How to Pick the Right Axe for Your Project

Real Estate Agent with Real State Company

Did you know there are different types of axes? From the length of the handle to the shape of the blade and the weight of the axe, knowing more about different axes can be a critical decision. 

Depending on your project and your budget, the wrong axe could make your project more difficult—and expensive. If you've never explored the many axe options, we're here to help! 

Determine how and why you need an axe, then keep reading to learn more about a few types of axes and their uses. 

1. Felling Axe

This is the most basic, all-purpose axe. If you need to keep an axe on hand for removing the occasional tree limb or chopping down smaller trees, a felling axe is an ideal, affordable option. 

2. Splitting Maul

After you chop down a tree, use a splitting maul to cut the trunk into smaller logs for use as firewood. This type of axe still has a long handle, but the head and blade are smaller and better suited for chopping logs.

3. Hatchet

Consider the hatchet a "mini" axe. This tool has a shorter handle and a smaller head. Many outdoorsmen and campers keep a hatchet handy for campfire wood or small chopping jobs. 

4. Forest Axe

While a felling axe will get the job done if you need to cut down a tree, choose a forest axe for more significant tree removal projects. This axe design includes a more extended handle for greater leverage.

Better leverage creates a more efficient chopping motion to cut through trees more effectively. 

5. Double Bit Axe

This axe is two blades on the same head, attached to one handle. One blade stays sharp while the other blade has a duller edge.

Used primarily by lumberjacks, the sharp edge takes down trees. Switch to the dull side to split a tree into small logs.

6. Pickaxe

Gardening becomes easier with a pickaxe. These tools have the characteristic pointed edge for digging into the soil. The flat side helps clear debris and smooth dirt. 

7. Tactical Axe

Considered a jack-of-all-trades axe, the tactical axe can chop, remove brush, help with climbing, and cut a variety of materials with the serrated edge. Hunters, campers, and outdoor enthusiasts can benefit from a steel tactical axe. 

Learn more about tactical axes at a site like ClutchAxes.

8. Roofing Axe

The roofing axe head includes a sharp edge for tearing away old and damaged roofing materials. The other side of the axe head is a hammer, ideal for hammering nails to fasten new shingles to a roof. 

Having two tools in one reduces the amount of gear roofers need to carry onto a roof for a project. 

Different Types of Axes Make a Difference

You might need more than one axe to complete your project! Different types of axes make a difference in how effectively you can cut, chop, and complete your task. 

Was this helpful information in your search for the perfect axe? We hope you'll check out more of our articles!




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