?EFFORT LESS CUTTING?The ratcheting mechanism's settings multiply your hand's power, so that you don't have to do the work - the pruning shears do it for you. They slice through much thicker branches than conventional pruners, and they're very easy on your hands. Because they work like a ratchet, they never get dull. The extra power of the ratchet action makes these pruners ideal for heavy jobs. ?HOW RATCHET ANVIL PRUNING SHEARS WORK? Anvil pruners have one sharp blade normally the top blade and a flat, non-cutting blade, or "anvil" at the bottom. When you squeeze the handle, the sharp top cutting blade is brought down on the branch you're cutting, and the anvil holds that branch in place so that the cut can be completed. ?RATCHET ACTION - 5 TIMES THE POWER? The ratcheting mechanism's settings multiply your hand's power by up to 5 times, so that you don't have to do the work - the pruning shears do it for you. As you cut through a branch, the ratcheting mechanism clicks and moves to the next setting, providing ever-increasing pressure as you cut. ? PERFECT FOR SMALLER HANDS AND WOMEN ?Pruning can tire the strongest hands, but if you are already starting out at a disadvantage with carpal tunnel or arthritis, or have smaller hands, you should definitely consider a ratchet pruning shear.