As C.S Lewis rightly put it

“It is no disparagement to the garden to say it will not fence and weed itself, nor prune its own fruit trees, nor roll and cut its own lawns…It will remain a garden only if someone does all these things to it.”

And yes, you need a high-productivity-low-liability kind of tool to get your pruning done precisely. Quite honestly, we are past the manual pruning stage and with rising expectations, there is no way a manual tool is going to meet at least the standard needs of this era, let alone your specific needs. This is why you need a good pair of electric pruning shears to get the job done; without sweat, without strain yet quite efficiently. Allowing for a straight, clean cut, electric pruning shears might be the most helpful tool in your gardening arsenal.

What are pruning shears?

Garden pruning shears are used to cut, clean, remove and trim any unwanted branches and weeds. They can be used to give shape to your bushes, safely cut thorny flowers such as roses and remove damaged foliage. Honestly, their use is practically limitless. They are small so you can easily carry with you and inexpensive. They are one of the best tools available for a gardener.

Why Electric Pruning Shears?

Cutting Performance: Electric pruning shears can easily cut branches with a higher diameter. Unlike conventional garden pruning shears that require a certain grip strength, the best electric pruning shears will deliver a powerful, clean cut with a minimal grip strength.

Replaceable Cutting Head: While with conventional pruning shears you’re only limited to a head, that will get rusty and dull over time, electric pruning shears have replaceable heads which will provide another level of functionality. You can choose heads specifically designed for vine pruning, orchards and arboriculture. Furthermore, while conventional pruning shears have locked cutting diameter and need to buy a new pair of shears if you’d like to cut something bigger, with electric pruning shears you can just get a larger head.

Grip Strength: We’ve discussed slightly about this under ‘cutting performance’, however I believe this deserve its own section. If you or your loved ones suffer from arthritis or any ailment that affects the grip strength, consider buying them a pair of electric pruning shears.

How to buy the best electric pruning shears?


Cutting Capacity:

Cutting capacity differs from model to model. Some models will have the maximum cutting width of 0.4in for hardwood and 0.6in for softwood. It is up to you to decide what will you use the electric pruning shears for, and then decide on the cutting width.

So what are the best electric pruning shears?

RYOBI rechargeable pruning shears BSH-120 import

This lightweight pruner (100g) comes with three accessories: blade, blade cover and charge. Its maximum cutting width for branches is 12mm in diameter.

If you suffer from carpal tunnel or any issue that affects the grip strengths, you will love this device. It has a light on the front so you’ll see precisely what you cut. The only “con” I’d give this tool is about instructions. They are are not in English. Overall it’s a great pruning shear that comes at a budget price.

VonHaus Electric Cordless 7.2v Pruner

I’d go as far as to say this is the best electric pruning shears kit on the market. It works as a pruner, trimmer, secateurs and much more. It has a powerful battery, allowing for 500 cuts in one charge. One charge takes just 1.5 hours.
Its 7.2v Lithium-Ion battery allows for powerful cuts. It has a cutting capacity of 0.4in for hardwood and 0.6in for softwood. Its grip is soft and comfortable allowing for usage over long periods with little effort. Most importantly, it comes with a safety device so you won’t accidentally harm yourself. It comes at a GREAT price, while made of durable and quality materials.

Teho Tools 4313 4V Lithium Cordless Trimmer/Shear

This is a gardening maintenance kit. It deliver a healthy, clean cut for your plants. It has many functions such as trimming and shearing. It comes equipped with a 4.0 volt battery which provides 40 minutes of continuous cutting, while a full charge takes only one hour. It is lightweight and compact, allowing you to hold for longer periods without any pain.

To switch between functions is as easy as pressing one button. This is also a perfect tool to use if you have problems with the grip strength.

Teho Tools 8301 4V Lithium Cordless Pruner

Teho is a trusted brand and rightly so. This lightweight and compact bad boy deliver precise and quiet cuts up to 1/2inch in green wood. It has a healthy battery, providing up to 500 cuts while one full charge takes merely an hour. It has an ergonomic design which is very comfortable especially if you suffer from muscle pain.

If you’re working and only have time for your garden during dusk, this electric pruner is a perfect choice. It comes equipped with an LED work light that will help you illuminate the cutting areas and will allow you to see the battery life.


Conventional pruning shears

If you’re still not convinced on electric shears and absolutely are set on buying a pair of conventional shears, buy this one:

Power Drive Ratchet Pruning Shears

This garden pruner come equipped with ratchet that will be easier in the hand grip. The blades are very sharp and durable. They are made of hardened and heat resistant carbon which will make them last longer and less likely to need sharpening.

They come finished with a coat of Teflon to resist sticky materials. The ratchet allows elderly people with arthritis and children to easily handle this model. Overall, it’s a great pruning shear.

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