What is a Lopper?

May 10, 2001

The Bottom Line A lopper is a virtual necessity for anyone with trees or shrubs in their yard to accomplish yearly trimming and cutting back of excess growth.

A lopper is a hand operated cutting device for severing smaller limbs, generally up to 2" or so in diameter, from shrubs and trees. It typically has handles 15" to 24" long which are brought together to close the cutting jaws located at the end of the tool. There are various designs which provide different means of compounding the leverage necessary to cut off the limb of the tree. Some use the bypass principle in which two blades slide against one another similar to a pair of scissors. Others use a sharp blade which is closed against an anvil which is usually a softer metal than the blade and it replaceable.

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