Scotts 18877 AirShoc Titanium Non-Stick Pruner, Petite Reviews

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4.1 out of 5 stars based on 71 customer reviews

Product Description

Features Titanium Non-Stick blades with antimicrobial protected grips, tool-less blade change, interchangeable blades, aluminum structure and impact resistant AirShoc grips. Blade will resist saps and adhesive substances and is 5x harder than untreated steel so it will stay sharper longer. Integrated wire cutter. Blade sharpness/branch size indicator. 1/2″ maximum cut gauge. Petite size pruner. Replacement blades available in bypass, anvil and snip. Lifetime Warranty. Silver/Green handles. Powered by Clauss.

Customer Reviews

Heavy Duty Pruning Tool ~ reviewed by AmazonViner

I am not sure why this pruner is labeled as “Petite.” It pretty much sizes up to all my non-petite pruners.

The product arrived in retail packaging best described as a major annoyance. The product is solidly built. In fact, near impressive. It has a Microban coating to prevent growth of bacteria. But seriously, who cares. The unit operates very smoothly, cutting through branches with no issues (up to 1/2 inch in my test). The non-stick coating does seem to help when using with trees that produce sap, but nothing that is critical really. The product is easy to hold and provides decent leverage and pressure in cutting.

I had no problem unlocking or locking the Pruner as reported by other reviewers.

The bottom line is that these are good pruners. However, I believe the performance is on par with other pruners I have purchased at half the price.

There are better pruners in this price range ~ reviewed by Bryan Cass

This pruner cuts fine and the non-stick coating works OK when you are cutting sappy wood. The grip is comfortable enough – not sure what they mean by “air shock” grip because the plastic/rubber grip really isn’t very flexible to absorb any ‘shock.’ I like the idea of being able to change blades when the supplied one gets dull or nicked.

What I really don’t like though is the lock at the bottom of the handle. It’s a latch that connects the two handles together, and it takes a lot of force to unlock. In fact, I can’t do it with just my fingers; I have to get a screwdriver or car key or something in there to unlatch it. So this is a deal-breaker for me. Another thing I wonder about is where is the wire-cutter? Do you just cut wire with the main blade? Is the ‘wire-cutter’ part just the deeper pocket on the stationary bypass blade?

All in all, I would look elsewhere for a pruner in this price range. I am happy with my Fiskars PowerGear Large Pruner (7936).

Update 6/25/2015: After some more use, I have found that the handle where it latches at the bottom will pinch your hand if you’re not careful while cutting with it. I think this means that the handle is probably too short and my hand hang over the end of the handle. Ouch!

Crushed Stems ~ reviewed by Hanna.w.

This worked well pruning harder stems and branches but when I try to cut thinner fibrous stems, it gets crushed instead of cut.

I did not like the opening/locking mechanism at all. It requires you to stick the tip of your finger into a recessed area and pop out a sort of latch. It requires a decent amount of force and is a design made for chipping fingernails. Larger fingers may have difficulty reaching in. Also, once the latch has been opened, on my pruner, there is an exposed wire end that sticks out where it was not trimmed short enough from the coil that winds around the metal around the latch area so it can easily catch and scratch at skin.

Tough Usage Bypass Pruners. ~ reviewed by Js

Let’s get the negatives out of the way first:
- the handles of these bypass pruners are designed to be pretty, which sabotages their function: the pleasing curve slides your hands forward as you squeeze actually reducing your leverage.
-The curve means pressure in unevenly distributed along your hand, increasing fatigue.
-I like the locking clip a lot, but some will find it hard to release.

So why did it get 4 stars?:
-I give clippers rough usage, cutting tough roots in muddy, excavated areas when digging trenches for light irrigation. These pruners are sharp and rugged. Roots and branches are sundered in their dozens even if a bit greater than 1/2″ diameter. I like the sturdy spring.
-The jaws open nice and wide so I can usually hit the mark and cut the root even when it is partially obscured from my sight.
-Easy to flush clean and lubricate. Looks like these pruners will resist corrosion.
-The notorious locking clip at the base of the handle: A big plus for me; I am forever having to unlock the conventional pivot lock up near the hinge because I either accidentally nudge the lever or because foliage pushes it to the lock position. This clip lock NEVER accidentally locks.

Addendum: It is mid-January and I just finished trimming the rose bushes (hey, it’s California– you can do your plant stuff whenever) and these things are SHARP. It was a breeze.

Notes:
-I really admire the simple and clever no-tool blade change. It was so easy I figured it out without even looking at the (small) instructions and illustration. However, this is useful only in the land where the law says you may only own ONE kind of pruner. If You need an anvil pruner (why?) do you really take two minutes to change-out blades? No, just pick up your other pruners.
-“Microban” coating on handles: does it really help? Against what? No idea. A gimmick? Don’t care; I wear gloves.
-Non-stick coating. Is this helpful or another gimmick? What I DO know is they cut well.
-The “airshoc” handles are not soft at all nor any more comfortable than other pruners. Again, I don’t care and wear gloves.
-Better for medium to big hands.
-These take more effort than ratcheting pruners. That is a design choice, not a fault. More effort needed but faster action and agility.
-There is a little notch in the blade that is supposed to be a nifty little wirecutter: l did not test it.
-I finally figured out that the mysterious “cut gauge” is a round shape the handles form when pressed together: If the handles won’t close around a branch it is too big for easy cutting. This is a silly gimmick.

