Having used several types of splitting mauls over the years I've been very happy with a Fiskar's splitting axe: Amazon.com
Yes I was all set to buy that one until reading the reviews and a guy broke the handle when he over hit the wood...figured that would be me which is why I started looking for ones with a guard and something I could replace the handle. I think the Big Ox will be a great heavy maul for big rounds which is what I'm dealing with but looking for something for the small stuff, like the Fiskars x27. Thinking about the splitting axe from the same company as they use the same handles but that Helko looks pretty nice.Fiskars makes one hell of an 8lb maul and it works pretty good
I've used the Fiskars and so far, haven't had any handle damage after several years.After having a ground source heat pump installed I figured my days of buying and dealing with wood was coming to a close but we have had several trees die off and need to be handled. I had cut a couple of them up and initially thought I'd just burn them up with brush but seemed wasteful so decided to work on splitting them. My splitting maul was a hand-me-down from my step father, one that I cracked the fiberglass handle when I was a teenager and seems my aim hasn't gotten any better as I again cracked a piece of the handle off and eventually the maul came off the handle. So decided to order a new one, decided on the Big Ox which I haven't used yet...it came in but the handle is busted in shipping so requesting a replacement. In watching some video reviews I've seen this beauty, Helko Vario 2000 anyone have any experience with it. The Big Ox(Gedore or Ochsenkoph) feels heavier than the maul I've been using...feels like a beast but was thinking maybe having something lighter for the smaller stuff might make my days better...not getting any younger. I see that many people here are impressed with the Fiskars products and I was looking into the IsoCore...especially with the warranty but with my tendency to overshoot my aim and damage the handle myself which I don't think the warranty will cover I decided to look at models that have a guard for that...and I hope to improve my aim but at my age it's probably going to get worse as the eyesight gets worse.
Also I have another maul where the handle is loose so didn't even try using it, starting to look at videos on how to replace the handle but if anyone has tips on replacing a handle I'd appreciate it. Not going to replace the fiberglass one but figure I should try and restore the other one I have. Doesn't seem like installing a new handle would be too hard just never done it before.
If I was closer, I'd buy it. I only pick up the heavy maul now for some especially twisted chunks.I have a Fiskars splitting axe I'd sell you cheap, I use my old 8lbs. maul with wood handle most. The wood handle has a plastic protective cover up by the head and it has lasted for years.
I believe that is the same as the big ox.View attachment 822022
This is the one I use.
LOL, if you want to revisit the Monster Maul, I have one available. Somewhere along the line we broke the handle and now it's solid steel, not a pipe. If I need that to split a piece of wood, it's either going to be with hydraulics or I just toss that piece into the woods. I will admit the MM will split things nothing else will, if you are strong enough to swing it. I'm kinda like the song says, "I'm not as good as I once was but I'm as good once as I ever was." One swing is about it for me now.I’ll jump on the Fiskars wagon. I own 3 axes of theirs and don’t see trying anything else. They have nice light handles and work great. A lot better than the ole triangle shaped wedge deal my dad made us use. That thing had a steel handle and was teenager proof. It was also crazy heavy and wore a guy out in minutes
What did you call me........I believe that is the same as the big ox.
You said it: the guy over hit the wood. Stand back and don't over reach the swing. The mail isn't at fault. Operator error.Yes I was all set to buy that one until reading the reviews and a guy broke the handle when he over hit the wood...figured that would be me which is why I started looking for ones with a guard and something I could replace the handle. I think the Big Ox will be a great heavy maul for big rounds which is what I'm dealing with but looking for something for the small stuff, like the Fiskars x27. Thinking about the splitting axe from the same company as they use the same handles but that Helko looks pretty nice.
How do you like it? My replacement came in yesterday, had the same damage to the box as the first, dropped on the butt-end of the handle but this time no visible damage to the handle...hopefully no internal split or anything. I won't get to try it out for a while, messed my shoulder up trying to man-handle the 5 month old Great Dane...that will learn me.View attachment 822022
This is the one I use.
I've been using it for 5 years now and split a bunch of wood with it. Mostly white & red oak, walnut & hickory.How do you like it?