1. Welcome Hearth.com Guests and Visitors - Please enjoy our forums!
    Hearth.com GOLD Sponsors who help bring the site content to you:
    Hearthstone Soapstone and Cast-Iron stoves( Wood, Gas or Pellet Stoves and Inserts)
    Caluwe - Passion for Fire and Water ( Pellet and Wood Hydronic and Space Heating)

Fiskar Super Splitter

Post in 'The Gear' started by dave7965, Feb 26, 2010.

  1. LLigetfa

    LLigetfa Minister of Fire

    Joined:
    Nov 9, 2008
    Messages:
    7,343
    Loc:
    NW Ontario
    Quads, you look like a good Catholic. I think with a little more prayer you could split that wood without a Friskers simply by waving your hand, just as Moses parted the Red Sea.

    Helpful Sponsor Ads!





  2. quads

    quads Minister of Fire

    Joined:
    Nov 19, 2005
    Messages:
    2,746
    Loc:
    Central Sands, Wisconsin
    Ha ha! Sorry, I didn't mean to hurt any feelings.

    As I've always said, I would really love to try one, just not going to buy one especially without trying first. And I seriously would like to see some video of Bigg Redd and Nonprophet working their Fiskars. Your videos could show some of the people how you properly use your Fiskars and might help prevent any future operator error. How about it guys? Put up.
  3. brad068

    brad068 Feeling the Heat

    Joined:
    Nov 20, 2007
    Messages:
    440
    Loc:
    Central Wisconsin
    I bought a fiskars and the directions said to lean up against block turn around and count to five. And WALLA!! the pieces layed before me! Thats why I can't understand why everyone is so concerned about the handle length.. go figure.
  4. karri0n

    karri0n New Member

    Joined:
    Nov 18, 2008
    Messages:
    1,148
    Loc:
    Eastern CT
    With that short handle, If you're a taller individual, there is a bit of bending involved in picking the axe back up when it;s time to put it back in the shed.
  5. Skier76

    Skier76 Minister of Fire

    Joined:
    Apr 14, 2009
    Messages:
    1,249
    Loc:
    CT and VT
    Fiskars threads make me LOL. I have one and it works great. I'm not made of money, but the total investment was $50. It's funny that there's less arguing over $1200+ gas powered log splitters.
  6. thewoodlands

    thewoodlands Minister of Fire

    Joined:
    Aug 25, 2009
    Messages:
    10,825
    Don't forget about the money you have to spend to pull the splitter, skier76 how did your winter go?

    zap
  7. thewoodlands

    thewoodlands Minister of Fire

    Joined:
    Aug 25, 2009
    Messages:
    10,825
    Quads you wouldn't look right with a Fiskars, keep pounding that mall.

    Zap
  8. quads

    quads Minister of Fire

    Joined:
    Nov 19, 2005
    Messages:
    2,746
    Loc:
    Central Sands, Wisconsin
    Thanks Zap! And even if I was made of money, I'm not in the habit of buying things I do not need anyway. Especially without a test drive first.
  9. thewoodlands

    thewoodlands Minister of Fire

    Joined:
    Aug 25, 2009
    Messages:
    10,825
    Quads how much snow do you have left.

    Zap
  10. quads

    quads Minister of Fire

    Joined:
    Nov 19, 2005
    Messages:
    2,746
    Loc:
    Central Sands, Wisconsin
    It varies, but less than a foot now and going fast!
  11. 70marlin

    70marlin New Member

    Joined:
    Feb 26, 2010
    Messages:
    175
    Loc:
    Grass Lake mi
    Sears, bought mine for $39 Pro spliting axe seems to work well even though I have only about one face cord of hickery getting to know it.
  12. CJRages

    CJRages Member

    Joined:
    Oct 20, 2009
    Messages:
    246
    Loc:
    Mid Missouri
    I was using the Fiskars SS last night and was grateful for the sharpness of the blade. It removed mulberry limbs from rounds (limbs missed by the chainsaw while bucking) up to 2" without any trouble. Also found out that if you lay a 2" thick limb on a chopping block it will chop through with one swing. Made a few 18" pieces without the need of a chainsaw. :D That must be the value of a well sharpened "axe".
  13. Skier76

    Skier76 Minister of Fire

    Joined:
    Apr 14, 2009
    Messages:
    1,249
    Loc:
    CT and VT
    Went well zap! Had a lot of fun with the new stove. I'm looking forward to getting a jump on next year's wood soon.
  14. paguy

    paguy New Member

    Joined:
    Dec 4, 2009
    Messages:
    23
    Loc:
    milton pa
    Got my SS today, went out to the pile and played a little bit with some white oak I just got delivered.

    I noticed it either splits the wood or bounces back. Im not a big guy 5'9 160 lbs. After an hour of playing

    I like it, it doesnt bury itself and get stuck and for the most part it makes 2 out of 1 rather easy. What I dont like about it

    is it makes my forearms work overtime. Prolly cause its a new toy and I have to find the right posture for it.

