by Jason Dyck
(last updated April 9, 2014)
With the advent of warmer weather, it's time to tackle some of the garden work I've been looking forward to. I had cut down a small fruit tree, but I needed to chop up the smaller branches that the chainsaw wasn't suited for. For the job, I chose the Corona Compound Action Bypass Lopper. It was one of the less expensive options, but Corona is a reliable brand and the compound action promised better leverage for the larger branches.
(For more information on Corona's wide range of lawn and garden tools, check out their website at http://www.coronaclipper.com.)
I'm comfortable using simple bypass loppers, which take a lot of force to use. The compound action made my life a lot easier, but it introduced a few challenges as well. Some aspects of the tool I only discovered after I had gotten it home. For instance, Corona tempers the metal in the whole blade, where some manufacturers only temper the edge. This way, not only is the tool stronger, but if the blade has to be sharpened later the new edge will still have the tempering.
The tree branches I needed cut varied in size from whip thin to a couple of inches thick. The Compound Action Bypass Lopper is supposed to be able to handle branches up to an inch and a half thick. I found that it could handle larger than that, but it became very hard to avoid twisting by accident, and knocking the blades out of alignment. If it twists the wrong way, blades can collide and break. Because of this, we accidentally broke a blade on the first loppers we bought and we had to replace them. Limiting the tool to use as directed is always a good idea!
Half a tree has been chopped up now, so here are my thoughts on the loppers' performance.
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