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A cut above and beyond the call of duty
on 2 October 2007
I've been a professional gardener on and off for nearly ten years now, and owned a pair of these shears for about the last two or three of those. The price tag comes as something of an eye-watering surprise; you don't really expect to shell out that sum of money on something as mundane as a pair of garden shears. Believe me, though, when I say you get more than your money's worth with the Bahcos. The maxim that cheaper tools are a false economy, since you'll end up buying them twice or three times as often, has never been more clearly illustrated.
I don't so much use the Bahco shears as utterly abuse them on a daily basis, regularly using them to hack through branches that should really call for loppers or a pruning saw. I would never have believed a pair of shears could stand up to so many months of conistent punishment without losing their sharpness, or the evenness of their shearing action, before using the Bahcos. In all the time I've owned them, I've never sharpened them. They've only suffered from 'loose, wobbly blade syndrome' once, which was easily cured by a half-turn of the nut and bolt that holds the two halves together.
Heaven alone knows how much damage my elbow joints have been spared by the small rubber buffers mounted on the inside of both blades. These bounce off each other every time the shears close, so that the blades almost open themselves in readiness for the next chop. Such a little innovation, but one that comes as a pain- and labour-saving revolution when faced with several hours of continuous shearing work.
Truly a professional piece of kit. When it comes to petrol-powered gardening tools, look to Stihl and Husqvarna. When it comes to anything with a bypass shearing action - secateurs and shears, for example - then Bahco rule the roost with no competion. Swallow your concern over the cost and lay your money down.