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X27 Update

Post in 'The Gear' started by brianbeech, Jan 24, 2011.

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  1. Spikem

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    :)

    By the way, this will be my last post as my X27 is due to be delivered today.

    It's been nice knowing y'all.

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  2. DonNC

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    LOL
    Good observation Joe

    Good luck spike
  3. Creekyphil

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    Maybe they're out enjoying their new splitter so much they don't want to put it down and post a review?

    I ordered mine directly from the Fiskar's site. Only to wait two days for the notice of shipping that never came. So I emailed customer service, and after another two days, they emailed me back. Only to find out it is backordered for at least two more weeks. Needless to say, I've cancelled the order so that I can go through amazon.
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    richg Minister of Fire

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    Anticipation.....
  5. DonNC

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    Brian?
    Spike?
  6. Joe in MI

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    See? Told ya! I think I'm going to stick with the old maul for now. :cheese:
  7. DonNC

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    good idea. Me too
  8. brad068

    brad068 Feeling the Heat

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    I couldn't believe this!!!

    My relative found the lost x27. Its been missing for 2 weeks now.

    It was in the woods leaning up against 3 full cords of nicely split and stacked oak.

    No foot prints around only wood chips and one other looked to be an old splitting maul? It looked like someone or something lettered the handle with mailbox lettering spelled out "FISKARS". It was hard to tell being that it looked like it got run through a chipper.


    What I could not believe is there was no rust on any part of the X27's wedge! Go figure... :lol:
  9. Joe in MI

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    Wow! That relative has someone really nice working behind the scenes in their life!
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    Wow! That relative has someone really nice working behind the scenes in their life.

    Hopefully whoever used the Fiskars is okay. It looks like users have a pretty high mortality rate, based on our experience here so far. Using one seems to correspond with the user's final post on this forum.
  11. Spikem

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    I have it, and it looks/feel GREAT, but haven't been out to use it yet. Still way too much snow.

    Like the 28" Super Splitter, it's outrageously sharp.
  12. brianbeech

    brianbeech Feeling the Heat

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    I'm STILL waiting for mine to arrive. After day 2 of shipping, it was in Illinois - needless to say I got a 'notice of delay' based on the weather. Hopefully it will be here today. I've got plenty of wood that needs to be split, so if its here when I get home today, I'll be making a post tonight...after dark of course. :D
  13. Rich L

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    If some one doesn't hurry up and swing that axe I'll have to dig up my wood and split some myself to see how it splits.
  14. brianbeech

    brianbeech Feeling the Heat

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    I should be swinging tonight! :D


    Date Time Location Event Details
    February 14, 2011 04:32:00 AM Clarksville IN US Out for delivery
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    (narrator) .... and he was never seen ah-gaain......
  16. brianbeech

    brianbeech Feeling the Heat

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    Well, yesterday evening the UPS man brought the box to the house and when I got off of the bike trainer I opened it. Yes, it did take discipline to finish the exercise before ripping open the package, eventhough I was really like a kid on Christmas morning.

    So, here's the scoop. I was swinging a 28" 2 1/4# Fiskars splitting axe as well as about an 8# maul. Now I've added the X27 and I was able to split a few pieces of wood with it last night. I've always felt that the 28" was really really short; I had gotten somewhat used to it, but I always had to make a conscience effort to be sure my swing area didn't include a round trip to my shins. I'm 6'1" tall, so the 28", although being a really nice axe, just takes me a lot of mental effort to be safe with it. I was concerned that the extra 8" wouldn't be enough to take me back to my regular swing pattern, but I was surprised to find out that the 8" actually made the handle about 1 1/2" longer than my maul handle. I was really shocked with this. Needless to say the length is much better than I had anticipated. The head design, as you know, is the same as the splitting axes of the past and one that I like. This head is 4 1/4# and you can really tell when you pick up both the 28" and then the X27. Being at the end of the long handle really makes it feel solid and heavy.

    I then begin to split a few pieces. First swing and it almost bounced off of the wood. Typical, but with the new axe, I figured it would go through everything like hot butter. I got a bit concerned. Checked the edge, very sharp. I swing again with a little more force, thinking I may have been tired from all the exercise; this time the axe blasts apart the wood and sends both pieces in opposite directions. I split the remainder of the log about 5 times and each time it blasted through. As far as the feel of the axe, I give it a 10. As far as the length of the axe, again a 10. I haven't split with it enough to really rate anything else, but suffice it to say that so far I'm very very very happy with it. I honestly can't think of a time when I'll pick up my 28" (that I love very much) again.

    Don't be deceived by this post, this axe, although very nice, still makes you chop the wood. It does not remove the work from it and I did have it bounce off of some really hard hard wood last night. I eventually got it split, but it was hard work. It took a wedge and a sledge - so, it won't blast through those pieces any more than the 28"...well, maybe a little more.

    Either way, I love the axe, can't wait to swing it - weight is good and length is great; heck, I even like the new cover for the head - it doesn't snap in like the 28" cover, rather it fits in there and the orange tap holds it in place.

    A definite purchase for anyone that likes the Fiskars axes and thinks the 28" is a bit short.
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    You survived to tell about it!!!
    I don't know if I could adjust back to the longer handle after a few years with the original Fiskars.
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    A lot would probably depend on how tall you are. It may bring you back to a more normal/powerful swing. If you're not very tall, it may be more of a hindrance.
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    Flatbedford Minister of Fire

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    I am about average height. I have become some used to the shorter Fiskars that my old Craftsman 6 pounder feels like it is about 6' long when I pick it up.
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    Great review Brian, thanks. I'll probably order one, if for no other reason than the 28' just seems too short to me.
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    I will certainly be getting one simply because I do not have the old one and the 27 is rated as the better of the two by someone of my height. Being new to the stove thing I am starting from scratch.
  22. brad068

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    You mean you have to manually swing this thing?!

    I just lay it next to a pile of rounds, turn around and count to ten, and WOHLAA..!! Nice even splits!

    That sound like a lot of work picking this thing up over your head and chopping downward?!

    Thats why I could never understand why everyone was afraid of the short handle. Now I understand :lol:
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    I got the X27 yesterday and tried it out today. I had been using a 4 pound maul but the head came off the handle and I decided to give it a try since there are so many people here who love them. I didn't split much but it does swing well and feels good so far. The only thing I am not sure about yet is the grip on it.
  24. brianbeech

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    Yeah, that's why it will NEVER get 5 stars in my book! :D
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    These are now available in Canadian Tire stores... Just picked one up in Calgary and couldn't wait to try it out based on everything I've read.

    I enjoy chopping wood and previously I've used a 8lb maul and a granfors bruks splitting axe.

    Honestly, I doubt I'll ever use either of these again. I'll probably hold onto both as spares and the GF may use the granfors from time to time, but I'll always reach for the fiskars now. Wow, I'm very impressed with this axe. I came home and went outside to chop in -25C weather and had a blast. I've had a stack of wood piled off to this side because I've had trouble splitting it in the past... the x27 powered through all of it in relatively short time.

    If you can't already tell, I'm a big fan of this axe and I've only used it for less than an hour. I'm already looking forward to more spring scrounging and more time splitting.
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