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There is a right axe for your cutting task

Before there was the revving of power tools, there was the swing of an axe. STIHL Precision Series™ axes combine balanced weight, high-quality sharpened steel and ergonomic designs to make the most of your elbow grease. Our collection of hatchets, splitting axes, splitting mauls and felling axes feature equal parts modern technology and tried-and-true axe design. All have a drop-forged, precision-ground head that will last for years to come. When you pick up a STIHL axe, it will feel at once both familiar and formidable.

Our wood-cutting axes combine premium hardwood handles, precise weight balance and contoured heads for greater contact and wood chopping efficiency. And like all STIHL Precision Series™ hand tools, our axes come with a limited lifetime warranty. So whether you’re splitting firewood, knocking down tree limbs or blazing a trail into the wild unknown, STIHL has the right axe for the job.
  1. 5 years ago
    Don't be scared of price, well worth it.
    From the moment you pick this maul up it becomes apparent this is a well crafted tool. I am currently splitting 18 inch wide dry ash rounds. With an old tire around them these large rounds are reduced to small pieces in no time. After splitting firewood for the past 25+ years I can easily say this is one of the best tools I have used. Excellent product.
  2. 3 years ago
    A wonderful tool!
    I'm not gonna brag and say I have been splitting wood for 40 years like some people. Because I've only been splitting for 4 yrs. This maul blows threw wood excellent. I wanted a quality splitting maul, and this is it. It makes the work so much easier than those cheap mauls. Great Spitting Maul!
  3. 4 years ago
    Veery great product
    Bye far the best one I have ever used it splits any kind of wood with no problems I just done a whole truck load of hickory with it no problem great product if I have to bye a new one I will go back to this one for sure
  1. 2 years ago
    Good head weight
    I purchased this hatchet to split kindling and was reluctant to use it as it didn't fit well in my hand when it was toward the base for small cuts and I thought that it was too heavy for kindling. My wood stove uses 10" max lengths of wood and I cut a bunch of Cherry and Peach wood. I've been using this hatchet to split this hardwood and was surprised that it worked so well. I have yet had to use my splitting maul. It has enough head weight and carries enough momentum to chop some 6" diameter ... read more logs. It could have been a little sharper given the cost and I'm not sure why Stihl has to load the head and handle with stickers that are difficult to remove. Overall I am very pleased with the way the hatchet works.
  2. 5 years ago
    Great multi use hatchet.
    I love this hatchet.ivuse it for several things. Good for kindling, fatwood and even general pounding/driving.
  3. 1 year ago
    Multi Tool or Swiss Army Hatchet??
    So I’ve never owned a hatchet before, and always used a full size axe (double bit).. I got this one for driving wedged really and wow! I love it! It’s great for hammering wedges while cutting and the sharp end is great for sticking it into the tree so you can grab it when needed quick. It’s well made and the head is solidly attached. I also discovered that it works very well for camping as well, and can do most things a full size axe will without the weight and bulk! It’s fantastic at sizing ... read more up some tinder for that camp fire as well!! It fits well into the hand and seems to hold an edge well. I love it and use it every trim into the woods!!
  1. 3 years ago
    Stihl products are top notch
    Stihl makes high quality tools period. I have split wood for years and every year I replace my splitting axe because all of these Home Depot tools are no good. Finally I learned my lesson and bought a higher end axe and I don't think I'll have to replace it for many years. Great quality, good steel, built like a tank. To answer the question about using the axe for pounding wedges, any time you use something to strike steel that's just as hard as what you are using there will be problems Never ... read more use your expensive tools like this axe to hit steel, regardless of what stihl says. The handle will loosen no matter what. Buy cheap sledge hammers to pound wedges.
  2. 4 years ago
    Typical Stihl quality
    Very well built . Another 4-6 inches of length in the handle would work better for me . Since this is shaped more like an axe than a maul , it tends to " stick " in a block of wood rather than blow it apart . As long as you can pick up both the axe and block and smash it down until split you're fine . If you stick it in a big block of wood that is too big to pick up you gotta wrestle this axe out and that ain't easy. If you've got big stuff to blast apart you may be better off with one of the ... read more mauls This thing will make quick work of small and medium blocks though.