One of the best pruners I’ve used to date!! ~ reviewed by tweezle

Scotts 18877 AirShoc Titanium Non-Stick Pruner feels good in the hand and is easy to use. It cuts easily and cleanly though branches up to 1/2″ thick. Not sure if your branch is larger than that? No problem. There is a gauge where the handle comes together and locks. It looks somewhat like a decoration, but is actually quite a useful gauge.

The blades are not only sharp but have a few other nice features – a built in wire cutter (you’ll see a tiny divot near the back of the blade), they are coated so that they won’t collect sap and are made of titanium for a longer lasting blade. There are other blades that can be purchased for this petite pruner, making it an even more indispensable item to have in your gardening tool kit. With just a small tug on the handle base by the Scotts brand label, a handle appears allowing you to unscrew and take the blade off and replace with a new one. This is not only a space saver but could be a money saver as well.

The pruner is treated with Microban – an antimicrobial product that keeps harmful bacteria from being transferred to your plants keeping them healthier and you happier. The grips are nice and comfortable with a coating that keeps them from slipping and also makes it easier on your hands.

My only gripe about the Scotts 18877 AirShoc Titanium Non-Stick Pruner is the lock. It is not the easiest thing to open and the first time I opened them, I bruised the tip of my thumb. With use, they are getting a bit easier to open, or maybe I’m just learning how to use the lock. Also, the directions on the package are pithy at best, but they really aren’t that hard to figure out.

For me, these are one of the best pruners I’ve used to date! Now I will be looking for the other blades to try on these fine pruners.

Excellent, But Not “Petite”, Gardening Tool … ~ reviewed by delicateflower152

This “Scotts 18877 AirShoc Titanium Non-Stick Pruner, Petite” is solidly built and is a quality gardening product. Although labeled as “Petite”, this pruner is the same size as the standard pruner I have now. Having a Microban coating that purportedly helps prevent the growth of bacteria and fungus, depending on which ones it is effective against, may have some value. A “lifetime” warranty, having many conditions and exclusions, may or may not be a valid feature.

The “Scotts 18877 AirShoc Titanium Non-Stick Pruner” operates smoothly and, with no difficulty, cuts through branches and stems. It requires some pressure, but the pruner does cut branches of ½” diameter. The non-stick coating on the cutting blade prevents sap from “gumming up” the pruner and from having a negative impact on its cutting function. The gray bottom of the pruner’s cutting portion is metal and is unlikely to break during use.

The grips are very comfortable to hold; the AirShoc cushioning of the ergonomic handles is the primary reason. When fully opened, the spread – at the maximum extension – between handle grips is about 5”. For individuals having smaller hands and at the beginning of a cut, this spread may be a bit uncomfortable.

The locking latch is located on the ends of the grip handles; it is easy to open. However, because the handles – on the pruner I received – are slightly offset and do not meet correctly, I had to shift the handle with the cavity to insert the latch. Other pruners I own have a locking latch at the blade end that seems to lock more securely than does the “Scotts 18877 AirShoc Titanium Non-Stick Pruner”.

Despite its price and the misleading “Petite” designation, I liked the “Scotts 18877 AirShoc Titanium Non-Stick Pruner”.

Scotts 18877 AirShoc Titanium Non-Stick Pruner, Petite ~ reviewed by loveguitar

This is a very well-made pruner despite the gray colored part actually being plastic. It is very hard plastic and I doubt it will break when pruning 1/2″ stems. If it does, the Scotts Company says it will replace it for free. From the back of the packaging is written:

“If your Scotts product fails to perform its intended use due to defects in materials or workmanship, we will replace it regardless of its age. Normal wear, sharpening, industrial use or abuse, misuse or neglect is not covered. Defective products will be repaired, replaced or substituted with the same product or one of equal value. Send in product in original box for proof of purchase along with explanation of defect. You may have other rights which vary from state to state. Scotts AirShoc Blades are excluded from the lifetime warranty”.

I guess then, you should hold onto your original packaging??? Whatever, seems like just keeping the receipt should be enough.

I tried this pruner out earlier today and it did a fantastic job of clipping back some bushes that I had let go too long. Most stems were 1/4″ or less in diameter so I wasn’t able to try it out on a 1/2″ stem. I should have plenty of those later on next year. That said, the pruner cut through the stems like butter – very smooth and easy. The handles feel good in my hand and they don’t go apart from each other very far making it easy to grab and prune. I don’t know what the value of the anti-microbial aspect is to these pruners, but I guess it’s o.k. Germs are everywhere especially on garden tools. These pruners also have a latch at the end of the handles to keep them closed when not using. Just squeeze the handles and the latch releases.

