to use a ratchet pruner / lopper:
Open pruner or lopper all the way.
2. Place pruner or lopper on the subject branch, as far into the jaw as possible.
3. Squeeze the handles together, advancing the blade through the branch
with minimal effort.
Once you feel increased handle resistance,
4. Open the shear slightly until you hear a definite CLICK. Again STOP
and do not open the blade any further.
5. Squeeze again, repeating steps 3 and 4 to completely finish the cut.
Do not pull or rip fibers.