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Woodcutter Universal Forestry Axe

An all-purpose forestry axe that’s suited for a wide range of work

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Woodcutter Universal Forestry Axe is rated 3.0 out of 5 by 14.
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Handle split first day second swing. Loved this ax unfortunately I only got to swing it twice and the handle split from end to end. And then to come here looking for warranty info and see that I’m not the only one. Very disappointing
Date published: 2019-08-29
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Great axe until the handle broke. I bought this axe like many people thinking that it would be the best axe in the world. first time using it, hit a piece of wood and when I tried to weasel the axe back out the handle split right at the hump beneath the axe head. Being that I was miles from nowhere and needed a axe I duct taped the neck of it to help limp it along. This fixed the axe for about a year when I was splitting some wood at home and the head broke clean off. Like many of the reviews I read I also experienced the head of the axe coming loose. I would have to knock it back into place about every half cord of wood I would split. When the axe was working right the axe was splitting wood better then any other axe I have ever owned even a fiskers. I tried to get a replacement handle for the axe at the place where I bought it even was willing to pay for it thinking maybe it was just a fluke but they told me no. At the end of the day great axe head bad handle.
Date published: 2019-02-12
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Crap product Only used the axe couple of times. The handle is cheap dried out wood. Handle started coming loose the first time using it. The axe handle was not properly seated into to axe head and the wood grains of the handle are facing the wrong direction to to axe head. The handle broke at the base of the axe head. Complete crap product! Pathetic!
Date published: 2018-09-17
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Looks and Feels better than it actually is... BEWARE! I was very sad about this axe. I took it out in the woods for it's first ever gear test, and after splitting a few logs like butter, a big chunk of the wood handle wood broke off up near the head, making it unsafe for continued use.It never struck any surface other that the tops of a few logs, and every hit was dead-center. Add to that the number of similar comments I'm seeing here regarding poor quality where the head meets the handle, and it's clear that the manufacturer needs to address this issue
Date published: 2018-07-20
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Has potential to be good When I 1st got this little ax I thought I found the golden ticket but I soon changed my mind the 1st tree I fell it went great but the head already got loose by the 2nd tree seeing that this is a common occurrence is the reason why I wanted to make this review in hopes that the stihl company changes it I have Many stihl products and em a huge stihl fan and everything that I own besides this ax is phenomenal and exceeds my standards so was really bummed out that the ax didn't live up to the stihl name
Date published: 2018-06-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Pretty good I also have the pro universal forestry axe this wood cutter universal is a slightly shorter version takes an edge better and you can actually fell a tree the head came loose a little but I hammered it back on with a dead blow and drove the wedge hard after the first tree and it’s much better also only 40 Dallors the pro was 100 and is best for light splitting not swinging at a tree
Date published: 2018-04-07
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Great Head, Failed Handle Head is great. Should have been a great axe. It is hard to find decent axes this size to help with limbing or felling saplings in the way of chainsaw work. The ash handle should be nice in theory but in mine the grain was twisted. It was the best of the bunch when I brought it, and thought it would survive okay since its really girthy, much much more than the farm splitting and felling axes I've used all my life. Sadly, the handle split near the head limbing a silver maple first day. Handle grain was backwards there. I was really disappointed. Finished the job with an old farm axe that was in rough shape (which was the reason I bought a new forestry grade tool). They never should have let these handles leave the shop like that. If it was a traditional handle I would not have bought it based on the grain, but I thought Stihl was going to make a good tool, and that this was part of the design (the handle is generally different and chunky in that region). That is the next bad part. Good luck finding a replacement handle. I'm only writing the review now because the broken axe was in my way and was lead here looking for handles, again... Seems many other people had the same problem and find it hard or prohibitively expensive to get a decent handle for this tool, with its odd design. I should have known when the grain in the handle wasn't to my liking, but I assumed Stihl knew what they were doing here, and wouldn't let a bad handle out of their shop if the traditional rule applied to their new handle design. If I want the keep this axe it seems like I will need to custom make a handle or pay silly money.At the very least, they should be stocking /lots/ of these handles everywhere that stocks the tools, and for cheap... I could be swayed into consideration of Stihl tools again if they made it right, but for now, I would just pass on these, and recommend others do too.
Date published: 2018-03-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Woodcutter Universal Forestry Axe I have two other Stihl brand axes. A Pro Splitting Axe and a PA Splitting Hatchet, both have exceeded my expectations. That is why I considered this tool. At just 23 inches and a 2.2 pound head this ax is easy to carry and swing. I use it primarily while felling trees in the wood lot. I use it to clear brush, limb, and drive plastic wedges. I have had this Axe for fifteen months and although the chain saws are the workhorses this little guy compliments them well.The bit is about 5.5" and has a good cutting taper with a deeper beard than most. It came sharp but I touched it up with a polishing stone. The poll is squared off and will drive plastic wedges easily. There are two circlular wedges making for a tight fit to the handle. The handle is made of ash and has paint and varnish on it. The shoulder has been extended to offer more strength. The grip and the throat make this a comfortable handle to use. I have touched up the edge several times, not that it really needed it but rather I enjoy keeping my tools in the best condition.that I can.
Date published: 2017-09-16
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