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Fiskars X27 What a Piece of Plastic

Discussion in 'Firewood, Heating and Wood Burning Equipment' started by Overclock, Dec 28, 2014.

  1. sledge&wedge

    sledge&wedge ArboristSite Operative

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    It does make a difference. I tested mine out against my cousin's last fall. His has little to no coating left, and usually has a patina of rust on it as well, mine has just a tiny bit of wear at the edge but still feels smooth as butter. There was no difference in actual splitting, but the head on his definitely got stuck more often and got "more stuck," too. I guess if you're a real manly man and always bust rounds on the first hit, you wouldn't have to worry about the difference. I'm not a real manly man... all the time. Never tried teflon spray or any other lubricant on the head. Can't imagine it would hurt anything, but not sure how long your application would last before you need another squirt.
     
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    Philbert Chainsaw Enthusiast

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    Crosscut sawyers used to carry a bottle of kerosene to lube their blades. . . .

    Philbert
     
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    svk A little bit of everything

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    Man this thread was something else.

    It's hard to believe the amount of arguments we used to have around here based on Fiskars performance.
     
  4. Marshy

    Marshy 285 Killa

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    It still amazes me how much I can split with mine.
     
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    I bought the first one around here, in less than two years 5 others did also based on trying mine. Just discovered another use for it. Had to dig out a broken water line. Fiskars makes an excellent tool for chopping sod into squares for easy lifting:)
     
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    That's because way back when in them there woods, that's the stuff they used to heat the tents or sod huts and to give them light too.
    Man, they probably used it as syrup on their flapjacks and beans as well...lol.
    $2 a day and a place to lay my head? Sure I'll cut wood all day long and sleep in a sod hut with 20 other guys.
     
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    Shovel never did me wrong for that type of job but what ever works. I know some guys here wouldn't even recommend it for splitting sod lol. :crazy:
     
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    Machete is even better:)
     
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    AAAKK..hadn't thought about a long ago boss I absolutely hated for decades. One of the first jobs I had as a teenager, working for someone else and not just shoveling snow or raking leaves, etc. Ran a sod cutter and laid new sod. I have completely took up a lawn, after cutting it, loaded it all by hand on a flatbed, spread and raked truckloads of loam, and laid the whole thing with the old big rolls, not squares, by myself in one day, all 90 lbs of me. The whole time this big fat $%%&^&* SO %%^^&&*&*( sat in the shade shoveling fried chicken in and drinking beer. The day I found a super nice farmer to work for, man, most fun ever quitting knowing he had to work. My folks moved across state after that and to this day I wish I had moved back as soon as I had a car and went back to work for the nice farmer, he even told me I could inherit his beautiful old timey "farm everything" farm. But I didn't....

    $%^&**(&^ sod.....aaaarrrrggghhhh!
     
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  10. Brushpile

    Brushpile Non fui, fui, non sum, non curo.

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    So that's why mine started rusting after I sharpened it.
    Well, that, and me leaving it in the bed of the pickup I guess. But it never even tried to rust until I put it on the belt sander.
     
  11. sledge&wedge

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    Even now almost a year after I made the post you replied to, my Fiskars hasn't seen a neither sharpener nor rust one time. Mine is always either in use or hanging in the barn though, so weather isn't affecting it at all. The cousin I was referring to leaves his laying in his splitting pile 24/7, and splits on gravel, so... His sees a bit more wear and tear than mine. I'm still convinced the coating matters, but I also think an X27 is still a pretty effective splitting tool with or without that pretty factory coating.
     
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    I bought mine very soon after the X27 came out. It has never seen even one day undercover, never sharpened and it still splits amazingly. Never any rust.
     
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    Brushpile Non fui, fui, non sum, non curo.

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    I used mine to chop a stump out of the ground. I dug out around the stump and used it to cut the roots and it met a few rocks in the way which pitted the cutting edge. If I had known smoothing it out would make it rust, I would've let it be.
     
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    The coating is gone on mine as far as I can tell and I've sharpened the cutting edge with a file. I don't have any issues with rust because I put my axe away when I'm done using it. I did leave it outside one time for a few days/nights and it has some light surface rust but it quickly went away after using it and has yet to return. I guess what I'm saying is if you take care of it and put it away it won't rust. Leave it outside or chop tree roots and it will... How is that any different from and other steel splitting tool?
     
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    The nice thing about a Fiskars is that you don't have to worry about if it rusts, chips, etc.

    I've done about 40 cords with mine while splitting on the ground. I figured it's probably good for 80-100 cords at this rate before the head would need some major reshaping to be functional again.
     
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    I keep mine sharp with a flat file. It only needs a touch up once or twice a year if you split on a block and keep it out of the rocks.
     
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    Brushpile Non fui, fui, non sum, non curo.

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    Yeah but, you talk about a bad ass root cutter though. Beats the fire out of a mattock.
     
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    :surprised3: :laughing:
     
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    And last I heard tools were meant to be used not babied.
     
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    I have a Fiskars Isocore maul on the way.
     
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