Truper 30524 3-1/2-Pound Double Bit Michigan Axe, Hickory Handle, 35-Inch

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3 Responses to Truper 30524 3-1/2-Pound Double Bit Michigan Axe, Hickory Handle, 35-Inch

  1. Skouchy says:
    16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
    2.0 out of 5 stars
    Very low quality, December 14, 2013
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    Skouchy

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    This review is from: Truper 30524 3-1/2-Pound Double Bit Michigan Axe, Hickory Handle, 35-Inch (Lawn & Patio)
    This is a solid but poorly made axe. The workmanship is so bad that it worse than many products from China (this axe was made in Mexico).

    First, the handle is unlike any axe handle I’ve ever held. It is like a rectangle with rounded edges, so it is uncomfortable in the hand. Second, the handle on the one I got was very irregular – it almost had waves in the wood it was so poorly made. The finish on the wood is awful too – really rough from the grain that lifted when the sealant was applied.

    Then comes the axe head itself. The cutting edge was flat in spots, and the sides were unevenly ground, i.e. more material taken off of one side of the blade than the other.

    I decided to try to fix it rather than go through the hassle of returning it.

    I started by stripping the finish off the handle, but, in the process, the finish on the head started to peel off too. It turns out that what I thought was the grey of the metal head was actually a textured paint made to look like metal. After stripping the wood with one coat of stripper and having to use two for the head I was able to start repairing the structural defects.

    Using 80 grit sandpaper and a block I sanded the handle edges until they were round enough to be comfortable, then I sanded as much of the irregularities/waves out of the wood as I could. Then I got the handle wet to lift the grain, dried it, sanded it with 220 grit, and repeated the process a second time.

    After that I went to work on the head, using a sanding disc to reshape the defective bits, then finished by sharpening the edge with a Lansky dual grit round whetstone.

    Then I buffed the handle with 0000 steel wool, and am now in the process of applying multiple coats of Daly’s Seafin Teak Oil.

    If it sounds like a lot of work, it was, but it’s necessary to make this axe a useable tool. After all this I hope the steel is of a decent quality.

    If you want a good axe right off the bat, get something else, like a Council Tool or Barco. If you want a project or you have really low standards, get one of these.

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  2. Adam says:
    9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
    1.0 out of 5 stars
    Same Problem – Axe head separated from the handle, May 5, 2013
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    Adam

    I experienced the same problem as TrueBuilder. I burn wood in my home and used the axe the way any conscientious homeowner would. The head separated from the handle within a few months of moderate use. I am very disappointed in this product. I am also having great difficulty removing the adhesive from the head, so even making a repair is quite unlikely. For a nice high-end consumer axe, this is unacceptable. I will not buy another one from this company.
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  3. True Builder says:
    20 of 24 people found the following review helpful
    1.0 out of 5 stars
    Axe head separating from handle – no corporate response – recommend against, September 10, 2011
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    True Builder (Upper-Left CONUS) –

    Don’t buy. I bought the unmatched set of “Truper 30957 6-Pound Splitting Maul, 36-Inch Fiberglass Handle”, “Truper 30528 3-1/2-Pound Single Bit Michigan Axe, Fiberglass Handle, 33-Inch”, and a Truper Pick & Mattock, all around the beginning of 2009, all with yellow Fiberglass handles for durability, and all under the name “Collins”, that I remembered from childhood. Note the designs have changed; however the first two products appear identical but for the black “racing stripes”.

    None got significant use until the summer of 2011 when the head of the Maul stayed stuck in a disk / cylinder of trunk that I was splitting. Close examination showed that the handle was a steep wedge ~glued in, had just “come out”, and there was no obvious way short of major machine tools that the head was going to be useful for anything. The hardware store where I bought it also hadn’t seen this before, and marvelled.

    Then on smaller disks I noticed that the head of the axe was beginning to loosen. The hole farthest from the handle has a glassy plastic overlay that never moved, yet the handle itself began to head away from the axe, and its movement was preceded by a more pliable black sealer / adhesive of some sort that was forced out of the hole and down the handle, in the direction of the user. Handle and head haven’t yet parted company, but I’m no longer using it as I consider it dangerous. Like the Maul, if I only had a machine shop I’d just ream out the hole and go wooden next time; but since I don’t….

    The mattock continues to work just fine, although I haven’t used it much.

    I work with computers for a living (chopping wood is only an avocation, and as I don’t do the gym as often as I should, a “light duty” one at that), so this just doesn’t seem to be a reasonable failure rate. I contacted servicio@truper.com regarding their products, and never heard back anything.

    This isn’t how I expect to be treated. My next such will be a Fiscars; I have their hatchet (what luck no Collins…), it’s proven indestructible so far.

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