed to discover the business has remained family run to the present day. Draper Tools prides itself in producing quality tools at reasonable prices along with following high ethical and environmental standards of practice.
~~ Initial thoughts ~~
Being fussy about colour, I liked the green painted and black plastic and rubber black colouring of these secateurs, but more importantly I thought they looked well made in design and material, giving an overall immediate impression of quality. They feel solid without being too heavy. I have quite small hands so can tend to find secateurs cumbersome and awkward to hold and operate, these secateurs feel comfortable to grasp, open and close.
The blades are Teflon coated to prevent corrosion, another good design feature as secateurs stored outside throughout year in a shed (or on occasion accidentally left out in the garden) do need to be durable. Surprisingly quite a few of my garden tools have become rusty and corroded to some extent over time.A black plastic thumb lever lock releases the blades. I found this needed quite a bit of force to shift at first but after a few weeks of use this eased and has since been easy to push across with my thumb yet provides a strong secure lock when closed. It would be a simple matter of tightening a screw if in the future the lever lock becomes too loose.
There is a little black plastic slider button for three blade opening positions marked by dots. The narrowest allows the blades to open only at 2.5cm, central position is 3cm and the widest is to 4cm. At first I thought it a little disappointing the blades did not open wider than 4cm, but quite honestly in use I have never found this to be a problem or hindrance in any way at all.
~~ Availability and Price ~~
Draper Expert 45312 225 mm Bypass-Pattern Secateurs are currently available from Amazon priced £9.72 and from Tooled-Up.com for £11.99. In my mind these secateurs are very good value for money, a few of my more expensive secateurs just do not compare in terms of good overall design.
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