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A brief history pruning shears

(or the great revolution in size)

Although electric pruning shears are now considered to be the benchmark tool for professional pruning - in viticulture, arboriculture, olive-growing and green spaces - this has not always been the case! The invention of manual pruning shears dates back only to 1810!

It was Antoine François Bertrand de Molleville, Louis XVI's Minister for the Navy and the Colonies, who made history with his ingenuity and invented the first manual pruning shears in the early 1810s. Until then, vines and trees had been tended with pruning hooks and other small pocket pruning shears, which required a great deal of time and energy. On his return to France in 1814 (after fleeing to England for several years as a result of the French Revolution), he presented his invention to pruning professionals and the news spread like wildfire across the borders.
By 1850, most of Europe and the United States were equipped with pruning shears, which continued to improve over time.


The history of pruning shears did not end there: the tool became lighter, optimised to offer more power, and solidified with more suitable materials, until 1984, marking a major turning point in the development of pruning shears. In fact, it was in this year that Daniel Delmas invented the world's very first electric pruning shears in Cahuzac sur Vère, in his native Tarn. An unprecedented innovation, this discovery marked the starting point of a whole new generation of pruning shears developed with the aim of making pruning work more pleasant, less physical and quicker.

Numerous features and improvements were added to the first model of the "ELECTROCOUP" brand over 9 generations of pruning shears. Now at the cutting edge of technology, the F3020 is much lighter, more powerful, more compact, easier to handle and safer than all its predecessors. Evolving with the times, new technologies permeate the latest pruning shears from INFACO, which offer the option of a connected box linked to a mobile application to monitor the progress of pruning directly on the internet. The aim, of course, remains tooffer even greater satisfaction to the many users around the world.

Over 200 years of development have constantly facilitated the work of professionals in many fields, while making their farms more profitable. They have also radically changed working customs and habits, prompting each generation of tailors to optimise their techniques over the decades.