Loppers aren't anything new. Gardeners have been pruning trees with them for as long as I can remember. Which is why the Black & Decker Alligator Lopper is amazing, managing to make a relatively common pair of power shears into an awesome-looking tool.
How? By making the front ends look like an alligator's mouth, complete with gnarly teeth and a mean alligator graphic. Yes, additions so simple can really make something awesome. Especially when that something is a long-handed pruning saw combined with an electric mini-chainsaw.
The Alligator Lopper has a scissor-like design, with metal jaws that clamp like a pitbull onto logs, branches and tree limbs. Patented scissor action can cut through regular vines and small branches in one quick motion, with rugged metal guards to protect you from the blades. For thicker branches up to four inches, you can turn on the 4.5-amp motor to prompt the six-inch bar and chain on the upper blade to chomp through the wood, accomplishing the job in a faster and more efficient manner.
According to Black and Decker, the chainsaw eats through the material from side to side, instead of top to bottom. This allows for a cleaner job when cutting wood on the ground, since the blade doesn't have to go bury itself on the dirt towards the end. It's also relatively lightweight at 6.5 lbs and is backed by a two-year warranty.
Of course, the Black and Decker Alligator Lopper won't be of much use if you aren't into keeping your garden or yard trim, so we suggest forking out the $79.95 price only if you are. I know, I suddenly want to have a garden too, just so I can justify buying one.
Black & Decker LP1000 Alligator Lopper 4.5-Amp Electric Chain Saw