Woodcutter Universal Forestry Axe - $42.95 DSRP

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Woodcutter Universal Forestry Axe

DSRP: $42.95


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An all-purpose forestry axe that’s suited for a wide range of work

The STIHL Woodcutter Universal Forestry Axe is a general purpose axe that is excellent for felling, light duty splitting, limbing and other forestry work. The handle is crafted from high-quality ash wood and the head is well balanced for a variety of cutting applications. It’s the axe of all trades you’ve been looking for.
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Woodcutter Universal Forestry Axe is rated 3.5 out of 5 by 11.
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Looks and Feels better than it actually is... BEWARE! I was very sad about this axe. I took it out in the woods for it's first ever gear test, and after splitting a few logs like butter, a big chunk of the wood handle wood broke off up near the head, making it unsafe for continued use.It never struck any surface other that the tops of a few logs, and every hit was dead-center. Add to that the number of similar comments I'm seeing here regarding poor quality where the head meets the handle, and it's clear that the manufacturer needs to address this issue
Date published: 2018-07-20
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Has potential to be good When I 1st got this little ax I thought I found the golden ticket but I soon changed my mind the 1st tree I fell it went great but the head already got loose by the 2nd tree seeing that this is a common occurrence is the reason why I wanted to make this review in hopes that the stihl company changes it I have Many stihl products and em a huge stihl fan and everything that I own besides this ax is phenomenal and exceeds my standards so was really bummed out that the ax didn't live up to the stihl name
Date published: 2018-06-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Pretty good I also have the pro universal forestry axe this wood cutter universal is a slightly shorter version takes an edge better and you can actually fell a tree the head came loose a little but I hammered it back on with a dead blow and drove the wedge hard after the first tree and it’s much better also only 40 Dallors the pro was 100 and is best for light splitting not swinging at a tree
Date published: 2018-04-07
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Great Head, Failed Handle Head is great. Should have been a great axe. It is hard to find decent axes this size to help with limbing or felling saplings in the way of chainsaw work. The ash handle should be nice in theory but in mine the grain was twisted. It was the best of the bunch when I brought it, and thought it would survive okay since its really girthy, much much more than the farm splitting and felling axes I've used all my life. Sadly, the handle split near the head limbing a silver maple first day. Handle grain was backwards there. I was really disappointed. Finished the job with an old farm axe that was in rough shape (which was the reason I bought a new forestry grade tool). They never should have let these handles leave the shop like that. If it was a traditional handle I would not have bought it based on the grain, but I thought Stihl was going to make a good tool, and that this was part of the design (the handle is generally different and chunky in that region). That is the next bad part. Good luck finding a replacement handle. I'm only writing the review now because the broken axe was in my way and was lead here looking for handles, again... Seems many other people had the same problem and find it hard or prohibitively expensive to get a decent handle for this tool, with its odd design. I should have known when the grain in the handle wasn't to my liking, but I assumed Stihl knew what they were doing here, and wouldn't let a bad handle out of their shop if the traditional rule applied to their new handle design. If I want the keep this axe it seems like I will need to custom make a handle or pay silly money.At the very least, they should be stocking /lots/ of these handles everywhere that stocks the tools, and for cheap... I could be swayed into consideration of Stihl tools again if they made it right, but for now, I would just pass on these, and recommend others do too.
Date published: 2018-03-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Woodcutter Universal Forestry Axe I have two other Stihl brand axes. A Pro Splitting Axe and a PA Splitting Hatchet, both have exceeded my expectations. That is why I considered this tool. At just 23 inches and a 2.2 pound head this ax is easy to carry and swing. I use it primarily while felling trees in the wood lot. I use it to clear brush, limb, and drive plastic wedges. I have had this Axe for fifteen months and although the chain saws are the workhorses this little guy compliments them well.The bit is about 5.5" and has a good cutting taper with a deeper beard than most. It came sharp but I touched it up with a polishing stone. The poll is squared off and will drive plastic wedges easily. There are two circlular wedges making for a tight fit to the handle. The handle is made of ash and has paint and varnish on it. The shoulder has been extended to offer more strength. The grip and the throat make this a comfortable handle to use. I have touched up the edge several times, not that it really needed it but rather I enjoy keeping my tools in the best condition.that I can.
Date published: 2017-09-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Nice tool if head will stay on handle I currently own my second axe bearing the Stihl name. The second is because the head came loose on the handle on the first one. This time it is the same problem. I am a fairly large strong man and I use the tool as I would any other axe for whacking branches and driving wedges. It is the correct size and weight I like......However there is some sort of design flaw that causes head to come loose. I own several Stihl saws and use them on a daily basis. I need the axe to be as dependable as the saws are. I know this can be remedied.
Date published: 2017-09-02
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Great design, poor quality I like the design and size, many times a full size axe is to big and a hatchet is to small. This axe fits that need, and is great for limbing. The problem with it is the Ash handle is junk and probably wouldn't even hold up for homeowner yard work. Also getting a replacement handle can be a hassle because of the D shape eye. You must order it from sthil or the original manufacturer Ox Head, where you can get a hickory handle but it's not cheep and gets shipped from Germany
Date published: 2017-05-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Found this tool very durable as a timber felling axe for driving wedges Started using this axe this year as a trial to see how it held up to driving wedges as part of my job felling timber. Well it held up surprisingly well and even though its a little on the light side I found I could get a good powerful fast swing that could drive wedges into a heavy side and back leaner that was 45" dbh. The handle at the head of the axe is strong and with all the heavy wedge work the head is still holding tight. Only issue I had was the second axe I bought I did not check the grain orientation in the handle and it snapped right at the upper bend when I was driving my first wedge with it. So make sure you check the grain on the handle and make sure it is oriented vertically and not horizontal for the strongest axe handle. They are guaranteed for life if the handle fail premature so that is a nice feature from Stihl. Fits into metal scabbards well. Overall great timber falling axe that I would recommend.
Date published: 2016-01-20
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