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Our test was carried out by an independent laboratory in New Zealand. All models were bypass loppers which use a thin cutting blade that sweeps past a heavier hooked blade and shears off the branch.
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We measured the handle-force it took for each lopper to cut through freshly cut 25mm willow branches, and through drier 12mm radiata dowelling. Then we inspected both cuts for splitting, and the willow cuts for cell and bark damage.
The cutting blades were also tested for hardness. Ease of using the loppers was assessed by a panel of male and female users.