Fiskars PowerGear Pruning Shear: Rolling Handle Pruners That Don’t Kill Your Pocketbook

by Genevieve on February 9, 2011

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One of my most popular posts has been a Hand Pruner Showdown in which I compared and contrasted Felcos, Coronas, and Bahcos. One of the first comments on that post was a Fiskars fan, saying essentially – “OMG! Try the Fiskars pruners – they’re inexpensive AND ergonomic”.

And so they are! Now that I’ve tried them for myself, I’m shocked at how much I have been enjoying them. As a professional landscaper, ergonomics are incredibly important to me. I want to be able to garden for years to come with no pain or injuries, and the Fiskars PowerGear Pruner has a wonderful fat grip that is very comfortable to use.

I’ve never been a fan of rolling handles on a pruner, because the handles on some brands are hard to grip and get into position. The Fiskars are the first pair that actually felt comfortable to me right away. The rolling handles are meant to help our hands bend in a natural way when pruning, and these pruners have actually gotten approved by the Arthritis Foundation for being easy on the hands.

I’m already a fan of the metal that Fiskars uses on their blades and the special non-stick coating that lets the blade make cleaner cuts – I’ve been using the Fiskars PowerGear Hedgers for years – so I was happy to see it on these pruners. The only improvements I’d recommend to these pruners are a wire-cutter included on the blade, and a sap groove to help divert sap from the moving parts and keep them from sticking together.

So, the good:

  • Replaceable blade
  • Easily adjustable blade tension
  • Very comfortable rolling handle
  • Good for small to average hands (even petite-handed Amy was able to prune comfortably with these)
  • PowerGear helps it cut thicker branches with less effort
  • Non-stick coating on blade
  • Very inexpensive considering the features

And the wish list:

  • Wire cutter
  • Sap groove to divert sap
  • Purple (why oh why does nobody make a pruning shear in purple? I think we should petition Fiskars to change their brand’s signature colors to purple and black. I would SO BUY THEM in purple.)

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Anyway, Fiskars was kind enough to provide two pairs to give away, so if you want to try one of these bad boys out for yourself, you know what to do: leave a comment here and over at Garden Rant and we’ll each choose a winner next week. Good luck!

EDIT: Ms Green Jeans is the winner of the PowerGear Pruners! Congratulations, Ms Green Jeans! Your pruners will be on their way shortly.

And if you want to get to know the nice people at Fiskars, check out their Facebook page and Twitter stream.

{ 24 comments… read them below or add one }

SequinK February 9, 2011 at 2:53 am

Always looking for new pruners! Thanks for the review.

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sue February 9, 2011 at 7:46 am

hmm…..I wonder if these were the pruners my husband put in our cart at Lowe’s this week and I took out and put back because I wanted to look for a review…..he’s an impulse shopper, I research everything to the nth degree! Anyhow thanks for the review and the either post as well….in the market for new pruners!

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Vicky Nielson February 9, 2011 at 7:50 am

I would love to have the Fiskars Power Gear pruners. I still have the pruners I bought when I started gardening five or six years ago (don’t remember what brand) and they are awful. I would love to have something that would make pruning fun.

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Terry February 9, 2011 at 8:23 am

I’ve dealt with carpal tunnel syndrome in both hands in the past. Don’t know why, but I’ve never tried pruners like those. They would probably help ease the pain in my hands at the end of a long pruning session.

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Cheryl February 9, 2011 at 9:08 am

Young at heart if not young-in-hand, I would love a pair of these Power Gear pruners from Fiskars! (And I’ll vote for the purple color change too!)

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SRG February 9, 2011 at 12:01 pm

Thanks for the review! Always look forward to hearing your thoughts!

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Deirdre February 9, 2011 at 12:02 pm

I had a pair of those. Loved them, but they disappeared in my garden somewhere. Since I’ve moved, I don’t expect to find them again.

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Liz February 9, 2011 at 12:13 pm

Fun review, and I went back and read the review on other hand pruners. Now I want another new pair.

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Derek February 9, 2011 at 12:43 pm

I would love to try these. Thanks for the review.

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Laura Bell February 9, 2011 at 1:04 pm

I have these (& carpal tunnel syndrome) – I love them ! My Father-in-law has arthritis. Gave him a pair & he loves them, too.

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Martha February 9, 2011 at 6:45 pm

I would so love to win these pruners.

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Rhonda February 10, 2011 at 2:30 am

Boy, would these babies ever come in handy when I start “fixing” all the damaged shrubs due to snow and ice this winter. My little, tired (from shoveling) hands would thank you! :-)

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Michelle February 10, 2011 at 10:07 am

I already own a pair & after seeing & reading this, I just might give them another try…

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Leah Miller February 10, 2011 at 5:00 pm

I would love to try these! I just pruned all of my grapevines, berries and fruit trees with cheap ones where the handles have fallen off! Not comfy.

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Laura Best February 10, 2011 at 5:15 pm

Sounds like a great product!

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Tom M February 10, 2011 at 5:17 pm

Hey, I’m a guy, and I’d be proud to be sporting some new Fiskars –even if they came in purple! Any you make pruning look so enjoyable in that slide clip :)

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Annie Haven/Authentic Haven Brand February 10, 2011 at 5:21 pm

I’ve got roses to prune and I would love to give this pair of pruners a try! Love your English toast to tools hand forged : ) Annie

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Kimberly Haskins February 10, 2011 at 5:36 pm

It is that time of year!

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TC February 10, 2011 at 6:20 pm

I’ll go to my grave holding a pair of Felcos. Fiskars will be left out in the dirt.

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Alison February 10, 2011 at 11:55 pm

They sound awesome! I’d love a pair.

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Ms Green Jeans February 11, 2011 at 12:17 am

Power pruners need power pruners! Maybe the consolation prize is power prunes.

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Nancy February 11, 2011 at 5:44 pm

Blogging, gardening, reviewing and drinking all at the same times??? Sounds like a winning formula. You gals are hilarious. Loved your video and the rooster throwing in his two cents. My friend Mike sent me over – he’s right – the camera you use is really good. :) Nancy

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jodi (bloomingwriter) February 12, 2011 at 10:02 am

I’m very interested to hear that these pruners are a good choice; to be honest in the past I’ve been less than impressed by Fiskars quality, but companies do change and improve and these sound like a winner. Thanks for taking the time to write about them (and for offering some as a giveaway.)

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Pat T February 13, 2011 at 7:01 pm

Thanks for the review, I can use some new pruners!

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