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Best Gardening Secateurs

Best Gardening Secateurs | Australian Buying Guide 2020

You really can’t go wrong with a good pair of secateurs. When maintained correctly, your garden secateurs can last you almost a lifetime.

When looking for the best garden secateurs in Australia, you’ll want to find a pair with a sturdy blade and handle that allows for effortlessly clean cuts. 

This guide will give you everything you need to know, from the different types of secateurs and what to look out for when making a purchase. 

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Best Electric Hedge Trimmer | Australian Buying Guide 2020

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Welcome to my *NEW* Series which I am calling ‘AussieGreenThumb on Camera’. I will aim to provide you with a video post once a month, showcasing various aspects of gardening. Sometimes I will be reviewing a product, as I am this time and other times I’ll be giving hints and tips on gardening. So sit back, relax and I hope you learn a bit about Electric Hedge Trimmers!

Ryobi 600W Hedge Sweep Electric Hedge Trimmer Review


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Fiskars Easy Reach Pruning Wand

Fiskars Tree Pruner | Product Review

I held a competition where my readers could win a *FREE* Fiskars Easy Reach Pruning Wand. As part of the deal I myself received one of these tools to review.

(Disclaimer – I am under no obligation to give a strictly positive or negative review.) Since receiving the tool I have been testing it out so that i can inform you, my readers, on the merits of whether or not you should consider buying this tool.

The day I received the pruner i raced home looking forward to trying it out. My housemates and I went outside straight to a problem palm tree right in front of where I park my car.

Since we moved in I have had to drive through a branch which was dangling down over the driveway. Though this didn’t cause any damage, it was really quite annoying.

I grabbed the Easy Reach Pruning Wand and set to work. I aimed it towards the highest point I could (some 2-2.5metres above) and in 2 simple cuts I was able to remove the troublesome palm branch. This left me with an immediate liking for the tool.

Since then I have used it at nearly every customers place and it has worked with absolute ease.

Tree limbs which previously were out of reach are now a case of simple removal and this has left many customers very happy.

I even allowed one of my customers to test it herself. She suffers from arthritis and so I knew this would be a real test of the tool.

Her report back to me was that she had been unable to do any serious gardening for a long time due to her condition but this tool enabled her to trim up a few area’s she’d been longing to fix.

A big tick from this front.

Fiskars Easy Reach Pruning Wand

Fiskars Tree Pruner

Fiskars describes the tool as follows;

Fiskars Tree Pruner, Easyreach Pruning Wand is a multi-use tool with excellent accessibility to tree crowns and dense bushes. 

Trim overhead without a ladder or at ground level without bending or kneeling. Activate the great cutting power with a mere slide of the orange handle or when used at maximum height, pull the orange end knob. 

When you need to reach higher branches, try the telescopic version. The adjustable head and light cutting mechanism ensures fast, easy and safe pruning. 


• Cutting reach vertically about 3,5 m
• Adjustable cutting angle (up to 230°)
• Can be used together with extension pole 110460

Awards won by the Fiskars Easy Reach Pruning Wand

FISKARS Easy Reach Pruning Wands have won a number of international awards including – “iF” Industrial Design Award (Germany) “Good Design” Award (US) “Reddot” Design Award (Germany), Best of the Best “Trophee de la Nouveaute” (France) “Popular Mechanics Award” (US)

I am very, very happy with the Fiskars Easy Reach pruning wand and definitely recommend it to anyone who has high, hard to reach tree’s that need pruning

Score – 9/10. 

Written by Mick Gillies – Competition winner

I test ran the Fiskars Easy Reach Pruning Wand on my fruit trees just to see how well it handles a hard days work.

The tool is very light weight and also perfect for those who have problems with their hands as it doesn’t employ a scissor action, only a pull (slide) action along a long pole.

Using only light force the tool easliy pruned my trees with little muscle power on my behalf. The razor sharp “secateur” blade slices cleanly and easily through branches of around the 1/2? diameter or less.

The “ball” handle does tend to slip from your grip if you tire or apply to much force but when i put on a pair of “rubber” palmed gardening gloves this annoyance was quickly fixed.

The day’s pruning went very well and with little energy use on my behalf.

