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Chopper 1 review

chopper 1 reviewWe got the Chopper 1 axe up and running thanks to a couple of replacement springs and clips from the Chopper 1 website.

I've only just started using it, but I can already say I like it a lot.

It feels like I'm getting more splitting action for less energy input, which is a very good thing. What I like most so far is the feeling of increased safety. When there's not enough power to split the log the Chopper 1 just sort of bounces as opposed to grazing off out of control like the Super Splitter has been known to do if your aim is a little off.

Credit goes to Anna for capturing the exact moment when the Chopper 1 is completing a split.

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About us: Anna Hess and Mark Hamilton spent over a decade living self-sufficiently in the mountains of Virginia before moving north to start over from scratch in the foothills of Ohio. They've experimented with permaculture, no-till gardening, trailersteading, home-based microbusinesses and much more, writing about their adventures in both blogs and books.

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The SuperSplitter looks a bit like the splitting axe we use. I drop my knees and bring my weight down a bit more when splitting. A file and keeping the axe sharp may help with the glancing. Work safely and don't push past being tired!
Comment by Walter Jeffries Sat Jan 16 15:54:28 2010

Your ax is identical to the super splitter!

Mark looks a bit funny in that photo because you can't see his whole wood splitting dance. :-) He actually hops up a bit to give his blow more force.

I think you're right about sharpening the Chopper --- I was thinking the same thing. (But I don't really know since I don't do much of the chopping...)

Comment by anna Sat Jan 16 17:51:17 2010
Yall need to try a Fiskar's Splitting Axe. You'd be amazed. It's razor sharp, very light, and extremely comfortable and strong. It's all about axe speed and not weight like most traditional splitting axes.
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