When you have a lot of wood splitting to do, many turn to a trusty splitting maul to help make the job easy. Below, we’ll review some of the best mauls for splitting firewood from brands like Fiskars and Husqvarna.
What is a splitting maul anyway?
The splitting maul goes by a number of other names including block splitter, sledge axe, block buster, hamaxe and go-devil. Typically, the splitting maul has a head which weighs between six and eight pounds. On the one side it has a sharp wedge.
Splitting mauls come with both wood and synthetic handles. Customers have found that synthetic handles are less likely to break and the attached head does not get worked free from the handle as easily.
The splitting maul is used on timber which has already been cut into pieces. You use a maul to finish taking the large pieces of wood and splitting them into smaller pieces to be used in fireplaces and chimineas.
How to use a splitting maul
Wondering how to use this beautiful tool? When you need some firewood, you’ll want a log that’s about 12 to 24 inches in length. Next, the log is placed on a hard surface such as a splitting stump. Then, the splitting maul is then wielded on the log section going with the grain of the wood. Sometimes the maul does not split the log section completely and thus requires an additional swing with the log piece still stuck to the maul. This is known as a “full-lift chop.”
What to look for in a splitting maul
In looking for a splitting maul the shopper should consider such things as
- Blade material– It’s important to look the material used for the blade. While you’ll find most of the blades are made of steel, make sure to check before purchasing.
- Handle material – Look at the material used for the handle. Synthetic handles will last longer however choose what makes sense for you.
- Size – The size of the splitting maul you need depends on how much wood you plan on splitting and how big that wood is. Make sure to keep this in mind, as some of the heavy duty axes may be more than you need. But some of the small ones may not do the job as easily.
- Price – We’ve reviewed a range of different priced splitting axes. Some of the price differences are due to the materials used to construct the ax or the size of the ax. Keep price in mind when making your selection.
Options for the Best Splitting Maul
Fiskars Iso Core 8 lb Maul, 36 Inch
Unique blade geometry provides better penetration for splitting tough logs. You’ll have no issue splitting hard woods like pine.
This maul doesn’t create too much shock and vibration. This is minimized by the patented IsoCore Shock Control System. After splitting many rounds you won’t feel as worn down as with other lower quality mauls.
Husqvarna 32″ Wooden Splitting Maul
This high quality splitting axe comes with a leather edge cover. The head of this splitting maul is attached to a hickory shaft with a steel wedge. As a result you’ll find the blade is secured well.
What’s great about this maul is that it has a hardened striking face. Due to this, you can use this as a sledge if you need to.
The weight of the maul is 6.5 lbs.
Gransfors Bruks Splitting Maul
This splitting maul it definitely one of the higher quality options on our list. Therefore, it’s likely a splitting ax you can pass down through the generations. You’ll find this option, with a 5 ½ lb head will sail through all types of logs.
It has a 31.5 inch wooden handle and will come with a leather blade sheath.
Estwing Fireside Friend Axe – 14″ Wood Splitting Maul
Sometimes you don’t need a splitting maul to split a cords worth of firewood. In those instances this is a great option. Because it’ll handle better than a hatchet and make kindling for your fire an easy task.
The Estwing Axe is steel forged in one piece for strength and durability. It’s made in the USA using the best American steel. It’s unique shock reduction grip is made of genuine leather.