Caring for your FELCO Pruning Tool
To assure longevity, I recommend that you treat your FELCO pruners with respect and keep them clean and sharp. During the growing season, I don’t do much maintenance on my pruners. However, during the Christmas season – when I am using my pruners all day to cut evergreen boughs to make fresh wreaths – I clean and sharpen my pruners at least a couple of times a week to remove the accumulation of sticky sap. This is the process I use:
- Spray cutting edge, moving mechanisms, and handles with Isopropyl rubbing alcohol. Scrub with a stiff brush to remove sticky residue and dirt.
- Rinse with clean water
- Sharpen blade using honing oil and whetstone or sharpening tool
- Lubricate the spring and hinge with 3-in-one oil or olive oil to help with lubrication and protect from moisture
- Wipe with a dry cloth
FELCO pruners are unique in that they are designed to be easily disassembled and re-assembled. This can aid in conducting a thorough cleaning, and also allows the user to replace parts if necessary.
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