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Clearing Ax

At first glance you might not recognize this tool as an axe, but if you have some light-duty clearing in mind, this Swedish-style clearing axe from Bahco offers a few advantages over a typical axe.

The cold-rolled, hardened steel blade holds a razor-sharp, double-tapered edge on two sides. It’s also replaceable, which means you can quickly swap in a new blade if both sides dull. A spring-steel bow holds the blade and attaches to a 20″ long hickory handle.

These features combine to form a lightweight, easy-to-swing axe that’s perfect for clearing brush and saplings — but you’re probably not going to be chopping down any trees with it.

The clearing axe will run you $40 to $50, and a replacement blade goes for about $9.

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7 Responses to This Axe Won’t Chop Down Any Cherry Trees

  1. Aaron says:

    I still prefer a good machete to do any hand clearing of small stuff (up to 4″ in diameter in size).

  2. Ben76 says:

    Yarr, machete is my weapon of choice in the war on brush but I would way rather the guy next to me or the hired help had one of these!

  3. James says:

    This is one of those fancy dental floss and toothpick combos for real men.

  4. This is an evil product.. its evil because its designed to set up a continuing revenue stream for the company who sells it.. blades.

    Its doesnt appear to offer any great advantage over either an axe or a machete and certainly looks much more prone to failure.. a good axe or a good machete will last a LIFETIME with no problems at all. This thing is unlikely to last a few years and you’ll be buying new blades along the way..

    Pass on it.. buy a good quality axe and a good quality machete and learn how to sharpen them properly.

    Duncan.

  5. fred says:

    I like brush hooks.

    Here is a link that talks about the options:

    http://www.americantrails.org/resources/info/tools3.html

  6. eschoendorff says:

    My solution is a Stihl FS 110 with a clearing saw blade… works every time!

  7. Bob Franklin says:

    This axe is excellent for clearing portages all day long. Lite easy to aim, and safer than a meshete. It will cut over 4 inch trees with one swing if ya hit it at the right angle and it’s soft wood.
    You can sharpen the blade around the fire at night.

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