Well, I thought it looked good on TV so last time we were at the garden centre we looked for it.
My husband found it, a price tage said £20. I thought, ok if it works as on TV it's worth it.
Get to the till and it was actually £39.99 (the price tag apparently was for some other tool that wasn't on the shelf)
Looking online would save a little on the price but once you include delivery it comes to around that price anyway.
The price is a bit steep for what it is so we didn't buy it in the end.
I don't see why they should be particularly good at removing deep rooted dandelions unless the offending weed has roots that have grown vertically downwards (which a few do); many dandelions have roots that grow at an angle or bends in their growth path.
I'd love to hear from someone who has actually tried using one of these devices.
I've got one....really good actually. Simple to use, works everytime and as said...it makes a pump action noise lol
Only issue is it does make a relatively large hole.
Not tried in hard soil yet but it's pretty sturdy so if you could get it in the ground I think it would work...though might bring up a lot of soil and the root would most likely snap
EDIT: Just to add, its ridiculously simple and I'm amazed no one has brought it out before. Basically a large pole with 4 blades at the bottom. A hard bar at the bottom making the whole thing a large L shape. You stick it in the ground, cuts through easily due to the spear like blades at the bottom, stick your foot on the bar at the bottom and pull towards you, using it as a lever, which closes the blades to make it into a claw that grips the plants main section...leverage rips the plant out of the ground leaving nothing bt whatever part of the root has snapped off, enough to kill the plant anyway. The 'pump action' is only used to remove the waste weed....in reality its a plastic bit that sits at the bottom of the blades against the main body of the puller, that just slids out to pop off the crap. RIDICULOUSLY simple!!!
Got mine from Homebase. Currently in there the normal version (one on the TV) is £25.99 and the Extendable version (With a spade type handle) is £29.99...though I'm 6 foot odd and the normal version is fine enough