Fiskars Wants To Give You Stuff, and Who Are We To Stop Them?


Do you remember last year when we reviewed some Fiskars tools and gave a few away?  Remember those PowerGear Loppers?   I wrote about them here, and Gen wrote about them at North Coast Gardening.  Now that I’ve had a pair for a year or so, I can tell you that they are quite sturdy and very useful–they’re big enough to be able to whack back anything in my garden, but they’re also surprisingly light and easy to carry around.  Good stuff.

Well, Fiskars just wants you to have more tools.  So they asked us if we’d give another pair away.  Uh–yeah!  Sure, why not?

Here’s the video we did last year if you want to know exactly how these things work.  To win, just post a comment with any pruning-related tale, or any sob story about why you so desperately need to upgrade your pruning tools.

Oh–and–Gen’s giving away a pair, too, so head over there if you want a little more action.


  1. I have these terrible “trees” in my yard that people call “Japanese Honeysuckle.” They bloom like crazy and then throw seeds all over the place. I find them in my stone walls. I find them in the garden. I find them in the lawn. Everywhere, I find them. And I hunt them down. Because they destroy everything. They rip stones apart from my walls. They set down roots overnight. I would much rather have a blackberry thicket where these are growing, but I have not the tools to get rid of them. Maybe you could write a column on getting rid of these honeysuckle trees. Where I grew up, honeysuckle was a vine, and that had its own problems because it could take down a chain link fence in a year. But these are like the mother of all honeysuckles. Help me!

  2. For someone who enjoys small projects, and cleaning things up, there is something so satisfying about pruning. The last time I had a bush to prune, it was so huge that when I had pruned all I could prune, I had carved a half-tunnel from the side! Sadly, it didn’t occur to me to use a ladder to get those harder-to-reach spots.

    Thanks for your great blog, ladies!

  3. Desperately need these to contend with the elderly– and seldom pruned — shrubs on our new old property. Our old tools took one look at them and left town (or maybe they were in that box that didn’t make it on the moving truck).

  4. I would so love a pair of loppers. Why? I don’t own any right now. They got lent out and never returned. Someday I’ll have to label all my tools. Then maybe, just maybe they would get back to me.

  5. We have no end to things to prune around here, so I would love to try a new design of pruning tools. The ones I have work okay, but they are really heavy and take a decent amount of effort to use for long periods.

  6. Loppers actually have an odd place in my heart. When I think of them, thoughts automatically go to my mom. My mom loves her loppers – always carries them in her vehicle, just in case she’s somewhere and purning needs doing. My hubby & I don’t even own a pair, which makes pruning more of a chore than it needs to be. Loppers are definitely on my need-to-buy list. (but winning them would be better!)

  7. My current loppers have a chunk out of one side and I have to be careful where on the cutting edge I put them on the cuttee. I am guessing untempered steel was used. Does fiskars use the real thing? I’m guessing they do since I still use the several pairs of fiskars scissors I got for my children all over the house and garden and for sewing.

  8. I don’t have any good pruning tools- some old clippers that were left in the shed we inherited with the house- that’s about it. And lots of shrubs that need taming. And rouge maple trees that grew up next to my foundation and I need to cut them to the ground. I’d love to have these!

  9. I have some serious lilac pruning to be done. These look like just the ticket! Gen and Amy look like they are having so much fun with them, that I would fear for anyone using them, they may not know when to stop!

  10. Oh, pruning! My pruning story is thus: sycamores. They need several upstart branches lopped! Otherwise, they’ll fall on our neighbors’ heads. See? Pruners can make excellent neighbors.

  11. I bought a pair after last year’s review, and now my husband and I fight over this most excellent tool! We have ten acres with a lot of pruning needs, such as corrective pruning of young timber trees, productive pruning of the orchard, and destructive pruning of bush honeysuckle. (I share your honeysuckle pain, Ange, and they contain an alleopathy that prevents anything from growing but garlic mustard.)

  12. Would love to have one…I have lots of mature shrubs and trees that could use some pruning

  13. Something very satisfying about pruning and looks like you could go climbing with these and prune to your hearts content.

