Q: You mentioned a power-operated pruner on your radio show a couple of weeks ago. I am trying to find one because I raise roses and I now have arthritis in my hands.
A: My friend Jim Kelley is an accomplished rosarian with over 200 roses. He also has mild arthritis in both hands, which makes repetitive use of his hand pruners a painful experience. He invested in a Campagnola Super Star pneumatic (air driven) pruner, from Peach Ridge Orchard Supply Inc. You’ll need both the pruner and a small compressor but Jim really thinks the unit is worth it. Other power pruner models include the Pellenc Electronic Pruner, from A.M. Leonard and the FelcoMatic and FelcoTronic Pruners, from Ambergs Nursery .
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