  3. 5 years ago
    Fine Piece of Axe
    I bought this and a Splitting Maul. This axe outperforms the Maul by Far. Although its not made to take a blow like the Maul would be. It is not necessary. This axe has a substantial weight and edge to plough through the toughest of wood. We have an outdoor burner that takes a log bigger than 1 man could lift. This axe was able to split the majority of the oversized stuff (24+" dia x 30" length) usually in less than 10 blows. Sure its a workout, but why pay to go to a gym when theres wood to be split.
  1. 6 years ago
    Awesome Forestry Axe!!!
    Wow what an axe, size, weight, balance and a Great 5 piece head design. I can't see this hickory handle ever breaking with this new long steel sleeve attached or the head ever coming off with this 5 piece system. Stihl did it again...one of a kind and another awesome product made in the USA. Thank you Stihl...
  2. 5 years ago
    High quality axe!
    I just finished my itnitial use of the Forestry Axe. I used it to assist my power splitter in finishing off pieces which don't completly split during the normal cycling of the hydraulic splitter. The balance and ease of use are great. I also used it to split some pieces and it is very effective although I didn't purchase it for use as a splitting maul. I plan to take it to the woods for removing small limbs and branches and to set plastic wedges. The shorter overall length (27") is very nice for ... read more striking accuracy and seems to make it very efficient. While not a cheap tool, it is built to last and is very well made. The steel sleeve is a very nice feature for those of us who might tend to overstrike once in a while.
  3. 3 years ago
    Needs work straight out of the box
    first of all let me start off by saying this a great forrest axe, jack of all trades master of none. Also i may add that i cut a full cord of blocks and turned it into kindling with this very axe. However, the handle comes with a thick red dipped paint on the end that literally has beads of dry paint which has already cracked, the lacquer is slippery and generally no ta pleasing or a natural feeling on your hands especially if your out there swinging 3 plus hours straight. i used commercial ... read more grade furniture striper, and removed that paint and lacquer ( took 2 coats). i was able to make the fawns foot a bit more pronounced and rounded with a rasp and then i went up the grits on my sander and brought it to 150 (my favourite texture for hand tools). finally i oiled it up with tung and teak oil. Better looking, better feeling, better axe. BUT KEEP IN MIND, for 30-40$ more, you could buy a hand forged sweedish steel axe that already has a handle with no red paint :)
  1. 1 month ago
    Well worth the money.
    This is a chopper not a splitter. Lops most branches with a single swing like they were not even there. Took down a 9-10 inch healthy birch with few swings the other day. I worked the factory edge on day one, a year later I am still using that edge. I have 4 acres of NW woods to maintain.
  2. 3 years ago
    Great little hatchet
    Great little hatchet and a lot of bang for your buck. I got to dig through about 12 of these to find the best one. Some where uneven as far as the axe head and handle, but found probably 5 of the 12 that were straight as could be. The problem with the others, to me, was the hole in the axe head was off center... being a perfectionist this bugged me. So watch for that and compare seveal together and you'll get a good hatchet. I did and have used my extensively and have no complaints about it. ... read more Well, I didn't care for the paint so I took it off. German blade is 600grams, Ash Handle and just a great lightweight hatchet that you can do some big chores with.
  3. 1 year ago
    Pretty good light hatchet
    I have been using this little Axe/Hatchet around my property in East Texas mainly cutting Sweet Gum trees sprouting up. It is a handy size and weight for easy and convenient carry around my property so, I am more likely to have it with me than a bigger heavier axe. That being said, in general, I find this axe to be too light for general light clean up work on my property. The axe head itself seems to be a bit soft as it dulls too fast IMHO on soft wood. The axe/hatchet itself is a good ... read more compromise between convenience in size and weight and cutting power and efficiency. Above 2" diameter soft wood, this axe will struggle a bit but get the job done. Smaller material will cut in a good swing or two. The balance and dynamics using it are very good. The shape of the head (pattern) provides a very good 'bite' into stuff. I do wish the head was a bit heavier for more cutting power. I also find the cutting edge seems to dull a bit faster than some of my other axes so, that is a bit disappointing but, not out of line for how I see an axe like this being used. For light yard work and general light camping, it is a good choice with its balanced size and weight providing a good blend of functionality for limited work in recreational or backyard settings. The head pattern is a good one for someone new to axes who may not have the best 'aim' since the broad blade and cutting edge really sticks into the wood and doesn't slip off or deflect too easily. For more serious work such as limbing when cutting firewood and similar activities, a heavier and harder head is needed with more cutting power and a longer lasting cutting edge.
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