Measuring up to 36 inches in length, long-handle loppers extend pruning reach to get into the thickest of thickets or stretch overhead to lop off branches without the aid of a ladder. Loppers are best used in conjunction with a hand pruner, using the smaller tool for branches and reserving the lopper for more massive limbs.
Branches 1 to 2-1/2 inches in diameter can be cut with loppers (branches too thick for the lopper require the use of a pruning saw). Loppers work extremely well for pruning fruit trees such as apple, peach, and pear; vines such as table grapes; and nut trees such as pecan and chestnut.
Think lightweight when choosing loppers; the longer they are, the heavier they'll feel. Loppers with fiberglass or aluminum handles are the lightest. Look for rubber stoppers and cushion grips, both of which lessen the shock of thick cutting. Buy loppers with an ergonomic design and gear-driven or ratchet action to raise mechanical advantage. As with pruners, evaluate the two styles of blades: anvil or bypass.