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Chopper 1 fulcrum pin

chopper one with broken fulcrum pin

Our trusty Chopper 1 axe broke a fulcrum pin today while chopping firewood.

Luckily we ordered a set of pins back in 2009 when we discovered a Chopper 1 at a yard sale missing a pin and even luckier is me finding that extra pin in our hardware tub 6 years later.

If you have any doubts about the Chopper 1 read some of the comments people have left over the years on the original yard sale post. I'm not the only one who thinks this is worth the hassle of a few moving parts.

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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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I use the same chopper 1 since 1979 and had repeated problems with the springs breaking and disappearing. I found out that those springs are not really necessary. I use the axe the last 30 years without the springs and it works perfect. Recently one of the fulcrum pins broke which i replaced by a piece of 8 mm steel rod which I rivited at the ends.

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