A few things i would like to note are:

  • * If you consider increasing the jaw strength by adjusting the knot position-don’t.The chances of breaking the cutting mechanism is very high due to its lightweight construction so if bigger branches are the target, opt for the saw and let the Fiskars tool do what its designed to do, prune smaller branches.
  • * Keep an eye on the clamping screws as they tend to loosen and so will need re-tightening. This may only be during the “breaking in” phase so it may not be a permanent hassle.
  • *The metal that makes up the jaws is very sharp but has that “brittle” look about it so don’t over stress it and if the jaws jam don’t move them sideways to release.Open the jaw and move back and forth as your would when freeing a knife.

All in all a very satisfying tool to use that’s both simple in design yet quite capable of performing the task required.

Once again I would like to note that its shouldn’t be used on branches over 1/2? as I personally don’t feel the instrument can handle bigger and stay in working order.

When the jobs finished always remember to clean and lubricate the cutting blades for long life and reliability.

I listed below another tree pruner you can choose from"

Fiskars Powergear X comes with an optimized cutting head for more efficiency and longevity. 

It's cutting head is adjustable up to 230° and fixable in any position for your cutting needs. 

And thanks to it's robust aluminium steel blades, you'll get a long service life with this pruner. 

For more Fiskars Product Reviews, check out the links below: 

Fiskars Loppers Product Review

Fiskars Loppers | Product Review

This is the last of the three FISKAR tools that I have to review. If you missed the others, I reviewed the FISKAR PowerGearTM Hedge Shears and the FISKAR PowerGearTM Medium Pruner.

Fiskars Loppers

My first impressions of the Lopper were that I had finally found a pair of loppers I could rely on and the more I tested this tool, the more I felt this way.

Lets have a look at a few features.

Fiskars 32-Inch PowerGear Bypass Lopper

Source: Amazon

What kind of Lopper are they?
The FISKAR PowerGearTM are bypass loppers. They work by having two blades which bypass each other in a similar way to scissors.

How do they feel in your hands?
One of the biggest strengths to the FISKAR PowerGearTM Lopper is their weight, they are extremely light but they also feel solid, they are nice and strong.

There have been times I have picked up loppers that were really light but felt like they'd twist in your hand with their first use. I am pleased to say this is simply not the case here, this tool proved to display good strength when in use.

Do the handles extend?
In this instance, no, however I was not overly worried by this. I had to use this tool well above my head for a significant period of time, which is often where tools with extendable handles helps, but I found because they cut so efficiently and were so light, my arms did not tire.

In fact, I think this tool would rarely be improved even if it had longer handles.

Does the tool cut well?
Yes. One word answer to match the efficiency of this tool. This lopper is designed to be 3 times more efficient than standard loppers and because of this it makes cutting even some of the thickest limbs possible an absolute breeze.

What is more, I found the cutting length to be fantastic, I was easily able to cut thicker limbs than I could on my old pair of loppers.

General Comments
Simply put this tool was a joy to use. I do not think I have used a more efficient lopper before, nor had such a smooth cut on thick limbs.

It can be highly annoying having to whip out a saw to cut a limb that really shouldn't need it and this lopper has significantly increased the size of limb I can effectively cut.

FISKARS PowerGearTM Loppers comes with a 25 year warranty. If you need a pair of Loppers I highly recommend them.

Overall 8/10

Below are 4 more Fiskars loppers you can choose from: 

With it's patented non-circular gearing mechanism, this lopper has three times more cutting power than single-pivot tools. 

Fiskars 9479 uses precision-ground bypass blade made from premium European steel for a more hardened, rust resistant blade.  

Fiskars 9479 Quantum Hand Lopper, 23-Inch

Source: Amazon

Fiskars PowerGear X prioritizes safety with it's anti-slip coating and stable positioning while cutting branches made possible by it's curved counter blade. 

With it's unique patented mechanism, you get 3 times higher cutting performance with less effort.

Fiskars PowerGear X Bypass Gear Scissors LX94-M

Source: Amazon

This lopper has a maximum capacity of 2 inch diameter which makes it ideal for cutting thick branches. 

You'll never go wrong with it's precision-ground fully hardened steel blade which remains sharp even through heavy cutting use. 

Fiskars Ratchet Drive Anvil Lopper

Source: Amazon

Fiskars Powergear is made for both right and left handed gardeners. With it's extremely lightweight handles made of fiberglass plastic, you'll be able to work effortlessly for longer hours. 

With it's non-stick coating, you get smoother yet very clean cut. 

Fiskars PowerGear Lopper Bypass Hardened steel 1000582

Source: Amazon

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