Splitting logs is hard physical work at the best of the times.
At the worst of times, it can be exhausting, dangerous, and even potentially lead to expensive trips to Accident & Emergency.
What separates the best of times from the worst of times?
The right equipment, of course.
Whether you’re filleting a fish or splitting logs, the right equipment can make your day go faster, smoother and more efficiently.
When it comes to splitting logs, you’re looking for an axe – seemingly an ancient tool, it’s rarely if ever been bettered as the go-to option for turning logs into useful timber and or firewood.
But saying you’re looking for an axe is like saying you’re looking for a knife in the kitchen. There are different types of axe that are better for different types of job.
So how do you know which axe to choose? There are hundreds on the market, if not thousands. What are you looking for to make your log splitting if not exactly a breeze, then at least as fast, efficient and uniform as it can be?
Step away from the bladed tools. We can handle this. Here’s our list of the best log splitting axes on the market
In a hurry? Here’s our top pick.
In a hurry? This is our winner!
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Best Log Splitting Axe – Buyer’s Guide
If you’re committing to cutting your own wood for household uses, there are a couple of things to keep in mind when looking for log splitting axes.
In The Swing
Be aware of size, weight and height – you don’t want to have an axe or maul that’s too long, too heavy or too cumbersome for you to comfortably swing. Pick the right length of handle, and the right weight of head for your own use, otherwise your log splitting will be less than useful, and you might end up with muscle injuries from incorrect posture and swinging of too heavy a weight.
On a similar note, be aware of the space you have around you. You don’t want to swing an extra-long axe or maul in a relatively confined space – that’s both a sitcom and a tragedy waiting to happen. Swing what you can, split how you like, but be space aware before you click the ‘buy’ button.
There are two schools of thought on shock absorption. Decide whether you’re in love with the traditional feel of splitting logs with a wood-handled axe and shock absorption be damned, or whether you’re a 21st century, Health & Safety-conscious log splitter who might possibly have uses for your arm muscles later in the day or night. The degree to which your axe or maul comes with shock absorption and/or safety grips will generally depend on the levels of nostalgia and/or practical function you want from it.
Frequently Asked Questions
Which is better for log splitting, axes or mauls?
While these are technically different implements, they’re used more or less interchangeably when it comes to log splitting, because they both do the job very efficiently. The difference is that axes have sharp blades and so do their splitting with their cutting edges, while mauls have unsharpened blades and are more often used with wedges (small inserts), so the impact of the swing is directed into an effective splitting force, rather than a cutting force.
So why should you care? Several reasons – if you’re new to swinging sharply-bladed weapons about, we’d suggest you start off with a splitting maul and its force-transfer principle, at least until you’re confident you’re not about to accidentally lop your own foot off.
Also, mauls are often significantly cheaper, and so offer a better option to beginners.
Will a fibreglass log splitting axe last longer than a wooden one?
This usually depends on how you treat your axe. Fibreglass is immensely strong and usually comes with shock absorption, where wood usually doesn’t, so on a basic level, it should last longer, yes. But if you treat your log splitting axe with respect and store and maintain it well, the difference should also be negligible in practical terms.