Overall so far, great pruners but only time will tell for sure. I’ll be back to update this review in a few more months. I look forward to cutting okra with them and I often get some pretty thick stems to the pods so they will be a good test. And I don’t see anywhere where it says, “Petite” on the packaging. They seem like regular sized pruners to me.

As Good as my $80 Pruners. Great Product! ~ reviewed by HYATTMART

These are made of Titanium, the strongest metal of public usage. The will hold up for generations if you use them correctly. The term “petite” is used to describe the size of the tool in relationship to the size of limbs or branches they will be used. They are tough enough to cut through a branch one inch in diameter but I don’t recommend doing so. They are designed for smaller pruning, up to half an inch.

They do well for my Lace Leaf and other Red Maple trees and my outdoor oriental trees. I own a Lawn Care business and have used several brands of pruning shears. Some of which cost twice as much as these Scotts 18877 AirShoc Titanium Non-Stick Pruner, Petite. I’m impressed with the quality and ergo dynamics of these small handheld Scott’s. The Non Stick works well for now and I assume from examination of the blades that with proper care, the Non Stick will last as long as the blades. For commercial usage, a replacement blade is about 1/3 the price of the entire pruner at about $9. If you are buying for home use, they will last ten years or more. I can’t think of any competitor offering a better pair of pruners for $25-35.

Scott’s is the name known for producing quality outdoor equipment and chemicals. I received these free or in lieu of a review, but I’ plan to order more. At the time of this review, I could not find them in brick and mortar stores. By the way, if you enjoy gardening or spending time outside, pruning a tree or shrub can be relaxing and even therapeutic without working up a sweat. I always enjoy the feeling of hand pruning my plants and trees. Nevertheless, I highly recommend this Scott’s 18877 handheld pruner for your pruning needs over any other pruner for the money.

Good if you need multiple blades ~ reviewed by Cowboy Bill

If you’re a serious gardener who wants the option of switching out blades (bypass, anvil and snip), then these pruners are worth a look. (I’m assuming the replacement blades are purchased directly from Scotts.) For me, I don’t switch blades, never have, so I don’t value this option as much as some might.

I like this pruner, but I don’t think I would pay the money over the pruners I normally use, which are by Fiskars. The Fiskars I’ve been using cut as well as the Scotts and are half the price. Also, and this is a small thing, the Fiskars comes highlighted with orange, which makes it very easy to find them when I leave them somewhere in the grass/garden.

I had my mom try these, too, as she has smaller hands and she didn’t think they were necessarily “petite” compared to her normal pruners.

If you’re someone who takes care of tools and makes them last for years, or if you’re worried about transferring mold and mildew from one plant to another, this pruner with antimicrobial coatings might be a good option. The blade is tough and can be replaced so you can use these pruners for a long time. Me, I don’t like to worry about my pruners too much. I usually lose them or they wear down before the blade goes completely dull. I mainly use pruners for snipping the many tree branches that fall into our yard; I cut them into smaller lengths so that they all fit into a garbage can for the lawn-waste collector. These pruners did well in that chore (I tried them out pruning our large Christmas tree), but I think the Fiskars have done a good job in the past, too.

Not overly impressed ~ reviewed by Southern Mississippi

These sounded great in the description, even looked pretty good in the package, but that’s where the fun stuff ended.

The packaging was awful, as I gnawed my way through the typical heavy plastic bubble that is used to deter shoplifting. Two bandages later, I had extracted the pruners.

Scotts missed the mark with their directions for the pruner. I spent ten minutes trying to figure out how to unlock the handles and removing the blade, since the only directions were for removal of the blade. I finally got a screwdriver to pry open the latch at the end of the handles, opening the pruners into their usable configuration. (Yes, it was actually that difficult to unlatch that it could not be operated with my fingers.)

Now while my hands are “petite” when compared to my husband’s hands, for a woman, I have large hands. Despite this, I found the spread of these pruners to be a tad uncomfortable and larger than my old pruners. Petite is misleading in this description.

I’m not sure where all the microban is at, but bacteria on my pruners is actually the least of my worries in life in regards to bacteria. Even when pruning away blight infected areas on trees or shrubs, I’m still going to use a chemical disinfectant between cuts, so it isn’t an actual plus for the pruners. I think it’s the most useless feature I’ve ever seen included on pruners.

As for replaceable blades, there again…I have never had to replace pruners due to dulling of the blades. I have replaced them due to loss, damaged handles, rusting parts, etc. Replacing the blades isn’t a benefit either, especially since no one seems to carry these mysterious replaceable blades. I’m not even impressed with the neat gizmo for unscrewing the blade for easy replacement for the same reason.

On the plus side, these are sharp pruners. Titanium is supposed to stay sharp longer, which also makes replacing the blade less of a concern.

Overall, I am not overly impressed with these pruners for the price. I’ve had pruners that were just as sharp for a lot less money. Even the lifetime guarantee is a iffy prospect, with all of the exclusions and rules. I can buy several pairs of cheap pruners for the cost of this one pruner, which means that i’d be happily pruning for years anyhow.Buy it at Amazon

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