Loppers Test

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In this category we have 2 test winners: the GRÜNTEK - Telescopic ByPass Loppers Lopping shear XT and the Siena Garden - Pro Alu Bypass Lopper telescoped: Both have sharp blades and a good grip when working. Our favourites with the test grade 8.7/10!

We tested 4 loppers and paid special attention to the handling and cutting quality.

Loppers are great helpers in the garden! Whether for the rough cut or the plant care, especially the models with telescopic function facilitate your work enormously.

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last modified: 30.10.2019, 14:55
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Our winner: Siena Garden Pro Alu Bypass Lopper telescoped Our winner: GRÜNTEK Telescopic ByPass Loppers Lopping shear XT WOLF Garten Power Cut Telescopic Anvil Loppers Review Gardena TeleCut 650-900 B Pruning Lopper Review

Siena Garden Pro Alu Bypass Lopper telescoped

GRÜNTEK Telescopic ByPass Loppers Lopping shear XT

WOLF Garten Power Cut Telescopic Anvil Loppers

Gardena TeleCut 650-900 B Pruning Lopper

Test seal: Siena Garden Pro Alu Bypass Lopper telescoped, Rating 1.9
Test seal: GRÜNTEK Telescopic ByPass Loppers Lopping shear XT, Rating 1.9
Test seal: WOLF Garten Power Cut Telescopic Anvil Loppers, Rating 2.4
Test seal: Gardena TeleCut 650-900 B Pruning Lopper, Rating 2.9
  • Good cutting power
  • Sharp blade
  • A ribbed lower blade that holds the branch well
  • Ribbed lower blade for good grip
  • Rubberized handles
  • Sharp upper blade
  • Anti-slip handles
  • 6 telescopic lengths
  • Sharp blade
  • Rubber stopper that ensures gentle closing
  • High weight
  • High weight
  • Loud squeaking during cutting
  • No blade protection
  • The principle of the measuring off crushes the branches
  • No rubber grips
  • No leverage ratio

A great loppers that is well equipped and user-friendly.

Good blades and rubberized handles make handling easier, but they squeak quite loudly during use.

The branch shears are well-equipped scissors that can easily take on coarse branches.

Mainly suitable for thinner branches, but cuts them cleanly and with little damage to the plants.

Weight
Safety
Cut quality
Handling
Height 68 cm 69 cm 68 cm 65 cm
Width 24 cm 26 cm 23 cm 22 cm
Depth 4 cm 4 cm 4 cm 4 cm
Weight 1605 g 1620 g 1543 g 1325 g
Opening angle Approx. 100 degrees Approx. 100 degrees Approx. 130 degrees Approx. 90 degrees
Cut surface 8 cm 9 cm 7.5 cm 5 cm
Maximal length of lever arm 82 cm 75 cm 75 cm 75 cm
Minimal length of lever arm 43 cm 49 cm 50 cm 50 cm
Additional warranty No information 2 years 10 years 25 years
Material Aluminium Aluminium Aluminium Aluminium
Material blade Steel Carbon steel Steel Carbon steel
Blade type Bypass blade Bypass blade Anvil Bypass blade
Upper blade Sharpened on one side Sharpened on one side Sharpened on one side Sharpened on one side
Lower blade Grooved, glides by Grooved, glides by Unsharpened metal plate on which the upper blade is placed Not sharpened, glides by
Anti adhesive blade Yes Yes Yes Yes
Replaceable blade Yes Yes Yes No
Blade protection No No No No
Ratchet technique No No No No
Telescope function Yes Yes Yes Yes
Rubberized handles Yes, complete coating Yes, externally Yes, externally No
Plant damage Slight cracks Slight cracks Severe bruising Barely damaged
Packaging Appealing and small Appealing and small Appealing and small Appealing and small
Quality of instructions Illustrated sign, sufficient Illustrated sign, sufficient Illustrated sign, sufficient Illustrated sign, sufficient
Manual language GER, mainly described with pictograms GER, GB GER, GB, NL GER, mainly described with pictograms
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Tested products

1st place: Siena Garden Pro Alu Bypass Lopper telescoped

Test seal: Siena Garden Pro Alu Bypass Lopper telescoped, Rating good

The Siena Garden -Pro Alu Bypass Lopper telescoped Pro Alu Bypass Branch Shears is well suited for the garden and different branches. Even harder wood can be cut well and the transmission, as well as the telescopic arms, are very helpful. Also, the rubber coating is very pleasant, because it is not only on one side of the handle, but encloses the complete hand part. This prevents it from slipping off quickly. However, the weight of over 1.5 kg is negative. If you work a lot in heights, the loppers is a bit heavy in the long run.

