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Ratchet Pruning Shears Gardening Tool – Anvil Pruner Garden Shears with Assisted Action – Ratchet Pruners for Gardening with Heavy Duty, Nonstick Steel Blade – Garden Tools by The Gardener’s Friend Left Handed Rachet Pruners : Patio, Lawn & Garden

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About this item Strength-Boosting Shears – Boost your cutting power with ratchet garden shears for pruning, trimming, and harvesting plants. Your TGF anvil pruners help you achieve cleaner cuts with less strain. New and Improved! Your favorite assistive clippers are now better than ever. Improved cutting, neoprene insert in the Anvil holds branches and stems in place while you cut. More solid construction. For Stems, Stalks, and Small Branches – Whip out your garden snips and clean up flower beds and garden rows. Cut tree branches up to 1 in. thick, depending on the wood and your individual strength. Designed for the Dirt – Choose corrosion-resistant garden shears for pruning with a heavy-duty manganese steel blade and aluminum body. Your high-impact tool is incredibly resilient under pressure. Let’s Be Friends – We’re here to provide excellent garden tools for gardening enthusiasts of all sorts. Let us know how we can help you keep your lawn and garden bountiful and beautifully maintained.
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Product Description

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Non-Slip Handles for Comfortable Use

An ergonomic handle makes it comfortable to hold and fits the ratchet pruner in the hand. Non-slip rubber makes it comfortable to hold and makes sure it does not fall off.

Carbon Blade for Clean Cuts

The Teflon coating protects the blade from rusting, making the garden scissors more wear-resistant and keeping the blade sharp for a long time.

Safety Ratchet Locks

The ratchet mechanism is ingenious and labor-saving, and the sharing force is increased by 3 times.

Great for senior gardeners and people with arthritis.

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Replaceable Blade in Case of Breakage

Detachable Oiled Sponge to Clean Blade

Soft Rubber Hand Grip to Absorb Pressure

3 Stage Ratchet Action Makes it Easy on the Hands

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For Stems, Stalks, and Small Branches

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‎The Gardener's Friend

Item model number

‎3130-3, 205mm Ratchet Pruner

Best Sellers Rank

#21,961 in Patio, Lawn & Garden (See Top 100 in Patio, Lawn & Garden) #102 in Gardening Scissors

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Warranty Description

‎Lifetime Warranty

Batteries Required?


Batteries Included?




Item Package Quantity



‎Alloy Steel

Is Discontinued By Manufacturer


Part Number

‎3130-3, 205mm Ratchet Pruner


‎Black, Grey


‎The Valspring Group

Cutting Width

‎1 Inches

Point Style

‎Round point

Hand Orientation


Blade Type


Blade Edge


Handle Material


Blade Material

‎Carbon Steel

Product Dimensions

‎7.95"L x 3.15"W



Item Weight

‎7.8 ounces

Date First Available

May 20, 2013

60 reviews for Ratchet Pruning Shears Gardening Tool – Anvil Pruner Garden Shears with Assisted Action – Ratchet Pruners for Gardening with Heavy Duty, Nonstick Steel Blade – Garden Tools by The Gardener’s Friend Left Handed Rachet Pruners : Patio, Lawn & Garden

  1. BARDofM

    3.0 out of 5 stars

    Pin holding ratchet arm fell out after 2 years of light use making tool useless.

    Very pleased with this device for two years but then the pin holding the ratchet arm fell out making the device unusable. It would be nice if the manufacturer offered a replacement pin or some way to repair this otherwise perfectly fine tool..

    3 people found this helpful

  2. Jimminy Criket

    4.0 out of 5 stars

    Pruners, Ratchet Pruning Shears, Garden Tool, For Weak Hands, Best Gardening Gift

    I have to give these pruners only 4 stars because of the following; The little black slider is very difficult to move to unlock or lock the tool. As a retired engineer, looking at the slider was a no brainer, file a little off the little hook that the slider engages and walla, it works perfect, locks and unlocks without extreme effort. Afterall, the people buying this product are looking for an advantage which is why they are spending the money on a “Ratchet” design which is supposed to make pruning easier and larger branches no problem, but if you can’t even open them, what good are they. After you recieve them, you get a little note from the manufacturer saying he will contact you to see if you like them etc. Well, I did and promptly mentioned the problem and his reply was, “There tight because this way they will stay closed”! Sure, they will stay closed because many people can’t open them! Read the reviews! The good thing is, If you get them open, the ratchet works well and cuts are easy and swift with the ratchet system. In all honesty, if the owner had said, I will check into this problem and if we need to loosen them up, we’ll do it. They are made overseas and I suspect he just buys them from a manufacturer and he has no input on functional parts.

