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ARS HP-VS8R Rotating Handle Hand Pruner, 8-Inch

by ARS
4.5 out of 5 stars 35 customer reviews

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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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Product Description

Finally a rotating handle hand pruner that feels right. ARS has not only nailed the ergonomics with the HP-VS8R, but supplied top quality features for professional use. The pruner has a squeeze to open handles, which enable true single hand operation. The blade is made from top quality steel, is hard chrome plated for the best protection against rust and sap and stays sharp a very long time. The spring is a full wire coil for superior durability and anchored so it won't pop out.

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 3 x 2 inches ; 10.4 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Domestic Shipping: Item can be shipped within U.S.
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  • Origin: Japan
  • ASIN: B005Q4O5PG
  • Item model number: HP-VS8R
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #13,360 in Patio, Lawn & Garden (See Top 100 in Patio, Lawn & Garden)
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This was more of a purchase made from curiosity than need. But I had been deciding between three of the more premium pruning shears money can buy (Felco, Bahco, and Ars). I got the Japanese version from a seller in Japan, but Ars has licensed a US distributor to sell their products online (Wood Avenue) as well.

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.

2015 Update:
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.
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I would never have spent this much for a hand pruner. It was my wife's doing. Furthermore, there's not a word of English on the packaging. Nevertheless, the five-star rating is not a mistake. These are by far the best pruners I have ever used. They appear to be extremely well-made and incredibly sharp. I had no idea why a pruner would have a "rotating handle," but now that I've used it, I understand completely. Using any gripper device over and over again can really tear up your fingers – sometimes even when wearing gloves. As your fingers curl the lower gripper handle (the black handle on this particular model) slides up your fingers from a location nearer the tip of the fingers to a position nearer the palm of the hand. Since you're squeezing, the sliding motion creates lots of friction. With the rotating grip on the bottom handle, that friction is alleviated. The lower handle basically rolls up your fingers as you squeeze. As a result, you don't really need gloves, and you're not likely to end up with blisters or irritated skin. I expect these pruners to last the rest of my life, and – in retrospect – I don't mind the expense.
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Ok seriously nice pruners! Thought rotating handle was a gimmick but actually didn't usual aches and pains I would get with old pruners! Highly Recommend!
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Pros: Super sharp (sharper than my Felco rotating handle shears.

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.
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I've had pruners by Felco and Fiskers and have been dissatisfied with the cutting ability and with the locking mechanism activating while in use. These are very comfortable to use, cutting ability is excellent, and the locking mechanism never activates while in use.
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I found the non-rotating handle pruner easier to use than this rotating model. This one the handle kept slipping out of my grip. Both models are razor blade sharp and keep their edge far longer than pruners from other high-end brands.
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I''m an avid gardener, take care of over 5 acres of heavily landscaped home. I use pruners constantly, and used to use only Felco, as I thought they were the best. My local garden center introduced my to ARS, a Japanese company, and they are so sharp, and stay that way that I buy any of their products that I can. They are my go-to pruners, and I have several.
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Great pruners, but would have been nice to see instructions in English. The entire product information card was in Japanese.
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