Fiskars Provides Innovative Solutions To Arthritis Sufferers

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Fiskars PowerGear line of garden tools makes gardening so much easier that the Arthritis Foundation has awarded them with the prestigious Ease-of-Use Commendation.

Nearly one in three Americans suffer from some form of arthritis. Fiskars Garden & Outdoor Living provides a solution to get those people back into the garden.

The Arthritis Foundation created its Ease-of-Use program to encourage manufacturers to design user-friendly products and packaging. Manufacturers submit their product(s) for testing by an independent lab experienced in the design and evaluation of products that are accessible to people with functional limitations due to the effects of arthritis.

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"Weight and power are what makes a truly ergonomic tool," said Olavi Linden, Director of New Product Development for Fiskars Garden & Outdoor Living. "Handles are actually a very small part of the equation. More power is what helps you avoid injury, pain, or over-exertion. Extra-long, lightweight handles help prevent back pain."

Eight Fiskars tools have successfully completed Arthritis Foundation testing and bear the Ease-of-Use Commendation: PowerGear Bypass Pruner (7936 and 7937), PowerGear Anvil Pruner (7941), PowerGear Anvil Lopper (7972), PowerGear Bypass Lopper (9625 and 9619), PowerGear Bypass Lopper (9627), and PowerGear Hedge Shears (9189).

Fiskars' patented PowerGear technology uses gears to increase cutting power to make even those big cuts easy. The PowerGear design also changes the leverage during the cut, which minimizes strain and fatigue. Fiskars hand pruners feature a rolling handle that moves with your hand as you cut, greatly reducing friction and relieving hand stress. All PowerGear loppers and hedge shears feature lightweight ergonomic handles for increased comfort and control.

Arthritis is one of the most prevalent chronic health problems and a leading cause of disability among Americans. It limits everyday activities such as walking, dressing and bathing for more than 70 million Americans.

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