Garden shears (pruning shears) are specialized scissors used in gardening. Loppers are a bigger, two-handed version used to cut larger branches. Are there specific terms in Spanish to refer to these tools, or would they all be considered tijeras?

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They are called tijeras de podar, tijeras de jardinero, or podaderas.

I would say tijeras de jardinero is mostly used for the big ones, but there aren't really different words for pruning shears and loppers.

According to Laura (in Majorca?): Garden shears = tijeras de podar, loppers = tijeras de fuerza (this term is unknown to me).

  • Actually there are different words. Garden shears = tijeras de podar, loppers= tijeras de fuerza
    – Laura
    Commented Jan 17, 2012 at 22:02
  • @Laura: Added, thanks. I put it as a regionalism, please correct if it isn't so (I "communitied" the answer).
    – angus
    Commented Jan 17, 2012 at 23:00
  • I really don't know if it's a regionalism. I work in gardening so I have a name for every tool, but I don't know anymore if they're technicall, common, regional... :D
    – Laura
    Commented Jan 18, 2012 at 14:50

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