This weed puller has got to be the lightest of its kind on the market - it has four metal serrated teeth at the bottom of the sturdy-looking pole and I expected it to be heavy to handle but far from it, my elderly mother could manage this with ease. My garden has a patch where common chickweed, creeping buttercup, wild carrot and dandelions thrive so I was eager to try this gadget out because for me, weeding is a thankless, back-breaking exercise. I couldn't get the hang of this right away (my fault) but it's actually simplicity itself, you just surround the centre of the weed with the lopper-like teeth at the end of the pole, press your foot down on the pedal, angle the pole towards you and pull. Hey presto, the weed comes out without the need to pull any straps/levers. I didn't realise at first that you have to angle the pole when you lift it out of the soil/grass otherwise the teeth don't grasp the weed.
Now for the best bit, to eject the weed from the teeth you just slide the orange cuff in the middle of the pole downwards - it glides very, very smoothly - and the weed is expelled. The sound that the 'slider' makes is very like that on a pump-action shotgun in a movie and I love it - childish, I know, but hey, weeding is a very boring job and it made it fun! My soil is heavy with clay and the clumps attached to the teeth around the root of the weed were easily ejected and left the teeth clean and ready to use again on the next weed. You do need to fill the hole left after the weed has been removed but you have to do this anyway no matter which method you use to pull the weed.
The circumference of the teeth is approximately 7" (18 cm) so the puller can cover the heart of most weeds and it does get most of the root up - weeds like spreading chickweed may have to be covered twice - but because it is so light to handle and easy to use, it's not the hateful job it normally is for me. I would like to add that although it is incredibly light to handle, this is not a flimsy-looking item, the design and materials are very good and I am expecting it to last for many years. I seem to have gone on a bit about the weight of this weed puller but I'm a petite build and find that most garden equipment is quite heavy-going after a while and that's one reason why I really like this item. I thought at first that the price was a little expensive for a weed puller but given that it would (presumably) last for years and get the job done quickly, it's worth the cost and would make an ideal gift for elderly relatives, anyone with back problems or, someone like me who just hates the job.