Fiskars Weed Puller.
If you have a TV in your home that is switched on even occasionally you cannot have failed to notice this all over your screen. It’s that time of year when our thoughts turn to all those damn dandelions polluting our otherwise perfect lawn. So is it as easy as it looks in the advert that has been assaulting your senses. Here at the DIY people we decided to buy one and report on it and let you have the opportunity to submit your Fiskars weed puller reviews.
First here is the Fiskars weeder advert so we all know what we are testing, there is a much more impartial video further down the page as well that is not selling the product.
So we can see from the advert that this thing is simplicity itself to use and of course you will be jumping around with delight like a fairy on steroids once you have used it a few time! Forgive my cynicism of adverts and advertisers but I’m guessing that is not the reality for most people; however the question is whether it is really any good and what other user experiences have been with it. The product description from the company goes like this…
“The Fiskars Weed Puller is a great invention for removing weeds, such as dandelions, from the garden. The tool is easy and comfortable to use: no digging or bending down is required and no chemicals are needed. The Weed Puller’s deep-reaching stainless steel claws grab the weed’s root from multiple directions to pull it out of the ground. The ejection system allows a clean and efficient result.
- Deep-reaching stainless steel claws grab the root from multiple directions
- Leverage point from the ground level
- Ejection system helps to release weed after pulling
- Removes weeds without the use of chemicals
- Comfortable working posture, no digging required”
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Fiskars Weed Puller Reviews
So we bought ours from Amazon.co.uk for £31.74 (RRP £39.99) and used free standard delivery, express delivery is available for a cost of £5.95, there are some cheaper sellers on Amazon now but that’s what we paid.
First impressions straight out of the box were that it was nice and lightweight although felt well constructed. It feels like a well balanced, well make product, it is constructed from hardened aluminium with the teeth being made of stainless steel for strength. There is some plastic however that made me think it might be a bit flimsy, however in use this proves not to be the case, overall a very well put together piece of kit.
Does The Fiskars Weed Remover Work?
The short answer is yes it does but as usual with some variance from the promoted version of events. It definitely makes light work of weeding and speeds the whole process up immediately, what seemed like 2 or 3 hours work was done in less than half an hour and with no bending or stooping to talk about making it suitable for just about everyone to use. There is no real strength requirement as the claws do grip the weed very well and other than a bit of wiggling the leverage provided by the foot step is enough to extract all but the toughest of weeds. A word of warning both very dry and extremely stony ground would make this process difficult and probably impractical for most people.
In open ground it is simple to position the claws, push into the ground and remove the offending weed, it is well designed so you can get weeds right up close to walls or paths but for those really tight to the wall you may have resort to a little manual digging.
Call me a simpleton but with the weed pulling so easy the best part was the release of the weed into the waiting bag, the release action is like that of a pump action shotgun which made me smile every time I used it. I even acted out a little as i approached the rubbish bag before letting loose with the pump action :).
The Bad Bits
Holes in the ground; believe it or not when you remove the weed it leaves behind a hole in the ground where the weed used to reside. This seemed obvious to me but if you spend any time on gardening forums and retailers sites it appears many people do not expect to have holes left behind. When you pull a weed with the Fiskars weed puller there is a hole left behind, however it is smaller than the equivalent hole from traditional methods and should be refilled in the same way with the loose dirt from the weed roots. I personally didn’t use that method but had a bucket of new lawn compost that i filled the holes with. Whatever way you do it I do not see this as a negative of the product but rather a law of physics or some such thing.
Poor weed pulling; some talk has been about the failure of the tool to pull ‘proper’ weeds like dandelions and docks etc. Well I can report in my test using the leverage technique above I successfully extracted a dandelion with roots that were almost 8 inches in length. Of course there will be some that it cannot cope with that have longer and more stubborn roots. This problem was exacerbated on very dry and hard ground so my suggestion is to only use when the ground is reasonably soft, let’s face it when the ground is extremely hard you wouldn’t get the trowel out for weeding deep tap roots anyway.
