The Fiskars Extendable Handles Bypass Lopper allows you to cut down hard-to-reach branches. It features a twist-lock mechanism to lock the blades while providing an extended reach. This telescopic bypass lopper’s handles have a range of extension between 24.5 to 37-Inches. The sturdy steel blades have non-stick coating to deliver smooth release and cuts. The Fiskars bypass lopper also features cushioned grips and a shock-absorbing bumper for a comfortable hold.
DOES THE JOB ~ reviewed by Stoney
> The Fiskars 9166 is is a simple (non-compound) bypass lopper. Therefore (see the discussion below for explanations) it has a comparatively long reach (even without the extendable arms) and cuts cleanly particularly through soft wood.
> Although the extended arms give you more leverage, the Fiskars 9166 lacks the power (leverage) of comparable compound or geared loppers.
> The Fiskars 9166 is ideal for situations in which you’d normally use bypass pruning shears (for small branches [say up to 3/8″]), but need a longer reach, such as trimming large rose bushes.
> Because of the light-duty construction and bypass design, the Fiskars 9166 is NOT a good lopper for thick hardwood branches–it will likely jam, flex, and then bend or break in thick branches.
> If necessary and with care not to flex the jaws, you can cut hardwood branches up to about 1/2″ or softwood branches up to 3/4″.
> Used as I recommend, the Fiskars 9166 loppers should be much less fatiguing than heavier-duty loppers
> Caution: It is easy to think that you’ll use the Fiskars 9166 loppers as I’ve described, but then in practice find yourself trying to cut many branches that are really too large. These are light-weight, light-duty loppers—great if you also have a heavy-duty anvil lopper for the big stuff. But if you are looking for a single general purpose extendable long-handle lopper, I recommend a heavier-duty compound design.
BACKGROUND—TYPES OF LOPPERS
> BYPASS vs ANVIL
> > Bypass lopper have two blades, like a pair of scissors, which move past one another. They cut cleanly, but have a tendency to jam in hard or dry wood, particularly in thick branches. They can also flex apart and bend or break (mostly when you twist them, trying to unjam them). If they have flexed or bent, then small branches will just jam between the blades rather than be cut.
> > Anvil loppers have one blade, usually straight, which cuts to a flat “anvil”, like a knife on a cutting board. If not sharp, they have a tendency to crush rather than cut cleanly, but are less likely to jam., bend or break. Anvil loppers sometimes do not cut completely through soft fibrous material, particularly if the blades are dull. Comparing similar anvil and bypass loppers, the anvil loppers cut thick branches easier..
> > Bypass loppers work well closed “slow and easy”, like scissors. Anvil loppers work best snapped close (like using a cleaver on a cutting board).
> > Bypass loppers have a sharp blade on the top and right, and a “dull” blade on the bottom and left. If you rotate (or tilt) the blades clockwise (relative to cutting a branch perpendicularly) to cut through the branch at an angle, bypass loppers are likely to jam. If you rotate (or tilt) the blades counterclockwise, the blades are likely flex apart and be bent or broken. So, with bypass loppers, it is best to cut thick branches perpendicular to the branch. The angle doesn’t matter much when using anvil loppers.
> SIMPLE vs COMPOUND or GEARED
> > Compound loppers have built-in levers to give you more leverage, to cut thicker branches easier. Geared loppers do the same thing, but with one less lever. Most loppers over 18″ long, or used to cut hard wood, over about 1/2″ thick should be compound or geared. Short loppers (e.g., 12″ ) are usually simple. .
> > A disadvantage of compound or geared loppers is that you have to spread the arms very wide to open up the jaws for a thick branch. But your arms have less power spread so far apart, and obstructions (such as other branches or walls) are likely to get in the way. If you can’t back up (for example, if you are on a ladder), loppers that you have to spread very wide can “punch” yourself in the chest when you close them.
> RATCHETED LOPPERS
> > Ratcheted loppers give you more leverage (like compound or geared loppers, but more so) because of the ratchet mechanism, so you can squeeze, spread the handles again (without opening the jaws, and squeeze again closing the jaws some more. So, you can open the jaws wide without having to open the arms. The disadvantage of ratcheted loppers is that they are more time consuming) to use—it takes more time to “pump”: the arms 4 times to close them, than just once. . So although fine for thin or soft-wood branches (especially in tight spaces), racheted loppers are best for thick hardwood branches, or individuals with limited arm strength, for example, because of arthritis. Since ratcheted loppers are usually built for heavy-duty use, they are usually much heavier than comparable light-duty loppers.
> STRAIGHT vs CURVED ANVIL LOPPERS
> > There are probably excellent reasons for curved jaws. However it is very hard to sharpen the curved blade of curve-jawed anvil loppers, and have them perfectly align with the anvil, which is important. However, it is easy to sharpen the blade of straight-jaw loppers (I use my belt sander), and to adjust the anvil to perfectly align with the sharpened blade. So, I only consider straight-jawed anvil loppers.