  14. I do most of my pruning at ground level, as I wage war against buckthorn, Japanese honeysuckle and multiflora rose.

  15. I’ve recently started renting a horribly neglected house in a neighborhood that looks like it popped out of a design catalog. According to the neighbors, no one has done the yard work in over ten years. For me, that was one of the selling points, since I can put in a lovely garden of my own design. After two weeks of pruning back the lantana that has taken over the front yard, I have made some lovely discoveries– three horribly neglected but still living rose bushes. And also a tragic discovery– my pruning sheers are completely done in, and I’ve barely started on cleaning up the trees in the backyard. Help!

  16. I grow lots of different types of bamboo in my suburban garden, and the bigger culms are impossible to cut with hand pruners — a nice lopper would come in so handy!

    The deer help me prune the rest of my shrubs, but they don’t really have the eye for it.

    A hand-powered pruner of any size is no match for the bush honeysuckle around here though. The trunks are nearly 12″ in diameter!

  17. So much pruning needs to be done in my yard. These would be just the ticket. My tools now leave things looking like . . . . well, I’m not sure what it looks like, but it’s not good!

  18. ‘Tis the season here, the wild cherries and Osage Orange and wild plums are reaching out to slap at the cars in the driveway, the people on the paths. I wear out a set of loppers almost every year here on this farm, and the current ones are on their last . . . ummm . . . handles?

  19. We named our loppers Cindy……but like the real person, they are a little dated. Would love a new pair to keep the yard in shape.

  20. OO! these look so nice…maybe I could get the terrible privet on our property line hedged/tamed/restrained a bit…

  21. We’re currently at war with scotch broom. We even got goats. Seriously, we brought in FARM ANIMALS because of one invasive weed. What we’ve found is that the goats can take care of the tiny scotch broom, but the biggies, must be chopped up before Hermes, Gwen, and Costello will eat them…..which brings me to loppers. The scotch broom did more eating of our past loppers than the other way around. It’s time for a new contender.

  22. Bamboozled, am I, afflicted by the bane of BBB – Bamboo Behaving Badly. Please help me stop this seditious sedge from turning my tilth into filth.

  23. How very timely – the lilacs are out of control and to top it off – last nite a huge arborvitae split one of its main trunks at the base and is now laying across the back yard – maybe not so timely. I’m going to have to use the old lopper today!

  24. I have a jungle of privet, honeysuckle, multiflora rose, doghobble and wild grapes that has already defeated one set of loppers (the wooden handle snapped clean off. I still have them, thinking that someday I will replace that handle. Yeah, right!) I’d love to have a pair of Fiskars to try to keep the jungle from completely taking over the property

  25. Autumn olive.
    I have autumn olive.
    I have LOTS of autumn olive.

    My very sad little secateurs can only do so much, which means that my driveway is lined with stumps covered in shiny suckers. I hack those back every few months and compost the branches, but it’s very hard on the shears.

    Also, there’s a pin oak. I don’t want to talk about the pin oak.

  26. When I moved into my house about two years ago, it was in a sorry, sorry state. The backyard was filled with blackberry vines and chicken wire, and I hate to say, I may have used my pruners to cut through chicken wire. It worked! But they’re not exactly in good shape anymore…! Would love some new ones!

  27. Fire blight has laid my Macintosh tree low, but hasn’t stopped a shrubby mass of suckers from growing around the stump. Took most of the tree down with loppers and let a neighbor buzzsaw the rest. My best producer, too. I’m hoping that the Granny Smith, Jonathan and Black Twig trees will make up for the loss. Got in some good pruning at the right time this year.

    Next: the twenty-foot lilac.

  28. We need a proper pruning tool. Last year we broke a perfectly good set of jumper cables because we were trying to use them to pull out some of the invasive species. (Yeah, I get it that jumper cables aren’t really garden tools.)

  29. I need a new pair to replace my worn down pair. It saw too many years of Boy Scout Eagle projects, removing invasive buckthorn and honeysuckle.

  30. I really need new tools! I think I am doing a lot of damage to the plants when I have to saw and bend because my pruners are terrible!

  31. The last two years have been all about a fireblight infestation in my orchard. I wish I could do some aesthetic pruning for once.

  32. Pruning sob story ? The genius who owned our rental property before us planted photinia and oleander all over the place. Then he proceeded to prune it poorly and erratically. We are trying to keep it since taking it all out would likely require nuclear weapons. But reclaiming poorly pruned hedges takes time … and really good tools. Please ?

    If that’s not enough, I’m also trying to keep the neighbors privacy shrubbery from encroaching on our home orchard. It’s a weekly task that becomes daily this time of year.

