The 10 Best Electric Pruning Shears

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This wiki has been updated 11 times since it was first published in February of 2017. Pruning shears are an essential component in the tool arsenal of any gardener or landscaper and, for many, electric models are the way to go. When compared with their manual counterparts, they deliver a more precise cut, allow for greater flexibility, and require less grip strength. Check out our selection, which features a wide range of designs, to find the perfect one for you. When users buy our independently chosen editorial choices, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki. Skip to the best electric pruning shear on Amazon.

10. Sun Joe Trimmer

9. Black+Decker Combo

8. Ryobi BSH-120

7. Earthwise 2-in-1

6. SereneLife Cordless

5. Makita XMU04Z

4. Gardena Comfort Cut

3. Scotts 7.2-Volt

2. Worx JawSaw

1. Black+Decker Alligator

Special Honors

Infaco Vineyard Quick Start Kit It’s quite an investment, but this kit comes with everything you need for pruning and cane tying a vineyard of up to 30 acres in size. It can increase your pruning productivity by 25% and helps to minimize repetitive motion injuries that you might see with a handheld pruner. It’s designed with safety in mind, featuring a cotton glove interwoven with metal fibers; when the glove touches a blade, the system is grounded out and the blades disengage. Also included are a battery, charger, holster, grease gun, cables, sharpening stone, and user guides in English and Spanish. infaco-usa-shop.com

Felco 801-HP This light, easy-to-handle choice can be used for all types of pruning work. It'll provide a clean, precise cut on branches up to 30 mm in diameter. It’s made to minimize strain on arm and shoulder muscles, which you’ll really appreciate when you’re spending an entire day on your trimming project. And southpaws will be happy to know it also comes in a design for left-handed use. felco.com

Editor's Notes

June 20, 2019:

The Scotts 7.2-Volt joins the selection, and it features a built-in, rechargeable battery and a comfortable, soft grip. All it takes is a pull of the trigger on this lightweight, ergonomic model and you’ll be trimming away on various bushes and branches throughout your yard. You can buy it with confidence, knowing it’s backed by a two-year warranty.

Also coming on board is the Makita XMU04Z, a reliable, cordless shear that sports a maximum cutting width of more than six inches. Its brushless motor is designed for efficiency, and its dual-blade action creates a shearing effect. It features a three-stage cutting height adjustment of up to one inch. It’s built for use with the manufacturer’s expanding 18V lithium-ion battery, which is sold separately.

The tried-and-true Black+Decker Alligator retains the top spot, as it boasts a powerful, 4.5-amp motor and general heavy-duty construction. Safety features include metal guards to keep your hands from injury. It comes with a bottle of oil and a wrench. It can handle wood up to four inches in diameter, with a fast cutting process and an impressive chain life.

As a word of caution, be sure to handle these power tools safely by wearing protective gear (like eye goggles, work gloves, and hearing protection) and following the manufacturer’s instructions carefully for safety tips. Avoid injury by never holding a branch with one hand while trying to cut it with the trimmer. Clear the spot of potential hazards like hoses and wires, and keep kids and pets away from your work area.


Karen Bennett
Last updated on June 27, 2019 by Karen Bennett

Karen Bennett lives in Chicago with her family, and when she’s not writing, she can usually be found practicing yoga or cheering on her kids at soccer games. She holds a master’s.degree in journalism and a bachelor’s in English, and her writing has been published in various local newspapers, as well as “The Cheat Sheet,” “Illinois Legal Times,” and “USA Today.” She has also written search engine news page headlines and worked as a product manager for a digital marketing company. Her expertise is in literature, nonfiction, textbooks, home products, kids' games and toys, hardware, teaching accessories, and art materials.


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