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The Yancey 04-19-2014 08:24 AM

Super-Efficient Ax
 
I would be all over this if I still lived in a place that needed firewood.

Quote:

The ax isn't typically something we think of as modern or revolutionary. It's one of the oldest tools in the human toolbox.

But some guys at Vipukirves, in Finland, have discovered a huge flaw with the tool: It's really hard to use. As a matter of physics and engineering, splitting wood with an ax requires a huge amount of power to drive the wedge into the wood and split it without getting the ax stuck. Traditional axes can also be dangerous since they can hit your leg if you miss the target. This is why using an ax is such a macho test of strength, and not a simple household task you can assign to a child.

One day, some guy thought to himself, "Eureka! I need to work on this!" (according to the history of Vipukirves). After testing out a few different methods, the company realized that leverage was the answer to the problem. A regular ax uses virtually no leverage it simply strikes wood at a 90-degree angle, like a sharp hammer. Leverage in which a shallow angle is used to maximize the force of the weight on the other end of the lever creating the angle is a more efficient way of transferring force.

And so the Leveraxe was born.
Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/the-l...#ixzz2zKeUXh4L


ccured 04-19-2014 08:45 AM

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That is pretty fricking awesome

Thenardier 04-19-2014 09:13 AM

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Cool

SwampFox 04-19-2014 09:48 AM

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I remember that tool being advertised in the back of Popular Mechanics for years before it was picked up by retailers. Now you can get one at your local Ace Hardware.

http://ace.imageg.net/graphics/produ...3-957836dt.jpg

ccured 04-19-2014 10:11 AM

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Originally Posted by SwampFox (Post 4138327)
I remember that tool being advertised in the back of Popular Mechanics for years before it was picked up by retailers. Now you can get one at your local Ace Hardware.

http://ace.imageg.net/graphics/produ...3-957836dt.jpg

A maul is not the same as that leverageaxe thing

SwampFox 04-19-2014 10:37 AM

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A maul is not the same as that leverageaxe thing
Well it sure looks like a maul in the video at first. I did a search, and here's a page that has much better images of the axe.

http://www.vipukirves.fi/english/description.htm

Those of you who live in the colder climates, enjoy. We've no real need of them this far south.

gamecock88 04-19-2014 10:11 PM

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It does look cool and there are several youtube vids on it working, mostly on sissy European woods. I'd like to see how it works on oak.

Spur's Addiction 04-19-2014 10:30 PM

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Originally Posted by gamecock88 (Post 4138987)
It does look cool and there are several youtube vids on it working, mostly on sissy European woods. I'd like to see how it works on oak.

Yeah - because oaks don't grow in Europe?!

Garnet/Black Fan 04-19-2014 10:36 PM

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Pretty badass, but at ~$250.00 i think I'll stick to the good ol' toolshed axe.

b381l 04-19-2014 11:45 PM

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It's fake....does the tire come with it.....:lol:
What you don't see is most of these guys had a heart attack within 5 minutes.
I'll stick with my Peterson gas logs thank you.

roosterdude21 04-19-2014 11:55 PM

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Paul Bunyan is rolling in his grave.

yazoo 04-20-2014 06:29 AM

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That wood looks pretty seasoned. Looks a bit like oak though, lol.

johnnyb 04-20-2014 08:01 AM

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Originally Posted by yazoo (Post 4139089)
That wood looks pretty seasoned. Looks a bit like oak though, lol.

thats what I was thinking, that wood is seasoned and very dry, wouldnt split that easily around here with the humidity we have most of the year

Mechanical Cock 04-20-2014 08:03 AM

Re: Super-Efficient Ax
 
Mandatory Zombie response team equipment. Do they sell it in hatchet?

gamecock88 04-20-2014 09:47 AM

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Originally Posted by Spur's Addiction (Post 4139003)
Yeah - because oaks don't grow in Europe?!

'Twas a joke Mary.

ColaCock 04-20-2014 01:24 PM

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don't they know that the hydraulic log splitter has already been invented?


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