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Chopper 1 repair-one year later

repair update one year later on a Chopper One axe

chopper one close up photo montage
It's been about a year since the last repair to the Chopper 1 axe and it's holding up very well that I plan on doing the same glue job on the other side.

Now when the spring fails it won't let the thingamajig that holds it in place fall out and get lost in the mud.
choper one being used by guy dressed in black
The main advantage the Chopper 1 has over the SuperSplitter is what I call the bounce. When you don't apply enough power the Chopper 1 tends to just bounce off while at the same time splitting the piece a little. The SuperSplitter would often get stuck when I misjudged the power needed and lodge in the log with a stubborn vengeance. Sometimes I would spend more energy getting the SuperSplitter dislodged than actually splitting wood.

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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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So Mark, do you recommend the chopper 1 over a more traditional maul? I am always leery of moving parts in a striking object, but if it works that much better... I am always looking for a better way to split wood.

Comment by Eric in Japan Tue Dec 27 22:18:04 2011

The Chopper 1 is really a whole lot better than any other maul I've used.

I would even wager that with the system Anna and I use we could race someone using a mechanical splitter and come close to winning.

Recently we had a few pieces that were obviously too hard for our local guys mechanical splitter, yet the Chopper 1 managed to split it with a few hits.

Comment by mark Wed Dec 28 09:50:54 2011

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