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Fiskars(R) Provides Innovative Solutions to Arthritis Sufferers
Garden Tools Receive 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. Fiskars
PowerGear(R) line of garden tools makes gardening so much easier that the
Arthritis Foundation(R) has awarded them with the prestigious Ease-of-Use
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.
"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.
ABOUT FISKARS GARDEN & OUTDOOR LIVING:
Fiskars Garden & Outdoor Living is a division of Fiskars Brands, Inc.,
a global manufacturer and marketer of branded consumer and industrial
products. Fiskars Brands, Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Fiskars
Corporation, a Finnish corporation traded on the Helsinki Stock Exchange
(HEX: FIS). Founded in 1649, Fiskars is one of the oldest companies in the
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