How to Adjust Fiskars Hedge Shears for Optimal Performance 

If you’ve just purchased a pair of Fiskars hedge shears, congratulations! You’re now the proud owner of one of the most reliable garden tools on the market. But before you get started with your gardening projects, it’s important to know how to adjust your hedge shears for optimal use.

Properly adjusting your shears will ensure that they are comfortable and safe to use, as well as more efficient and effective at trimming your plants. Here’s how to adjust Fiskars hedge shears for maximum efficiency. 

Check Blade Alignment and Cut Quality 

The first step in adjusting your Fiskars hedge shears is to check the blade alignment, tension, and cut quality. Make sure that the blades are lined up perfectly so that when you squeeze the handles together, the blades are close to each other cleanly and easily. 

should also make sure that there is no rust or dirt on the blades as this will affect their cutting ability. If there is any dirt or rust on your blades, use a cloth to wipe them off before making further adjustments. 

Adjust Cutting Blades 

Once you have checked the blade alignment and cut quality, you can now adjust the cutting blades themselves. Start by loosening the nut at the end of each handle until it moves freely. Then, move one of the blades back slightly until it fits snugly against the other blade with no gap between them. Once both blades are lined up properly, tighten the nut at each handle again and test out your hedge shear by squeezing them together to see if they cut cleanly through a small branch or twig. 

Making Sure the Blades Fit Together Properly 

This requires you to inspect both blades for any rough edges or burrs that could interfere with their smooth operation. If there are any rough edges present, file them down until they are smooth again and check for proper alignment by opening and closing them several times.

Additionally, make sure that both blades have been sharpened correctly – dull blades can cause premature wear and tear on your shears and make them less efficient at cutting through tough plants and branches. Lastly, check for any rust or corrosion on either blade which could cause them to stick together when cutting; if necessary, apply a light coating of oil onto both blades to prevent this from happening. 

Test for Comfort Level 

Next, you should test out your hedge shear for comfort level. Make sure that when you squeeze them together, they don’t feel too tight or too loose in your hands – this will affect how easy it is for you to use them and how efficiently they will cut through branches and twigs. If needed, adjust the nut at each handle slightly until you find a setting that feels comfortable but still holds securely when squeezed shut. 

Some Tips to Keep in Mind 

When adjusting your Fiskars hedge shears, keep the following tips in mind:

  • Make sure to check both blades for any rust or dirt that could affect their cutting ability.
  • Adjust the nut at each handle until you find a setting that feels comfortable and secure when squeezing them together.
  • Test out your hedge shear on a small twig or branch to make sure they are cutting properly.
  • Regularly check for any rust, corrosion, or dull blades that could interfere with the performance of your hedge shears.
  • Always read the instructions that come with your Fiskars hedge shear to ensure you are safely and correctly adjusting them for optimal use.

With these tips in mind, you’ll be able to adjust your Fiskars hedge shears quickly and easily for maximum efficiency. Properly adjusted shears will be safer and more comfortable to use, as well as more efficient at trimming your plants. So, be sure to take the time to adjust your hedge shears correctly before starting any gardening project.


Q: How often should I adjust my Fiskars hedge shears?
A: It’s recommended that you check and adjust your Fiskars hedge shears at least once a year, or more if you use them frequently. This will help ensure the blades remain aligned and sharp for optimal cutting performance.

Q: What kind of lubrication should I use on my hedge shears?
A: We recommend using a light oil such as vegetable or mineral oil to lubricate your Fiskars hedge shears. This will help protect the blades from rust and corrosion and also make them easier to open and close. Alternatively, you can use a silicone-based lubricant if you prefer.

Q: Can I use my hedge shears on larger branches and plants?
A: While Fiskars hedge shears can be used to trim larger branches and plants, we recommend using a pair of loppers or pruners for anything thicker than 1 inch in diameter. This will help ensure the blades don’t get damaged and can still provide a clean, even cut.

Q: Can I sharpen my hedge shears myself?
A: Yes, you can use a sharpening stone to sharpen the blades of your Fiskars hedge shears. Alternatively, you could take them to a professional sharpener for a more precise job. Just be sure to clean and lubricate them afterward.


By following these steps, you can ensure that your Fiskars hedge shears are adjusted properly for optimal performance and comfort level while trimming hedges around your yard or garden area. 

Now that you know how to properly adjust Fiskars hedge shears for optimal use, it’s time to get out there and start trimming those pesky plants! Not only will this make trimming much easier but it will also ensure that your hedges look neat and tidy without having to put in the extra effort! 

With proper adjustment of Fiskars hedge shears, anyone can become a pro at cutting their own hedges with ease! We hope that this guide has been helpful in teaching you how to adjust your Fiskars hedge shears for maximum efficiency. Good luck!  Happy Trimming!