Long Reach Pruner & Extending Tree Loppers. 90cm – 4 metre

long reach extending tree loppers and pruners
Long Reach Extending Tree Loppers – Pruners

Cutting back and pruning tree branches, clematis, wisteria and roses can be a dangerous task if not armed with the right long reach pruner (or long handled secateurs if you prefer the phrase)

Long reach pruners and extending tree loppers are the hand tool of choice for talking those hard to reach thicker branches, stems & foliage.

Here I cover both types of extending tree lopper. The telescopic pruner (long handled secateurs) and the long reach extending pole type lopper. The search is over..

Updated for 2020 are two new long reach pruners. The Gardena StarCut 410 long reach pruner and the Wilkinson Sword 1111163W long reach pruner.


Spear & Jackson 80cm Long Reach Pruner

Wilkinson Sword 1.6 metre Long Reach Pruner


Fiskars SmartFit L86 Telescopic Long Reach Pruner

Reaching those tall shrub or low hanging tree branches is easy with the Fiskars L86 long reach pruner due to it extended reach of 90cm.

What I really love about these long reach loppers is the telescopic mechanism. It is a slide and lock system. I have never got along with telescopic pruners that you turn and twist the handle to lock.

Pros

  • 90cm Long reach
  • Lightweight – 1.24Kg
  • Rust free stainless steel
  • Non stick blade coating
  • Orange handle makes easy to find in low light

Cons

At this moment in time I can not find any thing negative about these loppers


Wilkinson Sword 1.6 m Ultra-light Telescopic Pruner

Coming in at just under 1Kg this is the lightest long reach 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.

Pros

  • 1.6m Long reach pruner
  • Lightweight
  • Easy to use
  • Value for money
  • 10 Year Warranty

Cons

  • Saw blade not available for these pruners


Fiskars UPX82 Tree Lopper – Long Reach Pruner

1.6m telescopic long reach pruner for regular garden use. At just 780g, this extendable tree pruner makes light work of all those low hanging branches climbing roses and taller hedges.

Pros

  • 1.6m Long reach pruner
  • Lightweight
  • Great looking
  • Rust free components
  • Replaceable Parts
  • 36mm Cutting diameter
  • Saw blade attachment available for these pruners

Cons

  • Blade can jam shut

Wolf Garten RC-VM 4m Telescopic Tree Pruner – Lopper

The Wolf Garten multi-star RC-VM professional long reach tree lopper is a serious bit of kit. It is my preferred long reach telescopic lopper / pruner. I have had this model for years. It has never let me down (remember to buy the Vario pole )

It has a whopping 40mm cutting diameter and goes through garden branches with ease. Don’t forget to purchase the Vario extension pole which, when extended reaches 4 metres in height.

Pros

  • Rust free aluminium shaft
  • 4m long reach pruner with Vario telescopic pole
  • 40mm cut
  • Easy to service

Cons

  • Can feel a bit heavy after prolonged use

Wolf Garten RC-M Long Reach Pruner Head

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 telescopic extension pole, also available on Amazon which turns the unit into a long reach pruner


This a well built tool for the price from Draper.

 It is easy to control and manoeuvre. The additional pruning saw blade comes as standard and not as an additional item.

This pruner tool will cut up to 30mm branches with the lopper blade, for anything larger there is the saw attachment. Also boasts a maximum 2.5m long reach.

Unlike the Fiskars and Wolf Garten pruner these pruners do not have an adjustable head to get to those vertically growing branches which can make pruning trees a little more tricky.


Fiskars UPX86 4m Extending Tree Lopper

Fiskars, a name we have all come to recognise as providers of quality, well made garden tools and pruners have not disappointed with this model.

The UPX86 long reach pruner has a whopping long reach of 4 metres  fully extended, allowing for most tasks a home owner can do before calling out a tree surgeon. Add 4 metres to your own reach and it’s possible to reach 6m with these pruners.

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 garden fruit tree work, pruning tall climbing roses, wisteria etc where a longer reach is required. 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. Optional saw blade available.


Our best long reach pruner…

Wolf Garten multi-star RC-VM Professional Tree Lopper (closely followed by the Fiskars UPX86 long reach pruner)

If your budget allows it will give you years of cutting service without any hassle. Once you have purchased the Vario long reach telescopic handle you can interchange the anvil pruner cutting head with a Wolf-Garten saw blade attachment, amongst other attachments.

Branches up to approx 40mm diameter then a long reach pruner / telescopic lopper is fine. Anything larger then I would suggest a long reach saw. Both the Fiskars UPX86 and the Wolf Garten poles can also be fitted with a saw attachment for a bigger cut.

Our Advice 

When cutting tree branches overhead with a telescopic pruner do not stand directly under the branches your cutting! I know this sounds a silly comment to point out but you will be surprised how complacent you get with overhead  cutters. Safety first!

Wear safety googles. Could save you a trip to A & E for a scratched eyeball!

When cutting up the branches removed use other tree pruning tools and not your secateurs, you will only damage them on thick material.