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Amazon: Super Splitter by Fiskars on sale for $33.50

Post in 'The Gear' started by CJRages, Aug 3, 2010.

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  1. CJRages

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  2. HittinSteel

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    Thank you very much...... looks like I'll be trying one out in 5-9 business days.
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    Thanks, been waiting for the right deal. Mine will be here in two days with free shipping since I signed up for a free trial of Amazon Prime.
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    Thanks for the heads up CJ
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    I have read discussions on handle length for different size users. Does it matter or is it just preference. I have been interested in trying these but was reluctant to put out the schillings. This sounds like the price will never be better unless a rich uncle gives me one.
  6. oldspark

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    After getting used to the shorter handle it seems normal and my 8lb maul has too long of a handle. There is some one on this forum that did not like his but just about everyone that has bought one is happy with it.
  7. timchuck

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    I have been wanting to give my take on the great splittin axe debate. After reading the rave reviews on this forum on the super splitter I had to give the Fiskars a try, found one at Sears for 40 bucks. Sweet little weapon of destruction. After swinging my 8lb maul I realized what a very different method of splitting with the Fiskars. Be careful with the sharpness of the tool. Even with the teflon coating it will stick on occasion. I laid my finger wide open (through gloves) after it jumped out of a tough round. I'm 6'3" and it does take some getting used to with the handle length but if you use a block it's pretty easy to adjust. For me the best combination seems to be my 6 lb maul. I can swing it with a much higher velocity then my 8 lber and I don't have the fatigue I get with my 8 lber. The 6 lber still has considerable energy with that velocity to split on impact the tough rounds. If the wood is easy to split I will reach for the Fiskars but with tough splitting wood the 6 lb or 8 lb maul works best for me. You will have much less fatigue with the lighter Fiskars. Bottom line I think it is different for different body types, age, hand eye coordination you get the idea. If you can swing the Fiskars fast and accurate enough it is an awesome tool. Be careful with that thing as sharp as it is and as fast as you need to swing it it will do some serious damage. Don't do the shorts, sneaker thing. After using the Fiskars a couple days I bought a pair of steel toe boots to do my "wood work". Just my two cents.
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    I have always wanted to try one of these...in 5-9 days I will!

    Thanks
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    Friday is Christmas for me. Couldn't resist the instant gratification of 2 day shipping. Now if I can just remember to cancel that free trial.
    How dangerous is this thing. I have used a maul and have never even had any near miss haps.
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    It is important to be extra careful when you are starting out using the Fiskars. As been noted already, it arrives from the factory VERY sharp. At lease initially I recommend wearing gloves, boots and long pants. For me, the only times in which the blade came close to my feet/shins was when I made a bad strike towards a log and the blade ricocheted off the corner of the round at a nasty angle towards my feet. For this reason I do not use a chopping block and keep my feet spread apart when striking. Also bend the knees as you follow through. Once you know exactly where the blade is going to end up every time you swing, then the PPE is not as big of a deal.
  11. oldspark

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    OHH, PPE not that big a deal, I beg to differ, to each his own but I would always wear PPE when using the Fiskars.
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    Thanks, that makes sense. Do you think it would be safer using the tire on the block method.
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    Yep. Nothing wrong with a safety minded attitude. All I'm saying is once someone has developed good form, precision striking and has spent many hours using this tool, then some of the training wheels are not as necessary as before. I'm not recommending anyone (expert or not) use the Fiskars or any maul/axe barefooted or in a haphazard manner.
  14. oldspark

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    Not trying to be a smart ass but have never heard any one call PPE training wheels before, I dont care how careful you are things can happen and do,the PPE you wear when you are new at it should be the same as when you are familar with the tool.
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    That might even be a good enough deal to get Quads to try one. NOT!!! :lol:
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    It all depends on what you are doing and the tool you are using. Take operating a chainsaw for example: so many things could go wrong and each cutting situation is different with many unique challenges. A chainsaw is quickly able to do extreme damage to your body and being extra careful sometimes isn't good enough. I would agree with your comment if it was applied towards use of chainsaw chaps, and head and foot protection. Everyone should use them as often as possible.

    Speaking only from my experience - splitting wood with the Fiskars axe is a simple task with few variables, low chance of serious injury when performed correctly. Injuries are going to be rare but when they happen - mostly minor.

    Probably each person here holds different risk tolerances. We all do whatever we can to mitigate risk to an acceptable level. That acceptable level varies for each of us.
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    Ha ha! You're right. NOT!!!
  18. oldspark

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    Been splitting wood a long time and there are many varibles in just the type of wood, how dry is, is it a twisted tree, I have had the maul do things I was not expecting, the one I love is when the piece splits way easier than you thought or the maul takes off in a different direction, oh well to each his own, boots and jeans and gloves are cheaper than a trip to get sewn up. I guess old age makes me more leery of such things.
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    I don't know when old age starts, but this 40 y.o. won't split without boots and jeans even though he has been splitting since he was 18. Nobody ever expects accidents.
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    Thanks for the heads up. Just ordered mine.
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    After using the Fiskars for awhile, I hardly notice the shorter handle. I actually think it's a bit easier to control than a maul due to the weight and sharpness. The fiskars goes in where you aim it; I have less deflection with the Fiskars vs a regualr maul. I really like this splitter; I've been happy with it. I'm certainly not as tired after using it.
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    What, didn't you read the contract before signing? :bug: :lol:

    You can cancel Amazon Prime at any time and still get the benefits for the entire month according to the web site. Of course, I still haven't canceled mine, so who am I to talk. :roll:

    Mine came today, just a little while ago, so I haven't had a chance to swing it at any wood yet. First observation? It ain't even close to as sharp as I expected it to be. I feel like making a video to show you guys me letting it smack into my open palm without a scratch on me. I even ran it over the soft part of my forearm and it didn't make a mark. If I did that with my Gransfors hatchet the way it came to me (or any of my several axes) I'd be in the ER right now. Now, I don't feel that extreme sharpness has any place in splitting wood in the first place, so I really don't think it matters, but all I can say is that mine looks like it came from the factory the way it was supposed to, and boys, it just ain't close to sharp. But I'm sure it will deliver as promised when it comes to actually splitting the wood. Interesting geometry to the thing that isn't readily apparent in a 2-D photo.

    So I guess I'm still way more afraid of splitting with an axe than with this terrifying splitter. I've been using an axe to do a lot of splitting for most of my life, so I think I won't be too scared of this bad boy.

    Now watch me cut my dang foot off tomorrow. :p
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    While it may not be close shave sharp, it is sharper than any other maul I have seen. But it really is more like a maul/axe hybrid. It does some cutting, and some smashing. I have used mine as an axe from time to time in the woods when I didn't feel like going back to the truck for my axe.
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    nice tip, already have it oin order!!
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    Got the friskars today. Only took one day to ship!!
    Definitely swings faster then maul and kinda blows the splits apart. Lighter and more accurate with swing. Good purchase at $33.50.
    Does anyone use the tire or bungee method for splitting. If so, any tips. I'm trying it out.
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