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Best Grafting Tool Reviews in 2020 - Top 8 Picks With Ultimate Comparison

Grafting used to be a job undertaken solely by arborist and professional gardeners alike, but with people wanting to become more involved in their garden, an increase of professional grade tools available to consumers has increased. Grafting may not a be a well-known gardening trends and some people may have never heard of it, but in its most simple form, it is cutting two twigs in order to join them together to promote the growing of a hybrid.

If you have never grafted before and it is something you are interested in doing or you are already well established in this skill, there is a product for you. We have tried, tested and reviewed the best grafting tools available on the market and given you an ultimate comparison guide to ensure you make the best purchasing decision.

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Price

Best Grafting Tool Reviews in 2020 – Top 8 Picks With Ultimate Comparison - Tools DiaryNAYE Garden Grafting Tool

NAYE Garden Grafting Tool

9.5 x 8 x 2 

Best Grafting Tool Reviews in 2020 – Top 8 Picks With Ultimate Comparison - Tools DiaryZALALOVA Garden Grafting Tools

ZALALOVA Garden Grafting Tools

9.4 x 5.4 x 2.8


Best Grafting Tool Reviews in 2020 – Top 8 Picks With Ultimate Comparison - Tools DiaryHymnorq Professional Pruning Shears Grafting Cutting Tool

Hymnorq Professional Pruning Shears Grafting Cutting Tool

9.6 x 5.6 x 2

Best Grafting Tool Reviews in 2020 – Top 8 Picks With Ultimate Comparison - Tools DiaryFUNTECK 2-in-1 Grafting Tools With Pruner Kit

FUNTECK 2-in-1 Grafting Tools With Pruner Kit

14.15 x 6 x 2.85

Best Grafting Tool Reviews in 2020 – Top 8 Picks With Ultimate Comparison - Tools DiaryGORCHEN Garden Grafting Pruning Pruner Tool Kit

GORCHEN Garden Grafting Pruning Pruner Tool Kit

6.61 x 5.98 x 1.97

Best Grafting Tool Reviews in 2020 – Top 8 Picks With Ultimate Comparison - Tools Diarylohill Professional Garden Grafting Tool

lohill Professional Garden Grafting Tool

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Best Grafting Tool Reviews in 2020 – Top 8 Picks With Ultimate Comparison - Tools DiaryLCDCM Portable Grafting Cutting Tool

LCDCM Portable Grafting Cutting Tool

10.08 x 6.42 x 2.48

Best Grafting Tool Reviews in 2020 – Top 8 Picks With Ultimate Comparison - Tools DiaryBasong Professional Grafting Cutting Tool

Basong Professional Grafting Cutting Tool

9.3 x 5.3 x 2.2


Best Grafting Tool Reviews - Quick Overview

 1. NAYE Garden Grafting Tool

Best Grafting Tool Reviews in 2020 – Top 8 Picks With Ultimate Comparison - Tools DiaryNAYE Garden Grafting Tool Review

The NAYE grafting kit provides you with everything you need to begin grafting, regardless of your level. The tool comes with everything you need, a good level of tape, elastic bands as well as replacement blades. You won’t need to purchase anything else once you have this kit. One feature I particularly liked about this kit is that the blades are reversible, so if one edge is starting to become blunt, simply turn it over to use the sharper size, not only does this save money, it also saves time.

One of the biggest things about grafting is making sure that the cuts are mirror images of one another. This has been a let down on some tools I’ve previously used, especially when you get to the more complicated omega cuts. The NAYE consistently produced cuts that were a mirror image of one another making grafting simple and straight forward, even if you have never done it before.

The construction of the grafting tool is excellent. It is weighty, due to being made of stainless steel, but that result in a tool that is durable and long lasting, and even if somehow you manage to leave it outside, it won’t rust. The pruning tool can be used whilst it is still set up as a grafting tool, optimising efficiency.