  33. Ah, loppers! My mother’s gift to my first yard was a pair of loppers. Oh, the lopping they have done over the years and yards. Lop, lop, lop, how I have loved to lop. But now those original loppers are demanding retirement. I need a replacement so I can continue to lop, lop, lop.

  34. Ugh – I need a new pair of pruners desperately!!! I whacked out my elbow using my old ones while Spring-pruning my hibiscus. Now I am having difficulties hauling around the bags of mulch. What a vicious circle – my elbow hurts from cutting back the bush because it grew so big in part thanks to the mulch – now I can hardly carry the mulch for this year. Ach – the travails of a very ardent gardener!

  35. I’ve been wanting loppers for a long time. My Grandpa gave me all of his garden tools except his loppers and I still haven’t gone out and bought any. (It’s really cool to be able to use his tools in my own yard – there’s something special about it.)

    I’ve had to make due with my saw and pruners (when I can get away with it). I would love a pair of these awesome Fiskars loppers!

  36. If you were to pick me,
    I could prune my cherry tree.
    If you were to pass me by,
    I might have to cry.
    I need those loppers in my hand,
    Boy, my garden would be grand!

  37. If I had new lobbers I would lob my old ones to someone that has none. You didn’t think I would give away the Fiskars, did you?

  38. We have 200 acres here in upstate NY, and one pair of geriatric lopers that my husband and I fight over. I use them in the garden on various overgrown shrubs and to beat back the vicious blackberries and multi-flora roses in nearby fields. My husband takes them on the 4-wheeler to do trail maintenance in the woods. He sharpens our lopers periodically, but they always seem duller than oatmeal whenever I get ahold of them (whenever I can find where he left them, that is). I would so love these Fiskars.

  39. I finally have a yard of my own and plants of my own. New fruit trees and vines deserve shiny new tools! Time to phase out the rusty, dull hodgepodge of second hand implements and get some tools that actually do the job.

  40. Fiskars products have long been a fav of mine. I wish I’d bought Fiskars post hole diggers back when I first saw them. I use a pair with wood handles that like my old loppers are heavy and hard on ancient wrists. Maybe Fiskars might want me to talk about how old people compensate for failing abilities with levers and gears and hydraulics.

  41. Why do I need to upgrade my tools? Because even though I know better I leave my sh!t out in the rain, drop clippers in garden beds, loose pruners under broccoli leaves for weeks at a time, and generally take very poor care of whatI have. Once I found a two-year-gone pairing knife in the compost. Thank god for stainless steel. All of this might be an argument to not give me anything nice until I learn to take better care of what I have already (thanks, Mom) but then again, maybe you will pick a winner at random. 😉

    Thanks for the shot, in any event. If I win I’ll try to be a better person and take care of my shiny new tool.

  42. We actually just killed our pair by snapping them in half. We haven’t had the cash on hand to buy a new sturdier pair which means our fruit trees had to go without proper pruning this year.

  43. I won the lopers last year and I have to say they are great! Short handles, which makes it easier to get inside of a shrub.

    The only problem is that my dad keeps stealing them.

  44. My ten-year-old daughter discovered pruning last weekend and I could barely convince her to come inside for lunch! I’d love it if she could have a really good pruner to work with and make gardening that much more fun!

  45. I live in the Pacific northwest where English ivy is a dreadful invasive species. When it climbs trees the vines can get as thick as your arm. The community gets together occasionally to clear sections of a nearby county park of this pest. We then plant native species. Any extra tools, especially good quality ones would speed the task. Free the trees!

  46. I have a pair of loppers purchased many many years ago at a garage sale that are so dull and funky that the last time I used them on the lilacs, I had to wait for someone with more upper body strength to come along and finish the cut as they were stuck halfway through the branch, locked in place. Needless to say it was a sad case of tree abuse that i do not wish to repeat.

  47. As a new owner of a terribly neglected (but soon to be paradise) garden, pruners are my best friend. And a girl can never have too many friends!

  48. I don’t have arthritis, but I’m aging (aren’t we all!), my upper body strength is a little less than the average woman’s. I’ve had loppers, but the people who use them in my yard never listen to the “put them back on the hooks in the garage” lecture, so they’re quite rusted, and I need a new pair.

    These look ideal–lightweight, longer/wider reach, and easier on the muscles involved in their operation. I really appreciate the reviews, esp. with videos so you can see for yourself, that you give for various tools.

