Fiskars Splitting Axe/Maul

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  1. bboulier

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    Since getting the X25 (and now the X27), there are only two or three times I have brought out the maul and wedge in the last three years. Wonderful tool that saves a lot of work. Just be sure you keep your legs apart, wear steel toed boots, and swing straight down overhead not over your shoulder. All of my sons will be getting these axes for Christmas or birthday presents over the next couple of years.
     
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    Try lying the round on its side and striking the bark side of a knotted round... You' ll be pleasantly surprised. I used to fight with knots and crotches, not anymore....
     
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    Me either. ;) >>

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    Mines as little as that cute little toy laying on the ground. 3.5 hp of miniature slow power....hey, I traded an old beat up 100 dollar husky 55 for it...

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    Only in my dreams. Hopefully by this spring I will be in a 4 way partnership for a 22 ton...but for now I really love my X27....I went from the stone age to the bronze age, what you got is the rocket age!
     
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    I dont fight with them either....
     

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    Love my x27. I Might try an x7 reading the posts here.
    I have an estwing hatchet but sometimes it doesn't seem
    heavy enough.
     
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    I think the estwig might be a touch heavier with the longer handle than the x7...but something about the head shape, cutting edge and coating make it AWESOME. Maybe the x11 would fit you nicely too...
     
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    Ya , I think the estwig is probably heavier than the x7, I will be adding the x11 to my arsenal in the future.
    One of the best things about the fiskars is ,the head won't come loose and the handles are indestructible
     
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    Sounds good. Thanks guys.
     
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    Try grinding sides of the leading edge back to a more gradual angle. It won't bounce out of the wood nearly as often. Sometimes you need the extra mass of the 8-pounder to plow through tougher rounds.
    6-pound maul (with ground taper) is usually the first thing I grab unless I know it's easy-splitting wood...then I might grab the X-27 or the 4-1/2-pounder, which you apparently aren't wealthy enough to afford yet. ;lol I hit the lottery, and now have a 4# and 4.5#. >>
    Here's the 4-pounder. It fell off the quad and laid in the woods for a while; Probably 3.9# now. ==c
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    I've got one of those fiberglass handled deals with that flare. I hate the dang thing gets stuck in the wood too much for my liking.
     
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    Check out the Estwing Fireside Friend; It's a hatchet/maul...4# head. _g
    I only use it on the easy stuff. If it's sticky stuff, I plow through it with a maul.
     
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    Checked it out , that's interesting
     
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    I finally got to use my new X27 for an hour or so the other day. I like it, but I still prefer my older Super Splitting Axe, which I guess is the older equivalent of the X25. I guess I got used to the shorter handle. Which ever one I used, it sure was nice to blast through some Black Locust rounds. I hadn't done any splitting since March up until last week. It feels so go to get back into it. I even like the soreness the day after.
     
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    I'd be very careful doing that - if you hit just a bit off top dead centre, the axe might deflect to someplace you really don't want it to be.
     
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    I have an x25, and use it for small stuff (like kindling) just by choking way up the handle to the head. I don't really think I'd use an x7 much at all if I had one.
     
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    Yep , things could go wrong if not careful
     
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    Well, after reading the posts here about the x27 and looking at others, I ordered mine from Amazon, $40 shipped. It came today and can't wait to go out an start whacking into the pile tomorrow. I debated on the x25 too but liked the longer handle of the x27. My hubby wasn't thrilled with the thought of me swinging an ax but he brought me home a pair of steel tip boots tonight and told me to perfect my ax wielding skills in case the zombies come :)
     
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    I am half expecting working with the X27 this past fall and winter to help my golf drive reach 300 yards. OK maybe not, but we'll see. Might also be good for the timing of the golf swing, where you want the greatest amount of acceleration to happen as close to impact as possible, rather than be wasted at the beginning of the swing. It forces you to not to rush the initial timing.

    (Only problem, of course, is the direction of the swing won't translate — I wont be aiming the golf club between my legs, unless I hit the wrong b@lls.)

    In retrospect I might have gone with the X25 at my 5'10 height, and gray-haired as I am — might have preferred a little less work wielding that weight out several inches further ... but once you get used to it.

    It definitely gets the job done — even knotted and two-core rounds succumb to the split eventually. I use a block/stump under it, cos there are a lot of exploding rounds, especially if my son joins in the action, and it goes through to whatever's underneath. It's amazing to see two 25-30lb pieces of wood just go flying left and right.
    And yes, feet well apart.
     
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    After another day with the X27, I'm starting to to really appreciate it. Those extra couple of inches add quite a bit of power, yet the tool still has the lightness and control of my smaller Super Splitting Axe.
     
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    you got me pegged.

    but while we're at it. A couple of knotty bits.

    Planning to do some more of this this weekend.

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    Love the split visible around the knot on this one ^ took about for or five whacks to get it to give.


    Below, pristine and ready to go, limb-knot or not.

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    Way to get youself a free pair of steel toecap boots lady!
     
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