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Fiskars Splitting Axe/Maul

Post in 'The Gear' started by ArsenalDon, Jan 6, 2013.

  1. ArsenalDon

    ArsenalDon Minister of Fire

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    My Maul is dying. What is your experience with Fiskars product? They look slimmer there fore look like they cut through a split easier. Traditional mauls just do not do it for me unless I grind them down to bits.

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  2. BrotherBart

    BrotherBart Hearth.com LLC Mid-Atlantic Division Staff Member

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    Search on "Fiskars" here and find more than you will believe. ;lol
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  3. Freakingstang

    Freakingstang Feeling the Heat

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    I LOVE mine...all i ever used before was a mega maul.


    my advice, if you use a splitting block or stump get the X25. If you don't use a block, get the longer x27. I bought a 25 after the 27 and while it works great for using on a block, I split in the woods when I cut so i don't normally have a splitting block and don't use it.

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    it blows through anything smaller than 18" in diameter...seriously, watch you feet and don't use it on concrete, asphalt or your nick up the super awesome edge. the bigger rounds go quick if you work your way around it instead of going for a one strike kill.

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  4. MasterMech

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    A new thread about the damn things just about every other day. Literally :confused:
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  5. ArsenalDon

    ArsenalDon Minister of Fire

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    Sorry. Didn't mean to piss ya off....just new here and asking for advice.
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    BrotherBart Hearth.com LLC Mid-Atlantic Division Staff Member

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    Didn't look pissed off to me. ;lol
  7. MasterMech

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    Not pissed, at all. It's top of the list for topics on this forum for sure.
  8. ArsenalDon

    ArsenalDon Minister of Fire

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    Thanks all, just ordered the X27 from Amazon. Can't wait!!
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  9. Pallet Pete

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    Having used a conventional ax for a long time and then buying the Fiskars "big difference". Dont expect to go through big rounds without help though its good but not a miracle maker !

    Pete
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  10. gerry100

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    If you're effective with a maul I don't think you'll see much advantage with a Fiskars.

    It take a lot of swings to develop a good stroke with a maul. Fiskars' may be a shortcut that gets you more wood split sooner
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  11. Elusive

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    Also, you will be able to swing the fiskars many more times before becoming fatigued.
  12. Mackj

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    I know you asked about the fiskars, which sounds great. I got a true temper total control maul with a red fiberglass ergonomic handle. I bought it at Lowes. The best part is it says lifetime guarantee right on it. After a couple of years hard use the head started to come loose. I took it in and they gave me a new one! Unbelievable. I hope to continue this forever. It really swings nice!
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    I'm with Pete,it's great and it splits so nice i have to remind myself not to lighten my blows because it does so good BUT you will need a maul and or wedge for the bigger jobs and be careful after 3 or 4 cords of wood this thing wont dull.If you've ever hit your leg or boot before with a maul and were so relieved it didn't cut ya,the Fiskars wont promise you that.IT IS SHARP and stays that way!1 thing i don't like is it cuts into the side of a split while making it's cut and that can cause it to twist on ya.You'll be happy with it but i like to prepare you for what i've experienced with it.You don't want the edge of this thing touching skin.I cut my thumb on the tip taking it out of it's scabbard.Now that i've scared ya half to death,enjoy.==c
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  14. jatoxico

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    I split by hand. Fiskars is an excellent product. I picked up the sharpener for $10. Had gone through probably 4 cords and nicked the blade, Now I touch up after each use, you can shave the hair off your arm.
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    January 2012,slipped a little with the X25 after a long day.Just behind the steel cap,not as deep as it looks,did see a small scratch on foot & single drop of blood on heavy sock from the point however.I quit for the day then.

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    I try to keep my legs well apart but after a long day you get tired and lazy. Good reminder to stay attentive to the job.
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    And thus why I started wearing cutting chaps when I use my Husky chain saw. I just had bought them, had a long ass day of cutting wearing them, got lazy and would have cut my leg off if it wasn't for my chaps....I tend to quit it all now when I fatigue....thanks for the advice guys.
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    Yeah, my X27, X7, and Fiskars axe sharpener get delivered tomorrow from Amazon. Cannot wait to use them.

