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Fiskars Super Splitting Axe, 28" handle...

Post in 'The Gear' started by sl7vk, Dec 27, 2008.

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  1. sl7vk

    sl7vk New Member

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    So I bought this for Christmas....
    http://www.amazon.com/Fiskars-Super...ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=hi&qid=1230341407&sr=1-1

    At the time it was 42 bucks with free shipping. A big part of my decision was watching the video of a guy on here going ape on a bunch of rounds with a splitting axe. I was impressed. Decided to give it a shot.

    Yesterday I broke out a couple of 30" rounds that the #8 maul just bounced off this summer. Tried the maul on them again, same result.... bounce.... and a wrist that hurt like hell. Break out the Fiskars, and holy hell! Split the round in two. Another swing splits again. Another swing, splits again! This thing is amazing and I would highly recommend it to any able bodied wood burner.

    I've heard people complain about the short handle, but I actually preferred it, because it gave me much more control on my swings.

    This thing actually makes splitting enjoyable!!!!!

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    LLigetfa Minister of Fire

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    If it's the same video I'm thinking of, the guy was using a $150 Granfors axe. My most fav axe had a curved handle that I always felt added stability.
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    wingsfan Feeling the Heat

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    I have a shorter Fiskars hatchet. It is a nice tool. You will like yours also.
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    Yeah, it was that video. I never really gave getting a splitting axe much thought until I watched that guy go completely ballistic on some rounds.

    The Ganfors was a bit rich for my blood, the Fiskars is almost the same weight, same length and made in Finland. The handle is unbreakable, and it is a really nice tool.

    I'll be using steel toed boots when using it though. The blade is sharp as a mother!
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    I hope you got your axe sooner than I got my Fiskars hatchet I bought to do kindling. It took over 2 months and the price went up a ton through Amazon. They had to honor the price they gave me when I ordered it.

    Shipper
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    1 week.

    But I've been there before with Amazon.

    I tried to find the thing locally, but the nearest store was over an hour away, and they couldn't "for sure" tell me whether they had it in stock....... If you can get it from a local guy, all the quicker gratification in my opinion.
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    Adabiviak Feeling the Heat

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    What makes this a better splitting maul? I'm in the market for a new one, and this sounds like a winner.
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    I can't say enough good things about my 2.25lb Fiskars splitting ax.
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    Sears stocks these. My local ACE store does too.
    I plan to get one in the next few days (and some steel-toed boots).
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    you and that ax come on over got a few rounds that needs a good wack! lol good review on the ax they are nice!
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    What can I say? %-P Rick

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    smokinj Minister of Fire

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    very nice work!
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    LLigetfa Minister of Fire

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    Can you say Fiskars FanBoy? :kiss:
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    Not 100% why it's better.... but here are some thoughts.

    It's about half the weight which really lets me "let er rip." Lots of velocity.
    The head is sharp as a good Henckles knife. If it catches the wood, it engages it.
    Sharp head, flanged head, tons of velocity and snap the wood just gives way. If you're interested in an 8# maul and live locally, just swing by my place because I won't be needing it anymore.
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    Ok, I'm jealous.

    What is the large one on the far left?
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    fossil Accidental Moderator Staff Member

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    It's a chopping axe, which, in my frenzy to fill out my collection I actually ordered in error, as I rarely have a need for a chopping axe. During the same period, I ended up with two of the smallest hatchets, as well...so I gave one to my cousin. :red: Rick
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    As far as I'm concerned my 4.25 lb Fiskars Super Splitting Axe Has made my 8 lb maul obsolete,the 2.25 lb Fiskars Pro Splitting Axe is great for most of the smaller stuff.
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    I got the same splitting axe for Christmas as well. Can't wait to try it out and see how it does.
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    I've got an old double bitted Collins Ax in my truck. It has cut a few trees and limbs out of my way.
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    I split a dozen rounds with the maul this morning and decided to take a break and go buy a Fiskar.
    Nice tool. I doubt I'll ever swing that damned 8lb.er again. I'm much faster and happier with the Fiskar.
    One should be even more careful with this one, though, due to the shorter handle and the sharp cutting edge.
    Your hands should be at or below the height of the log at impact and your follow-through should be torward the ground.
    The arc of your swing should not be such that a miss-hit allows the head to continue above ground torward you.
    Another idea might be to stand facing the cut so that the axe would go between your feet if it did come at you.
    I give the Fiskar 2 thumbs up.
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    Yes, it doesn't take long to realize this is a dangerous tool. Probably worth wearing safety goggles and steel toes just in case.

    The method you described is what I used yesterday. Wide stance facing the log. Lift both hands and the ax directly over my head. Strike.

    In the past I'd swing the maul with a couple beers in me.... No way would I do that with the Fiskars!
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    Once the rounds are cut up it's beer:30 for me. I ain't splittin' nuthin' without cold beer at hand.
    Just be safe and if there's a choice to be made put the axe away. LOL
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    Had the neighbor's wife come running into the cabin in sheer panic, screaming that she cut her foot real bad and crying for help. It was all I could do to sit her down and try to figure out which foot she cut. She was saying how bad it must be and that she could feel her boot filling up with blood yet I couldn't see a mark on either boot. Funny, what your mind can imagine when out in a remote cabin miles away from civilization. I'm not sure she even hit her foot.
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    Sometime last season I just needed a couple of small splits or kindling pieces, and thought I'd go on out and git 'er done...even though I was wearing my fake Uggs. I swung that small Fiskars splitting axe just a bit wide once, or else the wood was unexpectedly compliant...in any case that axe just grazed one of my boots. It was like a razor. Another 1/4" or so and I'd have probably been headed for the ER. Nothing but real leather boots on my feet nowadays. I dress out for splitting almost like I dress out for riding my Harley. And I make sure I have enough of whatever I'm gonna need before I dress down for the evening. Rick

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    A good cautionary tale.

    Close calls are worth a lot when it comes to each of our own personal learning curves...
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