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A 100% NOOB "review" of my new Fiskars X27

Post in 'The Gear' started by Big Donnie Brasco, May 4, 2013.

  1. Big Donnie Brasco

    Big Donnie Brasco Feeling the Heat

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    So I don't have a stove yet, I've NEVER used a chainsaw yet, and I have NEVER swung an axe... til today!

    I scrounged a few small loads of wood and went out and got me the "latest-greatest" hand splitter :p

    Someone on here recommended the tire thing to retain the split wood, so I tried it. That worked great for ME for a few reasons.... I had a tendency to "swing for the fences" and fly through the wood! With the tire in place the shaft just impacted the rubber.The blade is chefs-knife sharp so watch your fingers!

    I am still trying to find the right swing, but I only got one "bounce". Then regrouped and swung again with a focus on swing speed. Maybe like the physics of golf?!Cleaved it like a light saber!

    So with NOTHING to compare it to I REALLY liked it a lot! I can't imagine the devastation it will have on COLD wood!! I split a few 20 inch hardwood rounds with NO problems. I split for 15 minutes, and stopped only because I figured that I might be sore tomorrow. If not I'll split some more!

    In 15 minutes I split this little pile (two rows deep) and could have split the entire pile but I didn't wanna overdo it on my very first day.

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    It's not a lot but for someone that has never done it before I tho't it wasn't a bad start.
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  2. jeff_t

    jeff_t Minister of Fire

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    Wait until you start swinging it your big hedge score ;lol
  3. Big Donnie Brasco

    Big Donnie Brasco Feeling the Heat

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    oh..... is that gonna suck? :p

    I DID have 4 hedge rounds in the bunch and they "popped" apart better than the others... I think with the physics that this operates under, harder wood just pops right apart. It was more difficult to split the wetter, greener stuff.

    BDB
  4. brian89gp

    brian89gp Feeling the Heat

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    I usually put some wood down on the ground between where I stand and the splitting block. Glancing blows will usually put the tip of the x27 into the ground or your toes, the wood on the ground prevents both.

    Straight branchless hedge splits nice and easy, problem is hedge is rarely straight or branchless. Had several rounds this past winter that stalled a 22 ton splitter.
  5. Big Donnie Brasco

    Big Donnie Brasco Feeling the Heat

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    Hey Brian... evidently you have not seen my MASSIVE guns!!

    * 100% kidding!!! :)
  6. brian89gp

    brian89gp Feeling the Heat

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    But, on the bright side you will be cutting the hedge so you can avoid a lot of splitting troubles by separating out crotches and straight sections.

    ....You'll get those guns lugging around all that hedge.
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  7. bogydave

    bogydave Minister of Fire

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    Making kindling?
    Small splits will dry faster
    The rounds in the top pic, I'd just split in half so it dries well ;)

    You have the right idea most hard woods (straight grained) split easy.
    Usually fresh cut green stuff pops apart (some exceptions like spruce)

    Can be fun & a good way to get a workout. :)
    (For those with no back injuries.)
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    Flatbedford Minister of Fire

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    It is a nice tool. You have to update your signature.
  9. loadstarken

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    Nice work!

    You'd better update your signature with your new gear!
    I need to do that also because my saws are multiplying!
  10. Big Donnie Brasco

    Big Donnie Brasco Feeling the Heat

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    DONE :)


    Can't wait to post picts of my new saw.......... it's gonna be BAS @$$ !!!!!!
  11. Big Donnie Brasco

    Big Donnie Brasco Feeling the Heat

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    Thanks Dave..... I have NO idea how large or small to split the wood. One of the things I never considered!!
  12. Ram 1500 with an axe...

    Ram 1500 with an axe... Minister of Fire

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    Good going, I have also been told I split my wood too small, lol
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  13. bogydave

    bogydave Minister of Fire

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    Well, you want a variety of sizes, IMO.

    Small for a quick to get hot, take the chill off fire & it burns out quick&
    to fill in voids between bigger splits
    To
    Big splits to make it thru the night.
    BKK Full Load.JPG

    I hve mostly birch, so everything up to 8" - 9" rounds get split in half.
    10" I take 4" off one side & split the big 2/3 piece in half.
    12" get quartered down the middle.
    12" to 14" I get 5 splits, maybe 1 4" X 4"
    16" & above, I get some nice 3" X 4" / 5"s , 4" X 4" / 5" / 6"s , 5" x 5" /6" s

    with some nice triangle splits off the ends
    for over night burns & good for the end row cross stack,

    5" X 6" s is about as big as I go. May have a few 6X6 s
    Good & dry in 3 years .
    Big splits for long, hot burns on cold nights ;)

    Some examples:
    2.JPG 4.JPG 4.JPG

    DSCF1035.JPG DSCF1040.JPG
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  14. Big Donnie Brasco

    Big Donnie Brasco Feeling the Heat

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    You da MAN Dave!!

    Thank you very much for taking the time to post this!! It really does help!!

    Don
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    swagler85 Minister of Fire

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    Very nice Donnie! What area are you from?
  16. Big Donnie Brasco

    Big Donnie Brasco Feeling the Heat

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    I am from Kansas... About 45 minutes from Kansas city.
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    swagler85 Minister of Fire

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    Cool, I just came back from out that way. Spent some time turkey hunting in Nebraska. Great times, you have some amazing turkey hunting in Kansas and Nebraska!
  18. Sean McGillicuddy

    Sean McGillicuddy Burning Hunk

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    Funny I don't see that under that nice pic!!
  19. Jags

    Jags Moderate Moderator Staff Member

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    I have some elm you can test that thing on.
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  20. Big Donnie Brasco

    Big Donnie Brasco Feeling the Heat

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    Whatever.... that is PASTA !!! ;)
  21. Big Donnie Brasco

    Big Donnie Brasco Feeling the Heat

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    I LOVE me some turkey hunting!!
    I posted my latest turkey hunt in the "off topic" three different times but it never showed up!
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  22. Jags

    Jags Moderate Moderator Staff Member

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    That is a fat bird. I just thought of a new use for the X27...
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  23. swagler85

    swagler85 Minister of Fire

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    Limbhanger! Heck of a bird! We hunted Kansas and Nebraska last year. Loved it there. That an eastern, or mix? We got into Miriam's and Rios where we hunted.
    As far as the post not showing up, may be the mods. They let a bit slide but aren't very fond of "dead animal" pics on here
  24. Big Donnie Brasco

    Big Donnie Brasco Feeling the Heat

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    Thank you for the heads up... I didn't realize that. I won't post anymore.

    That bird was an Eastern, BUT it had some really bright colors like a Merriam. It was 26.6 pounds 1.5" spurs., and 12 inch beard!
    The HUNT itself was the greatest hunt I have ever had!!
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    Elm is best left in the woods to rot.

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