Things We Liked

  • Stainless steel construction
  • Multi-tool functionality
  • Gives you three different cuts, omega, U cut and V cut
  • Cuts mirror each other perfectly
  • Easy to use

Things We Didn't Like

  • Only good for smaller branches, no more than ¼ inch in diameter
  • It can be difficult to change the blades the first time due to how tight the screws are

 2. ZALALOVA Garden Grafting Tools

Best Grafting Tool Reviews in 2020 – Top 8 Picks With Ultimate Comparison - Tools DiaryZALALOVA Garden Grafting Tools Review

What makes the ZALALOVA stand out from other tools is the carbon steel construction of the blades. This gives you a tool that will consistently work and continue to do so even with extensive use. The lubrication of the blade prevents oxidisation and reduces the chances of the tool rusting, even if you do leave it outside between jobs.

The ZALALOVA set comes with everything you could need to begin grafting and the accuracy of the cuts is what really sets it apart from other sets. The more accurate the cut, the better the mirror cut is which vastly improves the survival rate of your plant. It also gives you the three cuts that you will need for grafting, the omega, the V and the U. This range makes sure you can always perform the best type of cuts for your needs.

With some tools you need to apply a lot of pressure to make sure you get the cleanest of cuts. This isn’t the case with this company, you don’t need to apply a lot of force to get the perfect cut. This is ideal for people who may have mobility issues in their hands or don’t have the strength normally associated with grafting plants.

Things We Liked

  • Constructed of carbon steel
  • Blade lubrication limits the chances of oxidisation
  • Easy to compress the handle
  • Gives you the range of cuts you will need for grafting
  • Excellent mirror image cuts for easy grafting

Things We Didn't Like

  • The blades don’t hold their sharpness for very long, so you will need to change them regularly.
  • When you change the blades the first time round you may struggle as the screws are locked in very tight.

 3. Hymnorq Professional Pruning Shears Grafting Cutting Tool

Best Grafting Tool Reviews in 2020 – Top 8 Picks With Ultimate Comparison - Tools DiaryHymnorq Professional Pruning Shears Grafting Cutting Tool Review

When you are grafting, you may find that your hands can get fatigued very quickly, the manner in which the Hymnorg has been designed, limits this fatigue and makes long jobs easier. The ergonomic grip construction and design limits muscle soreness, even after long uses. You don’t just have to use the tool for grafting, it also doubles up as an effective pruner, and making sure you can clear away the twigs before you get starting on grafting.

The blades are easily to replace in the Hymnorq, making sure that you will never be caught short on a job unable to replace and operate. When you are cutting the rootstock and scion, you need to make sure that these cuts match together as much as possible; if they don’t there is a low likelihood of survival. The Hymnorg produces clean cuts that slot together well which will increase survival rate.

You can use the blades to make your core cuts, the omega, U and V to ensure that you give your root stock and scion the best chance of survival. This coupled with a high-quality tool makes grafting easier to complete. The high-quality materials used in the Hymnorg give you a tool that you can go back to each and every time and know that it will work and won’t suffer from oxidisation.

Things We Liked

  • Ergonomic design reduces the impact on your hands, even with sustained use.
  • High quality materials and construction give you a tool that will last.
  • Changeable blades
  • Doubles up as a pruner
  • Amazing standard of mirror cuts to increase survival chances

Things We Didn't Like

  • Unlike other kits, you will need to purchase tape separately
  • This grafter is best used on soft small limbs, if you have bigger jobs, this tool will struggle.

 4. FUNTECK 2-in-1 Grafting Tools With Pruner Kit

Best Grafting Tool Reviews in 2020 – Top 8 Picks With Ultimate Comparison - Tools DiaryFUNTECK 2-in-1 Grafting Tools With Pruner Kit Review

The FUNTECK can handle a larger scion or root stock twig than others we have reviewed. It can quite comfortably graft sticks between ¼ and ½ an inch, even if the wood is harder. This is excellent as it gives you an array of trees and plants that you are now able to graft, where you might not have been able to previously. The spring loaded handle makes cutting far easier and less tiresome on your hands, especially if you have a long day ahead.

