Discussion in 'Hand Held Equipment and Tools' started by D&B Mack, Jan 14, 2013.
No not you... Maybe someone...like you
have the Fiskars PowerGear Titanium 32" loppers. Had to pick them up after borrowing the neighbors 1st generation version of that tool - as good as his were, with a nearly worn out cutter, I had to have a set. Freaking awesome tool.
I drank the cool-aid today. I must say the SSA in 36" demolished some logs my 6lb mauls wouldn't budge!
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Ordered Fiskars X27 a few minutes ago from Home Depot, with tax and free shipping $59, great reviews and lifetime warranty were the big sellers, sure hope I like it !
I have Fiskars axe, it is equivalent of X17, but from time before they started branding them as X-something.
Fiskars is great when splitting Birch, but mine is too light for knotty pine or anything gnarly, but X25 or X27 costs a lot, welding machine costs more, however I had one already as well as old broken axe head + some random steel.
Axe head is now roughly 10 pounds in weight, I tend to sharpen it so that I could shave with the blade, it does not matter if there are knots, wrist size pieces of wood can be split across (same direction as you usually saw) with single hit, I love it.
Of course that cheap Chinese axe was unusable at first, it took lot of grinding to make edge for it, also cut handle shorter, it is bit under 2 feet long in total now.
Way I split pine is usually so that I take slices out near the bark, then start working from edge around the round, makes great workout with that heavy axe, especially as I put round inside a tire and tire rests on large splitting block that's top is around height of my navel.
That makes it really fast, just hit, move, hit move, hit move, going around the splitting block hitting around the round continually moving.
Next development stage is to add bit more steel, so that I get smooth transition from blade edge to center on both sides, but I need to build up my strength before that, thing really gets me hard workout as of now.
If I split something that is around knee height or less, it tends to split also block that is under the round, that is my best splitting tool now, 1 foot x 1 foot pine round took 2 minutes to work into less than 2 inch x 1ft firewood pieces, but I was out of breath after that, so I really need the workout, LOL.
Husqvarna axes are better than Fiskars in knotty / gnarly stuff S2800 especially, but I have not tried one, costs a lot, Stihl has also similar axes + wood handle ones, just haven't heard from those or seen them on sale anywhere in here, would love to test them all though.
I heat solely with firewood, I warm water with firewood and even cook with firewood, so I get some practice with the axe, I split around 5 cords a year with my axes, mostly slowly grown nordic pine, some birch and spruce.
Also I do some 3ft long firewood because I don't have room to store all the wood as ready made firewood, I use Fiskars splitting wedge for that. They say you only need one wedge of those, that is a lie.
My method is to hit wedge to end of log, turn log so that wedge is at bottom, lift log up and slam it against large rock that is on ground, much faster than hitting wedge with sledgehammer and wedge works better there. Of course there is a limit which I can squat, after 130 pounds it starts to get heavy, so need to choose which trees I make for 3ft and which I do smaller pieces directly.
Fiskars wedge costs a lot compared to cheap Chinese made ones, but it is nice steel, does not sent pieces of steel flying to your eyeball and it does not get stuck, also those logs it does not split completely are usually split easily with single hit with small axe.
Also rounded end works great as frozen pizza cheese breaker, damn cheese frozes solid, so that is my solution to problem
8 lbs of Fiskars goodness .
I did ask from Fiskars about IsoCore axes and indeed they don't sell those here, but they have X46 axes here, which are made in France https://www.uittokalusto.fi/fiskars-halkaisulkirves-x46.html
Also X39 and X37 models are available, prices are quite high however.
IsoCore does look better than any of those, I'm not sure, but maybe those IsoCore axes are made in USA then as they are not available here?
I find it bit funny that Finnish company does not sell it's product in Finland, but that is another subject.
dancan.4686/ what model fiskar is that Never see them in Australia
You'll find the info here
Thanks mate will check it out
Anyone own the last 3 in these photos? i can't find them anywhere in Canada>?
I did all of my splitting with an X27 this year. I was impressed with how effective it is and how little energy it requires! I was also surprised at how soft the steel is! After a day of splitting dry Doug Fir the edge had deformations all along it. I set my rounds on top of a larger round to split them so it never touched the ground. It doesn't seem to impact its effectiveness and it would be easy to touch up with a file if it starts to but neither my Collins or Ludell have done this.
The steel is more brittle than a traditional axe. Touch it up with a flat file.
I was at Home Depot just today and saw those. I picked up a pair and they did feel good. I recently bought some Corona loppers but haven't used them as of yet.
Might return those to HD and buy the Fiskars.
Have been very, very happy with mine - bought after borrowing my neighbor's Fiskars, the previous model, which had been used so much as to be nearly worn out. They still cut way better than my old ones.
The only negative issue that I could find was that you have to open the handles much wider than usual to make a cut. In some situations in close quarters, that was a real PITA, according to some that have purchased them.
For you Nancys out there; I’m told they make an excellent pair of scissors also
I too find my x27 to be soft steel, it doesn't chip it just dulls, file's real easy.
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