When it comes to firewood processing one of the most important tools that you may want to consider using is a long handled splitting maul. A splitting maul has two sides where the other one looks like an axe and the other side is somewhat like a sledgehammer. Usually, a splitting maul would be for about 8lbs. heavy. One may find quite a variety of mauls available depending on the convenience it can give when cutting wood. Mauls when compared to axes are known to better tools to use when it comes to splitting wood. Mauls can be swung easily and leveraged to make more convenient to use when cutting wood.
Using a Splitting Maul
Usually, the maul is struck on a part of the log where there already is an obvious cut to make it easier to split it in pieces. More often splitting mauls can easily have these logs chopped through striking on those cut sections. When it comes to comparing a splitting maul with an axe, one will find it a lot more effective to use mauls for chopping. Although there are times when mauls may seem to get stuck when chopping firewood, it is then essential to give the maul a full lift to make that successful chop.
On the other hand, the hammer side of a splitting maul is used when the wood cutter needs to split logs with huge diameters. Usually it is used to work with a wedge when it comes to splitting wood.
Modern Log Splitters
Aside from the usual splitting maul, one can find quite a good number of modern love splitters available nowadays. Most of them are built depending on the type of power that they use for splitting logs in a more convenient way. If a splitting maul makes use of its beholder’s strength to effectively cut the firewood, these modern log splitters make use of other sources of energy to reduce use of physical strength when it comes to cutting wood. Since chopping wood can be time-consuming, unsafe and very exhausting, having modern versions of splitting wedges can definitely help for convenience and ease of use. Here are the modern versions of a splitting maul.
Petrol log splitter – This particular tool can effectively split logs in a safe and quick manner. It has this strong steel construction which can be adjusted depending on one’s needs when it comes to splitting logs. Most are designed with a hydraulic system for better performance.
Gas powered log splitters – These log splitting machines are powered by gas and are highly regarded for their capability to split logs more efficiently than that of electric powered ones. They are more known as a heavy duty option as these machines can perform log splitting which can be done by multiple men using their own splitting maul without taking too much time.
Electric log splitter – From the term itself, this particular machine is capable of running through electricity. Most of these electric powered wood splitters are assembled with a rod and piston. When it comes to pressure needed for splitting logs, these electric machines are found to be more efficient when compared to other log splitting options.