The steps for maintaining and caring for your lopper are very simple.
Don’t overuse your lopper
Though it may be tempting to use a lopper for every pruning task you come across, loppers are only truly suitable for cutting through branches and stems of small to medium diameter. Don’t use your lopper to prune the hedges, cut the grass, weed the flowerbeds and cut down the apple tree as well! There are more appropriate tools available for these tasks.
Sharpen lopper blade(s) when necessary
Should your lopper’s sharpened blade be blunted or dulled over time, simply sharpen along the bevelled edge with a file until you are satisfied with the blade’s sharpness. (For a full guide to sharpening, see: How to sharpen lopper blades).
Clean lopper blades after use
Lopper blades and anvils should be cleaned of plant matter after each use. Do this with rubbing alcohol and a soft rag.
Lubricate lopper blades between uses
When not using your lopper, or if it will be stored for a long time, apply a light coating of oil to the blades. This will prevent rust from atmospheric moisture.