I loved this product; despite hating weeding I found it a great aid to the job making it a super fast and successful endeavour. However this is not a huge breakthrough in weed removal, it just does what we always have done with a trowel more elegantly, and with a greater degree of success. The speed with which you can go and pull weeds of all kinds is phenomenal and its best selling point for me closely followed the ease of use regardless of the ability of the user.
Could anything be done better? Yes as always but this is pretty close to being as good as it can be, my main wish would be for a version with slightly longer claws to allow it to deal with longer rooted plants with more success. about 30% of the long established dandelions i used it on snapped at the root and the longer claws could reduce that further.
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I live in Texas, USA. Here, most lawns are grown using Saint Augustine grass. My weed nemesis is named Johnson Grass. It loves all of the weed & feed products, so the only way to be rid of it is to dig it out. It seems to grow in clumps up to a foot in diameter. This makes using the Fiskar Uproot Weeder a repetitive process for each clump, since the area pulled is only about a 2 inch circle. I did not follow the 'suggestion' to loosen my soil by watering it first, but anyone else with hard packed dry soil should definitely NOT miss this step. I used a wagon with a bag for putting the pulled weeds in and a bag of topsoil for filling in the holes after I got the weed out. That was working well for me. Unfortunately, my Weeder broke with less than 20 of maybe 100 clumps removed from my yard. When it was working, it was great, and I agree with the other reviewer who said it was like using a pump action shotgun getting the weed out of the puller. I wish that Fiskar had used more steel parts instead of plastic in the working mechanism (specifically the housing and the step lever), I would definitely have paid more for it if they had. After the warranty department replaces mine, I will be more careful with this tool in the future. It is warranted for 25 years, but I hope I don't have to replace mine very often. Only 4 hours of work is not a very good start.
Thanks for your review, its good to hear from someone in a different part of the world with different gardening problems. $ hours does seem pretty quick to break so lets hope the one you had was faulty and the replacement gives better service. Definitely loosening the soil might help with the life of the tool. Thanks again for the review
I disagree, for me this is a 3 star review, it works ok but I dont like the wholes it leaves behind and sometimes it just doesnt pull that well. especially when a stone is in the way.
Theres not much that can be said about stones, they just have to be a fact of life. Thank you for your review, it really helps others to read these
Brilliant, Goodbye weeds - FOREVER
Fantastic, if your wondering whether this works - it does - go buy it now before it sells out
Purchased from an Ebay seller and it arrived next day as promised, original box and fully guaranteed. Straight out the box it required no assembly which was a nice surprise. I immediately went to the lawn and started pulling dandelions from my lawn, it worked really well and the best thing is it requires no real effort to use, perhaps a small wiggle on really stubborn roots. Removing docks also worked well and any holes left in the lawn soon fill and regrow even without any further work by me, I just let the worms do their job.
It is light and can be used for a long time without exhausting the user (I'm 70) so for me this really was great
Thanks for this comprehensive review - we love to hear your experiences
Another happy buyer here, thank you fiskars for a great tool and thank you diy people for giving me the confidence to buy it in the first place
It's our pleasure - Thanks for being part of the DIY people
Someone has to say it..
"It does exactly what it says on the tin"
Thanks for taking part
Its so good even my teenage son doesn't mind helping out.
Hmm I wonder if that will continue
It's not often that tools live up to the hype from TV adverts but this one does, if you buy it you won't regret it.
Maybe I'm doing it wrong but I'm not quite as bowled over by this as many of the reviews here. I think its great on not very well established weeds but on many of my well established dandelions it did not pull the whole thing up. I still give it 4 stars because it works well and the ones it fails on are longstanding weeds and i know of no other tool except spade and muscles, that would deal with them.
Luckily we didn't come across the same problem, thank you for the review, it helps others get a true picture.