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Best new felling axe? ...splitting maul?

PostedCOLON August 28th, 2011, 5:45 pm
by Ernest Becker
What do you think is the best axe commercially produced today? ...in a single bit? ...in a double bit?
Why is it the best?
Weight and handle length?

Also, what about splitting mauls? ...axe eye vs sledge eye?

Re: Best new felling axe? ...splitting maul?

PostedCOLON August 28th, 2011, 6:44 pm
by sumnergeo
Check out this blog: Axe Connected. It certainly opened my eyes.
http://axeconnected.blogspot.com/2011/0 ... -2-of.html

Re: Best new felling axe? ...splitting maul?

PostedCOLON August 28th, 2011, 6:58 pm
by Aguineapig
I only use vintage axes really. If I had to purchase a production axe, it would probably be a council tool due to pricing. I like to use a 3 to 3 1/4 pound axe on a 30" for heavy work, and a 2 1/4 or 2 1/2 on a 28" handle for a saw assistant.

Re: Best new felling axe? ...splitting maul?

PostedCOLON August 31st, 2011, 6:40 pm
by Ernest Becker
Sumnergeo and Aguineapig,

Once again thank you for your help.

I was pleasantly surprised by the axe link (axeconnected) you sent since I am a fan of Peter Vido already (Vido is the scythe king of North America).

I've read that Snow and Nealley axes aren't quite as well built as the Council axes.

Thanks again.

Re: Best new felling axe? ...splitting maul?

PostedCOLON September 1st, 2011, 4:49 pm
by trailcrew
I have a Snow and Nealley pulaski and their hudson bay axe, both made in the last decade or so. Over the years I've gotten quite a bit of mileage out of them. Though the metal is pretty soft and the handling jobs on both were pretty mediocre they've both always done what I've asked them to do. I've also got a Gransfors American felling axe I've been using on logging runs all summer. The size and quality are excellent with an admittedly chunky handle, but it's straight grained hickory and a good hanging job. I've done quite a bit of chopping with it and it'd do well as part of your chainsaw or crosscut setup. On the other hand, they're also about the most expensive axes on the market. You could probably buy 10 vintage heads on ebay for the same amount of money and get them all to a point where they could out-chop the Gransfors. My favorite user is an old Warren single-bit, ~3.5 lb head, geometry just like the guy on the website describes.