If you somehow managed to get to this article it means you have some heavy-duty work to do in the garden and it’s not enough with pruning shears or pruning saw. But that’s good, I will give you recommendations which loppers you should buy and If you scroll down there you can read some basic information about loppers for pruning, it’s like a buying guide.
Mostly we all know that loppers are for larger branches and if I have to talk about myself – then I’m more comfortable to use loppers even on smaller branches because of better grip, higher cutting power and you can reach inside a branch or a bush without using gloves.
10 Best garden loppers for pruning
One hell of a tool. Easily cuts through 2 inch branches. It has carbon steel blade which is the best kind of a blade as you will read that at Buying Guide below. This lopper has 30-inch rubber handles so you will have quite a leverage. This lopper has Anvil style of a blade so it’s better for dry branches and not so good if you want a clean cut to live branch. You can also buy replacement blades here if you want or need. But as a surprise, Tabor have made some pretty decent tool and even with anvil blades, you can get really clean and safe cut. It’s also lightweight so you won’t be tired too fast. The construction of this lopper is top-notch. High-quality materials, large stop nuts are used and nothing is getting loose even after a year.
2. Fiskars PowerGear2 Lopper
Amazing Loppers from Fiskars. Previous models from 2017 had some issues with broken metal, but the new 2018 model has different quality and also better. After testing these loppers it’s really easy to cut even 2.5inch branches but that’s not advised because you can break it. Multiple gears will help you to cut all kind of branches, even 2-inch dry wood. Blades have an anti-stick coating so you can cut pines and spruces with this lopper. Softgrip handles will be comfortable even after few hours work. Plus lifetime no-questions-asked warranty makes this top-quality gear lopper.
3. Spear & Jackson 8290RS Ratchet Anvil Loppers
Short step Ratchet lopper mechanism allows you to cut hardest branches with ease. Carbon steel blade will be sharp even heavy use and aluminum telescopic handles will feel great even after hours of using. These are true words about Spear & Jackson loppers. They even offer a 10-year warranty. It’s not easy to extend handles with gloves n because of the clip, but it feels sturdy even at the longest range. Some users find this 4 level rachet very time consuming, but it’s meant to be like that so you can cut 3-inch branches without any effort. Good product. The arm unextended is 18″ long. Extended the arm is 31 and 1/2″ inches.
Easily cut branches up to 2 inches. 32-inch durable fiberglass handles and 8-inch non-slip foam grips and rubber bump. Carbon steel anvil blade which is replaceable as well as anvil. Lifetime warranty will cover all broken parts. Blades are coated with a non-stick coating so no problems with pine and spruce cutting. Corona have quite a history so you can be sure that this lopper will hold it limits very well. Best for using for small branches. You can get really clean cut so also recommended for live branches.
Unbeatable price makes this lopper really wallet-friendly and even it’s cheap – it’s not that bad! It has steel blades with a non-stick coating as well as 20-inch oval steel handles with cushioned grips. You can even replace brass anvil. The blades are really sharp and even if they are not carbon or other fancy material, they do its job very well and you don’t need to worry that blades will break because they won’t. For this money, you get high-quality, simple loppers and I promise you that you won’t have any problems with them because they are simple as USA government.
They are made in Switzerland. That say’s everything. It snaps 2-inch branches like it would be nothing. Felco has been making loppers for over 65 years and they have mastered every aspect of lopper technology. Aluminum handles are unbreakable and top quality blades won’t need sharpening in a long time thatš for sure. These loppers are available in – 16, 20 or 24 inches. You can buy blades separately. Rubber handles are slip resistant and feel very great. Even after harden snapping, aluminum handles manages to leave hands untouched. It means that your hands will feel great after a sharp snap. Maybe price seems to be too high but here you are paying for quality and work-well-done.
15-inch handles and carbon steel blades with non-stick coating make these mini loppers really great purchase. These loppers are really great for smaller branches and for live branches because it leaves very clean cut so you can use on very sensitive plants. It can cut up to 1.5inch branches. And if anything happens, a 5-year warranty will cover your loss. Because of the small size, it’s really easy to prune small branches in places where it’s hard to get. Fro small jobs these loppers are hard to beat and the price is awesome too. So if you need to cut few branches or a LOT of braches, but not too big, this tool is for you.
Another great expandable lopper. Ratchet mechanism allows you to cut up to 3/4 thick branches and with telescopic handles, you can cut large branches without ladders. Light-weight aluminum handles with non-slip grips in hands feels great and sturdy. You can extend from 27inch to 40inch. Carbon steel blades will be sharp also after extensive use. They are using different carbon because when some loppers did have bumps in a blade, with the same using style, MLTools did not have a scratch. Great multitool for average usage. They are small enough to fit in a bag and large enough when extended to cut high branches.
Another great product from Corona. Handles extend from 27″ to 37″. It cuts branches up to 3/4 without any problems. trapezoid steel handles are almost indestructible and rust resistant. Corona has implanted ShockGuard bumps so even after the sharpest snap, your hands will feel nothing. That bump together with ComforGel grips it’s really THE most comfortable lopper. Blades are heat treated so you can resharpen them. The biggest pros about this lopper are than you need to open handles only 135 degrees to open blades fully. For example, for Fiskars, you would need to open 180 degrees. That means you can easily use these loppers on ladders. Great loppers for a great price. These loppers win ForGardening Price/Performance award.
