It's sort of like the old programming motto:
"Cheap, fast, right. Pick two."
I don't care for the quality of cut that you get with anvil pruners,
unless you're just using them for cutting downed wood for disposal.
If you're going to be pruning with them, I really think your plants
will be better off with bypass pruners or a saw, depending on the size
of the wood.
That said, I've got an Ames ratcheting anvil lopper that handles
2" oak pretty easily that I think I paid about $25-30 for, and seems to
be holding up well. Definitely first cousin to a bolt-cutter.
It's gotten me through about 10 years of windstorm
cleanup. But for live stuff (or stuff I'm not clearing out),
I'm a Felco #2 user.
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