In this guide we’ll take a look at the best telescopic tree pruners.
We’ve compared maximum length, blade strength, cutting width and cost
to give you our top recommendations.
In this guide we’ll take a look at the best telescopic tree pruners.
What Are The UK's Best Telescopic Tree Pruners?
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Fiskars PowerGear UPX86 Telescopic Tree Pruner Review
If you want to tidy up the garden without having to cart round a ladder, the Fiskars PowerGear UPX86 Telescopic Tree Pruner is easy to use with a substantial reach and a powerful cutting system.
The internal rope pully system is what assists with closing the blades and causes them to cut. Instead of a squeeze handle, which is what many other tree pruners have, this method is easier on the hands. It’s quite a revolutionary way of cutting, and sets the Fiskars pruners apart from others on the market.
With an adjustable handle that can extend from 2.4 – 4 m, this pruner is the longest model featured on this list, and one of the best telescopic tree pruners for reaching higher branches in treetops. Combined with arms-reach, it will be able to access branches approximately 5 – 6 m high.
It’s capable of cutting stems and branches up to 2.5 cm in diameter, assisted by the help of non-stick steel blades. The position of the cutting head can also be altered, to cut in any direction through 230°.
Best suited to cutting fresh, soft stems and small branches, the Fiskars UPX86 will struggle more on harder, woodier material. Once the cutting technique has been perfected, customers have reported being able to cut through some slightly thicker branches, but the blades will get stuck if it’s too much for them.
Also, it’s worth bearing in mind that because of the type of cutting mechanism, there’s a chance the interior rope will break eventually. If/when this does happen, it can be changed for a new one. This process isn’t too complicated and there are videos online to help.
- Innovative cutting mechanism means it uses a 'pull' action instead of squeeze
- Blades are capable of cutting through branches up to 2.5 cm thick
- Head can be rotated through 230° to get a better angle for cutting specific branches
- Long extension up to 4 metres - good choice for pruning higher branches
- Easy to get to grips with how to use the tool
- It's possible to accidentally trap fingers in the operating mechanism which is something to be mindful of when using
- Not suitable for thick, woodier branches so you will be limited to more light-duty work
Garten Primus Rose Cavalier Pruner Review
Whether you need to prune roses, or cut high-reaching bamboo canes, the Garten Primus Rose Cavalier Pruner makes it easy to do all the jobs around the garden without requiring multiple tools.
Able to extend from 136 cm to 206 cm, these pruners have a large working range. They can manage soft/medium stems of up to 10 mm in diameter, so you can use them to tackle smaller (living) branches instead of needing to get the loppers out. With some soft stems, a much larger cutting diameter can be achieved; however, with woodier stems, the size is significantly reduced.
To make it easier to cut stems that are in awkward positions, the top section of the pruner can be adjusted through different angles. It’s therefore simpler to reach specific branches and stems. The cutting head also rotates, to help create precise, well-positioned cuts.
The blade is made from carbon steel, with a non-stick coating, and is sharp enough to easily manage pruning small shrubs like Hawthorne. It also holds onto the stem once it’s been cut (once you get the hang of how to use this feature), making it easier to keep the workspace clear. Because of this, it’s one of the best telescopic tree pruners for neatly trimming areas with ornamental bushes.
One small criticism would be with the number of plastic components on the pruners. Both the extender mechanism, and the cutting head angle adjuster, are plastic, which seems less durable than if all the important parts were made from metal.
Nevertheless, the pole itself is made from a sturdy aluminium, which is also very lightweight. The pruners weigh under 1 kg in total and are easy to support whilst working.
- Very lightweight at under 1 kg
- Carbon steel blades are sharp and cut through fresh branches up to 10 mm thick with ease
- Rotating cutting head allows you to cut branches at awkward angles
- Easy to manage without being unwieldy at full extension
- Holds cut stems in grip instead of dropping on floor immediately, helps keep work area tidy
- Struggles to cut through woodier stems - only suitable for fresh branches
- Cutting strength is weakened as pole extends
- Several components that will receive a lot of wear, such as extender mechanism, are made from plastic
Ryobi RPP750S Pole Pruner Review
Coming from reputable tool brand Ryobi, this RPP750S Pole Pruner is one of the best telescopic tree pruners if you need to approach thicker, woodier branches.
