Anvil or bypass? The best secateurs for your application!

Choosing the right secateurs can make a big difference to the maintenance of your garden. Garden shears are available as anvil or bypass garden shears.

Both types of scissors have advantages and disadvantages and are best suited for different applications.

In this article, we will highlight the differences between these two types of scissors and help you make the best choice for your needs.

Anvil pruning shears

How they work: Anvil pruning shears have a blade that meets an anvil, much like a knife meets a cutting board. This design makes it possible to exert a lot of pressure on the material to be cut, making it easy to cut through thicker branches and harder materials. The anvil is made of a much softer metal than the hardened blade. This prevents wear on the blade when it hits the anvil. The pulling cut that results reduces the effort required and allows the blade to glide more easily through the material being cut.

Advantages:

  1. Powerful cut: Anvil shears are ideal for cutting thicker branches and hard wood.
  2. Less effort required: Anvil shears cut through the material to be cut in a pulling cut. This noticeably reduces the effort required for cutting.
  3. Usability for right and left-handers: Anvil shears can be used with both the right and left hand. Bypass scissors are generally made for right-handed users.
  4. Durable: Due to their robust design, anvil shears are often more durable and less susceptible to damage.
  5. Cost-effective: The replacement blade on our anvil shears can be replaced easily and cost-effectively.
  6. Spare parts supply: All parts for our anvil shears can be ordered and are easy to replace. There is a perfect spare parts supply for sustainable use of the pruning shears.

Disadvantages:

  1. For fibrous and very thin clippings: Anvil shears have fundamental disadvantages compared to bypass shears when cutting very thin and fibrous clippings.

NOTE: However, the anvil shears we offer from Löwe – the inventor of anvil shears – are so precise and sophisticated that they even cut paper and also cut fibrous and thin material effortlessly.

Bypass pruning shears

How they work: Bypass pruning shears work in a similar way to normal shears. Two curved blades glide past each other and produce a clean, precise cut. This makes them ideal for cutting thin, fibrous plant material.

Advantages:

  1. Fibrous clippings: They are ideal for cutting fresh, green branches and flowers.
  2. Perfect geometry for hedge trimmers

Disadvantages:

  1. More effort: Compared to anvil shears, bypass shears require more effort, especially with thicker branches.
  2. Unrestricted usability for right-handers only: Bypass shears can only be used precisely with the right hand. There are only a few specially manufactured bypass scissors for left-handers on the market; these cannot be used by right-handers.
Bypass Gartenschere
Beste Heckenschere
Bypass Gartenschere Rollgriff

Which scissors are right for you?

The choice between anvil and bypass pruning shears depends on the type of work you want to carry out in your garden:

  • For cutting thick, hard branches and dry wood: choose anvil pruning shears. It is powerful and robust, ideal for most cutting jobs.
  • For cutting very fibrous clippings and flowers: bypass pruning shears are the better choice here. It cuts precisely and protects the plant tissue.

Additional tips:

  • Care and maintenance: Regardless of the choice of scissors, regular care is important.
    • Sharpen the blades if necessary.
    • Clean the scissors after each use and do not leave them damp after work.
    • Oil the moving parts regularly.
Conclusion:

Both anvil and bypass pruning shears have their specific advantages and ideal areas of application. The best choice depends on your individual needs and the requirements of your garden. With the right secateurs, you can take optimum care of your plants and make gardening more efficient and enjoyable.

Regardless of which type you choose, make sure you look after your tools properly so that you can enjoy them for a long time.

All garden shears and loppers that we offer are of high quality and provide the best cutting performance in their systems.

However, we recommend the anvil shears from Original Löwe. In our experience, these offer the best cutting results, the best spare parts supply, the simplest assembly with standard tools when changing wearing parts and the best price-performance ratio.

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