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Hey all-

I'm in the market for a decent low priced ax.
My father in law has a cabin where the family spends quite a bit of time. I'd like to help out with wood splitting chores. The problem is, the FIL doesn't much care about axes. I had to take it upon myself to get his sorely neglected Harbor Freight sharpened. I want something that I can:
1) use without hurting myself
And
2) gift to him and not be worried about the fact that it will spend its life leaning against a wood pile in the rain.

Obviously, this will not be a family heirloom. I just want it to work, be low maintenance, tolerant of neglect, and last a decent while.

Suggestions?

Bruce



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Estwing with the rubber grip

http://www.estwing.com/ao_campers_axe_long_handle.php

Though if you want to split wood, you want a maul and a couple of wedges. Or a hydraulic splitter.




 
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I learned about the existence of splitting axes on Sig Forum. Had never heard of such a thing.

https://www.amazon.com/Fiskars...h/dp/B00004SD7B?th=1
Fiskars X27 splitting axe. Have seen them at Home Depot too.

This axe splits wood like a splitting maul but is easier to swing, but will also cut kindling (unlike a maul) off your split wood. You can leave it in the rain and not worry as the handle isn't wood and won't swell. The metal is soft, but that makes it easy to sharpen, so a trade off. They come in differing lengths. I have a 28 inch version. Good stuff. For big rounds, you'll still need wedges, but diamond wedges (AKA bombs) work better. Recently split some difficult Spruce that started out 19 feet around. Was a lot of work, the bombs helped a lot.
 
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Originally posted by jimb888:
I learned about the existence of splitting axes on Sig Forum. Had never heard of such a thing.

https://www.amazon.com/Fiskars...h/dp/B00004SD7B?th=1
Fiskars X27 splitting axe. Have seen them at Home Depot too.

This axe splits wood like a splitting maul but is easier to swing, but will also cut kindling (unlike a maul) off your split wood. You can leave it in the rain and not worry as the handle isn't wood and won't swell. The metal is soft, but that makes it easy to sharpen, so a trade off. They come in differing lengths. I have a 28 inch version. Good stuff. For big rounds, you'll still need wedges, but diamond wedges (AKA bombs) work better. Recently split some difficult Spruce that started out 19 feet around. Was a lot of work, the bombs helped a lot.


I've used the splitter from Fiskars, and I just picked up a 28" chopper for myself to help clear some brush around the yard. I really like the Fiskars axes.

I'm over 6ft and the 28" feels about as short as I'd go for a utility axe. I can swing it through a 1-2" branch in one go. The 36" should work well to generate some power for splitting.

I paid $27 for it in July, it's currently $42
https://www.amazon.com/gp/prod...ilpage?ie=UTF8&psc=1

If you don't currently use Camelcamelcamel and you order from Amazon I'd suggest getting it. It's a price tracking add-on for Chrome (maybe other browsers, too?) that will let you set a price watch and see how the price of an item has changed on Amazon. Other than need-it-right-now items I don't order anything that isn't near a historically low price. Set a watch, keep an eye on it, pull the trigger when the price drops.

Edit: Fiskars does a maul, too
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B014M9LQGG
$47.78 is the historic low on that one, it was $65 a few months ago
 
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For splitting duties: http://m.northerntool.com/prod..._200621546?adv=false

I split a few cord of seasoned red oak (exploded when struck) and deadfall birch (split nicely with one swing) with one of these over Labor Day weekend. Low maintenance, stupid simple, and you won't care much if it gets some "patina" due to neglect. I was told to be aware that a shorter-handled version exists, but the one I borrowed was the 34" model.
 
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Another vote for the Fiskars.


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i have an eastwing and I absolutely hate it. worst tool I have ever purchase new i believe. The thing is basically a $50 paperweight. I would pick up one at a garage sale. even a double headed axe. Chances are it will be better steel than anything you can buy new on the cheap. I would even buy just the head and then purchase a new hickory handle for it.




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Fiskars.




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I've been splitting wood for 30yrs , Fiskers is the answer!


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