bypass lopper
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Types of Pruners and Loppers: Bypass

Blade and bill slide past each other like scissors.

Best for: close, clean cuts on live branches
Not good for: dry, dead branches, which can get jammed between the blades, bending them

Bypass Lopper
Choose bypass loppers when you want to trim back an overgrown shrub or tree that's healthy. The long handles give you more leverage, so you can cut bigger stems—up to 1½ inches—with less effort.

Shown: This model has telescoping metal handles that extend from 25 to 38 inches, plus a compound-action mechanism, which further increases the power you put into the cut. About $33;
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