For all wood cutters, axes have become one of the best tools to use in trimming and felling trees. If you are a beginner and are looking for an efficient way of doing your jobs, then this particular product is a must-have. There are different brands that are available today. If you want a more practical tool, you can choose between a mauling or ax blade. However, if you are a newbie who wants to learn and practice felling trees, then it is best that you get the two types of axes.
The different types of axes are based on their handles. They are classified according to their handles – rough handled, light, stiff, and hollow. Rough handled axes have short, straight shafts while the ones with hollow handles have longer and more rounded shafts. Rough handled axes are best suited for cutting branches, twigs, and small trees while the ones with the light and stiff handles are ideal for cutting bigger trees.
Basically, there are two kinds of axes that you can choose from: the multipurpose and the single bit axe. The multi purpose axes are multi-purpose because they can be used for a number of functions such as splitting, grinding, hacking, and sawing. Meanwhile, the single bit axe has a head that is designed specifically to do only one specific job. There are also split and milled axes that come in various sizes. They are best used for cutting thin branches and small trees.
Meanwhile, there are also hand-forged axes that are more durable compared to the factory-made versions. The forged axes, however, are a bit more expensive than their factory-made counterparts. Hand-forged axes are sturdy and durable and are easy to maintain. They have a heavy duty cutting edge that makes it a good choice for beginners who are just learning how to safely use axes. Plus, these axes are ideal for trimming and pruning tree branches in the off season.
For cutting down hardwood trees and large branches, steel blades are perfect. However, due to the heavy weight of these axes, you should exercise caution when using them. It would be safer if you will attach a 50-pound hand-held cutting block to your ax. Alternatively, if you have the budget, try investing on a carbon steel dual-bladed axe. A carbon steel dual-blade can also efficiently chop firewood, making it more convenient to use even when you’re on a camping trip.
Another important consideration when choosing axes is whether you want to choose gas, electric, or a cordless version. Electric axes are more popular because they are easy to operate. If you’re a beginner, it would be best if you would opt for gas-powered axes because they are designed for rough use. But even though gas-powered axes are light, it would still be best to practice with them in order for you to get used to its weight.
Some of the most popular axes are the Milwaukee steel “Flip and Go” series, which have both standard and dual-rated axes with a long handle and a comfortable carrying handle. Meanwhile, the Vista Series from Vista Sports consists of dual-rated axes for cutting both soft and hard woods. The Vista Series also features a pocket clip that allows you to quickly attach it onto your belt. Its ergonomic handle and safety latch further contribute to the user’s comfort.
Meanwhile, the Black & Decker “Gump” series has a long handle and an axe with a light weight. This makes it more convenient to move around. It’s also ideal for trimming old growth trees. The Black & Decker axes have an innovative design and they use a cutting disc that propels the blade across the handle. The downside is that it can break if you accidentally hit the wrong button. In addition, the handle can slip over time, which could be problematic during rush season.