Fiskars Cut-and-Grab Lopper: Product Review
A must have tool for any/every gardener.
Available on Amazon
THESE LOPPERS ARE GREAT FOR PRUNING JUST ABOUT ANYTHING – ESPECIALLY THORNY MATERIAL
I would like to introduce you to my favorite gardening tool, the Fiskars Cut-and-Grab Lopper. I have several other loppers, all of which do a decent job, but the fact that this bypass lopper will grab the branch while cutting makes it a stand-out. The ability to grab onto stems and branches as you cut (so you don’t have to reach into the shrub to grab them with your hand after they’ve been cut) is especially helpful when cutting thorny bushes like blackberries and roses, and the compound action cutting head makes quick work of larger diameter branches.
The lopper is 30 inches long and weighs 3.2 pounds. I find it to be very balanced even with the extra weight at the cutting head, although it’s a little on the heavy side and I wouldn’t use it for doing a lot of overhead pruning.
The handles open to 46 inches, which is a fairly large “wingspan”. Still, I can open the handles all the way and cut with them and I’m only 5’ 3” tall on a good day. A short person should have no problem using the lopper with the handles fully open.
The handles are made of aluminum which makes them strong and reduces the overall weight. The grips are formed with GripEaseTM pads that resemble good quality bicycle handles and allow me to firmly grip the tool, even with sweaty hands.
If I were to change anything on this lopper it would be to add reinforced telescoping handles. This would really be beneficial for when you need just that extra few inches (although at 30 inches long, it manages to reach most things fairly easily).
Sharp Blades Make Clean Cuts
The blades are made of hardened steel with low-friction coating to help prevent the blades from getting sticky when cutting sappy wood, such as pine. The coating is still on the blades even after three years of use.
In the three years I’ve used the Cut-and-Grab Lopper, I haven’t had to sharpen the blades; they still make very clean cuts. But it’s important to note that the warranty is void if the blades are sharpened.
The cutting capacity of 1 ½ inches makes it useful on the majority of vegetation in my yard. I’ve had no problem cutting up to 1.5 inches with nice clean cuts and have even cut just short of 2 inches with a little extra strength needed.
The compound action of the cutting blade provides the extra force needed for cutting larger diameter branches. This is also very helpful for me when my arthritis flares up! And yes, it does make a big difference. A day of gardening can leave my hands and arms very sore and weak so I appreciate anything that makes it easier on these tired old muscles.
Unique Cutting Head Holds Cut Branches
What makes the Cut-and-Grab lopper special is the design of the cutting head. The working end (the jaws) of the lopper reminds me of the head on a pair of pliers. Next to the blades is a clamp (like a vice grip) with rows of teeth. When you make a cut, the clamp holds onto the cut branch so you can easily lower the branch to the ground or pull it out of a shrub. I’ve even picked up tools and once a stuffed animal with the grip end of the lopper. It did take a little practice but I’ve also used it to pick blackberries; I just cut the branch and was able to bring the berries out of the bush with the gripper and without getting myself cut up by those nasty thorns.
The Fiskars Cut-and-Grab lopper is helpful for more than just pruning. For example, when I cut several small, long prickly blackberry vines at once I use the jaws to hold onto and help wind up the vines like spaghetti on a fork.
A Few Minor Negatives
While there are many benefits to the lopper design, there are also a few downsides.
The “grabber” part of the cutting head is rather wide so it’s difficult to get into tight spaces.
If a branch is growing at less than about a 45 degree angle, you probably can’t get the lopper head close enough to the branch collar to make a proper cut (it’ll leave a stub sticking out).
And if the branch is very heavy or long, you may have difficulty controlling it after making the cut.
Finally, when making a cut you must ensure that the cutting blades are closest to the branch collar. If the clamp-like teeth are on the wrong side you’ll end up with a large stub with damaged bark, both of which can lead to disease and further damage to the shrub or tree. This means that it can sometimes be difficult to make a proper pruning cut.
No REPLACEMENT PARTS
There are no replacement parts (including blades) available from Fiskars.
The Fiskars Cut-and-Grab Lopper has a lifetime warranty to be free of defects in materials and workmanship for as long as you own the product. The warranty does not cover sharpening blades and it will void the warranty if you do so.
I find myself going to this lopper before any others. I have used the Fiskars Cut-and-Grab lopper for more than three years now and with just the basic maintenance of cleaning and wiping down the blades and handles, the lopper is just like the day I purchased it. I would buy it again and would definitely give it as a gift. This is the one tool I will not loan out.
WHERE TO BUY
You can purchase the Fiskars Cut-and-Grab lopper on Amazon Prime for $31.98 (at time of publication). It is also available at Walmart for $37.41 (free shipping).
Now, over to you – what’s the one gardening tool that you love so much you refuse to let others borrow it? Let us know in the comments below!
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