The high quality construction gives you a tool that will last and consistently perform. You can be sure that the cuts you are making in the root stock and scion will match each other, which will promote healing and recovery.

The interchangeable nature of the blades makes it so you can adjust on the move;the three different types of graft make sure that you always have the right one on hand. The FUNTECK comes as a complete kit, which for beginners is ideal. You won’t need to purchase any additional grafting accessories and you will be able to change all blades with the tools the kit provides.

Things We Liked

  • This brand provides you with a complete kit for all your grafting needs
  • Interchangeable blades make sure you can cut omega, V and U
  • Can cut between a ¼ inch and ½ inch twig
  • Mirrored cuts increase survival rate
  • High quality materials and construction

Things We Didn't Like

  • It doesn’t come with an instruction booklet
  • The knife isn’t as high quality as the rest of the tools

 5. GORCHEN Garden Grafting Pruning Pruner Tool Kit

Best Grafting Tool Reviews in 2020 – Top 8 Picks With Ultimate Comparison - Tools DiaryGORCHEN Garden Grafting Pruning Pruner Tool Kit Review

The Gorchen was one of the standout products when I used it as it does both pruning and grafting exceptionally well. Usually a combination tool will either do two jobs to a mediocre level, or one job poorly, this isn’t the case with the Gorchen. The blades stay sharp, even after extended use and it has a wide range of cutting capability making it a really good tool to have around.

The Gorchen has an excellent range of cutting capability; it can cut between 0.2 inches to 0.55 inches which is enough for most jobs around your garden. You are also able to select which cut you want to make, be it omega, U or V depending on the job at hand. Unlike other tools, making these cuts is relatively easy, but you will need good hand strength behind you to make sure that you get the cleanest result.

Gorchen provide you with the full kit so you can get started straight away. Whilst the handle isn’t ergonomically designed unlike other products, it is comfortable but if you are a professional or you have a big job you want to do, you may find your hand gets easily fatigued and sore. The ABS construction of the handle is built to withstand a high amount of pressure, so you can be sure that even the strongest of grip won’t damage it.

Things We Liked

  • The blades remain sharp, even with consistent use
  • Excellent cutting range
  • Choice of omega, U and V cuts
  • Full kit means you won’t have to purchase anything else
  • ABS plastic handle won’t give out even with a strong grip

Things We Didn't Like

  • This tool doesn’t work well for bigger cuts
  • There are no instructions included with the kit

 6. Lohill Professional Garden Grafting Tool

Best Grafting Tool Reviews in 2020 – Top 8 Picks With Ultimate Comparison - Tools Diarylohill Professional Garden Grafting Tool Review

The Iohill functions as both a pruner and a grafter, and it does both jobs relatively well. When you are grafting the root stock and scion, the cuts and the sizes of both pieces need to be identical to ensure the maximum rate of survival. The cuts that the Iohill generate are very clean and can easily be joined to one another to give a smooth finish.

The kit itself includes everything you could need to get started on your projects at home. Not only do you get the tool, you also get two rolls of tape, elastic bands and a screwdriver and wrench to make sure you can change the type of cut on the go without having to go back to your shed. The Iohill includes three different types of cuts depending on what you need, the Omega cut, the V cut and the U cut. All of which can be changed with the tools provided in the kit.

The Iohill give you a wide range of cuts, you can cut from 3/16th to 17/32th, but you will need to ensure that the cuts made are in two pieces of exactly the same size. If they aren’t, you will find that the graft won’t survive. The construction of the Iohill is good quality for hobbyists, but not professionals. The blades and handle are constructed of high quality materials, but the lack of ergonomics results in a tool that can’t be used for an extended period of time without you feeling it in your hands.

