With the weather finally looking like summer is here, we bet you can’t wait to spend some quality time in your garden entertaining, relaxing, or doing some much-needed gardening. You may already have the best electric weed wacker, and you’ve likely put the finishing touches to your backyard decor with potting benches, but what good’s a garden if the surrounding trees are unruly? To keep the shrubbery and spindly branches at bay, you need the best loppers you can find, and deep in the dense bush, we’ve got just that.
Much like the top pruning shears and other garden essentials, tree loppers are the key to becoming a successful gardener. If you want to welcome your friends and family into a garden that will have them stop and admire, then investing in quality loppers is the best place to start, so grab your gardening gloves and don’t forget your hat, let’s check them out.
The Best Lopper
Our top pick for the best loppers you can get for gardeners both new and experienced at the Fiskars 28 Inch Bypass Lopper. The length is ideal for reaching tricky tall branches, but are still manageable for when you’re working closer to head height.
The fully hardened and precision-ground blade is tough and durable and stays sharp regardless as you trim your (and any overhanging neighbors’) trees throughout the summer months. They trim through branches like butter without requiring much force and this makes them ideal for tackling more stubborn branches you may otherwise need to leave alone.
Fully hardened blade
Cuts up to 1-1/2 inch diameter
- Weight2.4 pounds
The Corona ComfortGEL Bypass Lopper is another set that comes at a superb price and guarantees both comfort and performance for you to ensure your garden remains pristine all summer long. The 30-inch handles allow you to reach those difficult upper areas, and the dual arc blade design ensures top-quality cutting through branches of 1-1/2 inch diameter.
The non stick blades prevent gumming and the special coating reduces the risk of rusting and keeps the blades sharp much longer than other, cheaper, and lower quality options. On days where you’ll be pruning, shearing, and lopping from sunrise to sunset, the ergonomic handles are a lifesaver and its integrated shock guard feature prevent fatigue and cramping, allowing you to get the job done faster so you can enjoy a well-deserved beer.
Ergonomically shaped grips
Integrated shock guard
1-1/2 inch cutting capacity
Dual arc blade design
- ModelSL 3264
- Weight3.3 pounds
If you’re looking for a lopper that will allow you to reach for the skies (or the tallest branch), the Spear & Jackson Razorsharp Telescopic Ratchet Anvil Loppers are perfect. The heavy duty design ensures long life, but they’re still light enough for all day use without feeling the burn once you’ve finished.
It’s lasting sharpness also contributes to longevity and while they’re a little more expensive than other loppers, they mean business, built to last so you need not replace them as often as the cheaper models. They’re also some of the safest we’ve come across, with non-slip grip and a safety locking catch to protect your (and other) fingers when they’re not in use.
Lightweight but strong
Safe locking catch
2 inch cutting capacity
- BrandSpear & Jackson
- Weight4.17 pounds
Shifting in the other direction, the TABOR TOOLS 20-Inch Bypass Mini Lopper are the best loppers you’ll find if you’re focusing on value. They’re smaller than our other picks, but this doesn’t mean they’re any less effective, even if they’re not ideal for thicker, tougher trees or bushes.
For more delicate jobs that require better precision, there’s nothing better around for such an excellent price. They are tough but also lightweight, and the rubberized grip provides optimal comfort you can’t always get from their larger counterparts. The blade is also sharp, and its not-stick properties keep it working hard throughout the day without losing effectiveness.
Cuts 1 inch diameter branches
Comfortable rubberized grips
Non-stick blade coating
- BrandTABOR TOOLS
- Weight1.95 pounds
For anyone dreaming of a better gardening world, the Utopia Home Premium Garden Lopper will transport you into a reality where you never need to struggle with chopping or lopping ever again. They are durable and long-lasting, with high carbon steel blades that resist rust and provide a long lasting sharpness for complete satisfaction.
There’s more to them than just quality performance, though. At 26 inches, you can reach elusive branches while still keeping control, and the TPR grips help to deliver spectacular comfort during long days in the yard. This quality makes them perfect for both hobbyist and professional gardeners, giving you something to rely on. The shock absorbing function also protects your wrists when tackling tougher branches.
