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Fiskars PowerGear Bypass Pruner - An Essential Garden Tool

Updated on March 17, 2015

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Fiskars PowerGear Bypass Pruner - Model #7937


Another Arthritis Foundation Ease-of-Use Commendation Fiskar Tools

Fiskars PowerGear Pruner (7936)
Fiskars PowerGear Pruner (7936)

Sized for average to larger hands; adjustable handle opening.


Fiskars PowerGear Bypass Pruner - Model #7937 - Makes a Great Gift for Gardeners with Small Hands

The perfect gift for gardeners that 's sure to be appreciated, especially for those with arthritis or hand muscle weakness, is the Fiskars PowerGear Bypass Pruner - Model #7937. The cost of these pruners is under $30 not costly enough to break the bank, but a significant investment as a gift for yourself or your favorite gardener.

Here is why these bypass pruners have become one of the staple tools in my garden bag.

Arthritis and gardening both run in my family. One is most probably a genetic heritage while the other is definitely cultural. In recent years as my hands became more knurly and achy after a pruning session, I started to hunt for the "perfect" pair of bypass pruners.

Finally, I found a pair of bypass pruners that not only fit into my small hands, but which can frankly be dubbed "the gardener's best friend."

These are PowerGear Bypass Pruners, a product of Fiskars, the oldest company in Finland. These fantastic pruners incorporate a PowerGear mechanism that increases leverage to make cutting three times easier than with single pivot pruners.

They have rolling handles which reduce hand fatigue by complementing natural hand motion. I found that this motion takes a bit of getting used to, but is worth the effort.

And replacement parts, infrequently necessary, are available at the Fiskars website.

The greatest blessing for these pruners comes from the Arthritis Foundation which has awarded them and several other similar Fiskar tools their Ease-of-Use Commendation.

A look into my garden shed amounts to a look into the history of pruning equipment. The oldest pair of pruners is German, designed to prune roses; the most expensive is Swiss-made for professionals; and the cheapest, from a discount store, predictably have broken down, rusty and hard-to-operate hinges.

Do I store my Fiskars PowerGear bypass pruners in the tool shed? No way! These pruners hold pride of place in my bag of tricks (work bag) and are used almost every day during gardening season. They are truly this gardener's best friend!

Read my sticky notes below to learn about what nakes a great pair of bypass pruners.

Pruning Photo: Courtesy of Fiskars

Form and Function

"Form and function are a unity, two sides of one coin. In order to enhance function, appropriate form must exist or be created."

Dr. Ida P. Rolf

Rolph spent her life exploring the healing possibilities held within the human mind and body.

Ease of Use Commendation Logo


The Arthritis Foundation Ease-of-Use Commendation

The Arthritis Foundation created a program to both encourage manufacturers to design user-friendly products and packaging and to help those with hand problems to easily find these products.

The program works by having manufacturers submit their product(s) for testing by an independent lab experienced in the design and evaluation of products that are useful for people with painful limits from arthritis in using ordinary and customary products. In addition, Ease-of-Use sponsors make an annual contribution to the Arthritis Foundation to support its mission.

A list of products and packaging that have received a favorable review and carry the Arthritis Foundation Ease-of-Use Commendation is found on the Arthritis Foundation website. Current products are updated quarterly.

Another member of the Fiskar pruner family

Fiskars 18 Inch PowerGear Bypass Lopper (96256935J)
Fiskars 18 Inch PowerGear Bypass Lopper (96256935J)

Lightweight, strong and more powerful; gearing mechanism multiples cutting force by nearly three times over single pivot loppers; smooth action eliminates jarring at end of cuts;

also available in 17", 21", 25" and 27" lengths.


Pruners vs. Loppers

Pruners (hand shears or secateurs) are used with one hand; loppers are larger that require both hands for use.

Bypass Pruners

Have top blades that sweep past the lower jaws; are used primarily on green, living wood that affect health of the plant; make sharp, precise cuts; need to be kept razor-sharp.

Anvil Prunners

Top blades close against an anvil on the lower jaw; anvil is made of a softer metal than the blade; crushes rather than precisely cutting material; used where cleanliness of cut is not as important as removal.

The AHS pruning guide makes a delightful and useful gift addition

Fiskars Company Provides Many Ease-of-Use (Arthritis Foundation) Tools for Garden Projects


Another Fiskar pruner for hard-to-reach branches

Fiskars 32-Inch PowerGear Bypass Lopper
Fiskars 32-Inch PowerGear Bypass Lopper

Ideal for cutting vines and up to 2" diameter branches.


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Olavi Linden Director, Research & Development - Fiskars Brands - demonstrates the PowerGear ® Bypass Pruner

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      Georgene Moizuk Bramlage 5 years ago from southwestern Virginia

      @anonymous: You are so correct! Pruning is one of my favorite garden jobs. I find it therapeutic! Thanks so much for your comment.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Pruning bushes and tree branches is a must and have the right tools makes the job much easier. :)

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      Anthony Godinho 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I did a lot of gardening in my teens, but now I live in a condo, so no gardening for me. This pruner looks like a good one to have, especially for gardeners with arthritis and the like.

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      perrybenard 6 years ago

      love the outdoors, and growing up we had a full vegetable garden and i loved to eat the fresh tomatoes and cucumbers. I don't have a garden now, but i may have to rethink that.

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      julieannbrady 6 years ago

      My dear, I think I have a no-name, kind of generic, pruning shears which I haven't used as much as the next door neighbor's chopper! I have been like Edward Scissorhands in my yard, cleaning up and pruning what the previous owners should have done ... so I am in the market for new choppers since I wore hers out.