    16 people found this helpful

  3. Amazon Customer

    3.0 out of 5 stars


    I had a pair of cutters very similar to this pair. This pair lacks quality. It is not as durable as my previous pair. after one use the blade is shifting and cutting crooked. I would not purchase again.

    One person found this helpful

  4. KNS

    5.0 out of 5 stars

    Very impressive

    I bought these for pruning my garden but not I’ve used them to take out several bushes and they are great. I’ve cut branches up to an inch thick. It takes a bit but this guy gets through them. Great product!

    One person found this helpful

  5. Laurie

    3.0 out of 5 stars

    They are a bit flimsy

    This is was I got what I paid for lesson. They did the job but are so light weight I am not sure they will make it past this summer. Time will tell.

    2 people found this helpful

  6. AshleyAshley

    5.0 out of 5 stars

    Good product

    Does what it’s supposed to

  7. stowell

    5.0 out of 5 stars

    Sharp and comfortable

    Works well- very sharp and comfortable to hold and press.

  8. Mike B.

    5.0 out of 5 stars

    The ratchet requires minimal strength and they they are lightweight.

    My husband gave me several things for Mother’s Day. The ratchet pruning shears are my favorite. I started clipping our roses and other flowers immediately. The soft rubber hand grip is one of the most important necessities for my shears. I have arthritis in my right hand. These allow me to place my fingers in the soft rubber hand grip allowing them to feel secure while trimming. This is huge for a person with arthritic hands and limited strength. Easy instructions and they even offer an on-line training video on pruning. I haven’t had time to watch it but plan to soon. Easy open and close. They supply two little felt oilers that you wipe the blades before storing them. They seem to have thought of everything. I’m not sure but I think I read somewhere that this company is family owned. That was a big part of choosing them. I was raised in a family owned small business and know how much my parents and my sisters cared for the customers. If you buy these you will not be disappointed. I look forward to having them the rest of my life. In the past I’ve bought a regular pair, about $15 and have needed to buy a new pair each year. Libby Baker, Arlington, TX

    4 people found this helpful

  9. Elias B.

    5.0 out of 5 stars


    For the price ok

  10. kat

    4.0 out of 5 stars

    Great, but dangerous lock

    I purchased this to save my arthritic hands. And the two-step grip is fantastic. I cut down a privet that was reaching above my house. But I had to use a mallet and wooden tool to open the latching handle. Then I was unable to close it. I gave up and dropped it in the pocket of my gardening pants. It tore a hole through my pocket. Then, it punctured my hand. I still love the tool but it’s dangerous without the locking handle.

    8 people found this helpful

  11. catherine mcginnis

    5.0 out of 5 stars

    I ordered August 2016 and still working great!

    My only hobby is gardening for the last 10 years. I ordered my Gardener’s Friend Pruners almost 4 years ago! I just threw away 8 pair of worthless pruners buried in the garage. Not one pair made it through a year of residential plant pruning. I am ordering another pair of The Gardener’s Friend Pruner’s because I have never seen another pair like them, nor that could hold a candle to them. I am a small women, with fairly weak , small hands. The pruner’s grip fits me perfectly, while also my 6’2” friend’s hand. After 4 years, they still cut with precision, which I think is due to the ratchet protecting the pruner when I cut very thick branches! I would sell these to my mother or my best friend for this price. I actually think this is what I paid in 2016…and I really was taking a gamble, since I’ve had such bad luck with all pruner’s! These even come with a snap on lubricator! They thought of everything, whoever they are! Buy them. You will be totally pleased for years!

  12. Mommabear

    4.0 out of 5 stars

    made for normal to large hands

    I have small hands, it is heavy for me to use. Like the ratcheting…makes it easier to cut.

    4 people found this helpful

  13. Jamie

    4.0 out of 5 stars

    Works as expected, hard to unclip safety latch

    These definitely work well for pruning – very strong and can handle small branches easily. Unfortunately you need to hold it closed SO tightly to be able to slide the lock open or closed it kind of defeats the purpose of being helpful for someone with reduced hand strength…

    10 people found this helpful

  14. mary crane

    3.0 out of 5 stars

    Not the best pair of shears.

    Disappointed with these shears as only the tip of the blades are sharp, not the best pair of shears I’ve owned. Also haven’t been able to open them wider to allow me to sharpen the blade.

