Long handled loppers are similar to pruners, except they have much longer handles. They are very useful for trimming bushes, cutting down branches of both live and dead wood, and pruning twigs. The extra length offers two major advantages over standard hand pruners. You can reach higher for branches up high, and the longer handles give you more leverage to cut thicker branches.
Despite their simple nature, there are many things to consider when finding a long handled lopper. The type of blades can either be bypass or anvil style. Bypass blades work like scissors with two blades sliding past each other. They make cleaner cuts for live wood, but dead, dry branches have a tendency to get jammed and bend the blades. On the other hand, anvil style uses a single straight blade that cuts into a flat edge. These models are best used on dead wood or making small adjustment trims to live wood. There are also more complex mechanisms that can be included in the lopper. These mechanisms, such as compound action parts, increase the weight of the tool, but also add convenience. Comfortable grip, telescoping handles, and cutting capacity are also key factors to consider.
Table of Contents
- 9. Fiskars 32-Inch PowerGear Bypass Lopper
- 8. Felco 200 A Straight Cutting Head Expert Loppers with Aluminum Tubes
- 7. Fiskars Extendable Handle Lopper with Single Pivot (9166)
- 6. Fiskars PowerGear2 18 Inch Lopper
- 5. Corona FL 3420 Compound Action Anvil Lopper with Fiberglass Handles
- 4. Heavy Duty Ratchet Pruning Anvil Hand Lopper – Light Weight Aluminium Garden Hedge & Tree Lopper
- 3. Corona SL 3264 ComfortGEL Bypass Lopper, 30″ Length
- 2. A.M. Leonard Compound Action Bypass Loppers, 2.125-inch Cutting Capacity
- 1. Felco 30 in. Bypass Lopper
9. Fiskars 32-Inch PowerGear Bypass Lopper
Fiskars doesn’t disappoint with this powerful, and inexpensive hand lopper. It measures 32 inches in length, giving it ample size to cut down branches up to 2 inches in diameter. It also assists in reaching branches higher up with less strain. The extra power it offers is much greater than traditional pruners and loppers can offer, with up to 3 times more cutting power. The patented gear technology multiplies this leverage as well. The fully hardened blade holds up longer, and it is corrosion resistant. The bypass style blade is optimal for clean cuts on living branches.
8. Felco 200 A Straight Cutting Head Expert Loppers with Aluminum Tubes
With a 24 inch overall length, this long handled lopper from Felco gives you a great balance between power and lightweight efficiency. The precision hardened steel blades gives you excellent cutting action. The bypass style blades ensures a clean cut, while the micro-metric head adjustment system gives you a smoother cut over the long term. All of the parts have a lifetime durability guarantee and are replaceable just in case.
7. Fiskars Extendable Handle Lopper with Single Pivot (9166)
If a budget model is something you’re interested in, check out this long handled lopper from Fiskars. It features a fully handled steel blade with a non-stick coating. This lets you cut up to 1.5″ branches with less effort. One of the key features offered by this model is its telescoping handles. It can extend from a modest 24.5″ to 37″, with a twist lock feature to keep it secure. The cushioned grips are safe and comfortable to yield, while the bumper absorbs shock to reduce strain.
6. Fiskars PowerGear2 18 Inch Lopper
If you’re more interested in a moderate sized lopper that offers a similar cutting power as longer handled ones, check out this model from Fiskars. Despite measuring just 18 inches, it gives you up to 3.2 times more power on every single cut when compared to standard hand pruners. It has a max cutting capacity of 1.5 inches, and the bypass style blades make it suitable when cutting live branches.
5. Corona FL 3420 Compound Action Anvil Lopper with Fiberglass Handles
This compound action lopper from Corona uses an anvil blade system, making it useful for various tasks, even if you already own another standard pruner. The anvil mechanism makes it more suitable for precisely cutting and removing dry and woody growth. It also works great for trimming dead wood. The fiberglass handles extend to 24 inches, and the 12 inch non slip foam grips are larger than most other standard ones. This makes it more comfortable to wield and less taxing on your body to operate.
4. Heavy Duty Ratchet Pruning Anvil Hand Lopper – Light Weight Aluminium Garden Hedge & Tree Lopper
With 28 inches in length, this lightweight and effective anvil lopper offers great value for its moderate cost. It offers up to 5 times more power compared to other standard models due to its integrated ratcheting mechanism. The anvil blades makes it great for cutting down dead wood and dry branches, or even prepping larger branches before cutting them with a pair of bypass loppers. The lightweight aluminum body and Teflon coated carbon steel blade are built tough.
3. Corona SL 3264 ComfortGEL Bypass Lopper, 30″ Length
Featuring unique built-in technologies, this long handled bypass lopper is a solid pickup. It uses ComfortGEL grips that are ergonomically shaped for maximum comfort. This improves your control and reduces fatigue as you’re working. The integrated shock-guard bumpers also reduce undue strain. The bypass blades are great at cleanly cutting live growth, while the special coating ensures it stays sharp over the long term. It has a 1-1/2 inch cutting capacity, and the 25 inch handles provide the bulk of that strength.
2. A.M. Leonard Compound Action Bypass Loppers, 2.125-inch Cutting Capacity
Delivering high capacity and intuitive design, this lopper from A.M. Leonard is excellent for its cost. The light weight nature reduces arm fatigue, allowing you to get in more cuts, faster. The high carbon heat treated blade gives stronger, and cleaner cutting performance. It can handle branches up to 2-1/8″, and the longer handles improves its overall leverage for tough cuts. The tubular aluminum handles contribute to its lightweight design. It uses a compound action mechanism, making cuts smoother.
1. Felco 30 in. Bypass Lopper
With simplicity at the helm, this long handled lopper from Felco is a strong choice. It has 33 inches in overall length, with 30 inch handles. The longer handles give you the leverage required to make clean cuts on branches up to 2 inches in diameter. The blades are replaceable, but are guaranteed for lifetime use. It weighs just 4.5 pounds, which makes it fairly lightweight and accessible for any consumer.