How to Retie the Rope on a Tree Pruner

A manual tree pruner is a long, extendable pole with a pruning shear assembly on the end. The assembly operates using a lever, sometimes combined with pulleys to increase the force you can exert, allowing you to prune larger branches. To use the tool, place the hook-shaped blade onto a branch, then pull the long rope that operates the lever and close the blades. Through normal wear and tear, the rope on a pole pruner will eventually need replacing. This procedure takes just minutes to accomplish.

Two-Pulley Pruner

Step 1

Thread the end of the new pruner rope farthest from the handle through the outward-facing opening in the upper pulley.

Step 2

Pull the rope down, and thread the end of the rope through the inner side of the lower pulley.

Step 3

Pull the rope up to the upper pulley, and tie its end to either the lower bolt or the loop on the end of the pulley.

Step 4

Pull the rope carefully to operate the cutting blade of the pruners. Verify that the rope runs along the pulleys properly, and that the pulleys move freely and easily.

One-Pulley Pruner

Step 1

Thread the end of the new pruner rope through the outward-facing opening in the pulley attached to the pruning blade.

Step 2

Pull the rope down. Thread the end of the rope through the rope guide on the pole, below the pruning assembly.

Step 3

Tie a knot in the end of the rope to prevent it from coming out of the rope guide.

Step 4

Pull the rope to operate the cutting blade of the pruner. Check that the rope runs along the pulley properly and the pulley moves freely.

No-Pulley Pruner

Step 1

Thread the end of the rope up through the rope guide on the pole below the pruning assembly.

Step 2

Pull the end of the rope up to the hole in the end of the lever on the pruning blade. Thread the rope through the hole. Tie a knot to prevent the rope from coming loose.

Step 3

Pull the rope to test the cutting blade of the pruner and to make sure the rope runs freely through the rope guide.