What are the best loppers? I have already tried Bulldog and Bahco.

"Best" depends on your point of view. Are you looking for pruners that cut big, tough branches, ones that make the neatest cut or those that stay sharp for longest?

For me, comfort is a huge bonus. That is why I prefer really lightweight loppers. But, of course, they have to be strong.

I suggest you try Wilkinson Sword's tree-cutting loppers. These compact loppers have tubular aluminium and Nyglass handles - it feels like space-age technology and makes them very light, yet also provides extra strength.

What's more, they are of Wilkinson Sword's PowerGear design, intended to maximise leverage during the middle of the cut when resistance is greatest. I have no trouble cutting material around 25mm in size and even up to 30mm. The blades are non-stick and the grips non-slip. And if looks count, these are an attractive black and orange.

You should be able to find Wilkinson Sword Nyglass loppers at a garden centre. Alternatively, contact the customer services department at Fiskars Brands UK in Bridgend (tel: 01656 655595) for a list of suppliers.

- Sally Drury has reported for HW and its forerunner GC&HTJ for 25 years, and has spent more than five years testing machinery for HW and What Kit? The advice in this helpline is independent.


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