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Which Bypass shears and pruning saw

Discussion in 'Tree Service Equipment' started by chefcam864, Apr 22, 2014.

  1. chefcam864

    chefcam864 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 194

    I use bypass shears a lot, and finally decided to upgrade from my old Corona BP3160's. I looked at Felco, ARS, & Bahco. My main problem with the Corona was their ergonomics, or lack there of. My wrists would be killing me at the end of a day of pruning. Anyways, I ended up going with the Bahco PX-M2, and am very pleased. They have very good ergonimcs, comfortable handles, and cut quite well. While I was at it , I figured I'd go ahead and replace my pruning saw, which was about toast. I ended going with a Silky 330mm Zubat. I haven't had a chance to use it yet, but it ought come in handy very soon.
    Anyways, I was wondering what other's preferences are, and why. These are two very important tools, that I'd really never given much thought to, but after switching to the Bahco shears, I wish I had.
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  2. M&L

    M&L LawnSite Member
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  3. dieselfuel

    dieselfuel LawnSite Member
    Messages: 114

    I used to use felcos, but now everything in my toolbox is Stihl.
  4. chefcam864

    chefcam864 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 194

    Haha! Man I hear that. It just seems like I'm always going for my shears. I just keep them in holster on my belt while I'm mowing because I always end seeing things here and there that need fixing. I may just have an OCD problem...
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  5. Twinlakes

    Twinlakes LawnSite Member
    Messages: 129

    Felco all the way.

    I've had the same pair of 13's for going on 16yrs. now. Just got a 621 trim saw the other day. Always within hand reach.
  6. Saws and hand saws hands down Silky. I have some Corona saws I scored at TJMAXX for like $8 each that are good...but thry aren't Silky. I've owned Felcos and honestly I think the Corona equivalent is just as good.
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  7. larryinalabama

    larryinalabama LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 19,238

    I used to buy Corona, but they seemed to have legs and would run away. So now I use Harbor Freight, they still run away but Im not so attached to them.

    I do have a high reach Corona pole saw/pruner, that comes in handy. Any thing I can reach with the Sthil Kombi saw and extension gets done with gas power.
  8. chefcam864

    chefcam864 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 194

    Man, get rid of those harbor freight shears! I had a set of those, and they don't do the plants or your hands any favors. You can get the Bahco's on Amazon for about $42 with shipping. It's one of those things you don't think about, but since I made the switch I can feel a world of difference in my wrists and hands.
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  9. YellowDogSVC

    YellowDogSVC LawnSite Gold Member
    from TX
    Messages: 3,787

    I second Silky. I use the hayuchi pole saw, and the Zubat hand saw. Razor sharp and will saw through a 6" piece of oak effortlessly.

    Corona used to make a good hand saw. Not sure how they are lately but their bypass shears, the 3" capacity version are built heavy duty with metal handles and I found a pair for $50 which was half the price of my other Corona with wood handles.

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