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Which do you think is best?

  • Sledgehammer

    Votes: 4 17.4%
  • Axe

    Votes: 3 13.0%
  • 3 lbs

    Votes: 1 4.3%
  • 3.5 lbs

    Votes: 3 13.0%
  • 4 lbs

    Votes: 5 21.7%
  • 4.5 lbs

    Votes: 2 8.7%
  • 5 lbs

    Votes: 9 39.1%
  • 5.5 lbs

    Votes: 1 4.3%
  • 8 lbs

    Votes: 2 8.7%
  • 10 lbs

    Votes: 0 0.0%

  • Total voters
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michaelmj11

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I do not know how many folks have make it over here from AS, but I wanted to continue the conversation that had started up about which axe(s) you folks think best for driving wedges, and also being able to get yourself out of a pinch.
 

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5 lb council
 

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Here is my Frankensteined creation (it started with a Hudson Bay Council Tool axe, and a piece of bar stock steel):

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So it is now a 5 lbs council tool, that is just about perfectly balanced (that picture took FOREVER to get right)

I've only tested it out once but really liked the result.
 

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I just noticed the picture with the scale, it looks like the head is loosening up on you? Or was that before you finished hanging it?
 

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I voted 5 lb because its all I ever used.
 

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I just noticed the picture with the scale, it looks like the head is loosening up on you? Or was that before you finished hanging it?

It loosened when I first got the axe and tested it out, so I got it to come all the way off for the welding. And when I put the handle back on, when driving the metal and wood wedge home it kept creeping up like that, so I drove an extra metal wedge and them threw in some JB weld for good measure.......

I'm not overly fond of wooden handles (one reason I had the bar stock overlap the the handle ;)). I have never had much luck with the wooden handles. I've already started looking for a fiberglass replacement handle.
 
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I would like to have a 6 lb Collins if I could find one. Then a nice 3.5 lb felling axe.
 

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Don't think you can beat an old school raft pattern axe. 4 pounders seem rarer than 5 pounders. Plumbs seem to have fared better over the years than Collins and other brands based on eBay listings.

Ron
 

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Newer Collins: Duplicate post deleted.

Ron
 
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Those look nice Ron.
 

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I like them because the poll is designed for driving. Unfortunately it looks like others are taking a liking to them as well as the prices seem to be getting higher. Ron
 

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I would love to get just the handle off of this axe to use with my modified one, but unfortunately I think the Garant one is a solid axe-head-and-neck.
http://www.garant.com/html/en/produits/produit.php?idProduit=1003355&typeProduit=recherche


And failing that find/get this handle BUT in a 28" (except they sell this sort of handle Only already attached to an axe head.... unless you want the 34" replacement handle.....) so I need to see if I can contact the manufacturer for more information.

http://www.garant.com/html/en/produits/produit.php?idProduit=1000661&typeProduit=famille
 

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I have a couple of 4 pounders and a 5 pounder; I use the 4 pounders more because I'm more willing to carry them. That said, the 5 pounder definitely hits harder and lifts more per whack.
 
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