Thats a beautiful graft union.
I recall getting a similar tool last year and using it on harder scionwood (apple, pear etc.) and completing destroying the blade.
I assume you are only going to use this on fig wood?
That’s all I have planned right now. And I’m going to make sure the fig wood is well hydrated. That will make it softer and more likely to heal.
For what the thing costs it won’t take many successful grafts to pay off.
It works great for plums (hardwood) whatever. We used it for pecans, oaks, etc.
Beautiful cuts for sure @fruitnut
@ramv those similar tools are omega grafting tools and they are completely worthless. God’s honest truth.
This is the Aliexpress Seller
I bought blades just now to go with the tool from banggood. As I was at either the shopping cart or about to pay with paypal I saw the tool show up as a passing clip of other items for sale for 21$. You guys might search Aliexpress for the tool, as-well.
Dax,. How do you order from them? I can’t even read German.
I just hit buttons that in English would be in the same place!
Then I selected paypal for payment because it’s so easy to checkout and, if someone doesn’t send you something you get your money back much more easily.
After I got my cart loaded the shipping instructions (your address) appear in English. Fill that in and then choose your payment type.
Steven, those cuts look great. Can you post some comparison photos of the $23 vs the pricier one from Amazon once it arrives? I assume these are the same thing
When I get back. I’m out of here for a couple of weeks.
I got one of these $23 jobs late this spring. I’ve only had an opportunity to try it on a few chestnut grafts. None of them took. Not the fault of the tool. None of my chestnut grafts took regardless of technique. Could be compatibility or simply that chestnuts tend to respond to injury by putting up new shoots. I also tried it on a few pear grafts. None of those took either, but then again, the same was true for my other attempts. This too could have been compatibility. One thing I noticed on the pears was that you can get some crushing of the bark on the bottom side. I applied some rubber tape to the bottom side and it seemed to help some.
I’m looking forward to trying it this spring. The fit was very close to perfect from an alignment standpoint.
I have a question for the experienced grafters. Which way do you typically face the “V” in reference to the root stock or parent tree? Obviously for top working I can’t cut the V upside down for inserting multiple scions into the top of a large stub, but for similar sized wood the hollow could be cut into the scion or the parent tree. I’ve successfully grafted about 30 grafts in the last 2 years, mostly V’s cut by hand. I bought a tool this year and am going to bench graft about 30 apple trees. (I’ll be looking for scion wood. ) I’m curious for the long term if it matters.
I don’t see why it would matter with the tool. But I’d put the V into rootstock to match a cleft graft. The other way should work the same. A cleft graft could be made the reverse of normal as well, ie split the scion and point the stock…
If there were any difference it would seem to me to be from a strength standpoint not compatibility.
Both ways do work. If you cut the V into the scion the method is called saddle graft.
I’d say when using the grafting tool it makes no difference where you cut the V. If doing cleft grafts by hand I would always prefer to split the stock, not the scion, because of the stability/pressure the stock provides to the graft as fruitnut pointed out. I believe this to be true even when using even sized rootstocks and scions, but then the difference should be more marginal. I have no data about this last point though.
Stephen Hayes from England did a lot of videos about apple grafting. He prefers the saddle graft over other methods it seems. I don’t see much of an advantage over the cleft graft. But he is cutting the V in a slightly special way. He does the sides of the V quite long and thin. That way he is able to ensure very good cambium contact. I tried this method some times but did struggle when wrapping the graft, cause the saddle done this way has no internal stability, while a simple cleft graft has.
Aliexpress has a phone ap and if you use your phone prices are often lower.
Every thing is in English. The picture above of blades comes directly from the ap.
No i didnt but maybe it can be fixed.
Dont want to send it back thats way to inconvenient imo.
Got my tool today from banggood.com
I’ll put a rounded notch above the blades, later(see above.)
Received mine today as well. Not sure why I ordered it as I promised myself I wasn’t grafting anymore next year.
Did it turn out to be the exact same one your buddy has (The one you originally reviewed?)