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Best Pruning Shears

Pruning shears have been in use for centuries. They are the basic tool for cutting branches from trees, removing errant twigs from bushes or shrubbery or trimming back shoots from grapes and berry bushes, among others. Because these are hand operated tools, ergonomics is the most important aspect to making the top of this list followed by durability and ease of cutting. Price wasn't considered in these selections because the best pruners will give you the easiest cutting ability while being comfortable, regardless of how much they cost.

Felco F-8 Classic Pruner with Comfortable Ergonomic Design

Ergonomics make any pruner the easiest and best pruner available, and the Felco F-8 Classic Pruner with Comfortable Ergonomic Design is one of the best ergonomically designed pruners there is. Not only is it comfortable and easy to use, but it has Swiss hardened carbon steel blades that make any pruning chore a snap. They have a sap groove, that allows the sap to drain away and not clog up the blade mechanism, an integrated wire cutter and the blades are adjustable for precise cuts. They will easily cut 1-inch thick branches while keeping your hand comfortable the entire time. None are better, and this Felco proves it.

Felco F-6 Classic Pruner For Smaller Hands

When you make the best pruner available, why rest on your laurels? The Felco F-6 Classic Pruner For Smaller Hands gives you everything that the top rated pruner gives you except that it will fit smaller hands better. In essence, these pruners are geared towards men with a smaller hand size and most women will feel comfortable with these in their grasp. This makes them incredibly ergonomic for those that use them, they have a cushioned grip, a sap groove and the handles optimize the cutting force. These are as good or better than the top rated pruners, and if they weren't designed for a specific hand size, they would be #1.

Barnel B888 8-Inch Aluminum Straight Blade Garden Ratchet Hand Pruner

This is the most bang for the buck pruner on this list. The Barnel B888 8-Inch Aluminum Straight Blade Garden Ratchet Hand Pruner has a ratchet action that allows your hand to rest while keeping the cutting force directly on the item to be pruned. The ergonomic handle and cushioned inserts fit smaller hands well, the aluminum straight blade makes them light and comfortable to use, and they are relatively inexpensive for everything you get. They give you a 7/8-inch cutting width, and if there weren't any Felco pruners listed, these would be at the top of the heap.

Bahco Ergo Bypass Pruner PX-M2

The Bahco Ergo Bypass Pruner PX-M2 has an ergonomically designed slanted handle to keep your arm and wrist from tiring during all of your pruning tasks. Rated to cut up to 3/4-inch material, the grips are designed for medium sized hands, which means that it will fit a majority of the people that use them. Fiberglass reinforced plastic handles assure lightness and durability, and the upper handle has a soft grip for added comfort. These pruners might be characterized as a one-size-fits-most design, and although not inexpensive, they will be adequate for most pruning tasks.

Fiskars 7943 Softgrip Bypass Pruner

This is the least expensive pruner on the list, but if you want a decent pruner at the best price, the Fiskars 7943 Softgrip Bypass Pruner is the one for you. The soft grips mean comfort, the hardened blade means ease of cutting and the handles are made to fit small to medium sized hands. It's FiberComp construction-reinforced fiberglass composite material gives you durability and a light weight to reduce fatigue, and the 5/8-inch cutting width will tackle most pruning chores. For most suburbanites, you won't need a better pruner than this one.

Dale Y
Dale Y has been writing about home improvement and Do-It-Yourself projects for more than a decade, using his own hands-on maintenance, construction and facilities management experience as a guide. He has covered the gamut by writing about news and views, home and garden ideas, home and business maintenance, and property management. As an offshoot, he had his own sewing machine and small appliance repair business, and can tell an embroidery stitch from a stretch stitch, all the while cooking the best salmon fillet ever on a countertop grill, while making a smoothie in the latest bullet blender. In this capacity, he has used a wide variety of tools and equipment for every need, worked with products ranging from adhesives to solvents, sewed shirt sleeves with a #14 needle and finished leather appliqué with a #18 needle.
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