ARS HP-VS8R Rotating Handle Hand Pruner, 8-Inch
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- Fantastic ergonomic operation to protect against carpal tunnel syndrome
- Squeeze to open handles
- Top quality blades for the longest lasting sharpness
- Perfectly balanced
- 8" handles for normal hands (recommended for most users)
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Top Customer Reviews
The pair I received came pre-lubricated and ready for immediate use. I spent about 30 minutes trimming down some shrubs in my front yard. I found it a joy to use aside from one minor issue of the blades getting stuck together periodically as I was working (this only happened when cutting some of the thicker branches). But the tool may not have been broken in yet, and this was a relatively thorough pruning session with some thick branches.
You can lock it into place by pressing a little notch upward. You can conveniently unlock it again by just squeezing the handles as if you were cutting. Straightforward.
The black handle rotates, which I found to be a useful feature when I needed to squeeze tightly to be able to cut some of the thicker branches. There is a spring that compresses as you squeeze the handles when you prune. I really liked how the tool felt in my hands.
The blades will cut through just about any reasonably sized (finger width) branch you throw at it.
Overall: Easy to use. Clean cuts. Good quality tool. Made in Japan, which probably adds to it price tag. Is it worth the premium? If you can appreciate a quality tool and plan to keep it for a lifetime, I truly think it will be a great investment.
ARS HP-VS8R VS Bahco PXR-M2
I recently purchased the Bahco PXR-M2 as a gift for my mom. This is basically Bahco's version of this ARS VS8R tool, rotating handle and medium size.Read more ›
Great blade lock and release (when working)
Feel good in hand
Cons: At first it closed evenly as expected but after 3 days light use, the cutting blade went
past the fixed blade resulting in dangerous super sharp point when closed and locked.
Blades stuck to each other every 5-6 cuts on dead fruit tree branches, even after being
cleaned and sprayed with WD-40.
Blade lock failed to work after 3 days light use.
I suspect that my particular pruning shears was defective. What else would explain the problems I had. By the way I am a professional fruit tree pruner, having pruned thousands of trees these past 30 years.
These are the sharpest shears I have ever used but too many problems. I will try again withe another pair.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great for someone with arthritis. Seems to massage your hand as you are pruning. Quality.Published 14 days ago by GERALYN LEATHERBURY
Well made pruners, enjoy the rotating handle. Came sharp right out of the packaging. However week in the spring pops out and is lost. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Hudson
It's made in Japan. And nobody excels the Japanese in knowing how to manufacture precision cutting instruments. Read morePublished 5 months ago by James T. Dickey
Nice workmanship. Operates as it should. The rotating handle may put off some who don't use it for long periods, but it would be a boon if you did.Published 6 months ago by A. Lineberger
AMAZING. I've gone through oodles of pruners over the past 10 years, never spending more than $30 (I thought anything priced around $30 would be "top" quality--I was... Read morePublished 6 months ago by daniel32
No problem. Great tool. The swivel handle is a bit distracting to get used to but apparently is ergonomic.Published 7 months ago by KTUPPER
My wife was upset when I bought these for her as she already had some reasonable good ones, but after using them for one day she decided it was money well spent, she loves them!Published 7 months ago by Lou