Things We Liked

  • A complete tool kit that will get you grafting right away
  • Three different cuts are provided to you, the Omega, the V and the U
  • High quality materials and construction
  • Operates well as both a grafting tool and pruner
  • Excellent mirror cuts that increase the chance of survival

Things We Didn't Like

  • The cutting range is limited and may not be broad enough for professional use
  • Lack of ergonomic considerations result in a tool that can fatigue your hands

 7. LCDCM Portable Grafting Cutting Tool

Best Grafting Tool Reviews in 2020 – Top 8 Picks With Ultimate Comparison - Tools DiaryLCDCM Portable Grafting Cutting Tool Review

The two in one LCDCM is an excellent pruner and grafter that will help beginners get the maximum chances of survival when they graft the root stock and scion. The cleaner the cuts you make, the higher the chances of graft surviving and the LCDCM provides you with clean cuts that are a mirror image. This mirror image is important as it reduces air reaching the internals of the plant, so lessens the chance of disease.

In the LCDCM tree grafting tool, you are provided with three different types of cuts, the Omega, the V and the U cut. This array of cuts all serves a different purpose. The inclusion of tools in the kit makes sure that even if you are at the bottom of your garden working on your fruit trees, you can switch the blades out quickly and effectively without having to walk back to your tool box. Indeed, it’s an ideal grafting tools for fruit trees.

The manner in which the LCDCM is constructed is that of quality. The grafting tools and pruning shears are constructed of high quality carbon steel composite; this construction reduces the chance of chipping as well as rust. So even if you accidentally leave the outside you can be sure that they won’t be damaged by the weather. The plastic handles are constructed of ABS plastic; this reduces the chance of it shattering in the cold weather or with a high application of pressure.

Things We Liked

  • The LCDCM provides you with a full grafting and pruning kit
  • Quality construction and made from materials that will last
  • Three different cuts for all your grafting needs
  • Good range of cutting sizes
  • Durable storage case

Things We Didn't Like

  • Significant lack of ergonomic considerations, if you are professional this is something that will hinder protracted use of the tool
  • This works better with harder wood as it struggles to cut through soft twigs

 8. Basong Professional Grafting Cutting Tool

Best Grafting Tool Reviews in 2020 – Top 8 Picks With Ultimate Comparison - Tools DiaryBasong Professional Grafting Cutting Tool Review

The Basong kit it’s a high standard kit that will give you everything you need to begin grafting at home. The Basong promotes a high survival rate by giving you clean, mirrored cuts. Whilst the Basong doesn’t have the highest distance range, the cuts it does make are very clean and fit together very well. It is an ideal starter kit for people that haven’t used a professional grafting tool before.

You don’t just get the tool in the kit; you also get all the accessories needed to begin your new hobby. These inclusions make your life far easier as you aren’t left second guessing what other products you may need to buy to start grafting. The tape is of good quality and provides an excellent barrier to ensure a high chance of survival. Furthermore, the Basong promotes time saving you no longer need to make both cuts by hand and this further increases the chance of survival as your cuts will now match.

The two in one tool is made from high quality materials that won’t warp or shatter, even in extreme temperatures, especially if you have accidentally left it outside. The blades remain sharp even with consistent and protracted use. If you have good grip strength, you don’t need to be concerned with how hard you press the handles. They are more than up to the job and won’t feel like they are breaking under the pressure.

Things We Liked

  • Excellent kit for new grafters
  • Three different cuts included, the Omega, the U and the V
  • Two in one tool, the pruner and the grafter
  • Constructed well and made from high quality materials
  • Clean mirrored cuts

Things We Didn't Like

  • Lack of ergonomic considerations, so maybe not ideal for a professional
  • There isn’t an instruction manual or how to guide so some users may struggle initially.

What Is Grafting?

Grafting is the simple term of joining two different plants together to produce a different result. When you begin grafting you will start with the root stock, which may have characteristics that you don’t see in your other plants. The root stock may fare well in drought conditions or have superior root structure to other varieties of your plants. Your donor plant is called the scion, and this is what you will be fixing to your root stock, it may be that your donor plant produces fantastic fruit or flowers but isn’t as hardy as other varieties that you have.

When you graft the two together, you are getting the best of both worlds. Your new hybrid will benefit from having a stronger root system or be better equipped to deal with drought conditions but still give you the fruit of your donor or scion plant. Whilst grafting may sound complex, it is relatively straight forward and is a good way of strengthening your plants to give them the best chance of survival. Grafting is also used to help propagate your fruit trees;grafting can increase cross pollination as some fruit trees require this method.

