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Spring Spruce-Up

Keeping Lawn and Garden Tools in Shape

Keep your spring maintenance tools rust-free, sharpened and mechanically sound.

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Pruning Shears (3 of 7)

To keep pruners in good condition throughout spring, only use them to cut branches. FELCO, a Swiss manufacturer of professional pruners and shearers, also recommends the following:

  • - Get in the habit of cleaning the blade with a dry cloth after every use.
  • - Oil the spring and revolving handle shaft often. Oiling the blade after every use will also prevent rust.
  • - Sharpen the blade before you begin to need more effort to cut branches.
  • - Adjust cutting and anvil-blade alignment when the cut is no longer clean.

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