    One person found this helpful

  15. 2fishfolk

    5.0 out of 5 stars

    they stand behind their product

    my wife has severe arthritis but she still loves her 300 tropical plants. this trimmer works like a charm for her. it does not require a lot of strength to operate. it developed a problem with the locking mechanism and they sent a new pair out with no problem. she is back to plant trimming. just went through hurricane ian so we have a lot to trim. she is happy againg to be able to work out in the garden without her hands locking up on her. very pleased with the product and company.

    15 people found this helpful

  16. domestic diva

    5.0 out of 5 stars

    Hand Saver

    I like the way it clips the different sizes of branch without forcing me to squeeze harder (which is rather impossible). It won’t handle ultra thick branches, but will help a lot with rose bushes, garden vines…stuff that doesn’t require power tools. The little widgets in the package for cleaning the blades seemed fiddly and weird to me, so I discarded them. Oily rag or paper towel makes more sense, and won’t get lost. People who hold on to that kind of widget probably have every little ‘extra button’ for every shirt they’ve ever bought in decades…likely still in the little plastic bag…even after the shirt made its way to the rag bin.

  17. M. M. McNaughton

    3.0 out of 5 stars

    Not well made

    The blade is not very sharp. The oil pad in the handle keeps falling out of its slot. The ratchet action is inconsistent. Disappointing purchase.

    One person found this helpful

  18. Sugarpuss7

    5.0 out of 5 stars

    Worked extremely well!

    I’ve had a pair of Fiskars for years and they no longer cut easily. I gave arthritis in my hands so I needed something that I could use.These fit the bill! I know that they are new, so we’ll see . The first round went very well!

    3 people found this helpful

  19. Happy in Kansas

    5.0 out of 5 stars

    Easy to use.

    Nice and sharp and easy to use. Works just as described on thin or thick plant stalks. Great for arthritic hands.

    2 people found this helpful

  20. Lisa B

    2.0 out of 5 stars

    Not worth the money.

    The ratchet worked sometimes, hard to use. I had to use both hands to close the pruners. Returned them after using them for a half hour. Spend your money on a better pair.

  21. Mike Ficklin

    5.0 out of 5 stars

    Excellent Customer Service

    After 5 years of service pruning fruit trees, I chipped the blade. When I contacted customer service to purchase a replacement blade, they sent me a brand new pair of pruners. I was very surprised and extremely grateful. We have lots of pruners in the shed, however these are our favorite ones. They cut through branches easily and the ratchet gives us an extra boost of power to help keep our yard in order. We love using these pruners and they make yardwork a whole lot easier.

    One person found this helpful

  22. alka

    5.0 out of 5 stars

    A toolbox must have!

    These clippers work great for many household chores. Purchased a set about 20 years ago and someone borrowed them and never returned them. They are not like other clippers bc they ratchet which makes them much easier and efficient to use…I never use the other ones anymore. Great for indoor and outdoor chores.

  23. Cathys1938@gmail

    4.0 out of 5 stars

    They work well , but over priced

    For pruners they are easy to useI feel that they are overpriced though

  24. Jeanne T. Sharkey

    5.0 out of 5 stars

    Love this pruner!

    I’ve been a landscape gardener for 30 years & wish I had this ratcheted pruner along time ago. Cuts through significantly thicker branches with 3 Ratcheted squeezes and you’re good to go. 👍🏻

  25. KT

    1.0 out of 5 stars

    Piece of crap…..

    Sometime in May: I wrote his review but somehow it was not posted. My hands may be too small for these shears but I find them difficult to hold. I accidentally dropped them during my first use and it appears as the locking mechanism came ‘unsprung’ or something. I don’t know but they don’t work very well. Also, after clipping grass for about 15 minutes they became so dull I don’t think they will cut butter. So, basically, I using them to ‘rip’ the grass I’m trying to cut. If these only cost $10, I wouldn’t mind but for the price these are a hunk of junk.July 30, 2023: So, I made an error and had Amazon ship me a replacement pair of these shears. I used them for a little bit, like maybe 5 times. They became so dull, they wouldn’t cut water. I know the window to return them is closed, but I don’t want anyone else paying this amount for what amounts to be, as I state above: a hunk of junk. I tried them twice and both times they sucked!

