So you are planning to split a large amount of wood? Of some big logs? Then a splitting maul is the right tool for the job. But what is the best wood splitting maul? Which one should you buy? Below you will find the best splitting maul and at the end of the article, a nice comparison table with all the important details compared.

What is a splitting maul?

Before we go to the best splitting maul, let me first point out the important details of a splitting maul and when you should use it. A splitting maul is basically a large sledgehammer with an axe head on it. The weight of the head is around the 6 to 8 pounds which give it a lot of force. The blade edge is not sharp, the maul splits the wood through sheer force.

Depending on the size and quantity of the wood you want to split, you need either a splitting axe or a splitting maul. If you need to split a lot of wood or large chunks of wood then the splitting maul is a great choice. The heavier weight will give you extra power, which results in less time working!.

The heavier weight is also the downside of the splitting maul. It will cost you more energy and you might find it difficult to swing, which could result in loss of control. Are you still confident you need a splitting maul and not a splitting axe? Then find the best splitting maul here below:

The best splitting maul

As always I only list the best tools, so not a list of 10 or more splittings mauls. You are looking for the best splitting maul, these are the best splitting mauls. On a lot of blogs, you will find splitting axes between the mauls. A maul has a blunt head with a weight between 6 to 8 pounds!

Husqvarna 32″ Splitting Maul

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Husqvarna 32' Wooden Splitting Maul
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Husqvarna 32" Wooden Splitting Maul
  • Designed for splitting chunks of wood and poll is designed for driving splitting wedges
  • Hardened striking face in the neck and can therefore be used as a sledge or in combination with a splitting Wedge
  • Includes a leather edge cover
  • Head is attached to a hickory shaft using both a wooden and Steel Wedge to secure fastening
  • Only sledge axes can withstand use as a sledgehammer

The shortest and lightest maul in the list. The Husqvarna axes are made from Swedish steel which is a high-quality steel. If you are not an experienced wood splitter, then the shorter handle and lighter head are perfect to start with. Another advantage of the shorter handle is that it will improve your accuracy.

Fiskars IsoCore Maul 36″

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Fiskars Iso Core 8 lb Maul 36 Inch, 751110-1001
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Fiskars Iso Core 8 lb Maul 36 Inch, 751110-1001
  • Ideal for splitting wood (splitting face) or driving wedges and stakes (driving face)
  • Optimized blade geometry offers better penetration and blasts tough logs apart
  • Patented IsoCore Shock Control System absorbs strike shock and vibration to reduce the punishment your body takes, transferring 2X less shock and vibration than wood handles
  • Insulation sleeve captures initial strike shock before it can reach your hand
  • Full lifetime warranty. Forged, heat-treated steel is finished with a rust-resistant coating

The IsoCore system of Fiskars absorbs shocks and vibration, reducing the punishment your body takes up to two times. The Fiskars is a powerful maul which allows you to split a great amount of wood while helping to reduce the muscle fatigue and joint pain.

The Fiskars IsoCore Maul can be used in combination with the Fiskars IsoCore Sledge Hammer to give it some extra power.  The weight balance of the Fiskars is great, and the head geometry is really good. With a lifetime warranty, you are set for life with this great splitting maul!

Helko Werk Vario 2000 Heavy Log Splitter 

Helko Werk Vario 2000 Heavy Log Splitter (Splitting Axe)
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Helko Werk Vario 2000 Heavy Log Splitter (Splitting Axe)
  • Made in Wuppertal, Germany
  • German C50 high grade carbon steel, 53-56 HRC
  • Switzerland made handle, Grade A American hickory
  • Includes vegetable tanned leather sheath and 1 oz bottle of Axe Guard protective oil
  • Head Weight: 6.7 lb / Length: 36 in. / Total Weight: 8.5 lb

A premium splitting maul, this heavy duty log splitter is made for the most difficult jobs. The head has a deep wedge shape and combined with the heavy weight, it delivers a powerful striking force.

Helko Werk is made in Germany. They use German high-grade carbon steel for the head. The handle is crafted in Switzerland and made from Grade A Hickory.

What I love about the Helko Werk maul is that they include a bottle of Axe-Guard to protect the head and an Allen wrench for the bolds. You pay a fair amount of money of the maul, but it’s worth every dollar of it.

Helko Werk Germany Saxon Splitting Axe

1844 Helko Werk Germany Saxon Splitting Axe
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1844 Helko Werk Germany Saxon Splitting Axe
  • Handmade in Wuppertal, Germany
  • German C50 high grade carbon steel, 53-56 HRC
  • Switzerland made handle, FSC certified Grade A American hickory
  • Head Weight: 6.2 lb / Length: 31 in. / Total Weight: 8.5 lb
  • Steel Overstrike Protector & Includes vegetable tanned leather sheath

Yes, the product title says “Splitting Axe”, but in my opinion, it has all the characteristic of the splitting maul. A length of 31 inches (ok, it’s a short maul), and a head weight of 6.2 pounds. So it’s on the edge of a powerful splitting axe or a full-size maul.

