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.
Updated for 2019 a list has two new entries. The Gardena StarCut 410 and the Wilkinson Sword 1111163W branch cutter.
7 of the best telescopic tree loppers……
Wilkinson Sword 1111163W Ultra Light Tree Pruner
Coming in at just under 1Kg this is the lightest long tree pruner we have come across. However it’s total length is 1.6m (+ user). If your not looking to prune anything over this height it’s a fabulous tool.
- 25mm cutting diameter
- 10 Year Guarantee (we love this)
- 160cm reach
- Tough SK5 Japanese non stick steel blade
- Bypass pruning action
We think this is excellent value for money. Priced between £40 – 50 it is available here from 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 UPX86 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 UPX86 has a whopping reach of 4m fully extended allowing for most tasks a home owner can do before calling out a tree surgeon. Add 4m to your own reach and it’s possible to reach 6m with this model
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.