How To Sharpen Garden Pruning Shears
Shear Sharpening Service for Mobile AL
Let me start by saying that I hope this post gives you the information you are looking for. This post is about sharpening garden shears – the handheld type that most gardeners use for trimming shrubbery.
Before sharpening, make sure the pruning shears are clean. Do not bypass this step. Pruning shears should be cleaned throughout the season of us because pruning shears can transfer disease from one plant to another. You want to clean them before sharpening so that there is no residue that you will be spreading or embedding in the cutting edges.
First, wash the blades with soapy water. Many people use something like a brillo pad. You can also just use a rag with soap and water and follow up with a light brushing with steel wool. Whatever method you choose should be entirely sufficient.
After the blades of the pruning shears are clean, take a small whetstone of medium or fine grit and keep in mind that you do not need to be very aggresive with its use. Pruning shears are not meant to be sharp as a razor. Due to their use as a shearing device and due to the fact they are required to sever small limbs and such, the cutting edges alignment and overall condition is much more important than their overall sharpness.
First, look for nicks or chips in the cutting edge. If any are found, use the whetstone on the flat side of the cutting edge and laying it flat on the side of the cutting edge, lightly remove nicks and burrs. Remember to keep the whetstone flat. You are not sharpening here – you are removing impediments to the sharpening which comes next.
Now, put the whetstone on the other side but this time tilt the stone so that it is at the same angle as the already in place cutting angle. Again, do not over do it. You will find that by using a tight cirrcular motion with the stone, up and down the length of the cutting edge, you will develop quite a clean and sharp edge.
For those of you that have damaged garden shears or just want someone else to clean, sharpen and adjust yours, I can offer you a superb job at a reasonable price. Spring is pretty much just around the corner. You might want to load up your garden tools and let me prepare them for spring and summer gardening and yard work. Don’t forget the shovel and hoe. You will be amazed at how much easier they are to work with when sharpened as they need to be. In fact, new from the factory yard tools are usually in need of sharpening as soon as they are purchased.
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Keep in mind that gardening shears go by many names. I offer shear sharpening service, shear sharpening, shear blade sharpening, shears sharpening services, sharpeing pruing shears and shear sharpening training – all pretty much the same thing. This is in addition to my Mobile AL knife sharpening services.
I also sharpen all types of loppers including telescoping tree and branch loppers, lopping shears or loppers as often called. I sharpen double tension loppers, bypass loppers, standard loppers and tree loppers.