If you’ve made the decision to go the hand operated route vis a vis shrubbery surgery, some heavy duty gear is in order, like Fiskars’ gear-driven lopper — the PowerGear.
The handles on the big lopper are nylon-fiberglass composite that Fiskars calls “Nyglass,” which they also claim is extremely difficult to break. The blade is good ‘ole hardened steel with an innovative non-stick coating and connects to a gear mechanism that Fiskars says reduces the force required to operate the tool by half.
Oh yeah, and it looks like a medieval torture device. I think that fits in great with trimming hedges, which I think of as torture anyway.The loppers come in 18” 21” and 31” sizes and pricing starts at around $20 for the 18” version.