An Honest Review of the Gardena Starcut 410 Telescopic pruner
Hello, my name is Daniel Woodley, and I’m the co-owner and contributor here at DIY Gardening.
I’ve been busy recently pruning and lopping off branches from outrageously overgrown trees and shrubs here, so now is the perfect time to review my tool of choice – the Gardena Starcut Plus 410 Plus telescopic pruner.
Here you’ll find my short video, an honest review, technical details like how high it really reaches and the pros and cons.
Just so we are on the same page, this is the 410 pruner, not to be confused with the 160 pruner which looks similar:
I recently published a short demonstration video and I also discuss some key facts about this telescopic pruner:
Tech Spec: What You Need to Know
Before you buy this tool, here are the basic specs inc collapsed and extended length and weight etc. These are my measurements and not those from the manufacturer.
- Weight (excl box): 2.05kg (4.5lbs)
- Length fully collapsed: 2.25m (7.38ft)
- Length fully extended: 4.1m (13.45ft)
- Pole extension method: Manual with lever lock
- Cutting method: Bypass
- Cutting mechanism: Internal pullcord attached to handles
- Cutting angle: Variable up to 200°
- Maximum cutting thickness: 32mm.
- Material: Aluminium pole and plastic handles
Putting The Gardena Starcut 410 Plus Pruner to the Test
I used the Gardena Starcut 410 Plus on hundreds of branches on several shrubs and trees, and it went through all of them like a hot knife through butter.
Despite its length, it never felt unwieldy and even fully extended and standing on my toes, I was able to trim branches with ease and without arm ache but bear in mind I’m 6ft2 and quite strong.
Here are six key points worth noting:
1) The pullcord/strap is internal, so it won’t flap around or get caught on anything.
2) You only need to pull one handle to engage the cutting mechanism, but you have two handles to choose from, with one being right at the bottom of the pole, which is perfect should you need to hold the pruner high up in front of you. The other handle is a slider on the pole, which is ideal for low-level pruning.
3) The pole is oval-shaped, which helps with grip – a round pole would twist easily, but this one won’t.
4) The pole can be extended or collapsed by opening a lever and closing it at the desired height. No tools, screws, bolts, etc., are required and changing the pole’s length takes seconds.
5) The cutting head can be twisted sideways, up to 200°, which is perfect for reaching awkward branches.
6) I liked the simple yet adjustable hook on the pole which made yanking out the chopped-off branches a lot easier and saved time.
How High Does This Pruner Reach?
Manufacturers and sellers always give a best-case answer to questions like this, so I put the Gardena Starcut 410 Plus to the test by measuring the height of the branches I cut.
I found the absolute maximum height I could cut a branch was 5.95m (19.5ft).
However, I’m 1.89m (6ft 2) tall, and I was standing on my toes like a ballerina.
I doubt it would be safe to use this lopper while standing on a ladder or stepladder as the tool requires both hands. I own a small stand which, when I stood on it, increased the maximum cutting height to 6.5m (21ft), which is impressive.
What I Like About The Gardena Starcut 410
Overall I’m delighted with the performance of the Gardena Starcut 410 Plus telescopic pruner.
Here’s what impressed me the most:
- The weight. At 2.05kg (4.5lbs), it’s comfortable and easy to use, even on long days.
- At 4.1m (13.45ft) plus the height/reach of the user, I think you’ll struggle to find a product that reaches higher at this price and quality range.
- The general build quality is excellent. I also own a manual lawnmower from Gardena, and that is robust and well built as well.
- Gardena are a well-known brand and they sell spare parts too such as new blades but looking at the quality, I don’t think you’ll need to replace the blade unless you’re abusing the pruner.
- I made good use of the hook to yank out the decapitated branches from the bush, and after a while, I was making light work of the pruning by flying through the task.
- The gearing system within the cutting head meant I only had to apply light pressure to the handle to cut most branches and only moderate pressure to cut branches up to 32mm (1.25″).
What I Didn’t Like About This Pruner
I really like the Gardena Starcut 410 Plus telescopic pruner, but as with any product, there are a few points that might be of concern to buyers:
- The price. At just over £120, it’s not the cheapest product out there.
- At 2.25m when fully collapsed, this won’t fit in my tiny shed. It’s a long pole, and storage could be an issue for those with limited space.
- This tool does one job and only one job. It doesn’t have an interchangeable head, so it isn’t a multi-tool like some other products on the market. I would love to be able to switch the head to a saw for cutting thicker branches, but I can’t with this tool.
- The handle that slides up and down the pole has the potential to pinch skin but I learnt quickly where I could and couldn’t place my other hand.
The Gardena Starcut 410 Plus telescopic pruner does a great job, but it would be nice to have a saw attachment for those thicker branches.
Taking into account the price and all the features on this pruner, I rate it 8/10.
If it had a saw attachment and collapsed to a more reasonable size, I would up that to 9/10.
What Others Are Saying About The Gardena Starcut 410 Plus
I rarely buy products costing over £100 without first checking the ratings and reviews from past customers on Amazon, eBay and other retailers.
I analysed 1235 online reviews and ratings in June 2022, and this is what I found:
91% of reviewers gave it a rating of 4 or 5 stars out of 5, which is very high for a garden tool.
2.5% of reviewers gave it 1 star out of 5, which is very low and in line with failure rates for mechanical garden tools such as this.
Reviewers praised the ease of use, how high they could reach and the force the gearing system applied to the blades.
There were some criticisms due to the failure of the gear system and the snapping of the blades, while several reviewers commented that they would have liked a saw attachment to remove thicker branches.
There are very few pruners that reach beyond 6m, and the ones that do are usually expensive and unwieldy, but if you only need a pruner for lower-level pruning, it might be worth considering a battery-powered product.
Batteries have come a long way in the last few years, and there are dozens of pruners, loppers and even mini-chainsaws that can be used to take off branches of variable thicknesses.
Some of the systems on sale have interchangeable or multi-heads so you use a saw for thicker branches and then a lopper for thinner ones.
If you like the look of the Gardena Starcut 410 Pruner but are put off by the price, consider the Fiskars PowerGear X Telescopic Pruner, which currently sells for around 30% less and is similar.
We’ve listed the best telescopic pruners here and there are a few budget alternatives listed as well.
More From Daniel Woodley:
This review of the Gardena Starcut 410 Plus telescopic pruner was created by Daniel Woodley and was posted to our blog on the 30th of June 2022.
Daniel is a keen gardener who has over 17 years of experience in the building trade.
When he’s not in his garden, you’ll find Daniel hiking and trekking in the mountains somewhere or planning his next DIY project.