Pruning Shears (or pruners, clippers, secateurs)
A bypass pruner acts like scissors and works very well for growing stems. Anvil pruners feature a straight blade that uses a splitting action. It is perfect for dry branches and limbs. Ratchet pruners are like anvil pruners, but they feature a mechanism that cuts the tree in stages. Ratchet pruners are ideal for those who don’t want to strain their wrists.
However, anvil blades are more likely to crush new stems and branches instead of cutting them cleanly, which increases the chance of damaging the tree tissue. As with hand pruners, choose loppers with scissoring blades like bypass looper instead of anvil blades.