It’s a Helko, so also made from high-grade German steel and a handle made in Switzerland. It has the premium build quality we are used to from Helko. If you buy this, you get a great product for life.

I listed this Helko because it’s perfect if you are not so tall of not an experienced wood splitter. The lighter head and shorter handle it will give you more control and requires less strength.

Wilton 36″BASH Splitting maul

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Wilton Tools 50836 8 lb Head - 36' B.A.S.H Splitting Maul
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Wilton Tools 50836 8 lb Head - 36" B.A.S.H Splitting Maul
  • Unbreakable handle technology
  • Steel rods in handle eliminates breaking
  • Hi-Viz drop forged splitting Maul head
  • Anti-vibe Neck absorbs vibrations
  • No-Slip grip of vulcanized rubber on handle

This Wilton is also a great splitting maul. The handle is unbreakable, it’s made from vulcanized rubber with steel rods inside it. The rubber and Anti-Vibe neck reduce the vibrations. Wilton holds a contest, awarding $ 1000 to the first person breaking the handle. So you don’t have to worry about that.

Best Splitting Maul Compared

In the table below you will find the splitting mauls compared with the important details:

Husqvarna 32" Wooden Splitting Maul
Fiskars Iso Core 8 lb Maul 36 Inch, 751110-1001
Helko Werk Vario 2000 Heavy Log Splitter (Splitting Axe)
1844 Helko Werk Germany Saxon Splitting Axe
Wilton Tools 50836 8 lb Head - 36" B.A.S.H Splitting Maul
Title
Husqvarna 32" Wooden Splitting Maul
Fiskars Iso Core 8 lb Maul 36 Inch, 751110-1001
Helko Werk Vario 2000 Heavy Log Splitter (Splitting Axe)
1844 Helko Werk Germany Saxon Splitting Axe
Wilton Tools 50836 8 lb Head - 36" B.A.S.H Splitting Maul
Length
32 in.
36 in.
36 in
31 in.
36 in.
Total weight
6.8 lb
8.55 lb
8.5 lb
8.5 lb
10 lb
Handle Material
Hickory
FibreComp
Grade A Hickory
Grade A Hickory
Vulcanized rubber and steel rods
Head Material
Swedish axe steel
Carbon steel
C50 high grade carbon steel
C50 high grade carbon steel
Drop forged steel
Head weight
-
-
6.7 lb
6.2 lb
8 lb
Blade Guard
Blade Guard Material
Leather
-
Leather
Leather
-
Price
from $26.00
$54.99
$175.00
$186.00
$79.99
Husqvarna 32" Wooden Splitting Maul
Title
Husqvarna 32" Wooden Splitting Maul
Length
32 in.
Total weight
6.8 lb
Handle Material
Hickory
Head Material
Swedish axe steel
Head weight
-
Blade Guard
Blade Guard Material
Leather
Price
from $26.00
Fiskars Iso Core 8 lb Maul 36 Inch, 751110-1001
Title
Fiskars Iso Core 8 lb Maul 36 Inch, 751110-1001
Length
36 in.
Total weight
8.55 lb
Handle Material
FibreComp
Head Material
Carbon steel
Head weight
-
Blade Guard
Blade Guard Material
-
Price
$54.99
Helko Werk Vario 2000 Heavy Log Splitter (Splitting Axe)
Title
Helko Werk Vario 2000 Heavy Log Splitter (Splitting Axe)
Length
36 in
Total weight
8.5 lb
Handle Material
Grade A Hickory
Head Material
C50 high grade carbon steel
Head weight
6.7 lb
Blade Guard
Blade Guard Material
Leather
Price
$175.00
1844 Helko Werk Germany Saxon Splitting Axe
Title
1844 Helko Werk Germany Saxon Splitting Axe
Length
31 in.
Total weight
8.5 lb
Handle Material
Grade A Hickory
Head Material
C50 high grade carbon steel
Head weight
6.2 lb
Blade Guard
Blade Guard Material
Leather
Price
$186.00
Wilton Tools 50836 8 lb Head - 36" B.A.S.H Splitting Maul
Title
Wilton Tools 50836 8 lb Head - 36" B.A.S.H Splitting Maul
Length
36 in.
Total weight
10 lb
Handle Material
Vulcanized rubber and steel rods
Head Material
Drop forged steel
Head weight
8 lb
Blade Guard
Blade Guard Material
-
Price
$79.99

2 Comments

  • Neuro August 11, 2018 5:04 am

    I can’t decide between the Fiskars and the Wilton. What would you reckon?

  • Bryan August 17, 2018 6:25 am

    Precisely what I was looking for!

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