    5 people found this helpful

  26. Bella

    3.0 out of 5 stars

    Good when using the ratchet feature, so-so otherwise

    My friend has these pruners and loves them. I tried her pair to cut off a sturdy twig on a tree in a cemetery that we voluntarily care for. The ratchet feature definitely makes a cut like that easier which is great because I’d otherwise have to pull out loppers for every sturdy twig. However, when it comes to pruning everything else that I normally use my Fiskars and Felco pruners to prune, I don’t think these pruners work as well. I often have to clip twice to make the cut.

  27. James L Brown

    5.0 out of 5 stars

    Great shears!

    I needed a sharp pair of shears to trim back all of my perennials for the winter. Upon receiving these shears and first trying them on my rose bushes, I was very satisfied with how sharp they were and how they easily did the job; highly recommend.

  28. Ronald G. Stechcon

    5.0 out of 5 stars

    Fantastic pruning tool

    The ratchet is the key to this products success. Cuts branches like butter with ease.

  29. CCC

    4.0 out of 5 stars

    Product quality

    High quality materials – easy to use, breadth of limb sizes able to be cut.

  30. ShelbyJP

    4.0 out of 5 stars

    the ratchet works well.

    the ratchet works well to cut larger limbs easily.

  31. Fire Aunt

    2.0 out of 5 stars

    Just a lot of hype.

    I was anxiously awaiting this first ever for us ratchet pruner which I had ordered for my elderly Mom who has tiny hands and is suffering from such extreme arthritis that her fingers are actually disfigured looking. After reading all of the hype in the product ad and the customers rave reviews I tried to convince her that this was going to be the greatest gardening tool we probably will ever buy. The order arrived on time as promised but when I opened the box I was rather disappointed due to the fact that our first ratchet pruner was cheapie looking and made in Taiwan which was never mentioned in the product ad and now I know why. First the ratchet gizmo was very wobbly and just didn’t seem as if it would last a lifetime as claimed in the ad. Right away I noticed I couldn’t slide the safety latch open (and later when I tried to lock it, it took me nearly an hour). Mom tried to cut a branch the diameter of a pencil and after two unsuccessful attempts handed the pruners to me and wanted nothing more to do with it. I then gave it a try and to tell you the truth it felt like the cheapest pruners I have ever tried and it wasn’t that sharp and the ratchet part didn’t engage. Needless to say I was so disappointed and my dreams of making pruning chores easier went up in smoke. Considering the price I paid for this pruner and taking a chance on a brand I had never heard of I learned a valuable lesson, from now on I’ll stick to the name brands and like Mom says if it seems too good to be true…………you know the rest. I cannot with a clear contious recommend this product. This is the only thing I have ever ordered from Amazon that I have ever wanted to return but I refuse to waste any more time on it. Who knows maybe someone will want it.

    One person found this helpful

  32. Amazon Customer

    5.0 out of 5 stars

    great product

    happy with product

  33. B

    5.0 out of 5 stars

    hands down the best shear I have found

    A few things right off. Sidepass shears are great for flowers but Anvil shears are overall best for real pruning – apples, Pfitzer, fruits etc. So far these are hands down the best I have used in my hand cramped years of taming Nature. Oe of the best things is that the groove in the anvil is recessed into the actual stationary plate so that the shear disappears below the level of the anvil. that means that you don’t have to worry about uneven sharpening leaving you with the last few fibers of a shoot to tear away when the shear should be cutting all the way through.They are comfortable and not prone to the kinds of jamming that rotating handle shears are, and though I have not had the occasion to shapren het it looks like you can easily get a small file to the shear to do so. A lot of shears out there do not have the clearance to do that so you get uneven sharpening.And you aren’t paying the ‘Hearth and Plow’ inflated prices for whatever they consider the newest Japanese/Chinese hip flower cutters. Throw away those 60$ Cutco pruners, or better yet sell them on eBay. These are maybe a little big for small hands, but still the the best Git’er Done pruners. Hope they last

    22 people found this helpful

  34. L. Mcquay

    5.0 out of 5 stars

    I love it

    Why did I wait so long to get a decent pair of pruners. The ratchet makes all the difference. They work without hurting your hand.

    One person found this helpful

  35. tvwatcher

    2.0 out of 5 stars

    quit working after 2 months

    I wanted to replace my Florian ratchet pruners because the ratchet part broke. These worked fine for 2-3 months, then the ratchet part broke Don’t waste your money.

  36. Haydee Alcantara

    5.0 out of 5 stars

    So easy to cut!

    My hands are not that strong any more, so these shears are a life saver. Which two or three pumps the job of cutting a thick branch is done. Liked them so much, I bought some for my daughter. I highly recommend them!