    Me, I taper off the level of danger as the day goes on. First thing, we use the saws to fell and buck wood. Then, we use the splitter. Lastly, we load the wood in the trucks and trailer when we are dragging our rears. I try not to use the saws all day long because I am just not used to 8 hours of hard work anymore. Let me rephrase that. I am not used to 8 hours of tough physical work that requires complete and utter mental concentration at the same time.
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    Thats sometimes easier said than done.... It is an awesome axe, but it should come with some more warnings... i too have knicked the boot a time or two...paying attention and keeping your body in goo postion will help. I'd seriously recommend everyone else that is thinking about the x27 to consider the X25 (same head, just 8 inch shorter handle) and use a splitting block/round. At least then, you have some kind of secondary protection if you have a mis hit or exploding strike (which will happen A LOT with these axes).

    And to the guy that said something about chaps.... I'm going to say atta boy... I never used to wear them. Thought because I had worked a legit tree service job, I was a self proclaimed pro that didn't need that safety crap...well a few years ago i knicked my double knee carhart work pants limbing with my 5100.. didn't know I did it until I felt a branch hit the skin on my thigh.. went and bought a set of the cheap husky chaps...same deal...saw abuptly stopped one day while topping. that one would have been deep had I not had the chaps on. I thrash when limbing... thats where most accidents happen. And I just retired those old chaps for a new set of Stihl PorMarks a couple months ago. thye might look ghey, or be somewhat uncomfortable at first, but well worth the piece of mind that you are going home at the end of the woods day.. I've always wore a hardhat while felling, ESPECIALLY dead trees, just the slightest movement in the tree, or even wind can drop a nice sized branch on you brain bucket and really ruin your day.
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    They have done a great job designing and refining these tools , I use the sharpener depending on how much I have used the tool, but the sharpness is one of attributes of these tools, neither the X25 or the X7 hatchet were as sharp new, as they were after a few strokes with the sharpener, after that , they are to scary sharp !!! to carry around with out the sheath,seriously !!
    I would rather carry a utilty knife,open, in my back pocket , than cerry these tools around with out the sheathe, Because of the weight behind of the cutting edge

    There comes a point where they won't do the job like a 8 lb maul, so U break out the maul or wedge n sledge, if U prefer to swing the 8 lb maul ,more power to ya.

    The little X7 compared to a conventional hatchet is very different, and much more efficient, if I have the need, to re split a 6 or 8 in split , down in the basement , with a 16" hi chopping block, I can do it one hand with the X7, with less effort , BUT don't expect these tools to tackle GD ,PITA elm ;lol
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    Best investment I ever made. I just leave mine out overnight, leaning up against a pile of rounds. When I come out the next morning, all the wood is split and stacked. Can't beat a Fiskars.
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    Great,now ya tell us.;)
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    I encourage everyone that wants to hand split to own a fiskars, but if you can only have one splitting tool, then start somewhere else. The fiskars stuff isn't magic. it's a good product that has overly optimistic hype behind it. If I could only have one thing, it would be my 8lb maul. Since I am so wealthy and all, i chose to have the 8lb, 6lb, a fiskars, a couple of wedges, etc etc. Not everybody is rich like me though. (<--that's sarcasm, fyi)
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  24. Thistle

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    Nope its great but wont split everything like my 20lb Monster Maul did....Works very well on most straight grained woods up to 14"-18" diameter,especially Red/Black Oak or Ash.Not worth as much on most Mulberry,White Oak,some Hickory over 8" diameter or anything with big knots,crooked or gnarly/spiral grain.Have to use big maul or sledge/wedge for those things,at least 1/2 or 1/4 them open first,then the X25 has it much easier..
  25. ArsenalDon

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    Fiskars X27 came! I cannot believe how great this thing is!! What used to take me 10-12 whacks with an 8 lb sledge and a wedge (which I grind razor sharp regularly) takes me 2-3 whacks with my X27. I also have an 8 lb maul which I found useless. I had a particularly gnarled, twisted piece of pine that I could not make a dent with with any other tools. I tried like hell and they would bounce off of it. The X27 tore it in two in 3 swipes. This is a miracle tool in my mind so far. I took care of 4 30 inch rounds in 10 minutes today, usually took me 30 min. Love this thing!!

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