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kenkew:
Quality secateurs aren't cheap and are well worth paying the extra money for and with a little care will last a life-time.
 The pair below are around 20 years old and in need a a little attention. Not a difficult job to get them back into good shape.
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A visual check.

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The spring comes off easy with a push inwards.

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Remove the locking nut. This should be pretty tight.

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Turn over and unscrew the retaining screw.

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All the parts.

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Clean off the dirt, grit and grease with w/spirit.

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A polish with metal cleaning paste will remove stubborn dirt.

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Sharpen the beveled blade on an oiled stone. Note the slight angle to retain the bevel.

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Turn the blade, keep it flat, pass it along the stone 2/3 times to remove any burr.

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Do the same with the inner side of the other blade. Keep flat!

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Wash parts again in w/spirit.

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Note the dirt.

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Apply a drop of grease between these parts.

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Turn blade and fit.

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A drop of grease here too.

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Assemble. Tighten the retaining screw until the cutters operate at the right tension.

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Replace and tighten the lock-nut. This stops the retaining screw working loose.

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A drop of oil on the spring.


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Do that and off you go. Happy pruning.

kt.:
WOW!. I usually en up buying a pair annually. This year I have just purchased a  Wilkinson Sword pair in a sale for 4.99 from 13.

How about soaking them in coca cola to clear rust then brushing over with oil once dried? Well it may work.......... ???

kenkew:

--- Quote from: ktlawson on March 08, 2008, 13:35:16 ---How about soaking them in coca cola to clear rust then brushing over with oil once dried? Well it may work.......... ???

--- End quote ---

If you do that you'll end-up buying a new pair every year.... ;D

Tee Gee:
The securing sliding clip on my Felcos has become a bit slack and it always seems to lock the blades at the most inopportune times.

Can anyone suggest a way to tighten this as it operates on a rivet rather than an adjustable screw.

BTW; Liked the step by step picture guide.

kenkew:
I fixed the slide lock on another pair yesterday. Any chance of a pic of the badly behaving lock? There are many sorts.

Cancel the above....I just read 'Felco'.....back in awhile with a solution.
Ken.

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