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GRÜNTEK Telescopic ByPass Loppers Lopping shear XT - thumbnail Test seal: GRÜNTEK Telescopic ByPass Loppers Lopping shear XT, Rating good

2nd place: GRÜNTEK Telescopic ByPass Loppers Lopping shear XT

The GRÜNTEK - Telescopic ByPass Loppers Lopping shear XT is a great loppers that can easily cut even harder and thicker wood. The handles are good and have a good grip and can be extended individually as desired using the telescopic function. The cuts are almost clean and there is hardly any damage to the plants. One disadvantage is that the scissors squeak very loudly and become louder even with thin branches. Also, the weight is quite high with 1.6 kg. Otherwise, the scissors are well suited for gardening.

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WOLF Garten Power Cut Telescopic Anvil Loppers - thumbnail Test seal: WOLF Garten Power Cut Telescopic Anvil Loppers, Rating good

3rd place: WOLF Garten Power Cut Telescopic Anvil Loppers

The WOLF Garten - Power Cut Telescopic Anvil Loppers is an easy to use loppers. The transmission is easy and saves power and the rubber handles provide a good grip. The telescopic arms help you to get the power transmission or to reach more distant branches. The anvil principle tempts the scissors to squeeze the branches and the bark is pressed a little. Otherwise, the cut is clean and smooth.

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Gardena TeleCut 650-900 B Pruning Lopper - thumbnail Test seal: Gardena TeleCut 650-900 B Pruning Lopper, Rating satisfactory

4th place: Gardena TeleCut 650-900 B Pruning Lopper

The Gardena - TeleCut 650-900 B Pruning Lopper is especially suitable for thin branches. Thicker branches require more force, as these scissors have no power transmission. Since the scissors have no grooves and are based on the bypass principle, there are few injuries to the plant. On the other hand, the grip is not so good and the branch slips a bit. In summary, it can be said that the loppers are especially suitable for thinner branches up to 2 cm and can be used with a lot of force. The plants are well protected with these loppers.

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Siena Garden - Pro Alu Bypass Lopper telescoped

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  • Regular use of oil ensures better cuts
  • After use, remove the plant remains and wipe the blades with a clean damp cloth
  • Storage should be dry and protected. Otherwise, the tool will suffer
  • Who wants to cut on a ladder should be absolutely sure that the ladder stands safe!
  • Anvil shears are more suitable for dry wood, bypass shears for fresh and fresh wood
 

In the run-up to the test, we defined practical requirements and the following test criteria:

  • Cutting force
  • Cut cleanliness
  • Handling
  • Plant protection

In order to be able to evaluate these criteria, we have defined several tests for the loppers.

If you want to work in the garden and prune your trees and shrubs, you should give some thought to the choice of loppers. Depending on whether roses are to be pruned or whether some branches of a fruit tree have to be removed from the trunk, one pair of loppers may be better than the other. But what are loppers and why is the type of shears decisive for the cutting results?
First of all, a lopper is designed for pruning trees and bushes.

With them, it is possible to cut branches up to 8 cm in diameter. The loppers consist of two handles, which are usually about 50 cm to 65 cm long. In addition to conventional loppers , versions with telescopic poles are also available. These can be extended to a length of up to two metres and function with a rope pull system. The cutting edge is placed against the branch and operated with a rope to cut the branch. This type of loppers is also called caterpillar shears. The next smaller garden tool after the loppers is the grape pruning shears. This is used for finer work, such as pruning vines.

In order to find the right scissors for the intended work, it makes sense to obtain some information in advance. You can either seek advice from an expert or an experienced gardener or alternatively take courses on how to use loppers correctly. Such courses are offered by adult education centres as well as by allotment garden associations and the nature conservation association. With the right knowledge and the right loppers, pruning can help plants to grow instead of causing unnecessary damage to wood and bark.

Before buying loppers, several aspects should be considered. These include not only the type of blade and the maximum working height but also the workmanship, ergonomics and power transmission. Price and purpose also play an important role in the purchase decision.

A distinction is made between the anvil and bypass scissors for the type of blade. Depending on the intended use, both variants offer advantages and disadvantages. If living wood is to be processed, it is more advisable to use bypass lopping shears. This cuts more precisely and thus prevents unnecessary injuries to the tree bark. If dead and dry wood is to be cut, anvil branch shears are the best choice.

