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The Best Loppers: Fiskars Bypass Loppers

Updated on May 16, 2015
Fiskars Bypass Loppers in action
Fiskars Bypass Loppers in action

Fiskars Power Lever Bypass Loppers

Every spring means lots of yard work including shaping and thinning out the shrubs, pruning and limbing up trees, cutting out dead and broken branches damaged by the ice and snow, as well as working on a list of new spring projects.

At the top of my project list was building a pen for my daughter's new pygmy goats. The selected area for the new goat pen is towards the back of our property and shaded by mature oaks. Clearing the area meant cutting out lots of small saplings, scrub brush and more than a few brambles.

The Project: Building a new goat penThe Task: Clear a large area of brush and small trees. Prune low, overhanging branches.

The Tool of Choice: Fiskars Power Lever Bypass Loppers

(Photos by the Author)

Fiskars Power-Lever Bypass Loppers

The tool that I selected for the job is the Fiskars Power Lever Bypass Loppers. With jaws that open over 2 inches wide, the Fiskar loppers grabs branches and saplings firmly. Then the hardened steel blade slices cleanly through branches up to 1-5/8" in diameter. The long handles give plenty of reach for thinning out shrubs and limbing up trees, and reaching deep into the brambles for cutting the shoots off at the base.

The geared design of the Fiskar loppers increases the cutting force over the standard single pivot blades, taking some of the work out of pruning thicker branches.

The Fiskars Loppers performed very well. The bypass blades are very sharp and cut cleanly through small saplings with very little effort. The long handles made it easy to make cuts close to the ground without a lot of bending, and the handle length also gave the tool some extra leverage.

At about two pounds, the loppers did not feel heavy even after several hours of clearing brush and trimming branches. The cushioned handle grips are comfortable and slip-free, and the bright orange label helps the tool standout and easy to find when it is inadvertently left on the ground.

The Right Tool for Pruning

Bypass loppers are designed for pruning and cutting live branches. They are not designed to cut deadwood, which is extremely dry and hard and can damage the cutting edge or even bend the blade.For old dead wood, use an anvil style cutter. If you trim a lot of shrubs and trees, you need both a bypass cutter for living branches and an anvil cutter for dead wood.

Special Note: The Fiskars PowerGear Bypass Loppers was awarded the Ease-of-Use Commendation from the Arthritis Foundation

Photos by the Author

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      LynetteBell 5 years ago from Christchurch, New Zealand

      These are always recommended by our radio Gardening Guru

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      rachelscott 5 years ago

      They are very helpful, so i always keep them at home.

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      gatornic15 5 years ago

      I was out trimming one of my bushes and my neighbor saw that I was struggling a bit. He brought me over a pair of the Fiskars Bypass Loppers to use, and boy was it a lifesaver. Blessed

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      bwet 5 years ago

      looks like a very useful too to me. too bad I don't really have a yard

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      beindustrial 5 years ago

      great lens! Your review on Friskar is definitely helpful and accurate. Thumbs up for you!

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      BestForTheMoneyz 5 years ago

      I do actually come from the Land of Fiskars and I have to say it is quality stuff no matter what you get from them ;) A bit pricey at times but it is hard to find better tools and they last for a long long time :). Great Lens

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      Mary Norton 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      You've made this review very interesting.

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      theXodus 5 years ago

      Gotta give you cred, did not think anyone could make an interesting lens of this...

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      neotony 5 years ago

      if you have the right tools, it's so much easier and the task more pleasant.

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      JoshK47 5 years ago

      Looks like a useful tool indeed! Thanks so kindly for sharing - blessed by a SquidAngel!

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      EpicFarms 5 years ago

      I bought a pair of the loppers several years ago - they're great. I really like Fiskars products. Nice lens.

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      Stephanie Tietjen 5 years ago from Albuquerque, New Mexico

      A nice review of a tool I would surely like.

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      Jack 5 years ago

      I use Fiskars pruners and they are the best tools.

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      pawpaw911 5 years ago

      Those look like some nice ones. I like the hand pruners, so I'm sure I would like these also.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Now that is one impressive review of the Fiskers Power Lever Bypass Lopper and as usual you cover every detail including the always frustrating problem of putting a tool down outside and not being able to fine it and Fisker has helped everyone out with that bright orange label of theirs...a label that has come to mean trusted quality to anyone who has used a Fiskers product. That is quite the testimony for its ease of use that it wasn't even tiring to use after several hours at two pounds and I love that you let everyone know that this is the tool for use on live foliage and to go to an anvil style cutter for dead wood. You sure do cover all the details well!