The ratcheting feature allows you to cut through very large branches with ease. They provide a lot of power without stressing your hand. If you have never used a ratcheting tool, you really need to check it out. The blades are very sharp and they clean up nicely. I will probably try out their replacement blades at some point. I have to be honest that these are the first ratcheting tools that I have used, so others may have additional brands to recommend, so we look forward to hearing from you.