Steel blades with the non-stick coating are really durable even if you accidentally struck these loppers in the stone. It makes even cuts also if you use maximums size of a branch which is – 1/2 inch. But as users reported, you can cut almost everything which fits in the jaws. Aluminum handles are strong, rust resistant and light-weight – perfect for home use. With non-slip rubber grips, your hands will feel great even after extensive use. These loppers are really simple and if you need to resharpen blades, you can screw off one screw and now you have 2 separate parts. Easy as that. These are not really good for hard branches because of low leverage but for daily jobs they are perfect. These are my favorite – I don’t care loppers. When you can leave them whenever you want and you can use as you want and not be afraid of what will happen.
How To Buy Best Loppers In The World
As for every tool, there is not only one type of loppers. They have different cutting technologies, different materials, designs and different prices. The idea for all of them is the same tho, but there is a difference in almost every each of them. What difference? Read further to find out.
Lopper Cutting Blade styles – There are two of them
This type of Loppers are the most popular, and you will find these loppers in every gardening market and mostly, they work also really good. Bypass Loppers have two blades that slide simulationesly like scissors. These Loppers are the best because they have a clean cut, so they do not hurt a plant and it heals faster. However, I would not suggest this type of loppers if you want to cut dead branches or other dry wood because it will get jammed pretty often and you can bend blades and handles really fast. For dry wood and dead branches, I would suggest Anvil Loppers. What are they, read below.
These ones are best loppers for dry wood, because of their cutting system. Anvil loppers work like cutting onions – you lift the knife and cut till you stop at the chopping board, it’s the same with anvil loppers, one blade stays still and other cuts branch. If the blade is sharp enough, you can cut thicker branches without any effort. But do not cut really thick branches, for that better use pruning saw.
Lopper blade quality
The most important part of the lopper – blades. If blades will be too soft, you will need to sharpen them very often and with an unsharp blade, you will hurt the tree and it’s really possible that that branch which you cut, will never grow again. Also – if a gap between blades will be too big, loppers will jam almost all the time. So if you want durability and quality – go for carbon steel blades. They will last longer and if you use as they are meant to be used, they will not bend or you won’t need to sharpen them.
The second but not least important – look for blades with non-stick coating. Especially if you will cut pine or spruce or other trees with sticky juice. Because I have seen few loppers broken because a piece of bark got suck between blades and bent a blade. This was also the case that there can’t be a gap between blades.
If you want top-notch loppers, you can also look for loppers to which you can adjust the tightness of the cutting mechanism, so you will never have a gap between blades.
Lopper Cutting Mechanism
Ratcheting lopper mechanism
This mechanism works like this – every time you squeeze loppers, they go deeper into the branch but when you let go, they stay like that so you can squeeze again and the blade goes deeper again. So you can cut really thick branches with this mechanism and it’s really easy even a kid can do it because you don’t need a lot of strength to do that. This mechanism also costs more, but it’s worth it, trust me.
Compound Action Loppers
These are simple loppers, you need to fully open blades to get around a branch and then squeeze them together in one step. These loppers are great for small branches or if you are a strong gardener. Also, these are quite cheaper than gear or ratcheting loppers. But the best thing is that these loppers have not many parts to break so it’s possible that Compound Action Loppers will last longer than with a mechanism.
Yep, they have gears and they are awesome. These are my favorite because they are simple but yet works almost as same as ratcheting loppers. You have a huge leverage when you cut with a geared lopper. But be advised – cheaper geared loppers have weak gears who tend to break off. Be careful and I recommend only Fiskars Geared Loppers tho.
Lopper Handle Length
I will tell you a secret – there are loppers with telescoping handles. Yep, that means you can have small loppers to put in your garden bag but when you need a Thor power, you can extend handles and get a grip to cut a tree, not a branch. How cool is that?
Ok, to be more serious here is some useful information – lopper handle lengths vary from 15″ to 35″. The longer handles, the more leverage you will have so also, the longer handles, the easier it will be to cut thicker branches. With top-notch loppers, you can even cut 3-inch branch. But also if you don’t need to cut thick branches, then go for smaller handles, they will be lighter and easier to use. So go take a look at your garden and see if you need really long handle lopper or just simple, short handled lopper. But as I said above, there are also telescoping handles, so if you think that sometimes you will need to get higher and you will need to cut thicker branches, then go for telescoping handles.
Also one of the most important things in loppers. Go for ergonomic handles and with carbon or rubber coating. Fiskars have carbon handles so they are comfortable, durable and easy to clean. Don’t choose foam handles, they are really comfortable, but they will break easily and really fast. If you are going to local market, try loppers in your hand, squeeze them with bare hands and see if you feel comfortable.
Take a look at the handles near the blades, there should be a little rubber bump, which means when you press together handles, your hands can’t touch each other. If your hands touch when fully squeezed lopper, don’t buy them, you will hut yourself. The bumper also absorbs shock from cutting. Really important part of the loppers.