Black & Decker Alligator Lopper Review

Posted on May 14 2010 - 8:07am by Lisa C.

Black & Decker Alligator Lopper

Part pruning shears and part mini chainsaw the Black & Decker Alligator Lopper serves a purpose.  That purpose isn't cutting down tree's or pruning the rose bushes.  The Alligator Lopper is best used for small to medium sized branches up to 4 inches thick.  Read on for the Black & Decker Alligator Lopper Review.

The Alligator Loppers look like pruning sheers at first glance (2 handles, 2 jaws) and are pretty much used for trimming branches — but the similarity ends there.  They are more of a chainsaw than they are pruning sheers.  Because it’s electric (corded), it’s not as maneuverable as a gas chainsaw, standard pruning sheer, or axe.   Where the Alligator Loppers excel are in the safety features, price point, and general yard maintenance abilities.  I would feel comfortable having a 14 year old use these as opposed to a chainsaw.

Pros
  • The Alligator Lopper is really a chainsaw for light cutting — only it’s safer than a chainsaw.
  • Use Alligator Loppers as a specialized tool for repetitive, stationary tasks.
  • Dispense with sawhorses and cut branches right on the ground with Alligator Loppers.
  • Double switching system and protective jaws for added safety.
Cons
  • On a worksite with lots of brush or branches underfoot, Alligator Lopper’s cord would be in the way.
  • The manual that comes with Alligator Loppers is hard to read.
  • The oil hole is small, rendering lubrication painstaking.
  • You have to clean it, as you would a standard chainsaw.

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