Here is a picture of the most incredible garden tool ever. I got these as a gift this Christmas. I had trouble figuring out how to work it. Then I figured it out. It is a ratchet. You put the branch in the 'mouth' of the jaws. And you close and open the arms. About three of these movements takes off a branch two inches across. Effortlessly. I was saying to Allan that it makes us even in the strength department. That feels pretty cool.
These loppers are $59.50 at Lee Valley.