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X27 Update

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

  1. TN_WOOD

    TN_WOOD New Member

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    Me too.

    Just got mine today and gave it some swings. Two thumbs up.

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  2. southbound

    southbound Minister of Fire

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    I got one on it's way too... I'll get it next fri.....
  3. tomWright

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    ACE $49.99 and it should be in on next Fri.................
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    When I looked at amazon a few days ago they listed the x27 as having 2 left. Must be they are waiting for more to come in.

    I just received the 28 in handled version in January. From what I have done so far I have been impressed.

    I'm waiting to get into some real nasty / wet wood and see how it does before I drop another fifty on it's taller brother.

    pen
  6. TN_WOOD

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    I got local Ace Hardware to order it.

    $49.99 minus a nice $5 coupon I had, so I was out the door for just under $50. Interesting enough, Ace charges $53.99 for the 7854 28" Super Splitter. Don't know what Ace will charge or do about the x25.

    And wouldn't you know it. Saw 2 listings on Craigslist today about free, split firewood. Go figure.
  7. southbound

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    I am planning on using my $5 coupon too....
  8. Stax

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    Ordered the 36" yesterday through my local Ace Hardware. The warehouse had 4 on hand. Paid $52.99 and will be able to pick up in one week. Looking forward to seeing what this badboy can do.
  9. nola mike

    nola mike Feeling the Heat

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    Still waiting on a comparison between the 4.25# 28 inch and the 36...anybody?
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    I'll bet somebody will say something like "The new one is just as good, only longer".
  11. brianbeech

    brianbeech Feeling the Heat

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    If you look in this thread, on the bottom of page 6, I talk about my noticed differences with the two.

    http://www.hearth.com/econtent/index.php/forums/viewthread/69325/P75/


    Nevermind, you said the 4.25# 28" - man, this whole 'reading' thing is confusing. :)
  12. Clarkbar2311

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    I just ordered the x27. I have the SS I will post a review once I get the x27.
  13. tw40x81

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    Short guy take delivery of the X27: I'm 5'5" in my sneakers. Ordered on the 17th from AceHardware.com, with free ship to store. It sat in "located in Inventory" status until the 23rd. Got a call on the way home from work today that it was ready to pick up! I tried it on a 28" diameter piece of god awful hard to split maple. I really don't know what's going on with this particular log but I'm forced to use sledge and wedge, without being able to trim around the edge with the Fiskars SS. First the bad news on the x27. I really dislike the change they made to the flare on the end of the handle. It hurts my widdle hand. But I like the length and I'm not seeing any problem with accuracy. I think it's more of a workout to use, but it's going to take more time for me to say that the additional work translates into more effective splitting.
  14. NextEndeavor

    NextEndeavor Burning Hunk

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    Got mine today, took a week to deliver from Amazon. I couldn’t wait to try it so left work a few minutes early and split a wheelbarrow load before dark, during a snow storm were we have 7 inches predicted. I’m here to tell you, it works great! I had a couple overstrikes until I got used to the longer handle but that didn’t take very long to figure out. A wooden handle might not have appreciated the overstrike. However, this fiberglass handle didn’t even know it happened but my hands got jarred a bit. So far, the fit is perfect and I don’t think anything could be better about it. If the weekend changes my mind I’ll let you know.
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    I had been shopping for a gas splitter, and even had a deal with some buddies to split the cost. Well, wonder of wonders, I just got a $6000.00 bill for my son's pre school classes. That, coupled with a neighbor down the street who will loan me his gas splitter and a tree guy who will rent one to me for $50.00, made me just have to order an X27 last night. My property is filthy with white birch, ash, oak and some maple, and maybe a gas splitter will come in to play in the future. I am such a dork....
  16. DonNC

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    Does anyone here also have another x27 type axe? Atlas perhaps? If we compare Fiskars to Fiskars then I would expect fiskars to come out on top. How does it compare to the competition with a similar model?

    http://www.homedepot.com/Outdoors-G...splay?langId=-1&storeId=10051&catalogId=10053


    Or this model. Its worth a look at the animation.

    http://www.chopperaxe.com/whatis.htm


    http://www.hartvilletool.com/product/12265



    Is there some feature that makes the Fiskars come out on top of any other, and that is why we compare Fiskars to itself? I havnt split wood since I was a teen so I am really short on info here
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    brianbeech Feeling the Heat

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    I agree, interesting. I would have reservations about having an axe with moveable parts, I think you're just asking for something to break/rust/wear out. Evidence of that would be the fact that you can buy 'parts': http://www.chopperaxe.com/accessories.htm

    I don't think it's a bad thing and if it performed super-well, I'd use it even if I had to occasionally buy a part or two. I think the thing that drew me to the Fiskars was the lifetime warranty on the handle against breakage. The Chopper Axe has a wooden handle, which we know is not a bad thing, but with my lack of striking abilities, I bet I could break that after just a few days.