Although this is less precise when it comes to cutting, it also requires less force, which in turn makes working more pleasant. Furthermore, you should make sure that the chosen model is long enough for the desired working height. If bushes or trees are very strongly branched, a model that can be extended by up to 60 cm up to 100 cm is most useful. Another purchase criterion is that the scissors can cut branches up to 6 cm in diameter. A saw is often more suitable for thicker branches.

The shape of the handle is also an aspect that should not be underestimated. Ergonomic handles can make work much easier by facilitating continuous use. This also means that the user is less likely to draw blisters on his hands. However, ergonomic handles are usually only designed for normal-sized hands. In the case of very small or very large hands, they can even be a disadvantage.

In this case, loppers with neutral handles are often the better choice.

A reliably functioning locking mechanism is of great relevance with telescopic loppers. After all, the loppers should remain adjusted to a certain length and should not come loose again directly on their own. Unfortunately, it is not uncommon for models that are very low in the price range to fail due to this fixing of the length.

When buying, the material should not be ignored. Most loppers are made of aluminium or fibreglass. The latter is a lighter material made of aluminium. However, scissors made of fibreglass are usually also the more expensive variant. However, the difference in the material has no effect on the durability of the loppers anyway and the weight savings are also limited. Telescopic shears made of aluminium do not weigh more than 2 kg.

Branch shears are divided into two categories according to how they work: Anvil shears and bypass shears. Which of these is most suitable for your own use depends on which work you want to do.

Anvil shears are more suitable for dry wood, bypass shears are more suitable for fresh and moist wood

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Bypass shears

The bypass lopping shears separate branches from the trunk by sliding their two, mostly curved blades past each other. The way it works is the same as with a normal household or handicrafts shear. This enables a very smooth and precise cut that does not fray. In this way, the bark is usually only slightly damaged and the wound can heal more quickly. Thus, fewer fungi or germs can settle, which would damage the tree. However, these loppers require more force than anvil pruning shears. However, the amount of force required again depends on the length of the handle and the associated leverage effect.

If a plant or branch is to be cut as little as possible, the bypass shears are ideal. Precise pruning is particularly important, for example, for shape and yield pruning. These scissors are therefore ideally suited for cutting roses, woods and greenwood.

The bark is hardly damaged
The bark is hardly damaged

Anvil shears

The anvil lopping shears function according to a completely different principle. It has only one blade, which hits a smooth or ribbed surface when the handles are pressed together. This surface is called an anvil and gives this type of scissors its name. Depending on the model, the anvil is made of either plastic or metal. In any case, the material of the anvil is softer than that from which the blade is made.

The blade is usually made of hardenable carbon or chrome steels, whereas the anvil is made of plastic, aluminium, zinc, brass or bronze alloys. When working with anvil pruning shears, less force is required than with bypass pruning shears. Cutting thicker branches is therefore also a minor problem. However, it must be said that the interfaces are much less clean than with the bypass lopping shears.

This is mainly due to the fact that the cut material is squeezed during cutting. This type of shears is therefore mainly suitable for coarser cutting work, where precision is not so important anyway. Coarse branches are therefore easier to cut with anvil branch shears. As already mentioned, it squeezes the bark very strongly, in contrast to the bypass lopping shears. Anvil lopping shears should, therefore, be used for dead wood, where injuries to the bark no longer play a role anyway.

Branches are crushed quickly
Branches are crushed quickly

Ratchet and gear cutting heads are an additional benefit. These have additional auxiliary mechanisms which improve the power transmission and thus facilitate the work. The ratchet mechanism reduces the amount of force required for cutting by using the lever-action several times. Repeated opening and closing of the scissor handles pushes the blade step by step through the wood.

Depending on the type of loppers there are of course advantages and disadvantages for each category. The anvil pruning shears have a very strong power transmission, which simplifies the handling considerably. This aspect means that a lower hand force is necessary to cut even thicker branches with this pressing cut. Since comparatively little force is required during work, working with these scissors is more gentle on the user's hands and wrists.

In addition, they are more robust than bypass branch shears and cannot tilt. This is mainly due to the fact that the blade hits an anvil made of metal or plastic instead of two blades sliding past each other. So it doesn't make much difference to the cutting behaviour of anvil scissors if the blade swerves slightly to the left or right. If the blade hits the anvil with a positive fit, the material to be cut or the branch is cut through.

