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Nordic (hand) splitter...

Post in 'The Gear' started by savageactor7, Aug 21, 2008.

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  1. Sledge&Wedge

    Sledge&Wedge New Member

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    Those were my "thoughts" (as stated), I was under the impression that was what forums were for, the sharing of thoughts, whether they be like others or different. I know after reading the thread that was linked here, from the arboristsite.com forum, that none of my thoughts have changed, only strengthened.
    As per price alone dictating whether a tool or product, is good... certainly it does not, but the idea this tool is the ferrari of axe's is a bit comical, a birch handle and a single cast head? To continue your car analogy, you do not have a ferrari, you have a new Honda civic priced like a ferrari.
    Best Regards

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  2. FINLAND

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    Thank you very much for the compliment. I really did not mean the comparison that way. I'll give an other example: Do you consider a diamond

    as a bad jewellery because it is expensive? Please, do not say, that the LEVERAXE is the diamond of the axes.

    I hope the exchange rate of USD to become stronger, maybe then the LEVERAXE will be better, as well.

    All the best from Finland.

    Regards the inventor www.vipukirves.fi www.vipukirves.net
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  4. Sisu

    Sisu Feeling the Heat

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    Terve Finland,

    There are a lot of opinions here and that is because this is a forum for the exchange of ideas and information. No one here is trying to insult you or your product. Many of the posters here are seasoned metsämiehet (forestmen) and are extremely knowledgeable.

    I must admit that you do have an uphill battle to break into the North American market with your axe. Most people here would be reluctant to buy the axe, due to the cost and without knowing how effective it would be to split the wood in their area.

    I am sure you have a lot of stringy tough pieces of wood, but there are a lot more variety species of trees in the US and Canada vs Finland. Some species are very difficult to split, even with a hydraulic splitter. Especially if there are knots in the wood, etc. If the Vipukirves makes splitting a little easier on these tree species, most people will buy a cheaper axe. If it makes splitting significantly easier, more people (but not all) will buy the Vipukirves.

    If you have a North American distributor, I would suggest they do trials on all North American firewood species, especially the difficult ones. If your axe is as good as you say, word of mouth will help sell it. But the people here will need to see how effective it is with the wood in their forests.

    A good example of word of mouth selling is the success of the Fiskars splitting maul. I have never seen it advertised, yet the rave reviews in forums like this are selling the product.

    I wish you the best of luck with your business.

    Kippis!
  5. xcdustin

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    I'm 26 years old, and I've been splitting large quantities (greater than 15 cord/year) entirely by hand for about 4 years now.

    I've got two broken Home Depot log splitters (fiberglass handle) sitting in my shed. They cost about $30 each, but they each only made it through about 10 cords before the head flew off.

    I've got a Chopper 1 Axe that sits unused in my shed. The design is too complex and heavy. That axe was about $95 after shipping, and the head is starting to slip from the hickory handle.

    I bought a Fiskars Super Splitter after reading reviews on the Home Depot website. It's $55 with composite materials, 36" long, very light. Closer to a knife than an axe. I've split 40 cords with it. It's bulletproof. I've even hammered the soft metal head on occasion (big no-no) and it has held up to it. I'm 5'8" and the axe is supposed to be too long for me, but I can get it going very fast, and it's extremely accurate.

    I won't be trying any clever designs anymore. I've got an axe that works and holds up, and two sledges with 3 metal wedges. No axe is worth $200.

    Source: I've split around 60 cords in the past four years. About 50% oak and the other half a bunch more: sweetgum, pecan, ash, hickory, pine, etc... The Fiskars super splitter has been the most reliable, and I can swing it all day long. I've literally gone out and split for 8-9 hours with a 30 minute lunch break. Maybe some of you supermen out there can swing 8 pound mauls for 9 hours, but I've gotten a huge amount of work done with this axe.
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  6. fossil

    fossil Accidental Moderator Staff Member

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    The bulk of this discussion took place in 2008, with a couple of stray posts tacked on in 2010. Pretty stale zombie thread. Shuttin' 'er down now. Rick
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