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fiskars x 27 what do you think

Post in 'The Gear' started by Maple man, Sep 25, 2012.

  1. Maple man

    Maple man Burning Hunk

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    what do you guys think about the x 27 i love mine it splits awesome
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  2. Jack Straw

    Jack Straw Minister of Fire

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    It's all I use now.:cool:
  3. Senatormofo

    Senatormofo Member

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    Probably the best money I ever spent! I just put mine away after a little 45 minute workout!
  4. tcassavaugh

    tcassavaugh Minister of Fire

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    i find it ok for straight pieces but for those with knots, i pull out my 8 lb maul. its nice and light, but sometimes it just doesn't cut it. i bought it about 4 months ago after so many people raving about it. at first i was impressed....then i hit some real wood and had to put the little ax aside and bring out the big boy.

    cass
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  5. cptoneleg

    cptoneleg Minister of Fire

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    I bought one last yr and am not impressed- but some folks around here swear by them, so thats just my opinion.
  6. Backwoods Savage

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    Tried one last winter and really was sadly disappointed, especially after reading how many really like them. Makes me wonder what they would do with different tools.
  7. husky345 vermont resolute

    husky345 vermont resolute Burning Hunk

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    Just got one and used it for bout half hour and i thought it worked great. So much lighter than i am used to
  8. cptoneleg

    cptoneleg Minister of Fire

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    so far and I held back my real honest opinion
  9. quads

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    I have often thought about buying one just to see what all the giddy excitement was about. But no stores around here even bother carrying them. The one store I found was 60 miles away in the same town where Fiskar's headquarters is, and the manager there told me that they finally sold the one they had. He said he would not reorder one unless I paid for it in advance.

    Even still, if I did happen to find one laying on a shelf in a local store that I could actually put my hands on before purchasing, I may buy it just for kicks. But honestly, my antique 6# maul splits everything that I swing it at, and I mean everything. So it's hard to justify spending 50 bucks on something that will not do any better job than what I already have, except for it's entertainment value.

    Just my opinion, your results may vary..........
  10. Jack Straw

    Jack Straw Minister of Fire

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    I have bad shoulders and the lite weight of the Fiskars helps me do less damage to them.
  11. Sisu

    Sisu Feeling the Heat

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    I am a Fiskars fan. I was a skeptic at the start, but am a believer now. However, Fiskars axes/splitters are not some sort of magic talisman that will automatically split a bush cord for you. Every tool has its use and limitations. Some gnarly logs are even too much for a Fiskars.

    I use my Fiskars as my "go-to" splitter. I find it can split the majority of 5 bush cords or beech, sugar maple, oak etc. that I burn each year. Along with the design of the Fiskars, it is also as much about using the proper technique and picking the right strategic spots on the log for splitting.
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  12. MasterMech

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    Quads, as one of the most respected maul swingers here, I gotta say, if I thought it would quiet some of the Fiskars babble that never ends here, I'd buy one and ship it to ya. ;)

    Seriously, this has got to be one of the most discussed tools on this forum with dozens of threads.
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  13. Stegman

    Stegman Feeling the Heat

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    Bought one last year and I think it's fantastic. Splitting is much easier with it.
  14. onion

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    I have an x25 I guess (one of the shorter handled ones) and it does 90% of what I ask it to. I still have to use a sledge and wedge on some gnarlier rounds. I broke the handle on my old maul and replaced it with the Fiskars and I use the maul head as a wedge now. To me it is simply that it is lighter and gets most of what I need done so no need to have anything else. It definitely needs to be used differently than a maul though. Different strokes for different folks.
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    I think the answer to this question is "it depends"; on straight grained stuff my X27 is awesome and it is a lot lighter and a lot faster than my maul. But, on twisted grained stuff it isn't as awesome. For that stuff the much larger maul works well. I have several Fiskars axes and they all work well for what they were designed to do but as already mentioned above all tools are pretty much purpose built and the further from that purpose the user tries to take them the worse they will perform. My dad used to always ask things like "are you going to get a spoon or are you going to get a shovel"! One thing I really like about the Fiskars is between the way they make the handles and the way they make the "carrying cases" for the heads, I can literally throw the axes anywhere not worrying with if I will hurt them or have the edge up against anything else. Anyways, my non-expert-assessment: "it depends".
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    Fiskars is all I use.
  17. FrankMA

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    I have an X25 and it works great if used as it was intended. Light enough so you don't hurt yourself (especially true if you're a bit older) but heavy enough to do the job for most rounds and splits. It's kind of funny that this particular tool evokes 2 polar opposite opinions - it's either well liked or dissed as snake oil. I think everyone would agree that no one tool is capable of doing everything so I'm somewhat surprised that the reviews are of an either like it or not opinion. Just my 2 cents for what that will buy you.
  18. Thistle

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    Bought my X25 in May 2011 & its great.Split just over 12 cords of dead mostly Red/White Oak & a little Shagbark Hickory from June 2011 to Jan 2012.Plus roughly 3 cords of mixed green Norway Maple,Silver Maple,Mulberry & Honey Locust from that time to the past few weeks.In over 30 yrs I've used everything from a 20lb monster maul (the original patent),3 & 5lb axes,sledge & wedges (which still all are in my arsenal depending on how tough or large the logs may be). Plus have used various 6-8lb mauls & a couple wood grenades that other people owned....

    But the X25 splits 90% of what I'm cutting with ease.The monster maul & sledge/wedges will sit for weeks/months at a time now,they're only brought out for the extra gnarly or twisted ones.

    IMO there's no 'one size fits all' when it comes to either chainsaws or wood splitting tools...Nice to have a good 'plan' at your disposal.
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  19. Jack Straw

    Jack Straw Minister of Fire

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    I want to thank Thistle for all of his posts, great guy, great posts, very smart and funny!
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  20. Stump_Branch

    Stump_Branch Minister of Fire

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    Gotta swing with some head speed. More of a driver, then say an iron if i compared it to golf.
    Does the bulk of what i ask. The nasty ones i set aside and borrow a spliter for an afternoon.
  21. allhandsworking

    allhandsworking Feeling the Heat

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    X 27 I'm a big fan! I can do 90% of my splitting with it!
  22. Prof

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    It works for me--not magic, but a good tool. Since I got my x-27 I haven't used my axe or maul. I'm a fan of the sledge and wedge for nasty stuff and noodling the really nasty stuff. If I'm honest, my maul would probably bust some stuff the x27 won't, but I can swing the x27 all day long without major fatigue.
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    tcassavaugh Minister of Fire

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    i used a "chopper 2" alot years ago. it has some flippers on either side of the head and is supposed to provide extra leverage/snap providing better splitting. almost bought one again in the local "true value" hardware store but thought my maul and fiskars...could do most of it.

    cass
  24. Dyno625

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    I never use my maul any more, x27 all the way!
  25. katwillny

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    I own both the 25 and the 27, essentially the same unit just that the handle on the 27 is longer. I love the 27, i am five foot 8 and its great. Very sharp, very slick hardly ever gets stuck.

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