Corona ComfortGEL+ Extendable Hedge Shears (HS 4344): Product Review
Durable, strong, and employing innovative technology, it does tough jobs well.
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If you have a dense privacy hedge or tougher shrubs to shear, you’ll like this heavy-duty hedge shear from Corona. It’s built to last and can easily tackle whatever you throw at it.
- Serrated, two-zone, heavy-duty blades for trimming or larger cuts
- PowerSOURCE linkage
- Extendable handles
- Shock-Guard™ bumper system
- ComfortGEL™ grips
Serrated Blade with Cutting Notch
Most hedge shears have smooth blades. Not so this heavy-duty tool. At 3.2 pounds it is the heftiest of the tools we tested, and also the strongest.
The approximately 9-inch top blade has serrations to hold the branches, and a non-stick coating. It also features a limb notch for cutting branches up to 5/8 in. thick.
The bottom blade is smooth, and uncoated.
Blades are made from carbon steel and can be easily sharpened with a metal file or sharpening stone.
The handles of these hedge shears extend, adding about 8 ½ inches to the reach of the tool. This can be a huge advantage in cutting back a six- to seven-foot privacy hedge. With the handles fully extended, the shears reach to a little more than three feet.
If you don’t need the handles totally extended, an easy-to-operate flip tab locks them at any length you desire.
This power, however, comes at a cost. Though the handles are made of a relatively lightweight aluminum alloy, using the fully extended tool for any amount of time can be quite an upper body workout.
ShockGuard Bumper System
Unlike most hedge shears, which employ a pair of rubber or synthetic bumpers to keep the handles from coming together with a jarring jolt to your arms and shoulders with every cut, Corona offers its own unique cushioning system. The ShockGuard design uses only one bumper that is integrated into the cutting mechanism.
This bumper has a nice cushioned feel when making a cut. This matters in a tool designed to cut larger diameter branches than most shears are designed to handle. This function reduces muscle strain and fatigue.
Corona’s own linkage system makes cutting three times easier, according to their reports. We have no way to measure this, however, we found this tool to be the most powerful of all those we tested.
The ComfortGEL+ handles are not particularly gel-like. They are easy to grip, and comfortable, however. Nicely sized (for a powerful tool such as this), and with a clingy surface, the grips definitely pass the comfort test.
The Corona ComfortGEL+ Extendable HS 4344 is a great tool for the money. Durable-looking, strong, and employing innovative technology, it does tough jobs well. Realize that its weight may place limitations on the time you spend shearing your hedges, and parcel the jobs out in manageable bits.
The price ranges from about $42 to $50.
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