A: If less than 2 inch in diameter, yes, very easily. Any larger it will take some effort.
A: Depends on how thick but i’ve cut roots up to 3” thick with it
A: Absolutely I was impressed by how smooth it would cut
A: The head...the other weight is the handle.
A: Thank you for contacting Fiskars. The head is 5 lbs.
A: Thank you for contacting Fiskars. Yes, this tool is ideal for breaking up rocky surfaces such as gravel and hardened, dried earth.
A: Among hand tools, it seems to be the best choice. Shovels are very slow because rocks will stop them. The adze end is good for mostly clay with some rocks (and smaller roots), and you will learn when to switch to the pick as you encounter many or large rocks.
A: Yes, it is the right tool to use in glacial till soil.
A: That's what we have here in VA and it's now my go to planting tool.
A: It appears to be coated. It hasn’t splintered for me
A: I found that the handle is magnetic where it attaches to the pick for a few inches, maybe 6" to 8". So it probably has a steel core near the head to improve its durability.
A: This has put up with a profound amount of abuse pulling out stumps, roots, and pavers. We have been very happy with our purchase. This far the handle shows no adverse signs of wear.
A: After tens if not hundreds of hours using one of these to remove rocks and stumps, I believe that the handle is durable. So far, it has shown no sign of failing. I have not babied it in any way, except for being gentle on the rubber end when putting it down. I am unsure how much that is necessary, but it seems to be a reasonable precaution. I do not know the exact construction of the handle, but I wish every handle I had held up as well.
A: Thank you for contacting Fiskars. If you experience a manufacturing defect on one of our tree pruners please contact our consumer services team at 866.348.5661 Mon - Fri, 8am - 4:30pm CT.