Getting the Perfect Loppers for Your Tree Pruning/Trimming Project
Tree lopping, trimming or pruning are all activities that will result in better performance and health of your tree. Whether you are pruning your fruit trees in your yard, the trees in your garden, or your fence trees, the fit step towards having a successful project and preventing damages to your trees is having the right tools. Loppers are handy tools when it comes to such projects. You can either choose anvil loppers or bypass loppers. Regardless of what type of lopper you choose, it's important to make sure it's the perfect one for the job. For this reason, here are points to help you find the perfect lopper.
Material of Lopper Blades
From what material are the lopper blades made of? The type of material used determines the quality of the lopper and its performance on different types of trees and branches. Most of the lopper blades are made of steel, so when buying one, go for blades that are made of carbon or hardened steel. Because of the high quality of the blades, they will last longer and won't easily bend or nick when cutting branches. Besides, maintenance of these blades is low and they are less likely to require frequent sharpening. When choosing your best fit, look for blades that have a non-stick coating that will shed sticky materials, debris, and sap among other things. This coating is important when cutting branches on trees such as pine.
Length of Handles
The length of the handle is key in determining how effective the lopper will be. Longer handles will give you more leverage and reach, especially when cutting crowded shrubs or interiors. However, fitness and comfort are other things you should keep in mind when deciding which length is the best. This means your arm length and body type are key factors in the decision, and as such, you want to go for a length that you can work with comfortably.
Type of Handle
There is a wide range of materials and shapes of lopper handles. You can choose either wooden or metal handles. Compared to metal, wooden handles are likely to be better shock absorbers but may not last as long as their metal counterparts. Metal handles come in fibreglass or aluminium materials. Regardless of the material, look for comfortable grips and oval handles. Softer, foam or contoured grips may offer greater comfort and will help absorb shock when cutting. On the other hand, the susceptibility of oval handles to bending is less than round handles.