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Husqvarna 30" Wooden Splitting Axe, Large
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- Best suited for splitting thicker wood
- Head is attached to the hickory shaft using both a wooden and Steel Wedge to secure fastening
- Head is designed to go easy into the wood, with minimal effort by the chopper and split the wood in two parts
- Long handle creates extra power and Utilizes a two-hand grip
- Includes a leather edge cover
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Husqvarna provides a wide range of wooden axes for different kinds of work. These axes are forged in Sweden from Swedish axe steel with a consistently high quality. With good maintenance, your axe will last for a long time. Don't store in too warm conditions, since the handle might Shrink. Always dry of dirt & moisten before putting the axe cover on. If the axe is put away for a longer time, grease it to prevent rust.
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And then.... I was working on a couple trees for the good part of a day and right before I stopped for the evening my axe broke in half! There must have been a flaw in the forging that finally gave loose. I was devastated! I want to believe that mine was a random fluke because this axe is so good. I have contacted Husqvarana and am awaiting a response for a replacement. Hoping they make it right and send me a new one. Will update when I hear something back and change my rating accordingly.
Again, I would buy this axe again. That's how much I have loved using it. But beware that if this happened to me it could happen again
UPDATE: I spoke with Husqvarna U.S customer service and explained the situation. I even offered to send them a picture of the axe to show what had happened. After being put on hold for about 15 minutes I was told upper management stated that because I had purchased the axe over 90 days ago there was nothing they could do about it. It was now outside of the manufacturers warranty.
VERY DISAPPOINTED. I guess $80.00 isn't worth a satisfied customer. What a shame.
I used it for limbs when I cut down one tree, and took it on a backpacking trip for two nights for fire wood preparation, so not a lot of use. It was perfect. I had had it from February to now (August) 2016, and used it lightly to moderately, for one tree and one (2) night trip. I definitely did not over use it or misuse it in any way. Regular chopping, splitting a few smaller logs about 2-3" in diameter. This was not a work axe, it was more for my once a year camping trips and getting firewood.
Then this happened. This weekend I was cutting a stump in our yard down to grade for grinding. I got the axe to knock off a few rough chunks. I chopped a few off, swung a 5th time and it snapped right in half. Granted I may have hit a knot, and it's a hickory stump, but this is not outside the proper use of an axe. Looking at reviews I see this has happened to multiple other people. An axe may get the blade dinged if you hit a knot, but to snap in half is definitely defective.
I believe it is poorly designed, if you look at the pictures it snapped directly where the Husqvarna symbol is stamped into the blade. It looks like the stamp had damaged the heat treat and weakened the blade there.
When you look at the break, it appears that it broke clean across the stamped husqvarna symbol, and it looks like the stamping process messed up the heat treat of the blade, it changed color around the stamp. This is a bad design.
The hatchet came working sharp when I received it. It was not razor sharp, but I do not intend to use it as a razor. After YouTube'ing "how to sharpen an axe" and purchasing a puck-style sharpening stone (Lansky offers a decent stone for a low price) you'll be in business until you need to re-handle it.
The hatchet's head was very weighty in my hand, more so than my 26" made by Husqvarna. I'm young and fairly strong so it shouldn't be much of a hassle to yield, but someone years older might struggle swinging this for an extended period of time.
My only gripe with this axe is much like another reviewer's, the handle is sub-par. The handle is labeled "Hickory" but is a wide grain that is about 45° off from being perpendicular with the hatchet's head. The grain is straight through, so I do not think this will be a huge issue until much later in this hatchet handle's life.
Another issue is that my handle had a small knot in it, along with a few mars from either shipping or handling. I'm guessing handling. It is a hatchet, and it will get used, so it won't be the last time it gets dinged up, but it was a bit of a bummer.
The sheath was pretty loose and I replaced it with a YAE sheath which fits like a glove. Check out my review on their product page. (You can see the new sheath in the last of the photos.)
All in all I'm very happy with my purchase. For it's price, it's an excellent hatchet made of Swedish steel. This hatchet will see plenty of use come spring when there are trails to clear and I should be able to put more into this review than just a simple physical description.
The axe worked great, nearly daily for me up until that point. It delivers a ton of power for such a small axe. I am very disappointed that the manufacturer won't stand behind a product that's been used just over two months that cost me $70.
I have contacted the seller as well through Amazon's message system and I am waiting to hear back.