This month’s blog is a continuation (and expansion) on a couple of issues which were briefly covered in last month’s blog on maintaining pruning tools. This has come about because of questions we’ve had from customers regarding the wearing down of cutting blades when using sharpening stones. We’ve had this query from customers sharpening a variety of tools including secateurs, loppers and electric pruning shears.
Some tools are sold with sharpening stones which can be quite coarse. Stones are a very effective tool for sharpening however, with overuse coarse stones can ‘eat through’ your blades very quickly. Users can often also be guilty of overusing stone (over sharpening) their tools and if they’re using a coarser type stone this will increase the amount of wear on the blade.
Our recommendation for sharpening:
Sharpening your cutting blade (refer to diagram above)