Rated 2.8 out of 5 by 19
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by Theavid1 Not enough...
No doubt Fiskars makes some great products and I own several of them. Unfortunately this is not one of them. It's good, not great especially relative to it's price point. My issues are the following: 12 feet isn't long enough; the pruning blade is on the cheap side; the saw is just mediocre because it's too thin and flexes too much. If you have occassional light pruning to do this pole pruner is fine but for everyday use it's not. To their credit HD took it back no problem. My advice is to do some research on manufacturers and look at some reviews from users.
June 17, 2009
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by JCHL A great pruner at Fiskars quality
Pros: easy to use with clean cuts; high efficiency; great blade; heavy duty mechanism; 25 years warranty
Cons: the material of pulling string is not srong enough to sustain the scratch/ damage caused by branches during maneuver; weight could be an issue for some users when extended to full length after several cuts
March 30, 2009
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by wilderness Fiskars pruner
Agree that Fiskars makes some good products and this is not one of them. The string used to operate the blade broke after only it's second use. There's too much flexion in the nylon webbing used to pull the blade. And the saw is insubstantial at best. Pass on this model.
July 26, 2010
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by WornOutGuy Utterly Worthless
After spending a lot of time and effort cutting 2-1/2 inch douglas fir branches I decided to compare this saw to the old one I was replacing. The old worn out saw took 35 strokes back and forth to cut the branch. The new saw took over 400 strokes.
At its full, recommended extension, the pole is so flexible it wobbles to the point where keeping the blade in one spot is not possible. Even when you manage to cut a half inch into the branch it keeps jumping out.
The other blade is supposed to cut branches over one inch in diameter. Cutting a one inch branch is nearly impossible. Even when I'm strong enough force that blade through the branch, the magic lock on the pole lets go and allows the pole to collapse, so pulling harder on the rope just shortens the pole.
June 15, 2011
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by Willy Don't waste your money.
There is not one good feature about this pruner except it's length. Even this feature doesn't really matter when the pole sections come apart while I'm using it to saw limbs. The pole section tensioner is not adjustable. Also, the pole is too flimsy when extended. The bypass pruner is worthless as well, It doesn't close all the way when clipping, resulting in binding, leaving you wrestling with the pole to get it unstuck. On my last effort to to use the bypass pruner, the blade broke. Replacement parts are not readily available. This has to be the worst $60 I ever spent.
July 11, 2011
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by jthumidifier Couldn't cut a 1/2" twig...
Bought it the past Friday. Tried it out. Base pole immediately fell out of the piece that holds the two telescoping poles together. Couldn't loosen or tighten the nuts on it to put it back together because they are protected by a plastic inset. You need special tools for this one. Furthermore, the label had been placed right where the pole needed to slide all the way into this piece. My Dad always had a word for this kind of assembly work: junk.
For the scissor action... they say 3X the power. Well, the pulley's that give you that power hit each other before the blade completely closes, leaving you with 0 power and your pole pinched in the limb. My guess is that this is not being assembled like the engineers designed it to be. If the bottom pulley had been moved 2" further down the inner pole, it might work fine... but it wasn't and therefore doesn't work at all.
A step ladder and a jack knife works better than this one!
May 3, 2010
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by Reddog Fiskar Pruner trimmer & blade
I purchased this pole trimmer, which slid out of position even after being tightened. The attached pulley-chain pull action, only allows for the little hook,or beak beak like-tool to cut or snip small twigs; don't even attempt to cut anything larger. When I attempted to buy a replacement blade from Fiskar for this pruner, they didn't have a blade with the configueraiton.Their current blade has a different slot and hole for attachment. So don't waste your money and time. It take so many strokes to cut a branch or smaller. Sorry.
February 3, 2012
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by GreenBayFan Not the quality I expected
I've always had good luck with Fiskars tools, I expected a top-of-the-line pruner, got much less. Though it's construction looks heavier than other models available, it won't finish the cut. I think it's the engineering/design that's the problem.
When using the saw blade, the extension handle is constantly moving, the extension locking mechanism is poorly designed and can't be adjusted. Several times the extension handle pulled right off leaving the main part of the tool hanging in the tree. This one is going back to the store.
July 10, 2010