If you're not quite living in the wilderness, and only have small tree and shrub branches to handle, this reptile will do the trick. The clamping jaw design grabs and prunes tree branches up to four inches in diameter, behaving like a shear with a bite. Use it for in-between jobs that are too big for manual pruners and too small for chain saws. At least one homeowner
we know of has replaced his high-power chain saws with this lopper because it's quiet, gasoline-free model that stays sharp.
About $100; Black & Decker