Overland Axe? 28" or 36"

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i'm not much of an axe guy, but if i'm making my jeep look the part, and intend to actually use it for overlanding.

What axe length should i get a 28" or 36" I'm 5'7".



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I don't overland but I have a 23.5" fiskar axe I keep either in the truck or in the Ranger. I use it camping, brushing our deer blinds, cleaning up trails, and splitting kindling. I have had no issue cutting trees 4-6" around. I suppose it could be a bit longer but its been reliable and stores easy.

The 28 would probably fine if you are looking to split large hardwood go for the longer one.
 
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I don't overland but I have a 23.5" fiskar axe I keep either in the truck or in the Ranger. I use it camping, brushing our deer blinds, cleaning up trails, and splitting kindling. I have had no issue cutting trees 4-6" around. I suppose it could be a bit longer but its been reliable and stores easy.

The 28 would probably fine if you are looking to split large hardwood go for the longer one.
is your fiskars a splitting axe to chop wood or a felling axe to cut trees down?
 
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I have no idea if its more preferable to have a splitting axe that may be used to cut a whole tree down, or to have a felling axe that can also chop wood.......
 

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If you are looking to process firewood, clear obstructions and generally manage downfalls, a folding saw like the Silky Big Boy XL 2000 http://www.silkysaws.com/Silky_Saws/Folding-Curved_2/Bigboy-2000-XL-Teeth#sthash.HaT3IlwR.dpbs is a far safer , more efficient device than any axe/hatchet.

Safety is tantamount to all other concerns when you are away from emergency services. ANY, and I do mean ANY device intended for chopping brings with it the very high likelihood of a fuck up. In addition to that the calories expended are significantly higher with any chopping device than a saw.

Yes it lacks the satisfaction of wailing on shit, get over it , it is more effective at what you need it for.
 
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If you are looking to process firewood, clear obstructions and generally manage downfalls, a folding saw like the Silky Big Boy XL 2000 http://www.silkysaws.com/Silky_Saws/Folding-Curved_2/Bigboy-2000-XL-Teeth#sthash.HaT3IlwR.dpbs is a far safer , more efficient device than any axe/hatchet.

Safety is tantamount to all other concerns when you are away from emergency services. ANY, and I do mean ANY device intended for chopping brings with it the very high likelihood of a fuck up. In addition to that the calories expended are significantly higher with any chopping device than a saw.

Yes it lacks the satisfaction of wailing on shit, get over it , it is more effective at what you need it for.
awesome reply. Thank you. I'll keep this in mind.
 

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awesome reply. Thank you. I'll keep this in mind.
I figured I better produce some meaningful content before I get banned. :)

I carry a Big Boy on my tractor all the time, for anything under 4" I rarely get out the chain saw. If you are thinking that you will be felling trees or managing large down trees then an axe is a better choice.

I'll be taking my Milwaukee M18 fuel Hacksawzall. It is a powerful , lightweight device that will allow me to cut metal,wood,plastic. Blades are inexpensive and prolific, available in a variety of lengths and tooth pitch for different materials. Absolutely the most useful hand power tool I've ever owned. I've cut the tail wheel off of a bush hog and pruned limbs with it on the same day.
 
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I'll be taking my Milwaukee M18 fuel Hacksawzall. It is a powerful , lightweight device that will allow me to cut metal,wood,plastic. Blades are inexpensive and prolific, available in a variety of lengths and tooth pitch for different materials. Absolutely the most useful hand power tool I've ever owned. I've cut the tail wheel off of a bush hog and pruned limbs with it on the same day.
i don't own the hackszall, but i have an m18 sawzall and the m18 chainsaw now. :involve:

I think i'll pickup one of those Big Boys and a smaller 17" splitting axe for small firewood kindling type things, but I suppose I could bring the chainsaw, sawzall or BOTH on my adventures of Paul Bunyoning.....I'm sure i'll quickly realize I don't need all that sh*t. =)
 

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i don't own the hackszall, but i have an m18 sawzall and the m18 chainsaw now. :involve:

I think i'll pickup one of those Big Boys and a smaller 17" splitting axe for small firewood kindling type things, but I suppose I could bring the chainsaw, sawzall or BOTH on my adventures of Paul Bunyoning.....I'm sure i'll quickly realize I don't need all that sh*t. =)
The Silky saws are available with different teeth for different wood, each with a different colored handle. The one I have has the orange handle, and it is also the only one with a curved blade. That is very handy when undercutting something laying on the ground. They make a variety of other saws as well, and all are reasonably priced for the quality.

I have managed to find myself locked behind a gate twice in my life without the ability to call someone to let me out. So when I head out on our adventure commute, I will definitely take the sawzall. It will quickly process wood for cmap fires, and if I need it to clear a damaged body panel or whatever. Neither of those will do what a chainsaw will, but no fuel/oil and saves space.
 

                           
























































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