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Tools for weak hands

 
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I'm ready to start building up my tool collection. Does any one have any recommendations for common tools used for gardening and around the homestead for someone with smaller hands and rheumatoid arthritis? I don't have a lot of strength because of the RA in my hands and wrists and my hand spread is not really wide.

All recommendations are appreciated! I'm just getting started so I'm not even sure what all I will need or want.
I'm particularly interested in a pair of small hand trimmers that I could attach to my belt or put in a large pocket that I can use to do some chop and drop or pruning.
 
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Today I used an electric hedge trimmer to scythe tall grass for mulching. I frequently use an electric chainsaw. The 8 amp 'Worx' brand (@ $50 from Lowes hardware) along with the $30 chain sharpener from Harbor Freight, are my work horses.
 
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I think they might be called "compound action" loppers.  Anyway, these loppers my husband bought for me are so great for my painful, weak hands.  Almost miraculous in what these loppers can do compared to regular loppers.

 
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I have both of these compounds loppers. I also have the Fiskars stick which is a very light and manageable tool.
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Thank you for the recommendations everyone! I really appreciate it.  Now I know what I want for Mother's Day!
 
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