This is not a lopper that you'd want to use to attack any type of significant deadwood. It's max capacity is listed as either 1.25 or 1 inch depending on which blurb you read, and I wouldn't recommend it for anything past 1 inch.
But, what makes this lopper appealing is the novel design. You can fold the handles back, and it becomes a very compact tool that's easy to keep in your gardening toolbox.
I use it mainly for dead stalks on rose bushes and other small ornamentals. Works wonderfully for that purpose - you get a lot more leverage than with a pair of hand pruners, plus the added length keeps your hands away from thorns.
The anvil is metal, not plastic as stated in another review. Perhaps they re-designed it? However, the anvil does not appear to be easily replaceable - it is riveted on. The handles are plastic, but are sturdy. Good, comfortable grips.
The cutting blade is decent. Nothing special, but then again, it's better than I expected at this price point. I got it on a price dip, so for less than eight bucks, it was a great value. Don't think it is worth the list price, however.
Gilmour says it comes with a lifetime replacement guarantee. I've never used any of their hand tools prior to this, but have used their watering tools, and have been pleased with them. Hopefully, they will stand by their guarantee should this break.
Well worth it if you can snag it on a price dip.
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Oct 3, 2010
Nov 5, 2010 12:15 PM UTC
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The Gilmour Trim-Ez premium anvil lopper is lightweight and easy-to-use, while providing maximum cutting power where you need it most. It is best for cutting dry, hard-to-cut wood. Featuring the exclusive Gearlever design, which doubles its cutting force, the anvil lopper has hardened, tempered rustproof steel blades for long-lasting wear. Built for durability with nylon and fiberglass construction, the tool also features comfortable, non-slip rubber grips to absorb shock to reduce user fatigue. With a 1-inch-diameter cutting capacity, the lopper's anvil provides a flat surface to equally distribute the cutting force, preventing the blade from twisting and maximizing user effort. At 15-inches overall length, it flips closed to 12-1/2-inches in length for safe, compact storage. The anvil lopper comes with a lifetime replacement policy from the manufacturer.