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Wonderful, especially for women
on May 7, 2013
"Be still my heart--the perfect gift for the pruning female in your life." I told that to my dad when he asked how I liked my new lopper, and he immediately decided to buy one for my mom (age 65) for Mother's Day. She's excited about getting one after trying mine out (though do make sure your female likes tools as gifts before presenting this as a gift.)
I have a small orchard and lots of berry bushes and vines. They're getting old enough that the branches/canes/vines are thick enough to make cutting them difficult. It takes some full-body involvement to get enough force. I began to think this was potentially dangerous (beyond the bruises it created), so I wanted a better tool. So I bought this lopper.
It looks like it's built to last. It cuts cleanly and easily. 1" branches were no effort to cut. The lopper is light and you don't need to open the handles wide to use it, so I can use it everywhere I need it. The rachet action just happens as you use it. I could make a smooth, single cut on the small branches, and the rachet action engaged automatically when the cut slowed (I'd paused in pushing when I felt resistance) and then it was easy to finish. The bottom part of the cutting blade has waves (rather than a smooth edge) to hold the branch in place as you cut.
After using it for an hour, I got my mom to try it out on a thick 1" branch. She was amazed, tried it a few more times, and decided it would be worth every cent and now she's getting one. We're generally not impulsive buyers--it's just that much better than what we'd been using. When you spend hours pruning in the spring and fall, it's well worth the money to get a good tool like this.