In 2016, there are so many different ways to cut wood. You can use a jigsaw, a circular saw or even a door trimming saw. However, when you are not looking for something that makes precise cuts, but are more focused on the overall splitting experience, you just cannot go wrong with a good old axe. Used both as a weapon and a tool throughout the history, axes have undergone numerous modifications. The latest one is a splitting maul, colloquially known as a block buster, go-devil and a sledge axe. The logic behind the last nickname is flawless, since this particular item is indeed half-axe/half-sledgehammer.
All about the technique
While some may believe that with axes (a monster maul, in particular) it all comes down to strength, nothing could be further from the truth. Sure, wielding this tool is physically harder than using a jigsaw, but with the right technique, even a girl can effectively use an 18-pound monster maul. The very point of any tool is to make your job easier, which is why a splitting maul would be a poor item if it was made only for the powerlifters. In any case, using it constantly is bound to make you stronger over time, which can also count as a great exercise.
Axe or Maul, that is the Question
Up until the present day, there is a fiery debate going on about whether a splitting maul is an axe or a maul. While, in its essence, it does all the work of an axe, its nature is more that of a maul. The greatest difference is that the axe was made to split along the grain of the wood. Because of this, it can be much lighter and easier to operate. As for the splitting maul, its weight is usually double to that of an axe, while its blade is not as sharp. After all, the sharpness is not a necessary feature here since monster mauls mostly rely on force in order to split wood. Buying both is not a very smart investment. This way, you will be able to see firsthand which one suits you better.
It’s not like brand matters here. After all, axe is not a phone, right? Wrong! There is a reason why some companies hold a monopoly when it comes to hardware production. Making a superb tool takes optimal precision and only the best materials. This is why you can find a hardware-store axe for as little as $15, while a HUSQVARNA Splitting Maul costs up to $120. Some may find this irrational, but a person who used a high-end splitting maul or axe at least once won’t raise this question ever again.
Different Uses and Sizes
Earlier on, we talked about the 18-pound splitting maul, but it would be outright wrong to assume they all must be as heavy. Some mauls are designed to be wielded with one hand like, for example, Truper Herramientas #TJ3HC 3LB Splitting Maul. Naturally, because of the fact that less material is used for its production, this particular maul is significantly cheaper, which doesn’t make it inferior in any way. Splitting kindling with hatchet is incomparable to doing so with a one-hand splitting maul in both speed and efficiency. Just make sure to always put safety first. The fact that this tool is smaller and easier to handle doesn’t mean it’s any less dangerous.
Of course, it would be wrong to assume that the splitting maul is the only axe suitable for wood chopping. Felling axes, Hudson Bay axes, broadaxes and carpenter’s axes are all suitable for one task or another. Still, as the latest addition to the axe family, splitting mauls, represent a pinnacle of this basic technology. Furthermore, they serve as a reminder that sometimes brute force is indeed the best solution to the problem.