Bypass Pruners


Corona Leaf & Stem Micro Snip (FS 3214D): Product Review


I found these small, lightweight snips more useful than I had expected. With extremely sharp stainless steel blades that cut up to 3/8-inch stems and slip-free ComfortGEL® handles, you’re sure to find many small tasks in the garden that will be made easier by using the Leaf & Stem Micro Snips. And they’re not just for outdoor use, which makes them an even more handy tool to have. Continue Reading


Corona DualLINK with ComfortGEL Bypass Pruner (PB 4314): Product Review


This pruner does exactly what Corona says it will do -cut through ¾ inch stems and branches with ease. The DualLINK technology acts as a compound action lever to increase power, and the ComfortGEL handles act as a bumper to reduce hand fatigue. It's well-made from quality materials, has sharp, high carbon steel blades, the lock works well, and the non-slip handles are comfortable to hold. All in all, it's an excellent bypass pruner that Continue Reading


Corona Adjustable Grip Bypass Pruner: Product Review


The Corona Adjustable Grip bypass pruner is an innovative product that adjusts to fit different hand sizes and fits both small and large hands very well. It has excellent fit and finishes, a reliable locking mechanism, soft comfortable grips, and an easy-to-maneuver angled cutting head, although the bumpers don’t cushion as well as they should when making larger cuts. It cuts cleanly up to ¾ inches (not the 7/8 inches claimed on the packaging). For Continue Reading


Black & Decker Cordless Pruner (#BD1168): Product Review


This cordless, rechargeable pruner promises to make pruning easier for those with limited grip strength or arthritis, and those who do a lot of pruning. However, we found that those with larger hands thought it was comfortable to use, but gardeners with smaller hands and those with arthritis or little grip strength had trouble with it. It has limited utility as it won’t cut through anything thicker than ½ inch (and that’s only in softer Continue Reading


Melnor Talon Bypass Pruner (83270): Product Review


At only $9.97, the Melnor Talon bypass pruner is a perfect example of “you get what you pay for.” It works but it has some quality issues (burrs form on the cutting blade), it cuts through only ¾-inch branches (rather than the claimed 1 inch), and it pinches your hands with each cut. If you have large hands and a limited budget, this pruner may work for you. If you have small hands, give it Continue Reading


Corona FlexDIAL with ComfortGEL Grips Bypass Pruner (BP 4214): Product Review


The Corona FlexDIAL with ComfortGEL¨ grips bypass pruner (BP4214) has a unique adjustment system (the FlexDIAL) that adjusts handle width (and cutting capacity) for those with different size hands. It initially made clean cuts through material up to ¾ inches while in the highest width setting (it will only cut ¼ inch stems while in the "small hands" position). However, the cutting blade quickly burred and developed a flat spot making it unusable. Its unclear whether this is Continue Reading


Troy-Bilt Comfort Plus Bypass Pruner (RR 4000): Product Review


You may have to adjust the blade tension before using this ergonomically designed bypass pruner. Be aware that you’ll need a Torx or star drive screwdriver or key wrench to do that. Once adjusted, the pruner makes beautiful cuts in ¾ material – but not the 1 inch that it claims – is comfortable to hold, has tough German steel blades, and an integrated bumper that dampens shock. Continue Reading


Stanley FATMAX Hybrid Forged Bypass Pruner BDS6054: Product Review


With wider, contoured and fully rubberized handles, as well as an integrated spring and bumper, this pruner has some nice improvements over the typical bypass pruner. However, those with smaller hands may find the handles too large and it won't readily cut more than 1/2-inch material. Overall, the FATMAX Hybrid Forged Bypass pruner is a good performer with a ½ inch diameter cutting capacity. Continue Reading


Corona Rolling Handle Bypass Pruner (BP4840): Product Review


This pruner has excellent fit and finish, fit comfortably in my hand, and made clean, precise cuts in wood up to 3/4 inch in diameter. However, it wouldn’t cut through stems and branches over that, despite Corona’s claimed cutting capacity of up to 1 inch. It’s built with high quality materials, the cutting blade holds a sharp edge and the overall performance is very good. Plus, the ergonomic rotating handle definitely reduces hand, wrist Continue Reading