I have been purchasing this product for over 15 years These pruners are the only brand that can stand up to landscape gardening at a professional level of use.
All of our staff uses Felco 8's because of the high quality cut that they make and the comfort of using them. Also it is nice to replace parts of the pruners when needed instead of purchasing a whole new pair. When making hundreds of cuts a day, you will appreciate how easy these pruners do their job and in turn let you do yours efficiently and correctly.
Bought my first Felcos (#2) in 1980, and this model #8 soon after they came out. I've broken some blades, (one tip snapped in the base of an old rose) and lost some springs, (always carry an extra - they fly and no spring is a pain). Most recently I recoated the handles with Plasti-dip (great stuff!). The only thing they couldn't do was stay put when I drove off with them on top of my truck roof -- replacing them hurt, but never doubted what I'd buy. From time to time I take them apart and put a bit of grease between the two halves and at the same time sharpen the blade, (one side only!!). I have heard complaints about the latch, but I disabled mine so they don't lock -- I keep mine in a holster on my toolbelt and don't have to fiddle with opening them. The nut sometimes needs tightening, which is a bit complicated. These maintenance needs some might dislike, but I have some non-Felcos that I use in a pinch, and none are close to equal for me. Other Felcos: �My sister-in-law likes her #6, (for smal
Having used a wide variety of hand pruners over the past 35 years nothing can compare with the Felco #8 for precision and ease of use. My pet peeves with other pruners are lack of holding an edge, sticking blades and lack of contact along the cutting guide. None of these are present with my Felco #8. Their durability is amazing too!
I bought my first pair of #8's in 1985. I still use them every day. Have not replaced any parts on them. They are all original and are like brand new. Would not buy any other brand but Felco!