Author Scott Carbonara

Scott is a leadership author, coach, and speaker specializing in building engagement. He comes from a long line of farmers and avid gardeners but claims he can’t tell wisteria from poison ivy. However, he happily serves as his wife’s muscle in the yard. Learn more about Scott here >>


Fiskars Chain Drive Extendable Pole Saw & Pruner: Review


This lightweight, extendable pruning tool easily and cleanly cuts through 1 ¼ inch branches with the bypass pruner head and 8 inches with the saw. It extends from 8 to 16 feet and locks securely in place at either extreme or anywhere in-between. The chain-drive and pulley system operates the pruner smoothly, without any tangling or twisting, and the rigidity of the pole means no bouncing when using the saw. This is a quality tool Continue Reading


Corona DualLINK™ Extendable Tree Saw & Pruner: Product Review


The lightweight Corona DualLINK Extendable Tree Saw & Pruner has some benefits, such as the DuraLINK 3X compound action which makes pruning 1” branches much easier and the terrific Razor TOOTH Saw® which cut through hard wood with ease. However, the pruner head needs 6 inches of clearance to make a clean cut (something you often don’t have when pruning overgrown trees), the fully extended pole is too springy so it makes the saw blade Continue Reading


Yardmax Chipper Shredder (YW7565): Product Review


For the price (under $800), I love the Yardmax chipper shredder. It’s a better chipper than any unit I’ve used, and it’s almost as good as others when it comes to shredding. The self-feeding feature makes it much easier to feed material into the large hopper, and the combination of a powerful engine and heavy cutting blades makes quick work of branches up to 3 inches in diameter. It’s a well-built, heavy-duty unit that should Continue Reading


Earthquake® Tazz Chipper Shredder (30520 K32): Product Review


For the price-conscious homeowner wanting a powerful, compact chipper/shredder to use a half-dozen times a year, the TazzTM is a fantastic choice. It excels at shredding all sorts of yard debris and the 20:1 reduction ratio turns it into a nice mulch. It does a very good job chipping long, straight branches, although somewhat less so when it comes to very short or forked branches. It’s lighter weight than comparable machines, easy to maneuver and Continue Reading


Redback 120vRX Lithium-Ion Cordless String Trimmer: Product Review


Redback does it again with a lightweight yet powerful offering with its new120vRX Lithium-Ion Cordless String Trimmer. It’s simple to use, runs non-stop for about 70 minutes (the weeds will run out before it does!), operates at 6,000 RPM to easily tackle even tall, shrubby weeds, and is highly maneuverable. Plus, it’s very competitively priced. Of all the string trimmers I’ve reviewed, this is the one I most recommend. Continue Reading


Redback 120V Lithium-Ion 21” Cordless Push Lawn Mower: Review


This is a high quality, powerful, full-size, push mower (it’s not self-propelled) that’s a good replacement for a gas mower for lawns up to ¼ acre (you’ll get about one hour of mowing with one battery charge). With multiple batteries, you can cut as big a lawn as you’re willing to mow. It offers mulching, side discharge and bagging options, 7 height adjustments, and easy maneuverability. Redback offers a full range of 120V tools so Continue Reading


Fiskars StaySharp™ 18” Max Reel Mower: Product Review


If you have the strength to use a standard push mower (non self-propelled), you’ll have no problem using this reel mower. This is a high-quality mower that’s simple to assemble, easily adjustable, and folds for storage. It does a very good job of cutting most grass (it struggles a bit with overly tall or thick grass), although it doesn’t mulch the clippings and there’s no bag attachment. The added bonus is that you aren’t burning Continue Reading