    Overall Im happy with it, ill let you know after I get rid of the 5 cord of wood to split.
  15. Flatbedford

    Flatbedford Minister of Fire

    Joined:
    Mar 17, 2009
    Messages:
    5,196
    Loc:
    Croton-on-Hudson, suburbs of NYC
    I'll say it again. The only people who complain about the "short" handle on Fiskars SS axe are the people who have never used one.
  16. Danno77

    Danno77 Minister of Fire

    Joined:
    Oct 27, 2008
    Messages:
    4,758
    Loc:
    Hamilton, IL
    I can't argue with that, but how many "tall" guys have decided to buy one? I find that those are the ones who are complaining about the short handle.
  17. LLigetfa

    LLigetfa Minister of Fire

    Joined:
    Nov 9, 2008
    Messages:
    7,343
    Loc:
    NW Ontario
    Prolly cuz you need to keep a death grip on the straight handle for fear of it glancing or bouncing back and hitting you in the forehead.
  18. dave11

    dave11 Minister of Fire

    Joined:
    May 25, 2008
    Messages:
    604
    Loc:
    Western PA
    Actually, I think the thickness and shape of the handle are ideal. It has a great flare on it. The problem, despite what other have said, is that the handle is in fact just a bit too short. I'm 6', and I'll confess to having a few swings that weren't perfectly aimed glance off the wood and come awfully close to my ankle. That never happens with the 32" handle on my Snow and Nealley. With the Fiskars, I take a conscious step back before I swing to keep my ankle safe. When I swing the Snow and Nealley, I stand square to the round. I've had the Fiskars SS bounce up off the wood, but never close to my head or face. I think the leg and foot are the big risks with the short handle.

    And though I'm a Fiskars fan, I don't doubt there are those out there who have whacked their shin or ankle with it.
  19. Nonprophet

    Nonprophet Minister of Fire

    Joined:
    Jan 27, 2009
    Messages:
    517
    Loc:
    Oregon
    6'3" here, swing my Fiskars SS with no problem! Best splitting tool I've used on 25+ years of splitting wood........


    NP
  20. karri0n

    karri0n New Member

    Joined:
    Nov 18, 2008
    Messages:
    1,148
    Loc:
    Eastern CT
    If the handle is too short or you are too tall, widen the stance a little. This should really come pretty naturally.
  21. Archer39

    Archer39 Feeling the Heat

    Joined:
    Sep 23, 2009
    Messages:
    270
    Loc:
    Pottstown PA
    My brother is 6'4" 260lbs and does not have a problem using mine when he gives me a hand. We both grew up using mauls and they both have their place. But the maul certainly does not get much use anymore. After i split with the Fiskars for a few hours i will use the maul just to use different muscles for the last 30 mins or so. I just purchased a splitter but the i take the Fiskars with me to half or quarter large rounds. I can never get the splitter up to the rounds in the woods so the splitter is used in the processing area.
  22. K2Orion

    K2Orion Member

    Joined:
    Apr 2, 2009
    Messages:
    66
    Loc:
    St. Louis Mo
    I've split 2 cords of white/red oak with my new SS in the last month. Yesterday my neighbor (who heats exclusively with wood) came over to see what I was doing. He said he heard me running the saw recently and heard the whack of a maul/axe and offered me the use of his splitter (see my sig). I said thanx but no thanx. Splitting for an hour or two in the evening is fun with SS where with my old maul it was more like work. I told him I would love to use the splitter for the knotty stuff I'm starting to pile up. The maul and wedge won't get much use now.

    I can split much faster with the SS than with a splitter. And the use of a 235/75/17 is a great addition. It keeps the splits within reach without bending to pick them up to stack and keeps the round on the stump instead of rolling off with an errant strike. And I can stand up an odd shaped round against the inside so it can be split easily.

    But I will be getting the sharpener to maintain the edge. The tire does seem to accelerate the wear of the edge.
  23. allhandsworking

    allhandsworking Feeling the Heat

    Joined:
    Sep 30, 2008
    Messages:
    369
    Loc:
    NYC
    I am 6' and love ss splitter I have been splitting red oak with it some really big rounds 3'. I just chip away at the sides and work to the center. I use a bungie to keep the pieces together. It is so fast! I do a few rounds a day to prevent sore bones! I have an electric spltter that I like but have not used it since getting the ss on Amazon for 33$ the sharpener is cheep but works! Use a stump to protect your blade!
  24. albertj03

    albertj03 Minister of Fire

    Joined:
    Oct 16, 2009
    Messages:
    535
    Loc:
    Southern Maine
    I have enjoyed using my Supper Splitter as well. The one problem I've had with it is that I've knicked myself twice with it enough to draw blood. Nothing too bad but it doesn't take much for the sharp edge to get you. First time I wasn't wearing gloves and reached for the axe without looking, got me on the thumb. Second time I had just split a round and went to set the axe down when it knocked into a piece of wood and bounced back at my leg. There was no hole in my pants but it still knicked me and drew blood somehow.

    Both incidents were a result of me not taking my time but I've learned my lesson which is that I can't treat this like the old dull maul I'm used to and not expect stuff like this or worse to happen.
  25. elijah

    elijah Member

    Joined:
    Oct 14, 2009
    Messages:
    104
    Loc:
    Salt Lake City, UT
    Just got mine yesterday (Fiskars SS) and it absolutely worked over some Chinese elm (hardest wood I have around here)! I tried to split with a maul and wedges, not a chance. Even the 25 ton MTD/Briggs and Stratton had a fairly rough time with this wood. I couldn't believe that it was actually splitting with this SS. I first grabbed it and was very skeptical and thought to myself, 'People are raving over THIS thing. No way. Way to light. Not a long enough handle to get a hard/heavy swing.' Boy was I wrong. It was raining outside and my wife couldn't get me to come in because I was having to much fun splitting with this thing! I enjoy doing all my splitting by hand, I had destroyed an 8 lb and 10 lb maul already (no biggie, home depot specials) and thought there just wasn't going to be a way to split the harder woods by hand so I gave in and picked up the hydraulic at an incredible price. I feel very fortunate to have a healthy body and so I'd like to do everything I can by hand or my own labor, now I know I can. Definite two thumbs up and worth the 40 bucks, BIG TIME.

Share This Page