A disadvantage, however, is that the cutting surface is less precise than with bypass branch shears. Unfortunately, this results in the bark being crushed more severely and thus damaged. As a result, the cut is less clean and the frayed cut easily forms an attack surface on which fungi or germs can accumulate, which can damage the cut plant. They are therefore more suitable for dry and hardwood than for pruning living bushes or trees.

The bypass pruning shears, on the other hand, have two curved blades that pass each other for a more precise and cleaner cut. Harmful germs are thus offered less surface to attack and mushrooms also have worse chances of settling on the interface. Since the head of these loppers is narrower than that of anvil shears, a cut can be made very close to the trunk. They are therefore better suited for pruning woody plants.

In contrast to anvil pruning shears, the bark is not crushed and thus not significantly damaged. Wound healing takes place faster, as cutting is usually more gentle on the plant than with anvil lopping shears. One disadvantage of the bypass lopping shears is the amount of force required. This is higher than with anvil shears, which makes longer work more strenuous for the user of the loppers.

Trimming shrubs and trees can be very exhausting for the user of a loppers. A variety of techniques are available to reduce the amount of effort required for longer pruning operations. For example, gear or lever ratios can save power, while additional buffers cushion the impact during cutting. Even long scissor arms offer several advantages.

Not only do they increase the leverage effect with increasing length, but they also enable a longer reach at the same time. In order to reach even higher branches, models with a telescopic function can be used. In addition, most loppers have a form of transmission. This is also known as the gear. The arms open very wide so that the force required for cutting is distributed over a longer distance. This makes the work even easier.

The telescope function provides good leverage
The telescope function provides good leverage

The ratchet shears mentioned above have a built-in step mechanism. The branches are separated from the trunk by being crushed several times by the blade. This happens because the blades of the scissors work their way slowly through the wood by opening and closing them several times. This means that even thicker branches can be cut with relatively little force.

As useful as energy-saving techniques may be, they all have one disadvantage in common: The opening angle of the arms becomes very large with every technique, which makes handling more bulky. A certain amount of freedom of movement must, therefore, be taken into account when working with energy-saving techniques. Shorter loppers are therefore more advantageous for branches standing close together.

Whoever wants to cut on a ladder should be absolutely sure that the ladder stands securely!

When you buy a ladder, you should, therefore, pay attention to how much space the open scissors would take up in order to be able to estimate the freedom of movement to some extent.

If a suitable pruning shear has been found, taking into account the various purchase criteria and the intended use, some care instructions should be observed. In this way, the user will retain his new achievement for as long as possible.

Uncleanliness should be removed directly
Uncleanliness should be removed directly

An important aspect of proper care is cleaning the loppers. Ideally, it should be cleaned after each use. It is often sufficient to clean the blades with a damp and clean cloth and then rub them with a few drops of oil. This procedure should prevent sticky plant juices and resins from drying on the blades.

When dried, these substances are even more difficult to remove. If there are still adhesions, a treatment with warm soapy water usually helps. After the blades have been inserted for a few minutes, the softened residues can be removed better. If these are very stubborn, the blades can also be carefully polished with steel wool.

However, it is very important that the cutting edges are not scratched. This would considerably impair the sharpness of the loppers, which inevitably leads to poorer cutting results and greater effort when cutting. Last but not least, the oil should be applied again to prevent rust. Cleaning coated blades is usually easier, as hardly any residue adheres to the coating from the outset. Nevertheless, the cleaning of uncoated blades is usually quite uncomplicated.

Since loppers wear over time depending on the frequency of use and the quality of the blades, it is not only cleaning that is important. Sharpening of the blades is also necessary from a certain point in time. When this point is reached, one usually notices that the cutting is more difficult than at the beginning and also the cutting edges look correspondingly worse. The blades can be sharpened with a whetstone. It is best to sharpen the scissors after each use, but caution is advised. Since the curved blades of the bypass lopping shears make it more difficult for a layman to grind them, a specialist should be consulted.

If he does the sharpening properly, the risk of an inexperienced user damaging the blades during the sharpening process is minimised from the outset. A failed grinding attempt would be devastating, especially with bypass branch shears, as the blades might be bent and can no longer slide past each other. This would render the blades and thus also the loppers useless.

After successful sharpening, oil is used again, which is distributed on the blade. The oiling not only protects against rust but also makes the joints smoother again. Afterwards, the work should be possible again with a smaller expenditure of force and also the sectional view should have improved accordingly again. After all, the blades should now glide better through the wood again. When working for longer periods, a few drops of oil can be applied in between. It is possible to either drip or spray the oil onto the blades.