    Jessica, I’m with you–a neglected yard is like a blank canvas. I don’t think the previous owners of our first home did ANYTHING with the lot, save water. I was in hog heaven! After we’d been there six years, the front yard was a big draw for buyers, and when the former owners came by to check on the house, they admired the change. The palm was healthier than when they left, too.

    This house, I’ve had to rip out a few things I didn’t care for (doing my best to find them new homes first) in order to put something in that would increase my pleasure, not to mention curb appeal. Last week, it would have been idea for the Google Street View folk to come by & take pictures, given the first massive bloom of my roses after dormancy. The photo before we moved in would have only shown bland generica instead of my semi-circle of roses with scent (and names!) backed by the hedge of rosemaries and lavenders (instead of privet).

  49. Oooooh, to be able to cut through a small branch with those babies! No more sore hands and arms after a rhodie pruning attempt? Please, sign me up!

  50. I certainly need one of these. My husband can no longer do the amount of pruning that needs to be done on our 20 acres. These seem to be able to add some “muscle” that I need. I love my Fiskars hand pruners!

  51. This is nice synchronicity – I’m off after breakfast to prune my friend’s privet, maples, and dead wood that are blocking her sight lines to the back of her garden. I want to bring out the little Japanese Maple that is being overwhelmed by the bigger stuff, and sculpt openings in the thickets to reveal what’s behind them – just a hint.

    Can’t wait to attack the privet, though I know it’s going to bounce right back by the end of the summer. I’ve always theorized that a woman with pruners, duct tape, and maybe a cordless drill can rule the world.

  52. My Grandpa Allan duct-taped two slender pieces of wood to his old loppers to extend the handles. With these loppers he stood on the top rung of a wooden stepladder and pruned his 12-foot-high Privet hedge with scary precision. By the time he got to the end of that long hedge, it was time to start at the beginning and do it all over again. He swore against the electric gadgets- they just don’t do the job right. He kept those pruners sharp and clean. Grandpa Allan pruned right into his nineties, and after his funeral I ran into his garage and claimed those pruners. They worked great for a few years, but now they’re dull as butter knives. I think it’s time to hang them in the shed in a place of honor and see if Fiskars will send me a newfangled pair.

  53. I bought a pair of these last year and they didn’t last a season. I will never buy Fiskars again… buy Felcos; they last a lifetime and any part can be replaced.

  54. The shell gingers, spent and falling to the ground – each eight to twelve feet; the Queen Palm, her lower branches dropping down yet majestically resisting any of my current tools; and the bougainvillea – it can resist any cuts, coming back at me with more branches when pruned and sticking more thorn tips in me when I try. I’ve been thinking I might need a chainsaw for some of these things. Best to all.

  55. As I age, my arm strength has waned and arthur visits more frequently than I’d like. I’d love a pair of those loppers so I can tackle the many pruning chores I’ve neglected. It looks like they have some sort of ratchet action that might help this aging gardener … so much to do …

  56. It seems like every year for Mother’s Day, I volunteer to do pruning for my mother-in-law. Year Number One, I realized that I needed to bring my own tools; Year Number Two, I realized that I don’t have the right tools; Year Number Three, was glad it was raining on Mother’s Day; Year Number Four, came up with another excuse…

    Year Number Five? That lilac is looking pretty scruffy. And oh, those loppers would be just the thing to get me back on track…

  57. Being the resident Master Gardener in my neighborhood, I’m often summoned to “help” prune shrubs and small trees. It’s a good thing, because I’m a compulsive pruner and my own poor shrubs would be nibbled down to nubs if I didn’t have this outlet. Now that I’ve passed the half-century mark I find it challenging to do rejuvenation pruning using only my regular loppers. These fiskars gear-powered loppers look like just the tool I need!

  58. (A nod to Mary Poppins…)

    For every job that must be done,
    there is a tool to be won.
    Explain why and you might get one, too.
    My loppers, old and rusty now
    cannot cut a twig or bough.
    A brand new pair
    my aching hands would spare!

  59. Need to upgrade my pruner to keep up with the growth of my rose bushes and citrus trees. The standard Fiskars standard hand pruners I have been using are no longer able to span and cut the fat branches. These loppers will be perfect.

