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buying a splitting ax

Post in 'The Gear' started by woodywoodchucker, Jan 25, 2012.

  1. woodywoodchucker

    woodywoodchucker New Member

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    How do you get the right sized ax?

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  2. TreePointer

    TreePointer Minister of Fire

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    It's personal preference. Some like shorter/longer handles, lighter/heavier heads, wood/fiberglass handles, different head shapes.

    With all that being said, check out the Fiskars X25 or the longer Fiskars X27. Very popular.
  3. RORY12553

    RORY12553 Minister of Fire

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    Got the X25 and regretting it. Should have went with the longer handle for those times you don't have a splitting stump.
  4. TreePointer

    TreePointer Minister of Fire

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    +1

    I'm 6'0" and the X27 fits me much better.
  5. Pallet Pete

    Pallet Pete Guest

    Got a double head ax for 12.99 put a curved handle on it and it splits everything but I still want a fiskars after using my neighbors!
    Pete
  6. PNWBurner

    PNWBurner Member

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    Depends on how tall you are to some extent. If you're tall and have a short handle on the axe you risk smacking your shin or foot if you miss the round. Not good...

    I'm 6'1" and the Fiskars X-27 works great for me. More leverage with a longer handle too.

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