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How in the world do you use a brush axe?
« on: March 27, 2018, 10:11:13 PM »
 

 
So I recently acquired a few of these brush axe deals and this one had a decent handle, so I basically cleaned, oiled and sharpened it up.  But what to do with it?  The interweb is surprisingly devoid of information but shows 2 different, conflicting  approaches.  One guy drives it directly into the dirt, which can't be right, and another, prominent Utube personality claiming to show the "proper way" by using it high, like a regular axe, and it quickly becomes evident he has no idea what he is is doing and sums up his performance by denouncing the tool altogether.  .  Yesterday I Had little luck mimicking these fellers , but today was a little better when I swung it like a slap shop/golf T drive as low as I could.  I had some success yanking back in tight spaces as well.  I think part of my issue is I'm 6' 4" and the handle is only 36" and pretty much like a normal axe handle.  It seems short.  I'm thinking I will make a longer, straight handle for my other one, but hoping I can get some decent advice here.  

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Re: How in the world do you use a brush axe?
« Reply #1 on: March 27, 2018, 10:27:41 PM »
The "proper" guy on youtube admits he doesn't know how to use it and then goes on to demo the "proper" way. Got no use in him anymore. 

I have one identical to yours and am rough on it, stick it in the dirt, hit rocks, etc.. basically what I won't do with my chainsaw. "Proper" or not its what I do.
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Re: How in the world do you use a brush axe?
« Reply #2 on: March 27, 2018, 11:01:28 PM »
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Re: How in the world do you use a brush axe?
« Reply #3 on: March 28, 2018, 06:23:46 AM »
Sounds about right Mike
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Re: How in the world do you use a brush axe?
« Reply #4 on: March 28, 2018, 07:38:06 AM »
That looks a little funky to me. The ones I've used are mounted on the end of the handle and are double edged. The inside hook where yours is sharpened is for limbs or down below you like on a hill or ditch or reaching into something like a rose, the outer curve is also sharpened and is the edge most often used.

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Re: How in the world do you use a brush axe?
« Reply #5 on: March 28, 2018, 07:51:02 AM »
I have never been fond of a brush axe/blade.  It is kinda between an axe and a ditch bank blade and for my use, does not measure up to either.  Nothing beats an axe for chopping nor a ditch bank blade's longer handle for knocking back briers without getting "brier'ed.
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Re: How in the world do you use a brush axe?
« Reply #6 on: March 28, 2018, 08:10:51 AM »
As a boy, I was allowed to use an axe but not the brush axe that was in the shed. All the old timers said they where too dangerous.

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Re: How in the world do you use a brush axe?
« Reply #7 on: March 28, 2018, 08:32:52 AM »
Council Tool sells both the single bit brush ax like the OP shows and a double bit like Don P mentions.  

http://counciltool.com/brush-cutting-shrubbing/

I was excited when I got one at an auction as a brush ax has sounded like a good tool.  But now that I have one, I'm with shinnlinger in scratching my head how to use it effectively.   :D
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Re: How in the world do you use a brush axe?
« Reply #8 on: March 28, 2018, 08:41:06 AM »
I have better luck using a machete than a brush ax.
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Re: How in the world do you use a brush axe?
« Reply #9 on: March 28, 2018, 09:53:08 AM »
I prefer a 6 way blade.  Mounted to a good dozer. 
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Re: How in the world do you use a brush axe?
« Reply #10 on: March 28, 2018, 11:29:07 AM »
Decades ago as a young lad I worked for the USCEC and we had those in the tool line up. We had a different name for them which wouldn't be allowed on this site. Anyway no one wanted to use one but it was some times the go to tool for smaller sprouts on steep rocky banks. Swung like an axe. I have no desire to use one ever again. Wicked looking though, sorta like some medieval battle tool.

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Re: How in the world do you use a brush axe?
« Reply #11 on: March 28, 2018, 11:44:58 AM »
 As a young teenager I did odd jobs of all sorts, one couple I worked for was in their 80s.  They had a ditch bank behind their house that had briars, weeds and tree sprouts up to a couple inches in diameter.  Mr. Payne had two tools available, a mowing scythe and a bush axe.

His bush axe was double sided and the handle bolted on the butt end of the blade.  I could use either side to cut brush.  It took two days to clean that bank.   Mr. Payne showed me and I learned how to use and sharpen that bush axe.  You swing it like an axe but cut diagonally down through the saplings or other brush.  When you get good you can leave a very short "stump" close to the ground all be it a sharp one.

I own two now, one I bought 30 years ago the other was my dad's.  I've picked them up a couple of time in the last 15 years but just to move them out of my way.
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Re: How in the world do you use a brush axe?
« Reply #12 on: March 28, 2018, 12:00:38 PM »
The survey crews at my last engineering firm used those to clear survey lines. Swung like an axe against brush and saplings. As said above, diagonal cuts close to the ground and watch out for the sharp stumps.
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Re: How in the world do you use a brush axe?
« Reply #13 on: March 28, 2018, 12:25:17 PM »
My dad had one he called a bush hook.
I used it to cut horse trails when I was a pup.
I mis-placed it and never found it.
My dad reminded me of this fairly often til the day he died.
as I recall it worked ok.
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« Reply #14 on: March 28, 2018, 12:50:14 PM »
leaves sharp stumps also known as tire go flatters or punji sticks
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Re: How in the world do you use a brush axe?
« Reply #15 on: March 28, 2018, 03:15:09 PM »
I have one that hangs on a nail in the pole building, looks impressive but doesn't get used.
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Re: How in the world do you use a brush axe?
« Reply #16 on: March 28, 2018, 09:52:36 PM »
The double edged ones ya'll are talking bout ain't brush axes, their called ditch blades or more commonly around here kaiser blades. Big difference between um, brush axes are much, much heavier made, my True Temper brush axe blade is 5/16"-3/8" thick. The kaiser blades I've seen were maybe 3/16".
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Re: How in the world do you use a brush axe?
« Reply #17 on: March 29, 2018, 12:19:36 AM »
I have one that hangs on a nail in the pole building, looks impressive but doesn't get used.
That's the best place to keep the brush axe.

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Re: How in the world do you use a brush axe?
« Reply #18 on: March 29, 2018, 08:30:12 AM »
We sell them at the store. In the 3 years I have been there,I don't remember having a customer ask about it.
When we use to cut bushes here and I still do,they had to be cut right down to the ground. I can still hear my Father say,not going to ruin a tractor tire with something sticking up in the air 2 inches. Which is true. Along the edge of one field that would be just about useless. Lots and lots of rocks sticking up. But I suppose the tractor would not be in that area,so a foot high would be OK. But My Father would still not like it. I am too much like my Father's son.  ;D
I have picked it up,at the store,more than once. Seems like a lot of weight hanging out there. We never had one and I have never seen one used.
I just feel it's made for a 19 year old that says I can split wood faster than a wood splitter. :D
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Re: How in the world do you use a brush axe?
« Reply #19 on: March 29, 2018, 08:45:22 AM »
I have one of those exact tools. But, I'd rather use a Sandvik brush axe myself. Barring that, I would be firing up my 560 brush saw. No pointy stubs to fall on. I walk my boundary lines, so I don't like pointy sticks poking up from the ground after they get brushed out. ;D

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