A Pulaski ax isn’t like your typical ax. The standard ax either has a one-sided or two-sided blade that runs parallel to the handle. A Pulaski ax has a one-side ax head used for chopping while the other side has an adze tip; an adze is a kind of like a hoe that you would use for gardening. The adze tip runs perpendicular to the handle and is used to help dig like you would with a hoe.
We have reviewed several Pulaski axes and have a list of our top six picks for you. We will tell you the good and the not so good about each one so that you get a full picture of the product.
|Barebones Living 1055|
|High Carbon Steel||4.85/5|
|Council Tool 3.75 Inch||Head Material Steel||4.65/5|
|Collins HP-3 ½ FD-C |
Best for the Money
|Truper 30529 ||Heat treated blade||4.30/5|
|Nupla PA375-LESG ||4.15/5|
The Barebones living pulaski ax 1055 is our top pick because it is the best quality and does excellent with any job that you give it.
The head of this ax is made out of 1055 carbon steel and is hand-sharpened. It is a durable blade; however, it does dent relatively easy with just normal usage. This Pulaski ax does come with a sheath to protect the edge when it isn’t being used.
The Barebones living pulaski ax has a sturdy 21-inch beech wood handle. At the end of the handle, there is a pommel that can be used to pound. It isn’t unusual to have a hard time getting some tools into the hard ground, so hammering the end of it with the pommel on this ax will help.
One handy feature of this tool is that is has a removable hex nut making it easy to disassemble if you have to rehandle it
The council tool 3.75 Pulaski axe is a close runner up to the Barebones ax. This tool has a 3 ¾-pound forged steel head that is hydraulically seated onto the 36-inch hickory wood handle. After the head has been seated, it is secured with a serrated aluminum wedge.
Both the handle and the ax have coatings on them to help keep your ax from rust or decay. Council did a good job making this tool; however, it is on the heavier side, and the adze is too wide. The extra width can make it harder to remove roots, etc. It requires more effort on your part.
The Collins HP-3 ½ FD-C Pulaski axe is a sturdy ax with a two-pound head and a 34-inch double-injected fiberglass handle. This tool is great as long as you remember what it was made for, small jobs. It is not heavy-duty enough to do any heaving prying. It will not last you as long as the heavy-duty axes; however, it does a good job completing what it was made to do.
The Truper 30529 has a heat-treated 3 ½-pound head. There is a coating on the blade when you get it that enhances the chance that it will get stuck in wood that you are trying to chop. Chances are that you will have to sharpen the blades when you take this ax out of the box, so you can easily remove this coating at the same time. We have found that this ax is made of soft steel that is hard to sharpen and doesn’t hold an edge very well.
The 35-inch handle is made out of a durable hickory handle, but it has a strange, round-edged, rectangle shape that is not comfortable to the hand at all. Be prepared to have to reshape the handle before you can use it much.
The Truper 30529 will do the job if you spend the amount of time to sharpen it and shape the handle. Don’t expect it to last forever, though, as the quality isn’t up to par.
The Nupla PA375-LESG Pulaski axe has a solid fiberglass handle that is very resistant to weather, chemicals, and insects. This will keep your handle in good shape longer which is very important because this ax is made with inferior quality.
One thing that this ax has going for it is that it has a non-skid grip on it so that you can make sure that you have a firm grip. The grip will help you have a little more power behind your swing, but the head doesn’t hold an edge very well, and it is challenging to sharpen.
The AMES Companies True Temper Landscaping Axe is good for the homeowner that doesn’t have much to spend on tools. It does have a 3 ¾-pound head and a molded hardwood handle, but they are the best materials. It comes with a dull blade and a short handle that isn’t the easiest to hold. The inferior quality materials that make this ax is only suitable for use around the home. It is not meant for heavy clearing jobs, and won’t stand up to that much use.
There are a few things that you will want to consider when you are shopping for your Pulaski ax:
You can get Pulaski axes with handles that are made out of different materials, metal, plastic, or wood. The best handle to get is one that feels comfortable in your hand while allowing you to have a good grip. The grip material is strictly your preference.
You want to make sure that your blade is made out of carbon-plated solid steel. To be robust enough to last a long time, it is vital that there is a rod off of the bottom of the head that runs all the way through the handle. This gives the ax more strength.
How well your ax works depends on how sharp the blade is. Even though most ax companies say that their ax comes with sharp edges, it has been our experience that many of them require the blades to be sharpened before they can be used.
Your ax should come with a sheath to protect the blade while it is not being used. Make sure the one that comes with the brand that you decide on is good quality material. If made cheaply, you might as well not even have a sheath on it.
It stands to reason that a heavier ax will allow you to use more force. If you have been using a Pulaski ax for a while, that is fine, but if you are new to this ax, we recommend that you get a lighter weight one until you get a feel for it. The balance is different than a regular ax, and you want to be sure that you can maintain good control of it.
You will have better control and make more accurate and efficient cuts with a shorter handle.
The ax side of the head will chop quickly through doors, while the adze (hoe) end can be used to help dig through debris.
The adze side of the ax head effectively cuts through and dig out small trees or shrubs.
If you are a hiker, especially one that likes to hike off the beaten trail, you know that your path may not always be clear. The Pulaski ax will help you cut back any fallen or overgrown trees that may be in your way.
When planting your flower or vegetable garden, you are guaranteed to come across roots. The Pulaski ax will cut through the toughest of root and give you a sturdier tool to pull them up with. It isn’t only for tough roots though, it works great on any digging that you have to do.
So now that we have given you a list of things that you will want to check out when you’re shopping for a Pulaski ax let me quickly remind you of the top six axes that we reviewed.
Pulaski axes are a convenient tool to have in your tool shed. We hope that we have given you some insight on what to look for when you are shopping and that you feel confident in making the best choice for you.
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