    4 people found this helpful

  37. Danny Miller

    3.0 out of 5 stars

    Works good

    Doesn’t open up wide enough

    One person found this helpful

  38. K Collins

    4.0 out of 5 stars

    Can’t lock closed

    I like the ratchet aspect of the pruners and cuts are clean, so far. Put they are impossible to close and lock. I have tried putting all my weight down on them so I could slide the lock closed but still doesn’t work. I have arthritis in my hands including my thumb so that could be a factor but even my husband struggled to get them closed and was eventually successful (he has very strong hands!)

    8 people found this helpful

  39. Boymom

    5.0 out of 5 stars

    Easy to use for weak wrists

    So glad that I found this! It’s very easy to use and is really sharp and cuts pretty thick branches, well worth the cost.

    One person found this helpful

  40. Michele D. Edwards

    5.0 out of 5 stars

    Gardeners Friend and Aid for arthritic hands

    I used these two days ago to remove 90% of an old climbing rose and clematis, that the harsh colorado winter killed. This was a big job, with my aged but cared for felco pruners it could have taken three days with recovery days between. These truly are a gardeners friend pruners. I’m 62 years old and love gardening more than ever but I have arthritis in my hands and wrist that make any pruning even smaller branches and stems a challenge if I work over an hour or two. I worked over 6 hours and completely cleaned out all the dead wood. These pruners were such a help with thicker old dead wood that my hands felt like I was clipping soft stems. The best of all was I didn’t even take any pain pills that night or the next morning, that’s the difference on my hands. I used an electric saw (Black and Decker) that I bought at the same time for branches over an inch and a half. I’m ready to go out today and tackle the other mostly dead bush. If you have small arthritic hands I can’t recommend these enough. Read the directions on the back of the package I’m saving it. On big branches open the pruners wide and put the branch deep in the jaw of the pruner to engage ratchet action that’s what saves your hands.

    26 people found this helpful

  41. James Ellsworth

    4.0 out of 5 stars

    A Good Quality Product

    My wife and I have ‘grounds’ and we have roses and crape myrtle and what-not. We use an arsenal of tools to shape plants and to open them to the air. Over more than a decade, I have had to replace these items on a yearly basis, usually with items purchased from one ‘big box store’ or another. These days I do more shopping on Amazon than elsewhere for ease of delivery and for range of choice. …So, I ordered these.What I got was a sturdy design with a ‘big’ blade (like on long-handled loppers) and a ratchet mechanism, which also allows the jaws to open wider. I had hoped that this design would offer a mechanical advantage over other similar units but that is not what ‘ratchet’ means. The ratchet mechanism allows you to leave the blade in the cut and returns things so that you can continue the cut as often as needed to complete it. A nifty touch is the snap-on; snap-off oiler pad which provides instant access to blade protecting lubrication. However, as the distributor points out, this pad is easy to lose and should be stored separately. (I should have believed him because, while I thought it snapped firmly in place…I lost mine.I have small hands for a man and so I have to use two hands if I want to open the jaws on this unit to their widest capacity. This is not a problem while trimming roses but it can become an issue if you don’t happen to have full-sized loppers at hand. Based on my experience with a variety of high-end cutlery steel, I would say this blade is as good as any on offer for this type of tool and that it is better than some. My unit came with a usefully ‘sharp’ edge–clean cutting but not so fine as to bend out of line after an hour or so of regular use. Because the jaws open so widely, I can use my WorkSharp belt sharpening system to maintain the blade edge and that means something for users who have more than the occasional plant to trim.In my experience, Valspring Group offers exceptional (proactive) customer service. When the company thought I might have received and used the shears, they sent me an e-mail asking for feedback and offering any assistance I might need if I did develop issues. We put these things to vigorous use during a full season and it remains to be seen if these will last into next season or not. So far, they are comfortable to use and are offered at something less than ‘heirloom’ prices. (I don’t know how my roses feel about ‘Rosewood’ handles anyway.)

    83 people found this helpful

  42. Gangly Princess

    3.0 out of 5 stars

    Overly tight

    The lock is super tight. Also includes a weird little wiping sponge that doesn’t make much sense

  43. georgette cosmas

    5.0 out of 5 stars

    great seller

    For a senior who loves gardening this was such a great gift from my hubby.So much easier to use and comfortable to handle and really gets the job done!!Had a question for the seller and he answered right away great communication.HIGHLY recommend the product and the seller.

