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Fiskars Garden Tools Reviewed – Should You Buy? – Machete, Pruning Snips, and Loppers

Gardening and landscaping is a lot of fun. We get to create an awesome space for us to enjoy and to share with our friends, but we all know that there is work to be done. Gardening is hard work and with hard work you need tools. Fiskars has an incredible selection of gardening tools to choose from and we were lucky enough to try some out for this review. We decided to cover some of the less common tools like the pruning scissors, machete, and the 2" loppers. These are tools not everyone may have, but everyone will need to purchase at some point. 

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I was recently given the opportunity to test and review some of Fiskars products. The three that I tested were the 24" Machete, the Garden Multi-Snip with Sheath, and the PowerGear2™ Lopper (32"). Let's go over some of the specs of these products really quick. 


Machete (24") Specs

  • 15" blade is ideal for clearing large areas of brush, cutting thick branches, powering through fibrous palms and more in your yard and garden
  • Hardened steel blade stays sharp through heavy use
  • Rust-resistant, low-friction coating glides through tough materials without sticking
  • Contoured Softgrip® handle features a sculpted profile to fit the natural shape of your hand
  • Includes nylon carrying sheath
  • Lifetime Warranty
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PowerGear2 Lopper (32") Specs

  • PowerGear® patented gear technology multiplies leverage to give you up to 3X more power on every cut
  • Patent-pending design with modified gears and cam mechanism optimizes your cutting power in the middle of the cut where the branch is thickest and you need it most
  • Rust-resistant, low-friction coating glides through tough materials without sticking
  • Rounded ergonomic handles with Softgrip® touchpoints enhance comfort and control
  • Length: 32"
  • Maximum cutting capacity: 2" dia.
  • Lifetime Warranty
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Garden Multi-Snip with Sheath Specs

  • Ideal for snipping stems, slicing open burlap bags, sawing rope, cutting wire and a variety of other garden tasks
  • Stainless-steel blades stay sharp longer and resist rust
  • DuraFrame™ handle provides excellent durability
  • Safety lock keeps blades closed for safe storage and transportation
  • Nonslip Softgrip® handle improves grip and reduces hand fatigue for comfortable extended use
  • Bonus sheath includes belt clip for easy access and portability
  • Lifetime Warranty
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First Impressions of the Fiskars Garden Tools

When I opened the box I was immediately impressed with what I was sent. The loppers were large and heavy and they felt very sturdy. The snips were light and the came with what looked like a durable sheath. Our Fiskars Machete also came with what looked like a very slim sheath and a robust handle. 

Packaging quality was very high. In fact, our first test of the garden snips was using them to open up the packaging of the other products from Fiskars. I honestly could not wait to get them out and give them a try. Also, I know this sounds ridiculous, but the bright colors of the tools are appealing to me. I constantly set down tools and can't find them again within the mess I have created. The orange color will help with that. 

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Good Things

Fiskars Machete

My absolute favorite thing about this machete is the handle. It is incredibly soft and comfortable. I was able to walk a trail and continuously swing the machete in front of me to clear my path with no issues. It is the perfect shape to fit a hand and it is also large enough to fit two hands if need be. The metal is advertised as being rust-resistant and I can say for a fact that is true. I tested these tools in the middle of nowhere northern Canadian wilderness. As with any week in northern Canada you will experience a massive fluctuation in weather. This machete was left in the back of a pickup truck for an entire day of rain. Not a spot of rust. I have used a lot of different machetes in that environment and I have to say this was by far the most comfortable. It also got the job done. 

The last thing I have to say it this. The sheath was great. It was incredibly slim and it protected the blade perfectly. I was able to wear it on my belt and carry it around without a problem. 

Fiskars Garden Snips

These snips from Fiskars were and are awesome. There are light, easy to use, and incredibly sharp. Easy to use button to lock or unlock them. While they are locked it can be used as a knife or small saw. This is great to cut rope, twine or cut open bags of peat moss or fertilizer. When you open it you have a pair of small shears or scissors that work well on small branches and weeds. They are very sharp and comfortable to use. They also come with a small sheath to keep it protected and keep you safe. It works well and can clip to a belt. 

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Fiskars Loppers

The Fiskars Loppers were great. They cut branches up to the size advertised and did it with ease. The gear and leverage mechanism they have created work flawlessly. Grips are comfortable but that is no surprise considering how great the grips are on the other products from Fiskars. The handles are long enough to give you the leverage you need as well. Many loppers come with a large blade and mouth but they have short handles. Not an issue with this product. Blade didn't bend, it stayed sharp, and it did it's job great. By far the best loppers I have used. 

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Favorite Things About the Fiskars Machete

Here is a quick list of my favorite things about this product.​

  • Easy to Use
  • Durability
  • Great Sheath
  • Comfortable Handle
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Favorite Things About the Fiskars Snips

Here is a quick list of my favorite things about this product.​

  • Easy to Use
  • Very Sharp
  • Works as two different tools
  • Small, Convenient Sheath
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Favorite Things About the Fiskars Snips

Here is a quick list of my favorite things about this product.​

  • Easy to Use
  • Very Sharp
  • Long handles
  • Cut up to the size they advertise with no problem
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Problems with the Fiskars Machete

Honestly there is not much to complain about. Some people have taken issue with the edge or the blade itself because it is not incredibly sharp. What most people don't know is that machetes don't have to be very sharp to work. The shape of the blade and the motion of swinging creates a lot of leverage a speed. This helps cutting. Could the blade be sharper? Yeah. I have uses machetes with a sharper blade. The only real benefit is that a sharp blade helps cut the very fine and light weeds instead of pushing them out of the way. The blade itself held up great though. 

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All that being said, I would recommend it over others I have used like the machete offered by Gerber. 

Problems with the Fiskars Snips

There is only one thing I would change with this product. The clip on the sheath. Yes you can clip it to your belt but it is not quite strong enough. I am not sure if it is the shape or just the tension itself, but it doesn't always stay on. I fixed that by just carrying the sheath in my pocket or putting it in a bag with my other tools. This is a very minor issue and would never stop me from purchasing the product. 

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Problems with the Fiskars Snips

It is very difficult to come up with anything wrong with this product. If I had to change one thing though it would be the distance the arms open. This tools uses a cool system to help cut through large branches with ease but because of that the arms but be opened very far to get the branch to fit. This can make it difficult for some people to reach. I am very tall and have long arms so it was not an issue for me but I could see that being hard for others. Fiskars made a fantastic product though. 

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Summary

These products from Fiskars are very well made and very durable. I would not hesitate to use them and abuse them and that is why I would recommend them to you. The price is great for tools that will last a long time. Very affordable and very well made. That is a hard combination to find. Fiskars also stands behind their product with a lifetime warranty. You break it? They will fix or replace it.

Pros

  • Very Durable
  • Rust-resistant
  • Easy/Comfortable to use
  • All products work very well
  • Lifetime Warrant
  • Affordable

Cons

  • Machete blade not super sharp (but doesn't really need to be)
  • Clip on the Snip Sheath (not a deal breaker)
  • That's it. Great company and product

Disclaimer: Everything Backyard  was not paid for this review or post, but we were sent the product to review at no cost. 

 

Craig Scott

I love to spend all the time I can outdoors and find every excuse to leave my house. I write about everything from backyard DIY projects to gardening. If you can't get a hold of me I am probably on a trail or a boat.

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