After about six weeks of use, your garden shears get blunt. Despite doing the routine regular cleaning, the sap gets into the axel making the shears gummed up. At such a point, your shears need a thorough cleaning and sharpening to get them efficient again. There are a number of ways to sharpen your garden shears, you can use a grinder, sharpener, or file. While grinders do well, they aren’t that DIY and shall need much knowledge and experience. The best way to sharpen your garden shears by yourself is by using a file. In the guide below, we show you how to sharpen garden shears using a file.
What You Will Need
Before we go into the process, gather the following items. They can be easily found in your home garden store.
As hinted earlier, it’s normal for garden shears to develop stubborn gum from accumulated sup. We have to clean this up before using the file to avoid spoiling it and getting poor sharpening results. If you do not have a sap remover, you can easily get one online. Nail polish works great in removing sap, if you got some, you can use it instead.
A metal file
You shall need a metal file to sharpen your garden shears. A blade sharpener works very fine also and is easier to use. Get one of these and prepare to get to work.
- FLAT FILE – The WORKPRO W051001 Flat File has an ergonomic design, anti-slip, and comfortable grip so you can easily sharpen your tools
- DURABLE – This 8 inch file features durable, precise coated teeth that offer double cut on one face of the file and single cut on the sides
- ANTI-SLIP GRIP – It is constructed of high carbon hardened steel with an ergonomic anti-slip grip that offers excellent control while filing
- DEBURR ITEMS – You can also use this file to deburr items or take a sharp edge off
- MULTIPURPOSE TOOL – This file is a great multipurpose tool for professionals and do-it-yourselfers alike
Your blunt garden shears
Have your pruning shears ready.
How to Sharpen Garden Shears – Step by Step
Make a sharpening area
Before you start the actual sharpening activity, you need to prepare an area. This is because sharpening produces metal grains that are hazardous to your health when ingested. Choose an area away from food. Find a sheet, paper, or anything else to lay down in the area so they can collect the filings for easy cleaning and disposal.
Clean up the blades of your shears
The gum present in your gardening shears isn’t safe for a file. The gum gets into your file’s grooves making it slide over your shear blades instead of sharpening. Therefore, you need to make sure that the blades are clean before you proceed to sharpen.
To do this, we shall use the earlier mentioned sup remover or nail polish remover. Get some cotton or rag then soak it with your sap remover or nail polish. Apply it to your garden shears, more sore the gummed-up parts and let all the gum disappear. Now get a rag or cotton ball to clean up the blade making it ready for sharpening.
Sharpen correctly while minding the angle
The blades of your garden shears have a single at which they slide towards the edge. This angle is very important since it is the one that makes the shears sharp. While sharpening, first check the angle of your shears and keep by it. Never sharpen the edge directly.
To do it right, open up your shears fully. Place your file on the angle towards the edge of your shear blades and make one swift move away from your body. Repeat this process for the entire edge of your blade until it is sharp.
File the back of the blades
After filing the angled side of your garden shears, you shall notice that they feel rugged or rough instead of sharp. You need to clear this by slightly sharpening the backside of your shears. Lightly and gently pass your file behind the blades of your garden shears to remove the rough feeling.
How to Maintain Garden Shears
Poor usage and maintainable practices make garden shears go blunt frequently. Much sharpening eats up your shears wear fast and therefore shortens their lifetime. It is good to take good care of your garden shears to ensure a long effective serving life. Here are some tips on how to maintain your garden shears.
Clean your shears
After every use, it is good to always clean your garden shears. As they work, sup sticks on the blades and other parts. This sup causes your shears to be blunt easily and strenuous to use. To clean your shears, prepare some soapy water and use a sponge to wash off the sup and any other residue. If your garden shears can be easily detached, it’s advisable to wash them while apart since it’s easier and effective.
After washing your garden shears, avoid rust by either drying them in the sun or wiping them with a cloth. Remember to oil your shears in order to make them rust-proof even in their storage areas.
The joint part of your shears needs to be greased for swift movement and cutting during work. Get your regular farm grease and apply generously around the joining area. Wipeout any excess lubricant.
Disinfecting your garden shears
After every use, it is a good practice to disinfect your garden shears. Remember that garden shears are used on different plants in the garden. Some plants may be infected, to avoid spreading the infection to more plants, you need to disinfect your shears after every use.
Choose readily available or reachable disinfectants such as alcohol, chlorine, or any other. Dip your garden shears in the disinfectant then wipe them with a clean dry cloth. Sometimes you shall have to disinfect your shears in between uses. For instance, if you were pruning and realize that you’ve worked on an infected plant, it is advisable that you stop wiping your shears with a disinfectant before continuing.
Conclusion: How to Sharpen Garden Shears
Knowing how to sharpen garden shears is a must-know for any serious gardener. This hide shows you the best way to restore the sharpness of your garden shears. While we do not concentrate on complex machine sharpening, you can go for it after too long use and sharpening with a file.
Always have your garden shears clean and ready to get you sharpening. It is good to practice strict routine management of your garden shears to make them easier to sharpen.
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Last update on 2023-09-15 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API