A small efficient tool weighing approx. 1 kg, the Fieldcraft Topgrafter executes the long V cleft cut most popular in Europe.
The efficiency of all grafting is shown in the take and speed of operation. The Fieldcraft Topgrafter is a precision instrument consisting of two blades, made of hardened steel, which can be removed, sharpened or replaced.
The, anvil is grooved and positions the grafting wood in the centre to provide a precision cut. The handle operates like a pair of pliers, and is spring loaded to open, ready for the next cut. The grafter can be bench mounted, or used loose for fieldwork.
To operate the grafter, the stock is first placed on the anvil and a "v" groove is neatly sliced out.
The scion wood selected is next positioned from the other side of the grafter, and sliced. The resultant cut matches perfectly with the rootstock.
It's important the selected scion wood is of similar size as the stock to be grafted. This ensures the cambium layers fit neatly together.
The Topgrafter is suitable for grafts from three millimetres to thirty millimetres. This graft is then taped as normal, and the operation completed.
With the addition of the foot-operated Bench Mount the grafting procedure is greatly speeded. This accessory was designed for vineyards, orchards and nurseries that perform both bench grafting and field grafting.
The bench mount is attached to the workbench and the grafter is clipped into the mount with the blades facing the operator. A foot lever then operates the tool. With this accessory, daily throughput of bench grafts is more than doubled and the tool can be disengaged from the bench mount for fieldwork in less than a minute.