Tip: Regular oiling leads to better cuts

In general, it can be said that blades made of higher quality material usually have a longer service life. Here it makes sense not to save at the wrong end.

Should the blades nevertheless have to be replaced at some point, this should not be a problem with higher quality loppers. As a rule, manufacturers offer replacement blades so that a blunt pruning shear does not have to be disposed of for a long time.

When storing loppers, care must be taken to ensure that they are not stored in a damp place. Dry storage is a prerequisite for preventing rust. This would not only have a negative effect on the cutting properties of the loppers but would also shorten the service life of the loppers enormously.

Of course, it should also be stored out of the reach of children in order to reduce the risk of unnecessary injuries.

In summary, according to an evaluation of loppers carried out by Stiftung Warentest, branded equipment is the better choice in terms of quality and working comfort. Eleven bypass and anvil pruning shears were tested. In the case of the bypass branch shears, which function like classic scissors, Stiftung Warentest appointed branch shears from the manufacturers Fiskars, Gardena and Siena Garden to be the winners. The PowerGear LX94 from Fiskars is characterized by a precise and very clean cut and therefore came in first. It is about 50 € in the purchase. The second place Classic 680 B by Gardena is about 20 € and the third place went to the Premium Bypass pruning shears by Siena Garden, in which the customer has to invest about 30 €.

In the case of the anvil pruning shears, the 4270 pruning shears from Berger emerged as the clear winner. Although it does not have an engageable transmission, the cut is surprisingly clean. The second-placed PowerGearX LX99-L from Fiskars has a purchase price of around 55€ and has a gear mechanism that allows it to cut a good three times as much. The Power Cut RS 750 comes from Wolf Garten and can be purchased as the third best product for about 35€.

In addition to Stiftung Warentest, the magazine "Markt" produced by Norddeutscher Rundfunk (NDR) also conducted a practical test of bypass shears. Some products from the manufacturers Kreator, Gardena, Fiskars and Florabest were compared. In addition to the prices, the weight of the scissors and the cross-section of the various pruning shears were also compared. The telescopic bypass pruning shears from the manufacturer Florabest, which are available from the discount company Lidl, were in the cheapest price segment with just under 10 €. However, this was with 1.717 gram also the heaviest under the tested articles. Besides the Schnittergebnis left unfortunately also very to be desired.

To criticize was here that the branches are strongly squeezed, which is actually the rule with anvil branch shears, but evenly not with bypass shears. This also results in damage to the bark at the interface. A small plus point is the accompanying transport cover, which prevents the scissors from opening independently during transport.

The KRTGR4023 costs a little more with a little more than 30 €, but weighs 1,375 grams less than the Florabest product. But there are also some weak points here. For example, the scissors open automatically during transport and are relatively stiff, which makes it necessary to use more force for longer periods of work. However, the cut pattern is very good for all tested branch strengths. The SmartFit L86, made by Fiskars, is the most expensive of the models tested here at just 45 €. But the low weight of 1,223 grams and the easy handling speak for these loppers. Also the large cut surface is not to be despised. It should also be mentioned, however, that branches with a diameter of more than 3.5 cm will be somewhat unclean.

The Comfort 650 BT telescope from Gardena, which is a bit cheaper at around 40 €, has the lowest weight of all the loppers compared. It weighs just 1,501 grams. In addition, the operation is very easy. Not least because the handles ensure a secure and good hold. Here, too, there is a large cutting surface. Unfortunately, the cut pattern becomes increasingly unclean for branches with a diameter of more than 3.5 cm.

The testers of Stiftung Warentest advise against cheap DIY or no-name products from the supermarket. They justify this recommendation with the fact that such loppers often have relatively stiff joints and are made of inferior material. In addition, the workmanship is often of poor quality. They, therefore, recommend that you invest at least €40 in a qualitatively acceptable loppers.

Products from brand manufacturers such as Gardena, Wolf Garten and Fiskars usually testify to high quality. But even lesser-known brands sometimes offer very high-quality loppers. Thus the products of Berger, Conflor and Master are usually also extremely well processed and very pleasant and uncomplicated to handle. For anvil scissors, LÖWE products are still highly recommended. LÖWE not only developed and manufactured the first anvil shears but is still the world market leader in anvil shears for horticulture, fruit growing and viticulture. In addition, the company offers anvil shears for use in industry and trade.

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