The Traditional Bypass Pruner from A.M. Leonard was declared "best all-around pruner" in a Popular Mechanics test. It retails at $ 34.39 for one through five, with volume discounts if more than that are purchased. The 1286 model is backed by lifetime warranty.
Popular Mechanics magazine put three top pruners through their paces, going far beyond what you would normally expect from a bypass pruner. They chopped everything from celery to rope and even chicken wire. A.M. Leonard's bypass pruner clearly rose to the top in 2 out of 3 categories tested, with the sharpest blades and the most precise cuts.
It's a classic performer for all-around use, featuring a 1-inch cutting capacity, with forged aluminum handles for strength and high carbon steel blades that keep a keen edge. The spring action enables a smooth, cutting action from the carbon steel blades for crisp cuts.
Designed for all-around use, the chrome-plated blades resist rust, corrosion, and sap for easy cleaning and keep a keen edge. Anvil blade is riveted to the forged aluminum handles for extra strength. Has a pivot-locking mechanism, and solid forged handles with anti-slip grips. Vinyl coated handles. 8.5-inch overall length; weight of 10 oz. Lifetime warranty.
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