Let’s put another set of tools through the Shawna-Marator Tool Review Machine, shall we? Today we have two tools from Fiskars to review. Both these tools were built to engage your garden cutting with more power and less effort, thereby making them a choice if you have a physical condition such as spinal osteoarthritis like I have that might make it difficult for you to cut. I used the tools most of the season. This is a good time of year to reconsider tools since we are rapidly approaching “fall clean up” – a time when I snip and cut both shrubs and perennials back frequently. Having sharp, strong tools helps make your projects easy to do. At the end of this post please leave a comment letting me know your favorite fall garden clean up tips for a chance to win a tool give-away contest (I hope to select a few problems and help solve them in upcoming posts).
PowerGear2™ Pruner $24.99
Fiskars says this tool also gives you 3X the power on every cut compared to their regular pruners. However, I give it a B to B+ rating because while it is a tough pruner, I found the closing and twisting action on the pruner handle a bit uncomfortable. Definitely a tool which offers “light squeezing” for those of us who have trouble doing that action. In order to confirm that you like the twisty feel of this tool, I think you should go to a store and try the tool out first before you purchase it. Perhaps it will be a comfortable pruner for you.
PowerGear2™ Lopper (25″) $38.99
This is a tough tool – I liked it and give it an A rating. Fiskars says this lopper gives you up to 3X the power on every cut compared to their regular loppers. Smart idea, because if you have arthritis or another condition, you could easily squeeze the tool closed. To test its strength, I ran it over with my Prius C — this lopper held up well to being ran over by a car. If it can survive that, I’m thinking it will survive me dropping it repeatedly on my flagstone and generally beating the tool up in normal use.