  60. Last year I watched the “landscapers” at work pruning a beautiful redbud. With an Electric Chainsaw on a stick! They were using this contraption like a hedgetrimmer, “shaping” the tree. When I couldn’t stand it any longer I went out and asked them what the heck they were doing. They proceeded to tell me that they were doing their jobs as instructed by the owner. I tried complaining about this to the person at work that hired them and was told that they were professionals so they must know what they are doing.

    Seriously. It about broke my heart to watch.

    I’d love to win these pruners and donate them to my church. They have lots of beautiful trees on site and a couple retirees that do the pruning. They are doing a pretty good job considering they aren’t professionals!

  61. I would love some pruners of my own. My husband has a pair that are horrible. I can’t even squeeze them together. I usually am the one who prunes everything but I use little hand pruners. So all the big viburnums etc that need to be pruned now are cut bit by bit! Even if I don’t win I am asking for the Fiskar pruners for Mother’s Day!

  62. Another person renovating a neglected garden and finding it to be hell on the tools…can use all the help I can get!

  63. I would adore to add them to my arsenal. My husband and I are working on plumbago in Southern California. About 12 foot high and deep and 100 foot long. Aaaaarrrrrrrrggggggggghhhhhhhhhhh.

  64. I would like to win these so that my brother-in-law won’t come over and help with the pruning by cutting down the things I have been trying to nurture!

  65. Just love pruning whether it’s thoughtful reshaping of a plant or crazy whacking it back after it’s grown like mad (my wisteria????). Seems like my felco pruners are not strong enough for some of the branches I would like to lop off…these fiskars seem like they get good mileage…:-)

  66. Sing to the tune of Cyndi Laupers “Like A Virgin”
    Love my prunin’!
    Prunin’ for the very first time!
    Love my pruuuuuuunin’
    with the loppers I won online!

  67. i could use a new pair of pruners. when we moved into this house, the previous owner didn’t believe in pruning. so, while pruning an azalea that had spread into the carport, i managed to cut a not-to-code live electric wire that was laying above the ground, but under a few years of leaves (prev owner didn’t rake either). i burned a hole in the blade of my pruners. the good news is that the azalea is out of the carport, the leaves are gone, and the wires are gone also. and my children believe that garden pruners are the same as wire cutters…..
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  68. We live on 2 acres in Wisconsin and could desperately use a great pair of loppers. My current set is used for EVERYTHING – apple trees, lilacs, the grapevine, overgrown raspberry bushes, and the forsythia (yes, our forsythia is so out of hand we need loppers, not pruners for it!)… And trust me when i say everything, I mean EVERYTHING!. Last October, we purchased chickens from our neighbor across the street and discovered on thanksgiving morning that they still had their necks!! Rather than cook the chickens with their unsightly gangly necks for my family, I fetched my poor old loppers out of the garage and went to it!

    I think it’d be great to have a proper outdoor set and retire the old, tired ones just for “kitchen” use!! 🙂

  69. As a dedicated frugalist, I have been making due with the same pair of loppers my mother got me over 20 years ago. One of the handles pulls out of its joint on pretty much every cut. I say a bad word, put it back in its socket and make another cut. Rinse and repeat. I can’t just drive a screw through it because the handles are metal tubes I can’t drill a straight hole through, and the glues I’ve tried haven’t held. I just keep sharpening the blades and saying bad words. Please help me out of my rut!

  70. I think my loppers must have come from somebody’s “free” pile… not sure. Anyway, I live on a rental property and can’t call the landlord every time I think something needs trimming…like my lilac bush, which hasn’t seen a trimmer since it was a baby. And the forsythia, which is bigger than my shed. So these would be a lovely addition to my collection of do-it-myself tools. And, they are Fiskars, of course!

  71. I need to upgrade because the crappy trees that are growing into my yard from the rental house next door need some serious pruning.

  72. Forget upgrading tools…I just need to tools in general. I’m a first-time home owner and the maintenance learning curve is steep!

  73. I’m using my father-in-law’s rusty pruning tools…save me. I have a lot of shrubs & bushes that block the sun from my veggie garden and these loppers would let the sun shine down. Thanks!

  74. i’m in the landscaping industry at a company located in toronto, canada. we have many very sturdy sthil loppers which we use directly on living trees and shrubs as they create clean cuts. we have another rusty old pair that we only use to cut up brush to tie into bundles.
    they are names “cindi loppers”

    we also have “brittany shears” and our trusty “dolly parton” for heavy pots and rocks.

    that is all.

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