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.

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.