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You can’t talk about splitting mauls without mentioning the manufacturer, Husqvarna. The Husqvarna Group is actually a Swedish company that’s over 300 years old.
They are very well known for making powered outdoor products like chainsaws and lawn mowers & tractors. But, they also make some extremely high quality axes and mauls, as you are about to find out.
There are three main Husqvarna splitting axes in their lineup. Click on the link below to read each specific Husqvarna axe review, scroll down to read them all, or check out this video which covers the basics such as length & weight before you decide, which axe you’re interested in.
There’s no need to buy a big axe when a small one will do the job, equally well, or even better. So, when splitting lighter firewood, the small Husqvarna splitting axe is your best bet. The finely forged steel head is designed to easily split wood into kindling. With this axe, splitting wood requires minimal effort and the small size makes it easy for the chopper to grip it with one hand.
At a length of 20 inches and weighing less than three pounds, this small axe the right size to keep by your wood stove for splitting kindling. It’s lighter and easier to swing than a larger ax and yet has just the right heft to cut oak, locust and cherry cord-wood.
The head of the axe is securely attached to the handle with both a wooden and steel wedge. And, the axe comes with a leather edge cover to protect the blade when not in use.
This is the right axe for kindling needs.
For splitting larger pieces of wood into chunks or malleable pieces, you may need the larger Husqvarna wood splitting axe. A splitting axe is designed to split wood along the grain rather than cut it, and with its finely honed tapered head, that’s just what this large axe does.
The head of the larger axe is also securely attached to the handle with both a wooden and steel wedge and it comes with a leather edge cover.
This is the Husqvarna splitting axe to buy if you want to split medium-sized logs for firewood.
For splitting larger and thicker pieces of wood, you may want to invest in a maul, which is more powerful than a splitting axe and can save some serious cutting time.
Splitting mauls are more like sledgehammers with pointed heads. They tend to be blunter and fatter than splitting axes. Maul handles also tend to be longer to guide the maul into the ground (and away from your feet) after cutting logs. Generally, if the handle is longer than your arm it is a maul. If it’s shorter, it is probably an axe.
And, there’s a difference in the way axes and mauls work. Axes are designed to cut across wood fibers, while mauls are crafted so they can neatly divide a piece of wood in two. If you try to split a larger piece of wood with an axe, it’s possible that the blade may become embedded in the wood.
The hand-forged steel edge makes it capable of splitting medium to large size logs. The head is honed so that it can easily split thick wood with minimal effort.
This solid five-pound maul is even powerful enough to split through stubborn knotty stumps and thicker logs. The hickory handle swings true and is comfortable to use but weighing in at five pounds, swinging it does require some muscle. And it’s not suitable for splitting anything less than larger pieces of wood.
A wooden and steel wedge firmly secures the maul’s head and that’s important because repeated use of a maul can cause the head to come loose. The Husqvarna splitting maul also comes with a leather sheath.
If you’re planning on working on larger logs, this maul is the choice for you.
This 300+ year-old Swedish company makes a splitting axe sized for whatever your needs are. The 20-inch one hander is perfect for small jobs, the 30-inch large axe is great for medium to large jobs, and the full-sized 32-inch maul is great for handling serious wood splitting jobs.
No matter which of the three you choose, you know you are getting high quality hand forged steel heads with strong hickory handles. You’ll have no problem slicing through logs like a hot knife through butter.
The best part about all three of the above choices is that they have a reputation of being worth well more than the sticker price. You’ll get far more than your money’s worth out of each of three three fine pieces of Swedish craftsmanship.