I have both and a gas splitter. My brothers and my buddies think I’m nuts but with straight Ash and the x27 I’m done with the pile of wood before I can even gas up the splitter, move it to the pile, and put it back away.I started with the 8# iso core. I think the x27 is better. I pounded away piece of poplar about 32” across that had been sawed in half. The mail just didn’t do anything. There were some big limbs and knots. 5 swings with the x27 and I got it broken down to sizes I can burn. I also like the x17. I can split one handed. With it. Makes short work of kindling and has enough weight that it isn’t a hatchet but can be used single handed.
I just did about 1.5 cords of dead ash over the weekend with x27. I prossed about 1/2 of the wood in second picture. Most rounds only required one hit to crack them open, after that it was all one hit splits without using full force.
There is another stump under the tire. Main purpose of the tire is to hold splits together after they are split or need to be split few more times. Saves a bunch of time not having to bend down to pick them up after each strike.
This ash project is all done, just need to move it all to backyard... I hate this part!
A couple passes with a flat file on both sides after a few splitting sessions keeps the x27 in good working order. The steel is definitely softer than some of my other splitting tools. That being said, I've probably split more than 70 cords of wood with it. I don't think it will be an heirloom tool that my great-grandson will use, but it may very well outlast me.What kind of sharpener did you get? I've been using a grinding wheel, works ok but probably not as well as something designed for the blade.
I replaced my cheap Mexican maul with an X27 a few years ago after having to take days off from splitting because of threatening tendonitis. No joint problems swinging the Fiskars all day, and it splits most wood easily. I keep a big Stihl maul around for a few big jobs.
I have the Fiskars hatchet, too, which is nice for processing kindling. I have one of the middle-length splitting axes, too, that I don't use much because it is too short for me to swing 2 handed and just a bit too large for using like a hatchet.
I had the X27 head break off after a few years of use, and Fiskars sent out a replacement after I sent them pictures.
wow--this is disheartening. I hope Fiskars doesn't go the way of Craftsman. I was lucky to inherit a few Craftsman hand tools from my grandfather--they seem damn near indestructible. I thought I'd commit to the brand given this and bought a pick, axe, and a couple other things. Some were single-use tools. Yeah Sears (when they were open) would replace them, but the steel was crap. I don't even consider buying Craftsman stuff now.My X 27 broke again. I checked my receipts: I got three years out of the first one, and three years out of the second one. I split about 8 or 10 cords a year, and treat my tools well.
Fiskars now requires you to return the handle to them for warranty claims. So I did. About ten days later, I got a package from them. It contained a pruner. I emailed them and explained the mixup. Today, I got a package from them. It contained an IsoCore maul. I just emailed them again. We'll see if I ever get an X 27. I realize today's date, but I'm not making this up, I promise.
In the meantime, I went out and got a Granfors Bruks Large Long splitting axe. I like it a lot.
I was lucky to inherit a few Craftsman hand tools from my grandfather--they seem damn near indestructible...
My parents gave me a Craftsman tool box set in 1977 when I graduated from college. I still have all of the original tools, of course added to the collection but nothing from the original set is defective. I guess back then they had quality that they don't now. An Ace Hardware employee said they're going to be phasing out Craftsman and going to another brand. Never bought Craftsman axes, I've been fortunate the tools I did buy held up.
There's one Sears still in my area. I hope they'll still around but now I really wonder with the financial situation so many companies are