Product Review: FISKARS PowerGear2 Pruners

I use pruners almost daily to cut branches so whichever brand I use, they get a lot of wear and tear. My old pair had seen better days and it was time to get a new pair.

I cut a lot of boxwood and woody hydrangea stems and need pruners that can easily cut up to a 3/4″ branch.


I contacted FISKARS. I was told the PowerGear2 is their most popular pair of pruners.

FISKARS sent me a pair to test out and review.


Brand new, right out of the packaging, I started cutting branches. The plastic handle has a comfortable grip so hand fatigue is at a minimum. Most importantly, the bypass-style, hardened-steel blade can slice through a variety of branches effortlessly.

However, after using the pruners for about four days, the spring mechanism began to stick. The handle doesn’t automatically release back open after cutting a branch. I have to pull the handle apart after each cut which is time consuming.

To test the rust-resistant pruners, I left the pair outside for a couple of weeks with several days of rain, and so far, there isn’t any sign of rust.

The PowerGear2 pruners are undoubtedly very sharp and cut through branches up to 3/4″ in diameter with much ease. And so far, they’re rust-resistant too. Now, If I could only get the handle to automatically spring back open between each cut, I’d be 100% satisfied.

FISKARS has a lifetime warranty.





4 thoughts on “Product Review: FISKARS PowerGear2 Pruners

  1. It could be they have sticky sap goo on them. I have to clean mine periodically to get them to spring back nicely again.

  2. Is there sap between the blades, perhaps, causing the hangup? Maybe a drop or two of oil will help it release easier.

  3. I had the same experience with some Fiskars shears for fine trimming bushes. Gave up on them, Very frustrating. I do have Fiskars sewing shears, maybe 6 different pairs and I love them for use in quilting.

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