  44. Mel Andrews

    4.0 out of 5 stars

    Do the job!

    These work pretty well. It makes a little bit of use to get used to the ratchet action!

    One person found this helpful

  45. Gaely

    5.0 out of 5 stars


    I own a container full of hand pruners that don’t work all that well. I have weak hands from arthritis and being elderly, but I love to prune. These pruners are amazing and work well with weak hands (I am female), and they look to last a long time.. They even include little pad things to keep the blade oiled and clean. I gave them a workout yesterday and I was able to prune for over an hour. The amazing part is they made pruning fun rather than painful. Cut quickly and easily with branches up to a 1/2 inch. The rachet works smoothly and powerful. The really amazing part is my hands were not in pain at all afterward. Usually, I pay with sore, stiff hands for at least a day after doing pruning. for pruning that long. I would definitely recommend it.. I am fearful these will disappear from Amazon, so I am ordering a second pair today to put aside in case I lose the first pair. I am definitely a happy gardener again. Can’t say enough good things. If you are hesitating over price, don’t worry. I have several hand prunders that din’t even last a season and were difficult for me to use. Last year I bought 2 different pairs of pruners and the combined prices far exceeded of the two far exceeded the price of these. Those other two are on their way to Salvation Army. The only drawback is they are a bit difficult to lock & unlock, but with use that seems to be getting to be less of an lock but the more I lock and unlock & get the hang of how the locking mechanism works, the easier it gets. Enjoy!!!

    16 people found this helpful

  46. CRAIG S

    3.0 out of 5 stars

    Okay but not great.

    I expected better for the price and quantity of the 5 star ratings I saw. 1st and foremost, toss the majority of 5 those star ratings. Anyone who’s used shears before, or used these to any extent would not in their right mind give 5 stars for this product.As soon as I saw the packaging, I was disappointed. The shears were packaged in a typical Taiwanese plastic/cardboard package that did not convey any sense of quality. The label on the shear was crooked and not firmly affixed. There was a spare blade oiler in the package and now I know why. But you’re not reading this to see if the package was up to snuff, are you?Construction: The pivots are all rivets, there are no bolts and nuts holding it together but there is no noticeable looseness or wiggle of the cutting blade. The handle was able to accommodate my normal sized hand with a medium duty glove on. I see others had issues with gloves using this, I did not.Performance: The shears were razor sharp out of the package and initial cuts were effortless. The ratchet mechanism worked fine and there was no blade flex when trying to cut large branches at an awkward angle.I found the ratchet mechanism worked well and with each squeeze and release it indexed properly allowing quick cuts. There was never a time where this did not work. I was able to cut the smallest twig to about 1 inch saplings without any problems.As cutting progressed, i did have to exert slightly more effort, but the shears did not exhibit any major change in its ability.As others mentioned, the blade oiler that is stored in the handle disappeared along the way (thus the spare in the package) and locking the blade is difficult.They did the job today and hopefully they’ll continue to do the job in the future. But in the end, they’re just okay.

    109 people found this helpful

  47. DIYForeverDIYForever

    5.0 out of 5 stars

    Update—Still Straight Forward & Easy to Use!

    Today I used the ratchet cutters on 2 types of wood, evergreen and forsythia. They are soft woods but the evergreen is prickly and my hands besides having arthritis are tender. The cutter made quick work of each bush/tree. I’m attempting to save the pink roses and have also found a few lillies that have survived in spite of my neglect. In this same bed is a small planting of yellow winter-blooming jasmine. It only took 30 minutes to cut back a large portion of both. Tonight I will learn if my arthritis pain will come back. Update will follow soon.Sept. 9–Ordered a 2nd pair BUT they are lost (maybe) at the Elkridge, Maryland distribution center. They were supposed to arrive yesterday! This is the 2nd product that has been lost in Elkridge! I don’t know who to tell but when I see the words “Out for delivery” and Elkridge, Maryland then I know it is lost!I am still using the original pair! Nothing has broken and they are still very sharp. My daughter has RA (rheumatoid arthritis) and is helping me trim the yard. Between her chainsaw & these clippers we are making headway. We still have 5 or more bushes that have been neglected. All of us have some crippling disability but if my 85 year-old 5 ft tall Aunt can wheel herself out and sit on the ground to tend to her yard we will continue to work until we are bedridden to get this place back into shape!

    6 people found this helpful

  48. G. Kinsey

    5.0 out of 5 stars

    I Think These Are A Winner!

