The Best Loppers: Fiskars Bypass Loppers
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
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