Pruning and training shrubs and trees is a big part of what I do to restore and maintain gardens. Most of the time I work in lush plant filled garden locations. Some gardens are on slopes, rocky terrain, or areas that are best accessed on foot due to the location layout. My tools need to be light weight to allow me to move and work carefully.
This year I added the ARS LongReach™ Lopper to my work tools. This lopper is a jewel. Light weight, easy to use, carry, and is sturdy. When doing scheduled espalier training and routine shrub and tree maintenance this tool reduced the need to get, set up, and remove a ladder. The lopper easily slides into the interior of shrubs and trees to prune out dead or crowded branches.
Source: A.M. Leonard (www.amleo.com)