    Having some tendonitis or arthritis, I needed a way to clip fruit tree prunings to fit into our recycle bin. After clipping the smaller branches of a tree or two, my hand would hurt for a couple of weeks. My venerable Corona clippers have always been super and my sweetheart uses hers always. But I thought I would try something easier. Fiskars, with its two-handed branch loppers, are super! But their hand cutters, with their interesting twisty grip for leverage, wasn’t enough (though a bit easier than my Coronas). So I tried this Valspring clipper. WOW! I have only tried some test branches, as the pruning season has passed, but here is my opinion. They are very, very good. A single cut, where the branch goes between the blades and gets sliced, is just like the others. However, if the branch resists cutting (like my somewhat weathered kindling branches I experimented with just now), then you can ease off on the handles then take a second pass. Easing off engages a gear-driven mechanism that works really well to easily slice through the wood. My sweetheart even tried them and commented how easy it was to cut through the branch.Time will tell how they work making the hundreds of cuts to clip the branches next season to fit into our recycle bins. If the wood is green and easily cut, these may be just like the Coronas. But knowing that when the branch resists, I can easily shift gears (so to speak) and slice through the branch like butter, is a good thing.My open question is whether or not my hand tendons will put up with the possibly multi-squeezes necessary to cut through the harder woods. My guess is that they will. Even with two passes, if the passes are easy, it is a no-sweat deal for my hands. For easy stuff, I can use them like my Coronas or maybe even just use these with single cuts. In any case, I whole-heartedly recommend these cutters to those folks, like me, who need some assistance with cutting as their hands age.

    3 people found this helpful

  49. Susan PackSusan Pack

    3.0 out of 5 stars

    Well, read the review

    I was trimming branches on a small fig tree. They were not very big. The very first cut, the pinion ribbit holding the ratchet system in place, broke or fell out. So the pin started to fall out the other side. I found a 4 x 32 x 3/8″ bolt (would have preferred 1/4″). Got it started with a screw driver into the pinion hole and drove it in. After that, it worked great. See picture. 3 stars because even though it worked great, I had to do a repair. Just in case you wanted to know what was also used, a 5 pound barbell weight as solid backup for the pinion ribbit head. Oh, it comes with these oiler pads that will never be used, I oil my tools when finished.

    8 people found this helpful

  50. J El Ghee

    3.0 out of 5 stars

    So so not so great

    These things did not stay sharp and clog not good

  51. Carol

    4.0 out of 5 stars

    Seller to the rescue – faith restored

    I loved these until the blade nicked in early spring (great time for a busted blade, right?) while we were pruning roses – not cutting rocks, steel rod, or wire, but pruning rose bushes. The warranty says that if the blade breaks, it’s our fault. Problem is, replacement blades were nowhere to be found (not on Amazon, not on the seller’s website, no place).After hours of digging everywhere online with no success, I did my best to communicate with the sellers, but heard nothing back.Last ditch effort today, I dug again, found nothing, then used their Contact Us page on their website, which failed once, then went through (always save copies of explanations before hitting Submit!).Low and behold, I rcvd a response within an hour, asking for my mailing address!!!My faith is restored, changing my 2star to 4 (blade took a nick – why?), because otherwise this is a rockin’ pruner, with (for me) none of the problems other users ran into. Maybe it’s better for my larger hands, I don’t know, but the power they provide is awesome. I may have to buy another, just because.

    5 people found this helpful

  52. Retired Guy

    3.0 out of 5 stars


    I have a 630′ fence line where I’ve allowed wild prairie rose and himalayan blackberries to grow as food and protective habitat for the insects, birds and small animals. I bought these pruning shears specifically to use with heavy thorn-proof gloves while I keep this hedgerow from becoming overgrown.These shears are reasonably well made and packaged. They have a slide lock that works very well and a built-in oiling pad in the handle. However, the oiling pad comes out too easily and disappeared into the brambles within the first couple minutes of using the shears. Do yourself a favor, take it out and store until you’re done using the shears.These are rachet shears, so the handle has to be fully open to get the blades open enough to cut. This was difficult to do as the spring is weak so the handle must have very little pressure on it to open completely. I wear a man’s large size glove and have average sized hands, but even without the heavy gloves I could barely spread my hand enough to open the blades and still maintain a grip on the shears. With the gloves on I was only able to use the tip of my thumb to squeeze the handles together. I was frequently dropping the shears or having them pulled out of my hand by the brambles. I stopped using them after only a few minutes.Overall, I was disappointed in these shears as I found them difficult to use on blackberry vines and prairie rose canes while wearing gloves. However, they may work well for those with large hands and a less demanding use.

