Lost my old pruner and decided to go with Craftsman. Shipped fast and is heavy duty. Looks like it will last for years and can cut some serious branches. One concern I do have is the spring between the two handles. Looks like rolled around metal? The lock is available on both sides which comes in handy. Give it 4 stars as not sure about the spring. Looks and feels heavy duty so do not let this deter you from purchasing. You will be happy.
After using this item for about a year, I can now say it isn't a particularly good pruner. It does not cut cleanly, probably not very sharp and the pivot is a little loose. It tends to mangle soft stems. On the other hand, it is not very expensive and works about as well as one could expect for a cheap item.
These are a piece of junk. The second time I used them they started to fall apart while trimming new growth on a plumbego bush, nothing really tough. Not even worth the time and gas to return it.
Product good for light duty. Watch out for the locking mechanism,if not fully retracted it will break the locking latch when you squeeze to prune..Mine is broken so I will return for replacement.
very good product