Fully hardened steel blade
Cuts 2 inch blade
- BrandUtopia Home
- Weight1.9 pounds
For much tougher jobs both at home and at work, the Fiskars 32 Inch PowerGear2 Bypass Lopper should be high on everyone’s list of options to think about. They can cut through 2 inch branches with ease, giving you a one of the smoothest cutting experiences around that will make you never want to look back.
This is made possible through modified gears and a cam mechanism that optimizes and enhances cutting power and control like you never thought possible. It gives you 3 times more cutting power, with superb leverage and the easiest day in the garden you’ve ever had.
Cut 2 inch thick branches
Modified gears and cam mechanism
Optimized cutting power
Rust and gumming resistant
3x more cutting power
- Weight3.85 pounds
The MTOOLS Easy Cut Ratcheting Extendable Bypass Loppers provides an unprecedented amount of power for all your lopping needs. It’s particularly effective against thick branches and with a 1-3/4 inch cutting capacity, there are few issues you won’t be able to overcome.
With it, you’ll never need to pull out the chainsaw again, as the leverage is very much out of this world and this is complemented by an unbeatable ratcheting system. However, while you may expect this to cost you the big bucks, you can think again, and while it’s a little pricier than other options, it’s not the most expensive we’ve selected.
Unbeatable ratcheting mechanism
1-3/4 inch cutting capacity
Non slip grips
- Weight3.6 pounds
For the true pros around us, the TABOR TOOLS Compound Action Anvil Lopper is our premium choice that will end your search for the finest garden loppers ever created. The hardened steel blade is no nonsense and provides straightforward, simple, and speedy lopping like you’ve never lopped before.
They’re also comfortable, while also providing extra leverage for more demanding, um, demands. If you’ve got a large yard, you don’t want to invest in something that will cramp you from head to toe, and these deliver time and time again to ensure your next pruning experience is the best one yet. The blade is low friction, and its 2 inch cutting capacity means there are few, if any branches you can’t overcome.
Hardened steel blade
Fast and easy use
Free pruning tips included
Low-friction, non-stick coating
2 inch cutting capacity
- BrandTABOR TOOLS
- Weight3.68 pounds
With a durable fiberglass handle, the Corona Compound Action 32 Inch Anvil Lopper comes with a reliable mechanism ideal for thick, hardwood trees and branches and ensures you can keep your garden looking just like the brochures you’ve based it on.
The non-slip foam grip gives you better purchase and enhances leverage while also ensuring excellent power, even if it may creak and groan if you try to cut anything thicker than the recommended 1-1/2 inches. The non-stick coating on the blades also prevents gumming, especially when working through fibrous material or wet wood, and this ensures the performance remains at the highest quality throughout.
Durable fiberglass handle
Non slip foam grip
1-1/2 inch cutting capacity
Non stick coating
- ModelFL 3420
- Weight2.67 pounds
Our final pick of the finest tree pruning tools is the KSEIBI Extendable Anvil Razor Pruning Lopper which comes complete with a mighty Teflon blade and extendable handles to give you total control over any and all branches in your garden, or anyone’s, for that matter.
These loppers combine sturdiness and reliability with a comfortable lightweight construction, and the 2 inch cutting capability means you can easily dispose with more stubborn and awkward branches that smaller loppers would struggle with. They’re also versatile, giving you more options than simply chopping tree branches and you can work through pesky bushes closer to ground-level with ease, too.
Non-stick Teflon blade
Maintenance brochure included
Sturdy and lightweight
2 inch cutting capacity
- Weight3.35 pounds
Looper Buying Guide & FAQ
How We Chose Our Selection Of The Best Loppers
To ensure we selected the very best of loppers on the market, we considered these 3 important factors.
Price - We want to find as wide a range of prices as possible to appeal to both hobbyists and those who need more heavy duty products for professional jobs. At the same time, though, we also strive to ensure affordability. This is why you won’t see anything too cheap (and therefore possibly low-quality), but also nothing too expensive that it prices even the most passionate gardeners out of a purchase.
