Bosch Ciso cordless secateurs
Price Approximately $99
A good pair of secateurs is an essential garden tool if you have a lot of pruning to do. The Bosch Ciso cordless secateurs claim to make that job effortless, with powered blades that can make one cut per second, and 500 cuts or more from a single charge of the integrated lithium-ion battery (depending on the thickness of the branches).
The secateurs will cut hardwood branches up to 9mm thick and softwood branches up to 14mm. To operate them you simply pull a trigger after releasing a safety catch.
We had seven home gardeners (four men and three women) put them to the test. They checked cutting performance on hardwood and softwood and rated their balance, manoeuvrability and comfort.
The secateurs generally produced perfectly clean cuts on softwood and acceptable to perfectly clean results on hardwood. Comfort and balance were acceptable but a couple of people found them tricky to manoeuvre.
The reach to the trigger was a bit too far for people with small hands and the cutting action was slower than expected. At 590g, the secateurs are heavier than conventional secateurs, which usually weigh under 300g.
These secateurs may be useful for people with weak hands, so two people with arthritis also assessed them. Unfortunately they found the secateurs too heavy to hold and operate. They couldn’t stretch their hand across to the trigger and hold the secateurs at the same time.
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The Bosch Ciso cordless secateurs produce a great cut on roses and could be useful for a gardener who does a lot of pruning. But you can buy a good quality conventional pair for much less than the price of $99 (though some premium models can cost that or more). While the Ciso might be just the ticket if you have weak hands, check its weight and grip before buying to make sure it suits you.