Splitting Axes

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  1. LemonHead

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    This has likely been asked before.

    I split alot of hardwood for building things. Considering investing in a small splitting axe such as the Gransfors. Any downsides or benefits to one as opposed to something like a splitting maul?
     
  2. Kelly W

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    You may consider a fishers splitter. They are about indestructible and mush more reasonably prices.
     
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    I think he means Fiskars.

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    i simply keep a short handled maul around

    also have a solid copper(lead would work too) whacker which doesn't mushroom the whackee ;-)

    we split a lot of mesquite for cooking and it works just fine
     
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    I'm a gransfors biased guy. Used a small splitter and that thing is awesome! I think there is a video online of a guy comparing it vs the fiskars. And it makes a better work of logs. Not by a long shot but just enough to make a difference at the end of a long day. Plus its hand made:)
     
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    Thanks @Sandcut I'm a magical keyboardist.. :)

    @seasonofthewoods, If it's a Gansfors splitter you want you shouldn't consider anything else. I sure you'll love it. I just have always like the video of driving a truck over Fiskers axe handles. Good tool at a good price. Different level of coolness though.
     
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    I was just gifted a froe, made in the USA. Do you have one of them yet?
    I feel like multiple steel wedges are best for splitting, of course a maul on hand too.
    Something appealing is a nice splitter, ive been wanting the husqvarna one with a 19" handle. Most likely useless though
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    I agree my man. I have s fiskars 8lb odo core splitting maul. I use it once a year. If I used it more I would get the gransfors. But you cannot beat the fiskars at that price point.
     
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    A splitting axe is a bit more about finesse vs the sheer brute force of a maul. I have both Fiskars and a Wetterlings made Husqvarna, and both work well. That 19" Husqvarna should work fine IF you split on a raised block or stump.
     
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    I have used both the Fiskars X27 and the Gransfors Bruk Large Splitting Ax. The Fiskars works well and is much cheaper.
    The Gransfors Bruk is a bit more, but you get what you pay for. The Gransfors Bruk Splitting Ax is well worth the money spent.
    The thing with both of these is swing speed. Both the Fiskars and GB hit very fast and very hard. Both literally explode the wood. Both are light enough that you can swing them all day.
    I also happen to own the Gransfors Bruk Splitting Maul as well. It also hits hard. It is considerably heavier. Both GB tools have their purpose. In average sized rounds (Up to 24") the GB splitting ax will do just fine. In rounds bigger than 24", the heavier
    GB splitting maul will really do better.
    I have a couple of vids to post.

    GB Splitting Ax.


    GB Splitting Maul


    GB Splitting Ax and Maul


    Fiskars X27 Splitting Ax
     
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    Lol. Hand splitting for over 40 years.
    Thanks.
     
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