The Ratchet mechanism takes mechanical benefit to a new limit with astounding results. A simple squeeze / release action gradually moves the blade through some of the toughest pruning in the garden often with the pressures of just one finger. From the DP875 Handy weighing in at a mere 449 grams and cutting up to 35mm thick, to the mighty DP974 which will ultimately cut through an astonishing 60mm.  Ratchet Secateurs are an absolute ‘gift’ for anyone with a weak grip or suffering from arthritis, requiring approximately one third less pressure than non-ratchet secateurs!