Find out which tree pruner hits the heights in tests….

Best Buy 18/20

Darlac Geared Pruner (DP583) pole (DP560). Telephone (01246) 451077/ www.twowests.co.uk £24.99

BUILD ****

Part of Darlac’s versatile Swop Top range, the carbon steel anvil pruner clips easily to a lightweight aluminium pole.

FEATURES *****

Pole extends from 4ft 3in – 8ft (131cm – 244cm) and blade operates via a cord attached to quad pulleys and geared leverage. Pole twist locks at any length. Gives a 1 1⁄2in (3.8cm) cut.

PERFORMANCE *****

The quad pulleys and geared arm provided more leverage and control with a range of woods and stem thicknesses. The cut was clean and precise and it was the easiest to use due to its lightweight. The curved anvil had a useful serrated edge that prevented slipping.

VALUE ****

An excellent tool due to its powerful cut and just beat Gardman thanks to its lighter weight. Bonus is there’s an option to buy a longer pole.

Others on test included:

12/20 Draper Telescopic (code 33855) £23.50
Tel: 023 8026 6355
www.draper.co.uk

13/20 Spear and Jackson Pruner (code 4930FZ) £39.99
Tel:0114 281 4242
www.spear-and-jackson.com
14/20 Wolf Anvil Lopper (RC-M) Vario handle (ZM-V4) £79.98
Tel: 0845 2707603
www. Wolf-garten.co.uk

17/20 Gardman Telescopic (code AD911) £34.99
Tel: (01406) 3722278
www.gardman.co.uk