Brand - Brands matter. Like the price, they are the best indication of quality and the best brands strive to provide you with the best products they can to inspire brand loyalty. We dove deep into gardening tool brands to find the most famous and most reliable companies around. While there may be a few repeats, we also tried to find as wide a range of brands as we could while still maintaining quality.
Reviews - Lopper reviews are great for helping us understand how effective the products are after 1 month, 2 months, 6 months, a year, and beyond. We don’t have the time to test these products over a long stretch properly, so reading reviews to tell us how durable they are and how sharp they stay is crucial for ensuring we pick only the best options for you.
Features To Look For In Loppers
Before making your final decision about which of the best loppers are the best ones for you, make sure you think about these key features that be the difference between a decent lopping experience and the best darn lopping bonanza you ever witnessed.
Type of Blade - The type of blade you find will depend on the wood you are cutting. This could be dead wood, wet wood, dry wood, and even fibrous materials. Some blades are versatile enough to cope easily with multiple types of wood, but others, such as bypass blades, are only suitable for live wood. Likewise, anvil blades are more likely to crush live wood, and are better suited for deadwood cutting.
Blade Quality - A high quality blade can be the difference between successful lopping and stressful lopping. With the right blade, you’ll be able to easily slide through tough, thick branches with ease, whereas a low-quality blade will struggle to trim the thinnest and most pathetic twigs. Precision ground hardened carbon steel is one of the best blades you can get, so look for something of that ilk.
Cutting Mechanism - The cutting mechanism will also determine how easy it is for you to cut the wood. A ratchet mechanism requires less power, which is ideal if you’re working all day long. Conversely, power gear loppers are easier to use compared to ratchets as they are likely what you are used to so there’s less of a learning curve. They are also more versatile and are often available in both bypass and anvil styles.
Handle Length - How high or low is the tree you need to trim? The handle length can affect your reach and whether you need to bring out the ladders. Longer handles might be more difficult to control, but they give you a greater range of cutting potential. Some products have extendable handles, which is useful if you’re working in several environments with different needs.
Grip and Weight - A comfortable grip and lightweight design is essential for saving your arms from fatigue during long lopping sessions. You loppers should be easy to grip and light, but not too light they can’t deliver the right amount of power. If you’re buying for others, consider how well they’ll get on with the loppers you have in mind instead of how you would manage.
Replacement Parts Availability - Breakages and parts damage isn’t ideal but sometimes it can’t be helped. The availability of replacement parts is a great compromise that saves you buying another pair of loppers. If you can find replacement blades and gear mechanisms, you’ll save money and time in the long run which is especially useful if you’re a professional.
Q: What are loppers used for?
A: Gardeners, both professional, hobbyist, and at-home-because-you’ve-got-to use loppers to trim and cut branches to prevent overhanging and general messiness. They work a lot like pruning shears but on a larger scale and the best loppers can cut branches that are as wide as 2 inches in diameter.
There are also smaller models ideal for more precise gardening, but these are not always ideal for bigger jobs. Typically, you’ll see gardeners using loppers to clear away branches and keep the yard tidy, especially during summer where plants grow quicker.
Q: How to sharpen loppers?
A: Even if your loppers are top quality, the blade will still dull after a while. If you don’t want to spend money on a new set, you can sharpen the blade instead for an easy and economic alternative. It’s easy enough to sharpen the blade if you know what you’re doing.
- Clean the blade in warm water and soap
- Secure the blade in a vise with the sharp end pointing away from you
- File the blade edge at a small angle until you achieve desired sharpness
- Remove the ‘foil’, which is a thin string of metal across the blade
Remember to only sharpen the top blade, as the blunt lower blade is not meant to be sharp.
Q: How to repair loppers?
A: If you ever need to repair your loppers, you can take them apart and fix the appropriate replacement parts in place of the damaged ones. However, take care doing this, as you don’t want to reattach everything incorrectly so take a picture with each stage to ensure you get it right when putting it back together.
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