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You don't need weeds to remove weeds, after all the tiresome weeding can also be done with a weed remover. These devices, also known as weed pullers, come in different shapes and sizes, are easy to use and protect your back and joints. In this article we will tell you which weed removers are particularly suitable for use in the garden and what you should pay special attention to when buying one.

With a weed remover, weeding becomes back-friendly

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Fiskars Weeder 1m Length Stainless Steel Arms/Plastic Handle Black/Orange Xact 1020126
28.59 EUR To the product
Length / adjustable in length 1 meter / no
material stainless steel / plastic
working depth 10 centimeters
Weight 950 grams
Handle push handle
claws 4 steel claws
kick pedal

With this weed remover, the well-known garden equipment and tool manufacturer Fiskars offers a practical tool, especially for removing dandelions and nettles. It is a treadle, the four steel claws of which are pressed up to ten centimeters deep into the ground with the help of a pedal and can grasp and pull out the weed in question. It is operated using a practical push handle. In addition, the device can cut through weed stalks with a thickness of up to four centimetres. In addition to this model, a height-adjustable one with a telescopic handle is also available, which can be used particularly gently on the back and joints.

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Worth Garden Weeder Metal Root Remover Zinc Plated, Silver, 86.5X 18x 5cm, ABS + TPR Material Handle, Weed Puller, Long Handle Garden Weeder
To the product
Length / adjustable in length 86.5 centimeters / no
material galvanized steel
working depth 5 centimeters
Weight approx. 1 kilogram
Handle ergonomic, padded
claws 5 point claw
kick Yes

This weed remover from the manufacturer Worth works according to a simple principle: put a claw on the weed to be removed, press deep into the ground with your foot, turn the device by 180° and pull it out again together with the weed. The weed puller is made entirely of galvanized and therefore rust-proof and weather-resistant steel and is easy to operate, which is easy on the back. The foot pedal is described as particularly robust and should also withstand a higher user weight very well. Amazon customers mainly praise the easy handling of the device and the good price-performance ratio.

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WOLF-Garten - weed cutter KS-2K; 2771000
7.83 EUR To the product
Length / adjustable in length approx. 30 centimeters / no
material Metal, plastic
working depth 15 centimeters
Weight 930 grams
Handle with soft grip
claws none, a blade
kick no

Small, handy and inexpensive: This mini weed puller from the brand manufacturer Wolf-Garten is a product that gardeners like to buy on Amazon, and its robustness and ease of use are repeatedly praised in the reviews. The model presented here is available in different sizes, all of which have a soft handle with a soft grip: This fits well in the hand and prevents blisters from forming on the hands. Because this weed puller is so robust, you can use it on harder soil without worry.

Purchase Criteria


There are different types of weed removers that work on different principles. In addition, there are differences not only in handling and functionality, but also in size.

kick kick: A kick digger is a long-handled weed remover that uses a foot pedal to drive the claws into the ground. With such a model, you can easily remove weeds while standing and without having to bend down.

rotary set: The rotary digger is also a weed remover with a long handle, but here the weeds are pulled out of the ground - similar to a corkscrew - with a bold rotary movement. Rotary rakers are particularly good for weeds with long taproots.

hand stab: In contrast to step and rotary pokes, hand pokes are not used while standing, instead they are suitable for selective use on smaller areas. These weed removers usually have no claws, but sharp blades in different widths depending on the model. You can also reach deeper roots with a hand digger, since the blades are significantly longer at 20 to 30 centimeters in length.


Since a weed remover has to withstand a lot of force, it should be made of high-quality and robust materials. Stainless steel is ideal (i.e. stainless steel or galvanized steel) and should be used primarily for the handle and definitely for the claws or blade. The handle - often in an ergonomic shape or as a T or D handle - can be coated with soft plastic, as it is easier to grip and hold. The lighter aluminum is also popular for these devices, but is less robust than steel.


Most treadmills and rotary cutters have a total length of around one meter, which is perfectly adequate for people of average height to work comfortably. However, if you deviate from the average in terms of size, you should either choose a model with a longer or shorter handle or one with a telescopic handle. The latter is also recommended if several people of different heights want to use the tool. Hand piercers, on the other hand, do not have a handle, but should fit comfortably in the hand.


While the weight of the weed remover will determine how easy (or heavy) it is to handle, you shouldn't necessarily go for the lightest model. Especially with the pedal and turning removers, a slightly higher weight can also be an advantage, as it can be driven into harder soil better. In addition, a higher weight indicates the use of steel, which promises robustness and a long service life. The lighter the weed remover, the more plastic has been processed.

blade / claws

The claws or blades are the crucial part of a weed remover: the weeds can only be removed effectively if they are sharp and long enough. In the case of root weeds, it is important to use equipment with the longest possible blade, since the roots have to come out of the ground as far as possible. Otherwise, the weeds will grow back quickly. Incidentally, claws are primarily there to grab and pull out weeds, while a blade is primarily there to cut them down.


frequently asked Questions

How do weed removers work?

How the weed puller works depends on which model you have chosen. Tread and rotary diggers are simply positioned in the middle of the weed to be removed, then pushed deep into the ground and pulled out again with a slight twisting motion. The weeds should now be hanging between the claws with their roots and soil. Even with hand piercers, the removal is carried out by means of leverage. Incidentally, weed removal works best in damp soil, for example after a downpour.

How long should a weed remover be?

Basically, the weed remover should be long enough for you to be able to use it comfortably and without too much contortion while standing - with the exception, of course, of the stalkless hand digger, which is primarily suitable for smaller jobs in the garden bed. It is therefore best to use a device whose length you can adjust and adapt to your height.

How much does a weed remover cost?

How much you spend on the weed remover depends on factors such as type and function, brand and build quality. The handy hand pricks are often available very cheaply from around five euros, but are not suitable for large-scale use in lawns. Here a pedal or rotary trigger is needed, which costs from around 20 EUR depending on the manufacturer and quality.

Where can you buy weed cutters?

You can buy weed removers in stationary trade at large and small DIY and garden stores such as Obi, Toom and Co., but also conveniently online. In online trading you have a large selection of specialist markets and department stores where you can compare prices and qualities in peace and outside of shop opening hours.

What else helps against annoying weeds?

Since weeds, like all other plants, need light and air to grow, you can prevent them from growing by placing special weed foils on them. Alternatively, mulch (€239.00) is also suitable - especially as this decomposes over time and thus releases additional valuable nutrients to ornamental and useful plants. Regular hoeing in the bed is also helpful.

Can't I just flame the weeds?

Flaming weeds is only recommended on asphalt or paved surfaces and away from combustible objects. This method makes little sense in the bed, as it also affects ornamental and useful plants. It is also better not to use a fire in the vicinity of the house or garden shed, as many a building has been set on fire involuntarily as a result.

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