Stuart Gilham, my source of professional advice, suggested trying Sandvik's anvil-type P174-60 lopper, which has 18in handles and is listed at pounds 27.50. It made a good impression until we tested the slightly longer Damar 8010, whose 'power lever' cutting action made inch-thick branches feel little tougher than butter. The main drawback is a big weight penalty. Damar's lopper is about 60 per cent heavier than Sandvik's.
The 8010's recommended price is pounds 31.94, but Damar is currently asking only pounds 19.95 (including carriage) for this highly commended implement.
'A joy to use,' was our
Damar International Ltd, 45 Humberstone Drive, Leicester LE5 ORE (0533 764144). Sandvik Saws and Tools UK, Manor Way, Halesowen, West Midlands B62 8QZ (021-550 4700).
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