The Best Tree Loppers, According to a Master Gardener

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Woody plants and small tree branches benefit from the occasional pruning, which calls for a top-quality tree lopper, also called a long-handled pruner.

We spent hours searching for the best tree loppers looking for the most durable, easy-to-use models. Our top pick, the Fiskers PowerGear2 32-Inch Lopper, has a hardened steel blade, great leverage, and an ergonomic handle. 

Here are the best tree loppers.

Bypass Versus Anvil Pruners

Pruning woody plants is best accomplished with a bypass pruner. This type has a sharp curved top blade that slides over the softer lower blade to make a clean angular cut without tearing or damaging the tree or shrub. The edges of the blades on an anvil pruner make direct contact, which works well on green suckers or softer plant material that just needs to be clipped off.

Comfort and Convenience

Pruning trees and other woody plants can be labor intensive, so be sure to choose the lopper tool that feels most comfortable—and learn how to use your lopper properly. Tree loppers constructed with lightweight materials lower the stress on your arms and hands. Cushioned grips help reduce the pressure and wear and tear on your hands and wrists. Ratcheting loppers that cut in smaller increments work best for people with diminished strength in their hands. A carbon steel blade will stay strong enough to do the job and the option of replacing blades comes in handy if you use the pruners a lot.

Reach and Capacity

Choose a lopper with long enough handles to reach the branches you need to prune. Make sure the blade is wide enough to cut through the size branch you need to remove. Most loppers will cut between 1 1/2 to 2 inches in diameter, and some are extendable, which allows you to set the tool at just the length you need.

Make sure the lopper has enough maneuverability to accomplish the work you need to do. Those with shorter handles might work better for pruning shrubs with small dense branching while longer handles might be needed for pruning trees. A lopper with extendable handles might fit the need for both tasks.

FAQ

  • When you are shopping for a tool for a specific task, it does helps to know exactly what it’s called. Tree loppers are a pruning tool and you are most likely to find one by also looking at pruning shears, trimming shears, tree pruners, or even secateurs (a name often used by professional gardeners). For woody plants, be sure to choose a bypass lopper as opposed to an anvil lopper.

  • Hand sharpening works best for these blades, which are too small for machine sharpening. Many different types of hand sharpening tools are available, but a carbide or diamond tool works best. Carefully wipe the cutting blades free of dirt and debris. Stuck on residue from tree sap can be removed with a razor blade. Lay the tool flat on a hard surface and run your sharpening tool along the cutting edge of the blade in a smooth motion directed away from your body.

  • This is a case where an ounce of prevention works best. Before each use, oil the blade with three-in-one oil, petroleum jelly, or machinery grease. Just a few drops will lubricate the blade. When the pruning job is complete, simply wipe the blade with a clean, dry rag. Keeping the blades of a good tree lopper clean should give you a lifetime of use.

Barbara Gillette, a Master Gardener and herbalist who has planted and tended more than 150 trees and shrubs on her property, provided additional research for this article. She works with honeybees and other pollinators to grow organic fruits, vegetables, flowers, and herbs on her 8-acre hobby farm.

Disclaimer: Curated and re-published here. We do not claim anything as we translated and re-published using google translator. All images and Tattoo Design ideas shared only for information purpose.

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