> If you want the cleanest cuts possible, particularly in soft woods, use a bypass lopper, such as these.
> If you want more leverage (at the cost of less reach) use a compound or geared lopper.
> If you want to cut the thickest branches possible, use an anvil lopper, ideally a racheted anvil lopper
> If you want the maximum possible reach and leverage for thicker branches use a racheted lopper.
> Spray your loppers with WD-40 before and after using them. Before will make cutting, especially of thick branches, much easier. After will prevent them from rusting.
A great idea that COULD work, but doesn’t ~ reviewed by got poodles?
I am vertically challenged as is my reach. I thought these would be ideal for reaching farther out branches, and
then shortening them for the little ones close to the ladder. My husband died and I am determined to keep up his orchard,which was his pride and joy. I have about 30 trees. With these, secateurs, short loppers, pruning saw and heavy duty loppers, I managed to do the whole orchard. These are now going in the bin or to the Goodwill. When I wanted to reach a difficult branch and had to turn my hand, these things would unlock, so I would have to take them out of the tree, readjust them and go at it again. They cut well enough, but the frustration engendered isn’t worth it. There are MUCH better loppers out there.The problem is that the locking mechanism is just one twist, rather than a screw-type on most adjustable length tools. I actually used some bad language while using these. The fixed length Fiskars I bought at the same time work well enough. I just can’t recommend these.
Excellent lopper ~ reviewed by Jack Jones
Fiskars is always good. This one is great, a nice, long reach up, and no bending when cutting low. Used it for the first time today. Well made, very useful. I will probably use this all the time now, instead of my regular lopper. Slightly heavier, but only a bit, you’ll get used to it.
Not great but not bad. Extends for long reach ~ reviewed by Who Cares ?
I got a deal on these from walmart online with in store pickup about 2 years ago. Here is that review.
Not great but not bad. Extends for long reach, 06/04/2011I
I had bought loppers from Aldi that were marked down to $5.99 from $7.99 but after much usage, it broke on me. This one is similar in that if I used it for too much, it might too. But its better in that you can extend the bars for farther reach. Interesting thing was this was $16.97 in store but $11.82 online. Plus, I bought via a Discovercard link and got an extra 5% off.So, net-net it was $12.29 with tax.As long as you dont get TOO agressive with it, it should be fine.I expect to use this for years to come.
After buying these, I went crazy & bought 2 more pair of higher end loppers that are better for bigger jobs.
But these are my favorites for light use because of the extended bars & light weight.
If you need a more heavy duty pair, these might not be for you. If these were all I had, Im almost positive I would break them by using them on stuff too big.
But, they have a lifetime warranty, just send fiskars a pic of your broken loppers and they send you new ones.
If you want the better loppers, go to sears. Craftsman Compound Action Bypass Lopper.
If you set an alert, you will find they occasionally go on sale for $14.99-15.99 and they are a steal at that price. Set the alert & then just wait for an email when it meets your price.
Even their regular price of $25.99 is a good value.
My final pair was a super high end pair were from Sams on closeout. About $55 that I got for about half that.
Trail Blazer TBL-24JRA 3-Inch Jumbo Anvil Ratchet Lopper with Telescopic Handle.
These are HEAVY & mainly for big limbs & such. They “ratchet” which takes some getting used to but does the work for you compared to the lower end loppers.
Great tool for an orchard ~ reviewed by K. Howard
this tool is a jewel for doing my out of control rose garden. Also, I have an orchard and now I don’t have to bend to take off shoots coming up from the bases of the trees. Great for pruning high up also. Very sharp and stays that way.
Fiskar Lopper ~ reviewed by A. DELACRUZ
Product arrived earlier than anticipated. Came in handy as we had a lot of backyard tree cutting chores at that time. Performed incredibly well than expected. I will highly recommend for home use.
Flimsy extension lock ~ reviewed by Kevin McMurtrie
These would be 5 star loppers if only the handle extension stayed locked into position. The blade is sharp, the blade coating reduces effort, and the handles are thick steel tubing. As others have mentioned, the twist-lock mechanism to extend the handles comes abruptly unlocked at the slightest twist. You reach for a branch and one of the handles collapses.
Fantastic product. ~ reviewed by kris10n
Works great. I use it to cut my bougainvillea. The extender arms are fantastic. I just used it on my silver buttonwood and it worked great too. Great price also.
Five Stars ~ reviewed by Inkpen
Great longer length, wonderful lifetime guarantee, great product and price
The long reach ~ reviewed by Dave
I bought this pruner based on my satisfaction with Fiskars tools, for reaching into my Spruce trees to trim dead branches. Ticks are evident where I live and with this tool I don’t expect to have to “dress up” as much and go inside the trees. I would recommend it for serious home gardeners, especially those growing older (like me) who appreciate a longer reach without stretching as much.