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#5631546 - 03/02/15 11:41 PM Best Axe for Splitting Oak and Mesquite Logs??
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Curious if anyone has any suggestions for a good affordable axe for splitting mesquite and oak logs?
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#5631590 - 03/03/15 02:13 AM Re: Best Axe for Splitting Oak and Mesquite Logs?? [Re: Antler Addicts]
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A splitting maul works best IMO, I have hardly ever needed a separate wedge using a maul, but you also have that option with a splitting maul. If you can get one with a fiberglass handle, even better, I like the 8lb, usually a one swing deal. Make sure and read the reviews, some handle last longer than others

Good one at lowes
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#5631604 - 03/03/15 04:38 AM Re: Best Axe for Splitting Oak and Mesquite Logs?? [Re: Antler Addicts]
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One that will fit someone else's hand. up
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#5631624 - 03/03/15 05:47 AM Re: Best Axe for Splitting Oak and Mesquite Logs?? [Re: Antler Addicts]
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#5631673 - 03/03/15 06:53 AM Re: Best Axe for Splitting Oak and Mesquite Logs?? [Re: upsslim]
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Originally Posted By: upsslim
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Correct. I have even broken my log splitter several times on seasoned oak.
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#5631682 - 03/03/15 06:58 AM Re: Best Axe for Splitting Oak and Mesquite Logs?? [Re: Antler Addicts]
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I use a sharp ax with a fiberglass handle. It's not meant for everyone though. Also a good stress reliever.

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#5631685 - 03/03/15 07:00 AM Re: Best Axe for Splitting Oak and Mesquite Logs?? [Re: skinnerback]
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Originally Posted By: skinnerback
I use a sharp ax with a fiberglass handle. It's not meant for everyone though. Also a good stress reliever.
You must have a different oak than I have if you can split it with an ax.
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#5631693 - 03/03/15 07:06 AM Re: Best Axe for Splitting Oak and Mesquite Logs?? [Re: Antler Addicts]
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You fellas got that right, I have Gas one now, but he said "cheap". I used a maul for years 1st bang
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#5631722 - 03/03/15 07:18 AM Re: Best Axe for Splitting Oak and Mesquite Logs?? [Re: don k]
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Originally Posted By: skinnerback
I use a sharp ax with a fiberglass handle. It's not meant for everyone though. Also a good stress reliever.
You must have a different oak than I have if you can split it with an ax.


Yes, I have Live Oak here. It's easier to split than Post Oak for sure.

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#5631802 - 03/03/15 08:01 AM Re: Best Axe for Splitting Oak and Mesquite Logs?? [Re: Antler Addicts]
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Never had much trouble splitting any oak with a maul, some of the knotty ones can be a MOFO. Elm on the other hand, damn that stuff is tough, got to where I avoided it when hand splitting, gas splitter eats it for lunch though.
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#5631831 - 03/03/15 08:21 AM Re: Best Axe for Splitting Oak and Mesquite Logs?? [Re: dogcatcher]
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One that will fit someone else's hand. up


Dang it you beat me to it.
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#5631870 - 03/03/15 08:52 AM Re: Best Axe for Splitting Oak and Mesquite Logs?? [Re: Western]
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Originally Posted By: Western
A splitting maul works best IMO, I have hardly ever needed a separate wedge using a maul, but you also have that option with a splitting maul. If you can get one with a fiberglass handle, even better, I like the 8lb, usually a one swing deal. Make sure and read the reviews, some handle last longer than others


What he said. A good splitting maul will usually do the job once the wood has dried and "seasoned" a few months.

But, if you have alot, best idea is to get a big stack ready, then rent a splitter. For about $60 a day you can knock out several chords worth.
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#5632200 - 03/03/15 12:22 PM Re: Best Axe for Splitting Oak and Mesquite Logs?? [Re: Antler Addicts]
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Some funny comments lol some good ideas and TxAg never thought of renting a log splitter! I am liking that idea!
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#5632216 - 03/03/15 12:33 PM Re: Best Axe for Splitting Oak and Mesquite Logs?? [Re: Antler Addicts]
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don't cut the pieces as long.
they'll split a lot easier.
keep a clear head while you're trying
to split wood so you won't have to go
to the emergency room and get them to
sew your toes back on, or your shin
back together.

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#5632557 - 03/03/15 04:22 PM Re: Best Axe for Splitting Oak and Mesquite Logs?? [Re: maximum]
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Originally Posted By: maximum
don't cut the pieces as long.
they'll split a lot easier.
keep a clear head while you're trying
to split wood so you won't have to go
to the emergency room and get them to
sew your toes back on, or your shin
back together.


Lol 10-4
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