    5 people found this helpful

  53. Marcy Riley

    3.0 out of 5 stars

    Cuts okay.

    The plastic locks are of poor quality. I am not sure how long they will work. Overall the quality of the materials is less than I expected.

  54. James Kruse

    5.0 out of 5 stars

    Excellent pruner!

    This pruner is very versatile and helpful in pruning various sizes of branches in my yard! Very easy to use since I have difficulty trying to prune

  55. Rod Smith

    5.0 out of 5 stars

    Good support

    They work great. Could use a non slip material on handle where your fingers are.

  56. Herbaceous1

    4.0 out of 5 stars

    Not sure… cuts great but cant lock?

    Ok… so first off these look good, they include an apparatus to oil the blade, which I had to use right away because the blade was VERY DULL right out of the plastic? I was surprised at this…but no matter. I opened it and I am a petite person and the handle has a large stretch or spread for the handle and the wratchet. So, I used them, after sharpening them, on a peach tree. Despite a large grip and strech, it was very nice. After sharpening the blade, it cut like butter!! Very nice! Two main concerns. I am unable to lock the handle in the closed position. Ive had my two boys try to lock it, as they have bigger hands, but they couldnt lock it either. The ratcheting gear apparatus is plastic, maybe thats why? No clue why I cant lock it. That frustrates me. So if that problem were resolved I more than likely would give this a 5 star. The issue is I drop my pruners all the time, and not being able to lock it means I cant put it in my pocket, or carry it around. To me that is actually a big deal! I wont return it because I needed it 2 weeks ago and had to start pruning asap! If you can get them to lock great! Then buy them. For me they are seriously pricey for what I got. These are worth about $15 less the way it is now.

    One person found this helpful

  57. Kenneth St Amour

    5.0 out of 5 stars

    These clippers are the best.

    These clippers are easy to use and very effective.

  58. emile desrosiers

    5.0 out of 5 stars


    Oil piece does not stay in

  59. Deb

    5.0 out of 5 stars

    I love my pruners

    I received these as a gift last fall and was excited to use them in the spring. Ergonomically they feel great and the reviews were excellent. However, the first time I used them this spring they didn’t close enough to complete the cut. Very frustrating! When I open and close them without a branch in the blades they work fine. I’m pretty handy and have tried to determine the cause of the problem and am not able to find it’s source. Of course my return window has passed. I’ve called and left messages with Valspring three times and received no call back. I do not recommend these.Update: I filed a complaint through Amazon and had a call back from the manufacturer within a couple of hours! He said their phone lines had been down and promised a new pair. I received them in two days and they work perfectly! I cut through inch thick juniper branches like they were twigs. I’m happy with my purchase and service.Another update: I continue to work on a juniper hedge 100’ long. Yeah…I’m a glutton for punishment. I am astounded at how well these are working. I wouldn’t consider them a product solely for people with weak hands! Their ratcheting ability provides amazing power for cutting thicker branches. I figure if the branch fits in the shears, I can cut it! I love these and will order a pair for backup because I never want to be without them❤️

    7 people found this helpful

  60. Grandma05

    5.0 out of 5 stars

    Love these Ratchet pruners!

    I love these Ratchet Hand pruners. This company is great a small family owned business and you can tell. They sent me a personal email shortly after my pruners arrived. The pruners arrived on time and packaged appropriately. I used them over the weekend and found that I could prune both dead and live branches. I only used this one pruner to do everything. I cut small leaves off a twig, small twigs, and finally branches up to 3/4 of an inch. The larger branches were on pine trees and I found that the pruners worked great. I think that some people may have never owned a pair of ratchet pruners and it does take some getting used to using them. This is my second pair, I would still be using my first if I could find them! Think they were “borrowed” by one of the kids. Who can blame them they make pruning so much easier. Back to the ratchet pruner…. when you are cutting a larger branch make sure that you go down into the v of the cutters not just the tip of the blade. Now close the handle, open, close again. You may have to do this two or three times. But it will cut right through the branch and your hand will not hurt from trying to cut the branch. As far as opening and closing the pruners just follow the instructions. Once you open and close a few times it gets easier. It is like anything brand new a little stiff at first. I would rather have it that way than some of my garden tools that are so loose they lock every time I use them. Very annoying. I think you will be pleased with these ratchet pruners. Review from an avid gardener.

    51 people found this helpful

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