Corona Dual LINK bypass lopper Pruning & Cutting Tools

Corona DualLINK Max Forged Bypass Lopper (SL8180): Product Review


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Summary

A powerful compound lopper that cuts through 2” live wood with no problems.

Overall Score 5

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The Corona DualLINK Max Forged Bypass Lopper is a compound action lopper that promises to make cutting through larger diameter wood easier than with a conventional bypass lopper. So I put it to the test on some of the local Mesquite hardwood here in Tucson. Here’s what I found.

Bypass Lopper

Do you know what the word “lopper” means? It’s a tool that lets you “lop” off a section of wood – and that section of wood is also called a “lop.” So, essentially, you lop off the lop with a lopper

As a bypass lopper, the DualLINK lopper works somewhat like scissors; the sharp cutting blade passes next to the flat counter-blade to make a cut. Bypass loppers are generally intended for cutting live branches, rather than deadwood, although they can cut deadwood if needed.

A Cut Above the Rest

Corona claims that the DualLINK lopper can cut through up to 2 inches of wood – and that’s exactly what I found. I was able to chop through 2-inch branches with no problems, leaving a very clean cut.

Corona DualLINK bypass loppers cutting 2 inch wood

The lopper cut through 2” wood with no problems

Long Handles

The 25-inch long handles provide extra leverage for making large cuts, which is nice. The downside is that you’ll have to open the handles wide – really wide – to completely open the blades. With a “wingspan” of 4 feet 8″, this is not a lopper for everyone.But if you have long enough arms, the loppers can be operated with no problem in the fully open position.

Corona DualLINK bypass loppers wingspan

The large wingspan on this Corona lopper means that it works best if you have longer arms.

DualLINK Hinge Compounds Cutting Force

The DualLinkhinge is a compound-action cutting head that is supposed to multiply force on each cut by up to 3 times. I couldn’t measure that exactly but I can say that I got more power with each cut than with a regular bypass lopper, making the cutting job easier.

The one issue with a compound-action lopper is that the cutting head is relatively heavy. At 5.5lbs, the lopper itself is already pretty hefty and it takes a good amount of arm strength to hold up the cutting head. If you have limited upper body strength, this would not be the lopper for you (nor would any compound-action lopper, for that matter).

Corona DualLINK bypass loppers handles

The long handles and compound lever give more power to each cut.

Cushioning Bumper

A bumper is meant to protect your arms and hands from pressure and vibrations when making the final pruning cut. Without a bumper, the handles would slam together, which could become painful if you’re cutting for any length of time. Scroll down to the video review to watch the bumper in action.

The ShockGuard bumper does a nice job of cushioning each pruning cut. It’s well placed where it doesn’t get in the way and is built to last. The bumper is made form a rubber-like compound, almost like a soft plastic.

Corona DualLINK bypass loppers bumper

The DualLINK compound lever and bumper.

Keep Your Grip

The CoronoaDualLink Max Forged Bypass Lopper has sturdy, super strong aluminum handles with soft, rubber-like grips. The grips provide needed pressure relief, are comfortable to hold, and have shock-absorbing properties. I found that the grips worked very well; I could keep a secure grip with or without gloves, even with sweaty hands.

Corona DualLINK bypass lopper handles

The lightweight aluminum handles and rubber-like grips ensure a steady cut.

Sharp, Forged Steel Blades

As mentioned earlier, this powerful lopper was able to cut through wood up to 2” thick with no problem. The cuts were very clean, due in part to the very sharp bypass blades. Unlike anvil pruners, which are used for deadwood, bypass loppers are used for live wood, which can be trickier to cut. The blades are made from forged steel, and kept their sharpness cut after cut.

Corona DualLINK bypass loppers cutting through 2 inch wood

The lopper cut through 2” wood with no issues

SEE FOR YOURSELF

Check out our video review to see the Corona DualLINK Max Forged Bypass Lopper in action:

No Replacement Parts

There are no replacement parts for the DualLINK lopper but the blades can be re-sharpened if needed. Corona has an excellent online YouTube tutorial on the subject that can be found here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=glBHtVnbj7Q

WARRANTY

Corona offers a limited lifetime warranty for the lopper against material and workmanship defects.

Recommendation

This is a high-quality lopper capable of cutting through 2-inch wood. I liked the long handles that give great leverage when making large cuts and the compound action design (DualLINK) made a big difference in cleaving through tough limbs. The blades stayed super sharp and never buried even after cutting through very tough Mesquite wood. All in all, a fantastic pruner for large diameter cutting jobs.

WHERE TO BUY

The CoronaDualLINK Max Forged Bypass Lopper can be easily purchased on Amazon for $62.49. It’s also available on the Corona website for $69.99 plus $9.96 shipping.

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