Fiskars 114790 HS72 Power Gear Hedge Shear UK Review 

By  Enda

The Fiskars brand is a popular choice for many UK buyers. It is perhaps much better known in the forestry world, rather than tools used in the domestic market. That is because they make fantastic equipment such as hatchets, axes and wood splitters. These are excellent products which are tough and long lasting.

It should be no big surprise then to see them making garden shears. Brands like Spear and Jackson, Wilkinson Sword and Draper still dominate the UK market though. That said, the PowerGear HS72 shears are an excellent set of hedge shears, designed to be tough and ensure many years of straight cutting.

Fiskars are a company based in Finland and have been established since 1649. Their tools are known for their high quality and durable nature.

Fiskars 114790 Key Features

Key Specifications

  • These are ideal for all the grass and hedge trimming requirements around the garden.
  • They have a unique gear and lever system that makes cutting three times easier than with normal clippers
  • The handles are made of tough fibreglass and the blades are made of stainless steel blades which have been PTFE coated
  • The overall length is 570 mm
  • They weigh 630 grams (22 ounces)
  • These are light, comfortable and very efficient
  • These are a good choice for people who need some help with cutting or trimming. That is because they have the gears, which turn a stroke into three times the power.
  • Average Cost £32-35

Video Review

If you would like to see the features and benefits of using the HS72 model of hedge shears, then the short video below is well worth a watch.

Buyer Ratings  - Pros and Cons

When I am doing any review, I spend a lot of time reading what people who have actually bought and used the product have to say. I read many reviews online, at various gardening and product websites, to get a good general consensus, of what buyers really have to say.

Overall when all the reviews are looked at, buyers have these shears an average 92% buyer satisfaction.

Buyer Satisfaction
  • Based on 1,000+ buyer reviews
  • 82% of those buyers give these a 5 star review
  • 4% of those buyers give these a 5 star review

Pros and Cons


  • These very light, and it is well known that geared hedge shears are very good for the elderly as they require less pressure to use
  • The gearing mechanism at the blade base significantly reduces arm-jarring
  • The shears come with a blade cover which helps stop them from being damaged
  • Well made, light and well balanced


  • Some buyers stated that hair line cracks started to appear in the blades

Product Buyer Summary

Fiskars do have reputation for producing high quality tools. These shears overall get very good reviews. The majority of the reviews are positive, though a few people complained there were hair line cracks appearing.

The general opinion though is that, overall they cut easily and efficiently, and are built to last.

Check Amazon UK for Availability - Price when reviewed £44.90

If however these are not the shears for you, then please click here to go to my top 10 buyer rated list of hedge shears in the UK. The buyers say that these are designed for general domestic gardening. They trim grass really well, are very good at cutting hedges, and are also good at cutting back bramble and small shrubs.

Avoid using these to try and cut thicker branches. They are not designed to do that and if you try, it will damage the blade sharpness, and likely damage the gearing structure on the shears.


I am someone who enjoys a little gardening. Now I am not someone who spend hours in the garden, but I do like both my front and back gardens to look really nice. Well kept lawns, neatly trimmed hedges, and borders filled with plants, make a huge difference, to how your property looks.

Enda McLarnon

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