Cutting back and pruning tree branches can be a dangerous task if not armed with the right equipment. Long reach extending tree loppers are the tool of choice for talking those hard to reach branches.
Here I cover both types of extending tree lopper. The telescopic version and the long reach extending pole type lopper.
7 of the best adjustable tree loppers……
We can not find anything to complain about with these reliable from Spear and Jackson.
The build quality is second to none and feature all the things we would expect from a quality garden lopper.
Aluminium handles not only makes this super lightweight at only 1.6kg but also makes these rust free and very strong. Essential if working on a .ladder working. The cutting blade is made from carbon steel with a PTFE coating, again making these very rust resitant.
Maximum cutting length with handles fully extended is 725mm. Priced at £35 – 40
The Spear and Jackson Telescopic Tree lopper is available here from Amazon
Fiskars Large PowerGear Bypass Lopper
At 1.2 kg these lightweight loppers from Fiskars will give you hours of use with little muscle strain.
With the addition of the PowerGear (a bit like a ratchet) cutting through large branches is a breeze.
The orange handles are also a real bonus, making them easier to find in the grass!
Priced between £35 – 40. Available here at Amazon
As a professional gardener I have used this lopper from Wolf Garten for years on an almost a weekly basis and NEVER had a problem with it.
Just attach it to the Vario telescopic extension pole and off you go. To get up to 4m in height it has to be the tallest model I have come across and is available here from Amazon
The unique pulley system makes cutting branches up to 40mm very easy with little effort needed. It also features an adjustable head which can be rotated up to 180 degrees.
The only draw back, and this is minor but prolonged use can get a bit tiring when it is at full extension but then I was using it all day.
Don’t forget to order the Wolf Garten Vario extension pole if you do not already have one.
For those wanting this Wolf Garten pruner there is a lower priced model further down in the list.
This attachment offers all the great build quality and reliability of the professional version above. The only difference being it does not have an adjustment for positioning the cutting head at an angle.
As with the model above you will need to buy a Wolf Garten Vario extension pole to use.
This a well built tool for the price from Draper. We would put this in the occasional use category and at £25-30 excellent value for money
It is easy to control, manoeuvre around and the lightest model to make our list.
The tool will cut up to 30mm branches with the lopper blade, for anything larger there is the saw attachment.
Like the Wolf Garten model, less effort is needed when using the lopper as it features a corded pulley system.
Unlike the Fiskars and Wolf Garten lopper this model does not have an adjustable head to get to those vertically growing branches which can make pruning trees a little more tricky. available here from Amazon
Fiskars Telescopic Universal Anvil Cutter
Fiskars, a name we have all come to recognise as providers of quality, well made garden tools have not disappointed with this model.
The UP86 has a maximum reach of 3.4m fully extended allowing for most tasks a home owner can do before calling out a tree surgeon.
The extending handle is made from aluminium making it lighter than other models to use. The blades are super strong and sharp and can easily cut through branches and growth up to 30mm in diameter. The angled head makes light work of cutting hard to get to branched and vertical growth.
The model is perfect for fruit tree work, tall climbing roses etc. Unlike other models the cord is located inside the handle so there is no getting tied up in metres of cord laying around your feet.
Spear & Jackson W223 Telescopic Tree Lopper and Saw
This is a perfect choice for those that want a tree saw and lopper all in one!.
The model features an extending handle up to 2.3m in height. Carbon steel blade for extended time between sharpening.
The lopper part of the tool will cut branches up to 30mm in diameter whilst the attached 13″ saw will easily cut through larger branches.
This model is built for the occasional home user looking for both saw and lopper in one. Just a small niggle, make sure the bolts are tight and you check them for tightness before use. They can work themselves loose with use but apart from that an excellent tool for the price.
Our best long reach lopper…
Wolf Garten multi-star RC-VM Professional Tree Lopper (closely followed by the Draper 45334)
If your budget allows it will give you years of cutting service without any hassle. Once you have purchased the Vario telescopic handle you can interchange the anvil cutting head with a Wolf Garten saw blade attachment. Infact, they produce a whole range of interchangeable tool heads for the handle. From brooms to hoes, fruit pickers to grubbers. This is truly a well made, fantastically designed garden tool.
There are several tools available to the gardener, professional or amateur that make this task easier without the need to ever get on a ladder. It is much safer to carry out the task of taking out branches and growth from ground level than it is to be balancing up a tall tree on a ladder.
There are two different tools available for tree pruning and trimming. The extending lopper type and pole saws. It is a matter of budget, preference and the size of branches you are going to need to remove that will determine the right tool for the job.
When cutting tree branches overhead do not stand directly under the branch your cutting! I know this sounds a silly comment to point out but you will be surprised how complacent you get with overhead cutters.
Wear safety googles. Could save you a trip to A & E for a scratched retina!
Keep all bolts tightened and keep you blades sharpened. Having super sharp blades will prevent the cutting blade from getting jammed half way through a branch.
When cutting up the branches removed use other tree pruning tools and not your secateurs, you will only damage them on thick material.