The Great Wood-Splitting Contest II

Following up on an earlier examination of three wood splitting tools, MOTHER EARTH NEWS tested six new (for 1980) variations.



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The new wood-splitting tools tested in the second Great Wood-splitting Contest. Pictured in the back row are the Wood Chomper (the tall red one), the Side Winder, and the Monster Maul. The front row includes the Woodox (The orange one), the Wood Popper (silver), and the E-Z Split Log Splitter.
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LEFT: The Woodchomper is a wedge with a long shaft. The shaft is surrounded by a 10 lb sheath, which you hammer repeatedly against the top of the wedge to drives it into a log. RIGHT: The Woodox is a four-way wedge designed to break logs into four pieces.
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LEFT: The E-Z Split Log Splitter holds logs securely, but sometimes a little too securely; if you change your mind about where to make a split, getting the log out of the EZ Split can be difficult. RIGHT: The Wood Popper is an aluminum cone intentionally designed to be lightweight to better transmit the force of each blow to the wood.
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066 wood splitting contest - maul, side winder
LEFT: The Monster Maul is a 15 lb implement with a metal handle. The original version was 23 lbs, but even scaled down it was more effective than all other tools evaluated here. RIGHT: The Side Winder has a slightly unbalanced design to make a "sideways snap" easier. However, in tests it showed no such special ability.
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