How Do You Graft?

Grafting is when you make the male and female cuts in the root stock and the scion; you can use a V cut, a U cut and the omega cut. The omega cut is best for larger scions and root stocks as it provides you with an interlocking cut to promote maximum survival. V cuts and U cuts are ideal for smaller branches as they are less invasive than the omega cut. Once you have completed your cut, simply wrap it in the grafter’s tape provided. This keeps the cuts clean, dry and away from potential infection. Not all trees and plants can be grafted so it is worth researching what plants will fare best when you do this.

Key Facts To Know Before You Start Grafting

The cleaner the cuts, the better the chance of survival. If it looks as though your cuts don’t sit well with one another, then your graft won’t take, and you run the risk of damaging your root stock. If you get the cut wrong, simply use the pruning shears to cut below it and start again. The tighter the fit the better the graft will take, so make sure that you are cutting two pieces that are a near on identical size. You won’t be able to match two pieces that are of differing thickness as the larger graft will die due to part of the inside becoming exposed to the elements. Once you have made your cut, make sure that you wrap it with the tape that most kits provide, this will help the graft to take.

Consideration To Make Before You Buy

Before you make the purchase of your new grafting set, consider a few factors that may help your decision-making process. The first thing to consider is how often you will be using the tool. If you are a professional and you will be using it on a regular basis you want to make sure that you are purchasing a comfortable tool.

Professionals​

The Hymnorg is an excellent product for professionals, as it is the only model that has ergonomic design features to limit the fatigue felt in your hands. If you are just starting grafting and won’t be using the tool all too often, then the Hymnorg may not be for you, as you will also need to purchase additional items to complete your grafting tool kit set.

Professionals will also need a tool that will last and consistently perform; the Zalolova is the only tool that comes with lubricated blades as standard. This lubrication vastly reduces the chances that your blades will suffer from oxidisation that can lead to rust and corrosion. Again, the Zalalova doesn’t give you a complete set, unlike the Basong. So if you are just starting out grafting, you may want to purchase a set that includes everything you need to get going.

Gardeners and Hobbyists

Whether you are just starting out, or you have grafted for a while, a complete set is always easier than purchasing items individually. The Basong will provide new grafters with everything they need in order to start, you get the tool, the tape, the elastic band and all tools needed to change blades and fitments. This way you can be sure that you have everything you need at an arm’s reach and you don’t have to return to your shed because you have forgotten something. The only drawback to this is that you don’t get a tool that is ergonomically designed, but if you are using it infrequently this won’t be an issue. If you are worried about a lack of hand mobility or strength, don’t be, most grafting tools have spring loaded handles to reduce the pressure needed in order to make a smooth cut. For gardeners, the best tool set for you to select will be one that comes with everything you require, such as tape, elastic bands and all tools that you will need to change blades and cuts.

Final Thoughts

If you have never heard of grafting, it can be a strange concept to get your head around, but if you are an avid gardener and want to give it a go, here is our ultimate comparison and buyers guide to help you well on your way. Grafting isn’t difficult but there are things to consider before you dive headfirst into grafting all your plants at home, make sure that your cuts fit and match and that your root stock and scion are of the same size. Not all plants can be grafted, so it is important to thoroughly research and understand which plants will benefit from this treatment and which ones may potentially suffer from it.

Before you purchase your kit, think about how often you will be using it. IF you are a professional, then a kit that has ergonomic considerations will help your hands on those long days, as well as treated blades that will help reduce the chance of rust and corrosion. If you aren’t a professional and are just an avid gardener or hobbyist who wants to give grafting a good go, then look for a kit that has everything included in it to make sure that you don’t need to purchase anything else. This way you can be sure that when you carry your kit around your garden, you will have everything you need to get started. When it comes to selecting which product you need, consider how you are going to use your tool before you make the purchase to help you reduce the buying options. This way you will be left with a tool that is fit for purpose and will perform as you expect!

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