Pruning & Cutting Tools


Corona DualLINK Max Forged Bypass Lopper (SL8180): Product Review
The Corona DualLINK Max Forged Bypass Lopper is a compound action lopper that promises to make cutting through larger diameter[...]
Redback 40V 12” Li-Ion Cordless Chainsaw (106068): Product Review
So you’ve decided that it’s time to buy (or upgrade to) a new chainsaw.  You’ve looked at all the pros[...]
A.M. Leonard Professional Wavy Shear (#92295): Product Review
If you’re faced with the unenviable task of shearing hedges or shrubs, you’ll want to use a lightweight yet sturdy[...]
Black & Decker Cordless Pruner (#BD1168): Product Review
To put the Black & Decker cordless pruner in perspective, let me tell you a little story … Kleenex™. Barbie™.[...]
Melnor Talon Bypass Pruner (83270): Product Review
Melnor has been known for decades for its sprinklers and watering tools. More recently they decided to dive into the[...]
Sun Joe 40-Volt 16-Inch Battery-Powered Chainsaw (iON 16CS): Product Review
How much wood would the Sun Joe cut if the Sun Joe had kept cutting? That’s the question we’re pondering[...]
Corona FlexDIAL with ComfortGEL Grips Bypass Pruner (BP 4214): Product Review
When I first saw the Corona FlexDIAL with ComfortGEL Grips Bypass Pruner I thought of the famous Star Trek line, "Beam[...]
Fiskars PowerGear2 Bypass Lopper (L5518): Product Review
Built as a smaller version of its larger cousins, the Fiskars PowerGear2 offers many of the same benefits in a[...]
Troy-Bilt Comfort Plus Bypass Pruner (RR 4000): Product Review
Troy-Bilt has been around since 1937 when they introduced their first Rototiller. They now make a variety of power tools[...]
A.M. Leonard ART17 Double Cut Pruner: Product Review
A.M. Leonard has been around since 1885 but even though it is an industry leader in the horticultural field, many[...]
BAHCO P126-22-F Bypass Pruner: Product Review
Bypass pruners are such a personal choice and folks have their favorites. One of my favorite brands is BAHCO so, in[...]
Stanley FATMAX Hybrid Forged Bypass Pruner (DBS6054): Product Review
Stanley has been in the business of making tools since 1843 but only recently introduced gardening products so I was curious[...]
Corona Convertible Pruner + Lopper (BP 7450): Product Review
Is it possible to combine a standard bypass pruner with a lopper?  Well that’s what Corona has done with their[...]
Redback (E522D) 40V Cordless Lithium-Ion Hedge Trimmer: Product Review
You haven’t heard of Redback? While well-established in Europe and Australia, they aren’t yet a household name in the USA.[...]
BAHCO PX-L2 Fixed Handle Bypass Pruner: Product Review
The BAHCO PX-L2 Fixed Handle Bypass Pruner falls in the high quality range of hand pruners.  As with all BAHCO[...]
Fiskars PowerGear2 Bypass Pruner (P551): Product Review
Fiskars, known for its pruning tools, has come up with a new design that incorporates a gear-driven cam mechanism and[...]
Corona Rolling Handle Bypass Pruner (BP4840): Product Review
At first glance, the Corona Rolling Handle Bypass hand pruner (model BP4840) could be mistaken for the Felco #7. They’re[...]
Melnor Talon Telescoping Bypass Lopper: Product Review
Melnor, usually noted for their watering products, recently came out with a new line of cutting tools known as their[...]
Fiskars Ratchet Drive Lopper: Product Review
Fiskars has developed many different models of pruning loppers over the years, many of which have been bypass loppers. Recently,[...]
Greenworks G-MAX 40V Lithium-Ion Cordless 8” Pole Saw (20672): Product Review
These days, virtually all gasoline-powered hand tools for the yard have an equivalent (or close to it) battery-operated model, including[...]
Sun Joe 40V Lithium Ion 8-Inch Cordless Pole Chainsaw (iON8PS2): Product Review
The cordless, battery-powered market for outdoor tools continues to expand.  These days, virtually all hand driven gasoline powered tools have[...]
Florian Maxi Lopper: Product Review
Caution When using loppers or pruning shears, pay attention to the stated cutting capacity of the tool. Pushing beyond that[...]