It’s a good quality machine, and comes in three separate pieces to allow the length to be adjusted. The handle attaches to the end of one section, the saw to the end of the other, and then there is an additional extension piece. This pruner can be used without the extension, and will measure approximately 1.8 m, or with the extension, measuring 2.7 m.
Instead of having a jaw-like cutting blade, it has a 20 cm saw attachment with a 750 W motor. It’s therefore better equipped for getting through tougher branches than other pruners on this page, requiring minimal effort to do so. Customers have reported being able to cut through branches of up to 15 cm in diameter.
The presence of a motor increases its weight, so it’s not the lightest pruner at 3.8 kg, but there is a shoulder included to help make it more manageable. Whilst the strap does help to some extent, using the RPP750S still requires a fair amount of upper body strength.
When the extension pole is in position, this pruner can be harder to manage because the motor (and therefore the majority of the weight) is at the far end of the pole.
Nevertheless, it’s a powerful tool and can be invaluable whilst pruning bigger branches – it’s just a case of making sure you can control it properly.
Oil is required, to keep the motor running smoothly, and only a small amount is supplied so it will be necessary to buy more. Also, the power cable isn’t very long which can be a little inconvenient, but does reduce the chance of accidentally cutting through it.
- Powerful motor-powered saw blade can cut through hard branches up to 15 cm in diameter
- Removeable extension pole makes it possible to easily alter the pruner's length
- Sturdy construction makes it easy to tackle thicker branches
- Strap included which helps distribute weight of pruner
- Can feel unwieldy due to weight, especially when fully extended
- May cause strain on shoulders if shoulder strap not correctly adjusted
- Mains power cable is short
- Although it comes with some oil included, the supplied amount will only last a couple of hours
ARS 160ZF Long Reach Pruner Review
With a blade that cuts and holds whatever gets pruned, the ARS 160ZP Long Reach Pruner is great for dead-heading, manicuring and harvesting. Instead of instantly dropping the pruned material on the spot, where it will never be found again, the blades allow you to have more control over where it will be placed.
They’re chrome-plated and made from carbon steel, resulting in a high-quality tool that can comfortably cut branches up to 6 mm. In some instances, the blades can cut up to 10 mm. The pole is extendable from 130 cm to 200 cm, and is suitable for both mid-range pruning, and cutting higher up.
Instead of allowing free adjustability between its lengths, you can only one of three positions: no extension, half extended or fully extended. Therefore, there are some limitations.
Nevertheless, weighing just under 1 kg, it’s one of the best telescopic tree pruners in terms of manageability; not only because it’s easy to hold, but also because it’s well balanced and allows good control whilst pruning.
The angle of the cutting head can be adjusted to reach specific areas, or further back into flower beds and vegetable patches without risking standing on any plants. Given that the blades are so sharp, the cutting mechanism is easy to use and slices through the majority of stems.
Whilst these pruners aren’t useful for cutting thick, woody branches, they will help with general pruning, especially for bushes, flowers and vegetables.
- Extremely lightweight at just under 1kg so comfortable to use
- Useful for de-heading, manicuring bushed and harvesting vegetables because blades hold onto the branch after cutting
- Swing head allows you to tackle branches at awkward angles as well as those above your head
- Cutting action is smooth with good leverage
- Not designed for thick branches, has a limit of branches around 6 - 10 mm in thickness
- Telescopic shaft is not continuously adjustable and needs to be locked in one of three positions
How to Choose the Best Telescopic Tree Pruner
Telescopic tree pruners make neatening up your garden easy. They’re convenient, safe and easy to use; however, there are a lot of different styles to choose between.
Picking the best telescopic pruner will depend on your budget, what you want to use it for, and your own physical ability. The following information will help you make a more informed choice.
