"As everybody else has said, this makes really easy work of splitting all but the toughest knotty wood a real breeze - would recommend this to anyone who wanted something more successful than an axe. Greet too that it can be used as a sledgehammer"
"don't know much about these type of products but here goes it is my 1st buy. It splits logs with a bit of effort from your shoulders but I would not be without it (need the exercise) It feels sturdy in the hand, good weight behind it to split. If in doubt how to split watch videos 1st. (I did). I am expecting to have this for a long time as its well made with a rubber soft handle grip which I liked a lot. Make sure you have a soft ground or bottom sheet of wood, sometimes the force you hit the wood will also hit the ground and if on driveway it will lift it very soon. Don't chop near windows or cars, wood will fly! (at times) Wifi would help at this shop though."
"I have put off buying a splitting maul for a number of years and have persevered with a felling axe.... Why? Why? Why? The weight and shape off the maul make it easy to split big logs, even when still green. The roughneck is well made and hopefully will last a long time, so £30 well spent."
"Heavy - almost too heavy for me - but splits most stubborn logs that other, lighter mauls might struggle with. Yes of course chunks will fly off the log when it splits and if that's a problem for some then just stand the log inside a suitable vehicle tyre. I also have 2 axes and a 2kg maul as swinging the 8lb beast is hard work but some of the logs I need to split are big, heavy and wet and that's when it's used. A 6lb maul would probably suit most people for occasional/weekly use. This maul is cheap compared to many, they range from below £20 up to around £200. I have used my 8lb Roughneck 'hard' for over 2 years now with no problems, defects or weak points."
"I bought the maul and log grenade to hopefully split 1/2 ton of new oak slabs from a recently felled 200 year old tree. I was thinking a chainsaw might be needed but wanted to try hand splitting. The slabs were 2 to 3 feet in diameter and about a 12 to 18 inches thick. I started scoring the slabs with a circular saw and banging away with the grenade. After 40 minutes I stopped using the saw and just converted the stock into nice chunks of great firewood only using the maul straight off, only using the grenade for narly bits where the fibres go left and right. The maul is great to split or to pound the grenade. The maul head nearly never jams (unlike an axe). The chunks just fly off. Don't forget to split the logs on a good base of tree section. Picture shows 1/3 of the slabs. It took an afternoon complete the lot. I can't comment on reliability after a short test. Very satisfying. Good products."
"My wife asked me why I needed to spend money on this when I was going to our local Screwfix to get it: I need the right tool for the job, says I.
And it really is. I had been trying to split some logs using a short handled axe, a wedge and a lump hammer, and getting really frustrated.
This thing goes through logs really easily. Even for the incompetent. like myself (I now have a hole in my plastic storage container from half a log flying off into it from my chopping block) it's a dream to use.
If you have big logs and need them to be smaller, and you want to do it manually, go and buy one."
"Very nice maul,I purchased this for a friend and had nothing but good reports he says that it is a lot lot less stressful to use than a wooden handle tool as there is less shock and vibration transmitted down the handle.It is a heavy tool to use,and I did sharpen the edge considerably.(but most good axes are supplied without a cutting edge) Will update in future as to durability."
"As has been pointed out by others, this is a maul. It's not an axe. As it isn't an axe I imagine it wouldn't be good at doing an axe's job; the 'blade' is intentionally not a blade and trying to change the maul into an axe by sharpening it will stop it from being able to do either job. Straight out of the box it has worked extremely well for its intended purpose. It has only had a few hours use so far so I can't comment on reliability yet, but it's certainly made well as well as functioning well - a pleasure to use."