That's good to know, I avoided the BB13 because I really didn't want a 1/4" hunk of steel that was 13" long. I've tried the monster chopper thing before with a HI kuhkri and besides splitting wood, it was too much for me. Swinging down into stuff was fine, it was the lateral cuts that killed me. I couldn't control it either. 3/16" is the perfect all-around chopping thickness, IMO. Light enough to swing for hours but still sturdy enough to properly abuse. Of course, SR101 is tougher than nails too, so that helps. Great working tools. I have one more bigg-ish chopper that isn't a Busse or kin, but the quality is there still. It's very mildly angled kuhkri from GL Drew. Bought it after nearly ripping my arm off with a tram latin machete that was clearly not up to the task of chopping vines (shared them in an earlier post, as thick as a ratweiler). I had the 1311 with me but the darn vines kept rolling off the front. Now that I have the BB13, I bet I could make a mess of those things. I think the best part about this hobby is buying stuff and trying it, making memories along the way. Eventually, add some people in there for the camaraderie and it's a time well-spent. The beasts after I cleaned them up.