A must-have for older gardeners challenged with arthritis or anyone wanting a handy garden tool. The ergonomic grip allows great control and the sharp pointed blade is long enough to reach the roots and bulbs of the toughest weeds like onion weed and oxalis. Made of aluminium, this tool wont rust or deteriorate if left in the weather. Couldn't be without it now!
I've gardened and landscaped for years. And there have been numerous times when reaching with hand pruners was insufficient, and using a pole-pruner was overkill - if not just plain awkward. This tool is good for that middle ground between hand pruning and pole-pruning (I can prune close to 6' from my body with this tool). Great for cutting new (green) growth... forsythia, holly trees, yew bushes, rose bushes, etc... NOT good for dead wood or older/harder materials - especially anything thicker than a pencil's diameter. Doesn't sound like much, but it really can save time - trying to cut several dozen out-of-reach "whiskers" on a bush with this tool takes 2-3 minutes...with a pole pruner, much longer. And, it holds onto the severed twig until you release your grip (no more plucking dead clippings out of your hedge weeks after you've pruned). Easy to operate with one hand or two. Again, this tool is for light-duty work. Not nearly as strong as hand-pruners or pole-pruners, and probably will break if you force it. But, good for taking care of new growth, will possibly keep you off of ladders, and may prevent you from having to lean into a thorny shrub to make that one last cut.
I have found nothing wrong with the cutting power or clean cut using these shears what I do have a problem with is the using of them because I have fairly small hands and they tire easily when using. I have found it hard to get a good quality product.
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