Best Hedge Shears: Guide & Recommendations 2017
New review added July 2017 Shearing hedges by hand can be a tedious business, especially if your shears are not[...]
Fiskars PowerGear II Hedge Shears (HS551): Product Review
Any tool that promises to make pruning or shearing hedges “three times easier” is worth looking at. The Fiskars PowerGear[...]
Fiskars Ratchet Action Anvil Pruner: Product Review
These anvil style pruners from Fiskars have a ratcheting mechanism that allows you to make your pruning cut in stages:[...]
Bahco Super Light Professional Hedge Shears (P54-SL-25): Product Review
Bahco is a European brand with a reputation for quality products, although it’s not commonly found in North America. We’ve[...]
Corona Hedge Shear (AH 6940): Product Review
Heavy-duty hedge trimming and shearing needs a heavy-duty tool. So we tested Corona’s hedge shears to see if they were[...]
Gardena Comfort Gear Hedge Clippers 600 (393): Product Review
With their bright turquoise and grey colors, Gardena tools are easy to recognize although they’re not one of the more[...]
Corona ComfortGEL+ Extendable Hedge Shears (HS 4344): Product Review
If you have a dense privacy hedge or tougher shrubs to shear, you’ll like this heavy-duty hedge shear from Corona.[...]
ARS 26-inch Professional Hedge Shears (HS-KR1000): Product Review
Shearing hedges and shrubs into nice neat shapes is a time-consuming and somewhat fussy task. Use the wrong shears and[...]
ARS LongReach Pruner (180LR-1.8): Product Review
How do you prune shrubs close to the ground, prune trees and shrubs that have thorns and prickers, and tree[...]
Corona ComfortGEL Anvil Pruner: Product Review
Anvil pruners are used primarily to cut through deadwood and harder, woody growth as they can crush stems when cutting[...]
Florian Ratchet-Cut Anvil Pruner: Product Review
When I first picked up the Florian Ratchet-Cut Anvil Pruner, I wondered what all the fuss was about. I’d heard[...]
Gardena StarCut 160 BL Tree Pruner: Product Review
How do you prune branches and limbs that are just out of reach or at ground level? Normally, you’d need[...]
Fiskars Pruning Stik Tree Pruner (5’) – Model #9234: Product Review
How do you prune branches and limbs that are just out of reach that would either require a ladder or[...]
Corona ComfortGEL+ Extendable Bypass Lopper: Product Review
The Corona ComfortGEL+ Extendable Bypass Lopper is marketed for heavy-duty pruning work, including the ability to cut through limbs up[...]
ARS Orchard Loppers (LPB-30M): Product Review
Pruning shears (see our top picks here) are great tools for cutting through stems and branches up to about ¾-inch[...]
Best Loppers for Pruning: Guide & Recommendations 2017
When you're faced with the tough job of cutting through branches over 1 inch in diameter, what do you use?[...]
ARS General Purpose Hand Pruner (HP-130DX): Product Review
My favorite pruning shears are the with a rotating handle. They’re fantastic for serious pruning work and the rotating handle[...]
WOLF-Garten RR900T Telescoping Loppers: Product Review
You may not have heard of the WOLF-Garten brand here in North America, but in Europe the German brand is[...]
Fiskars Telescoping Power-Lever Bypass Lopper: Product Review
You’re in the midst of pruning a large, overgrown shrub with your loppers when you hit a 1-½ inch branch.[...]
Joseph Bentley 7-Inch Curved Secateurs: Product Review
I previously reviewed the Joseph Bentley long-handled bulb planter (which was terrific – read the review here) so I was[...]
A.M. Leonard Professional Compound Action Bypass Lopper (#C808) Review
If you’re like me, you probably find yourself struggling now and then to cut through a particularly hard branch or[...]
Dramm 18061 ColorPoint Telescoping Lopper: Product Review
  Specifications Cutting capacity: 1 ½” Length: handles extend from 24" to 31" Blades: heat treated steel, replaceable Dramm makes[...]
Best Hand Pruners / Pruning Shears: Guide & Recommendations 2017
UPDATED FOR 2017! Pruners (also called clippers, pruning shears, or secateurs) are used to trim and shape plants, deadhead, prune[...]
ARS HP-VS8R Pruning Shears Review
I've been a fan of Felco pruners for a long time. But lately I've become somewhat frustrated with the blade[...]

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