Tree Pruner Maximum Length
Most telescopic tree pruners for residential use will extend up to approximately 2 m. This tends to give enough reach for the majority of small trees and bushes without needing to use a step or ladder. Of course, if you have some trees that are slightly larger, you will be able to use the pruner in conjunction with a ladder as well. However, for the most part you won’t need to.
If you also want to use the pruner for some close-range jobs, make sure that its non-extended length is manageable. Extendable pruners tend to be over 1 m long even on their shortest setting, so there may still be jobs that will still require a pair of smaller hand pruners.
Remember that the further the pruner is extended, the harder it’ll be to control and use safely. Therefore, it’s best to only extend the pruner as far as necessary, depending on the job.
Manual or Electric
Some telescopic/extendable pruners are manually powered. They have a ‘squeeze’ handle that causes the blades at the top to close and cut. As long as the blades are sharp enough, this shouldn’t be too hard on the hands. These manual pruners are usually best suited to cutting fresh, live stems/branches as opposed to woodier ones. They’ll work best on bushes, hedges and small, young trees.
Electric pruners have a small motor inside them. They usually have a saw-like attachment and work by sawing through branches instead of clipping them. They can cut thicker, woodier branches and are useful for pruning larger trees and other tough vegetation. Because they have a motor, they are heavier than manual pruners. They will require reasonable upper body strength in order to control the pruner without putting too much strain on the shoulders.
Maximum Cutting Diameter
When buying tree pruners, the product specifications will often mention the approximate maximum cutting diameter. Whilst this is a useful guide, it sometimes only tells half the story. Reading reviews written by real customers across different websites can give a better idea of the pruner’s true capabilities.
A lot of scissor-style pruners can cut branches up to 10 mm in diameter. This is suitable for tackling most shrubs and bushes. If you need to prune larger tree branches, pruners with saw heads can often get through much thicker material, up to 15 cm in diameter.
Weight and Manageability
It’s easy enough to find effective pruners that weigh less than 1 kg. Lightweight telescopic pruners are easier to manage and don’t feel too unwieldy. Given that telescopic pruners are often quite long, they can feel sometimes feel unbalanced – for this reason, it helps if they’re light. Heavier pruners can still be manageable, but you should consider whether you have sufficient upper body strength. Heavier pruners should be used with a shoulder strap for support.
Telescopic Tree Pruner FAQs
What does a tree pruner do?
Tree pruners are used to trim branches and twigs of varying sizes. Those with greater blade strength are able to trim thicker branches. Tree pruners can also be used to trim bushes and shrubs.
Telescopic pruners give you extra height. They can be used to trim branches that are just out of reach. They’ll either have an extendable handle or consist of several separate sections that can be slotted together.
How do you use a telescopic tree pruner?
Telescopic tree pruners are relatively easy to use, but it’s still important that you take safety precautions. Even small branches can cause a lot of damage if they fall and hit you in the eye.
Telescopic pruners can be a little unwieldy, due to their length, so should be used carefully. They’re best used for minor pruning on trees, cleaning up tree trunks and tidying climbing plants.
To use your pruner:
- Stand to one side of the branch as opposed to right below it. Wear safety goggles.
- Don’t try to cut anything larger than the blades can manage. You’ll most likely get the blade stuck in the wood and have to work to remove it.
- Cut as you would with hand pruners, getting the branch deep into the pruners as opposed to snipping with the tips. Close the pruners in one fluid motion.
What is the difference between a pruner and lopper?
Pruners are one-handed tools that are generally used for smaller branches and stems. The exact width of branches they can cut will vary depending on the pruners you purchase, but they’ll likely be able to manage branches between 6 – 15 mm in diameter.
Loppers on the other hand are used for larger branches and stems, and are operated using two hands.
Both pruners and loppers come with either bypass or anvil mechanisms. Bypass pruners and loppers have a scissor-like motion and create a clean slice.
Anvil pruners and loppers have a straight blade that only makes contact with the base once the branch has been cut. These tend to be best for cutting dry or dead branches.
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