    I would like to hear some input on comparing Fiskars to these other brands, DonNC makes a great point about comparing to itself.
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    CountryBoy19 Minister of Fire

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    This ^^^

    Why, oh why, Fiskars did you have screw up something that was going to be great?

    I tried my brother's out last weekend.

    Just like posted above, it's pretty much the same as the 28" except it has a longer handle. No noticeable change in accuracy, nor change in splitting performance. But the handle is longer, making it more comfortable to use. My only gripe is the "flare" on the end of the handle. The old one was perfect, nice flare to keep a firm grip on the handle. The new flare just plain sucks. It's shape is really awkward and it is actually a bit painful if you don't choke up the grip and hold on tight. IMHO, that defeats the entire purpose of having the flare on the grip at all. I say WTF? Why fix something that aint broken? All we asked for was a long handle so they have to go and change the head design, handle flare, and all that stuff too? Why?

    Honestly, I'm on the fence. My 28" has a crack in the handle and I think I'm going to see if Fiskars will replace it. I honestly don't know if I should try to get the old style 28" or see if they'll upgrade mine to a 36".

    I guess it'll make my decision pretty easy if they don't have the old style 28".

    Given the choice between the X25 and the X27, definitely get the X27. Given the choice between the old 28" and the X27, I'm on the fence about that. Given the choice between the old 28" and the X25, definitely get the old 28".

    Hope that helps some.
  19. TN_WOOD

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    I've posted this x25 youtube video before on other sites, so you might have already seen it.

    My thought would be that compared to the $32 Atlas or the $32 True Temper super splitter, I'd go with the Fiskars splitters. Couple reasons: Fiskars isn't too much more expensive (especially the 28" model) and Fiskars has a warranty on their handles. Also, some of the reviews about those splitting axes is there are a few folks that have had the heads stick and/or handles break.

    Regarding the Chopper 1 or Helko Tomahawk is the Fiskars is less expensive (I think those cost >$70). Once again, I'm not sure either warranties their handles.


  20. DonNC

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    Are you talking about the flare on the bottom side of the handle? Im looking at pics of the 36" and 28" (it seems there are SEVERAL 28" fiskars) and they all have a flare on the bottom.

    http://www.amazon.com/Fiskars-7884-X27-Splitting-Axe/dp/B004M3BAQE

    You can view all of them from that page

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    Great video TN WOOD. I hadnt seen that yet. I think that ends any performance doubts
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    Maybe, but don't count on it.

    I suspect there are a few folks that simply like the more traditional axes. I think a few have already chimed in about how the composite handles don't feel as good to them as hickory. Same goes for the feel of a heavier maul. There's room for everybody, but at $50 it's hard to beat the Fiskars axes.
  22. tw40x81

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    Yes. They ruined the handle. How can we get this fixed? Write in campaign demanding a recall? Class action lawsuit?

    Top is the 7854 Super Splitter, Bottom is the 7884 X27 in the picture.

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    Did a search on youtube and found the following comments regarding the comparison. Interpret as you will...

    Have you seen the new Fiskars x27? I'm on the fence about buying the 28" or the new 36" super splitter. Wish I could test drive them both before buying.

    Yes I have seen it! NOT IMPRESSED! They re-designed the head a little, 1/2" wider edge now. NOT GOOD, will decrease the penetration depth into the log. I am 6' even and I can not utilize the longer handle.

    MY ADVICE! Hurry up and buy the older Fiskars Super Splitter model# 7854, before they run out of stock.....

    1/2" is about a 20% increase of width....20% less penetration?? I believe, at least it wont get better...

    Wider tires on a dragster=more friction

    Wider edge=more friction too

    replexanossega 2 weeks ago
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    I may be able to fix the flare with a sawsall

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