Leveraxe Ultra - the Smart Axe, 36-inch Splitting Axe
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- New and Redesigned for lightness and speed. The weight of the axe head has been reduced by 1 lbs, truly for a wood chopper of any age or gender.
- Leveraxe Ultra is a wood splitting axe used to split firewood of nearly any type of wood and diameter.
- Innovated design produces a levering action as it sinks into the wood. Less force is required to split the wood compared to traditional axes.
- The hook on the back of the axe is a brake. This feature stops the axe on top of the wood.
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Leveraxe® Ultra – The Smart Axe, is light as a feather and hits like a hawk. Redesigned to be 1 lbs. lighter than the other Leveraxe Classic models. Material: very hard stainless steel (Duplex) , Length: 35.5 inches, Total weight: 4.84 lbs, Axe head weight: 3.52 lbs , Axe sheath: top grain leather. Guarantee: only axe head - 10 years, Handle: wood- birch, Shipped in: cardboard box. Made in: Finland, Europe and Comes with instructions.
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My situation is that we had several huge trees taken down in our backyard - some were 4 feet in diameter - so once they were cut down to 3 foot sections, they were very heavy and hard to move. Buying or renting a splitter were options - but I would have had to get the thing in the back yard, and if renting it, would have had to work quickly to work through the huge volume of wood. Moving these large sections would have been back-breaking - so I opted to give this axe a try as it seemed that is was worth trying.
It does what it claimes to do - I was able to take the large sections, turn them face up and cleave away at their outside knocking off pieces as I went around with the axe until I got the piece down to a 2 ft diameter section so that I could then lift it into the "tire" holder and finish the job.
It works best with dry wood without knots (as does every splitter) - it is not hard to use and get the hang of, and I will note that the technique is actually a lot less "damaging" to your forearms/wrists as you essentiall let it go as it is falling and you quickly learn not to absorb all the impact through your arms - but the axe does its job. So, I spit about a cord with this the first weekend out - and used both it and my maul axe. There are times where the maul is the right tool and there were times where this was the right tool - I was glad I had both.
The nice thing is I can take my time with all this wood in the backyard. I don't have to rush to get it done so I can return the rented splitter, and I don't have to plan the day around starting up a splitter I own and rolling the heavy logs over to it ... so I can get it done at my own pace
The downside - it is way too expensive - I get it that it is a unique design, but the price is outrageous - I only bought it because I thought it would be worth trying instead of renting a splitter for the weekend and getting very little done or buying one at 5-6 times the cost - but at the end of the day - this is a piece of steel on the end of a handle - it shouldn't cost this much. So, happy with the tool in its performance, but feel like the price is highway robbery
My parents have a wood stove making splitting ritual. A Cherry tree cut down 14 hours prior was easily defeated by this tool. The swing itself was very simple to master only after a few strikes. This makes a cut EVERY time with the right grain reading with minimal effort. I've attached photos of my first example cuts. Highly recommended and worth every dollar.
The first addition heavier model does the same job, but with a little more weight behind it. I prefer it for larger entries as it allows it requires less technique and more of a work-out. Outdoor fires are dramatically improved because efficient cuts can be used to plank the wood creating a better center controlled burn. I can now plank smaller cuts into my chiminea (pretty much the smallest you can buy) very efficiently.
If you're looking for a tool to make firewood fast, this is a fantastic choice. Get an old tire and a stump and you're ready to make a ton of firewood. You'll still need an axe or chainsaw to cut down trees or make logs, but this will turn it into firewood fast.
What I like about this axe is that it's relatively light and has a longer handle than my other splitting maul. Also, the design prevents the head from driving too deep into the wood and sticking. These characteristics mean I can make several strikes on the same stubborn round where my other maul would drive deep and wedge into the wood.
As I mentioned, a lot of my rounds are very tough to split, and I found that while the Leveraxe would start to split the wood, sometimes it wouldn't completely separate the pieces the way my traditional maul would. I ended up switching back and forth depending on the round (with this kind of wood, I often have to resort to wedges and a sledge too). Switching between axes is kind of nice too; I think it helped prevent fatigue.
One other thing to mention, the Leveraxe is asymmetrical, and you have to use it on the left side of the rounds. This was sometimes limiting for me and I ended up circling around or rotating the heavy rounds more than I would have with my splitting maul.
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