Updated 1 Dec 2011


Double Action

Snapshot: The Westminster Double Action garden loppers weigh 1234g and have a maximum cutting diameter of 46mm. But how well do they cut?

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Test results

Overall score
Ease of cut
Cut quality
Ease of use

Good points

  • Easy to use.


  • Just OK cutting force.
  • Poor cutting quality.

How we test

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.

Overall score

  • Ease-of-cut (30%)
  • Cut quality (30%)
  • Ease-of-use (40%)

Hover over the headings for more information about ratings and features.

About our test

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.

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Weight (g)
Blade hardness (HRC)
Maximum cut diameter (mm)


Telescopic handles
Compound action