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Which Loppers to buy - Experiences please friends.

I have started my search by the above but would really appreciate your feedback on the ones you use or have used.

I have decided on Anvil type.

I will only be using them for large hedges and some small branches on neighbours heavy duty stuff.

1.What make is yours.
2.How long have you had them please.
3.What faults.
4.Can you get replacement blades.
5.Anything else helpfull

Everyone is just trying to be Happy.....So lets help Them.


  • Pete.8Pete.8 Posts: 10,277
    1 Mine are very old Wolf anvil loppers.
    2 20+ years
    3 not very good at lopping, damages the branches
    4 Don't know
    5 Anvil loppers are not of much use - my Wolf bypass loppers are much, much better and they don't crush and damage the branches when using them
    I only use the anvil loppers on dead wood now and would not replace them
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  • Interesting! My husband was pollarding some goat willows with telescopic loppers and they broke. Not that the branches were too big though.
    We have now had to look at getting replacements but he doesn't want to have anvil, he wants the bipass ones. We do need telescopic ones.
    We still have an older pair that we bought from Lidls some years ago and still able to do smaller jobs.
    Still looking at alternatives and the warranty is important. Some only have the 1 year whilst the more expensive ones can be 5 years. Worth the extra cost???
  • ObelixxObelixx Posts: 29,138
    edited January 2021
    I have Wolf Anvil loppers too but don't use them for pruning plants I plan to keep as the anvil action bruises the stems too easily.

    By pass loppers are much better.   Beware of Fiskar extendable loppers as they have great blades but feeble handles.  

    For thicker stems, a good pruning saw is better.  Wolf do one which can be attached to short, medium or long handles depending on how far you need to reach.
    Vendée - 20kms from Atlantic coast.
    "We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing." - George Bernard Shaw
  • TopbirdTopbird Posts: 7,889
    edited January 2021
    I use Wolf by pass loppers. I really don't like anvil loppers / secateurs for anything.

    They are about 10 years old and endure heavy use. They're easy to clean and sharpen and reasonably comfortable to use - although (for a weak shorty like me) they feel quite heavy after extended above head height work.

    The one thing I would like is for them to be extendable - but not if that made them heavier. For high work I use their poles and detachable saw and lopper heads. Unfortunately the only lopper heads they make are anvil ones but the adjustable one is pretty good. Wish it was bypass though...

    I really like Wolf-Garten tools and detachable system - have loads of it. Some of my kit must be at least 20 years old now and I find them strong, sturdy & reliable tools.
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  • ObelixxObelixx Posts: 29,138
    Me [email protected]  Lots of heads and handles here.  Very sturdy kit.
    Vendée - 20kms from Atlantic coast.
    "We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing." - George Bernard Shaw
  • PerkiPerki Posts: 2,366
    I would go with bypass loppers as well, not keen on the anvil type like others have already mentioned why. I use a couple of Draper bypass lopper which I've been using ever since I remember, dad loppers really but still going strong . Do have a few other makes bulldog / spear jackson but always pick up the draper ones . I like wolf tools as well not used the loppers but all the hoes / rakes are great especially with the interchangeable handles .  
  • KT53KT53 Posts: 8,038
    I've got the S&J ratchet loppers shown in the link.  They are extremely sharp but have an odd 'feature' whereby the jaws open to their maximum when you spread the handles.  That's fine if you have a large branch to cut and plenty of room to work in, but can be awkward with smaller branches as you have to operate the handles a couple of times to 'ratchet in' the blade.  I never had that with previous ratchet loppers.
  • I've got bypas but bought in (youthfulish) ignorance. I only seem to use them on 'you've had your day. it's time to go' shrubs.
    A pruning saw is very useful
  • NewBoy2NewBoy2 Posts: 1,813
    Thank you all for your advice so far.

    ?  Any experience of Faithfull loppers please..

    Everyone is just trying to be Happy.....So lets help Them.
  • LTobyLToby Posts: 224
    edited February 2021
    I use Fiskars powergear lopper - strong and adequate to what i do in the garden, excellent and very useful.
    Aberdeenshire, Scotland
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