I originally got this to try to remove some weeds that were growing out of my gutter. It did strip the leaves from the stems, but it was not strong enough to grab the roots out since the weeds are so tenacious. That was kind of disappointing, but I am finding other uses for the Nifty Nabber. I have cabinets that go all the way up to the 9 foot ceiling in my kitchen, and the Nabber can easily grab items from the very top shelf. It is quite lightweight, and the rubber grips do a good job of holding things until I get them down to the counter. It opens only about 6 inches wide, but that is wide enough for most cans, bottles, and jars.