In this guide we’ll take a look at the best log splitting axes for the UK market.
I’ve compared swing speed, balance, shaft strength and cost
to give you my top recommendations.
What Is The Best Log Splitting Axe?
More Detailed Log Splitting Axe Reviews
Fiskars Log Splitting Axe Review
This Fiskars Log Splitting Axe is well balanced and easy to use. The hardened forged steel blade is heavy enough to do the job and will stay sharp longer that traditional axes. The FiberComp™ shaft is light but stronger than steel so this minimises fatigue and makes the axe virtually unbreakable.
The anti-shock handle reduces vibration, so you are not left with numb or trembling hands after a morning of chopping wood. The handle also has a textured surface which helps you to grip it without slipping. The blade can be sharpened with an appropriate sharpening tool. It comes with a bright orange blade cover that makes it safer to carry and hard to lose.
All Fiskars Splitting Axes have a 35° cutting bevel angle for splitting. The blade’s convex shape strengthens the edge to make it less sensitive to fracture and the insert moulded head will not loosen.
For me, this is the best log splitting axe. Of course, people of different weights, build and strengths will find different axes more suitable. However, this does seem to hit the sweet spot for being effective and manageable for people of most builds. If you are not sure what size would be best for you The Fiskars Web site has a great guide to helping you find the right tool for a variety of jobs.
Using this tool has made a huge difference to my productivity. I can get through more wood, faster than with the tools I was using prior to purchasing this one. It can cope with larger logs than many splitting axes of a similar weight, so I rarely have to use additional tools such as mauls, wedges and sledgehammers. It is the best log splitting axe for logs of between 20-30+ cm in diameter. I have used this axe for a while now and there is no sign of damage or wear and tear to the head or shaft.
This is a well-made axe which is easy to use and effective. It offers excellent affordability and it’s the best log splitting axe for the money.
Draper Expert Log Splitting Axe with Fibreglass Shaft Review
This Draper Expert Log Splitting Axe has a hardened carbon steel head and a fibreglass shaft. It also has a rubber grip that is comfortable to use, prevents slippage and reduces shock.
I found this log splitting axe to be well balanced and easy to use. It is light enough to swing easily, but still heavy enough to split fairly substantial logs. It has stood up to quite a lot of chopping with no damage to the head or shaft.
This wood splitting axe offers excellent value for money and is the best log splitting axe on a budget. It is well designed and comfortable to use.
Spear & Jackson Razorsharp Log Splitting Axe Review
This Spear & Jackson Razorsharp Log Splitting Axe has a drop forged carbon head and a hickory shaft. It is slightly heavier to use then the previous products, but the wooden handle feels comfortable and the whole axe is well balanced.
It weighs about (2.95 kg) 6.5 lbs so is suitable for cutting through even the thickest logs. However, it might be a bit too heavy for those of a smaller build to manage.
This wood splitting axe did a good job of tackling my pile of logs, getting through even larger ones with ease.
The best log splitting axe on a budget if you prefer a traditional wooden axe, especially if you have some larger logs to get through. It is also excellent value for money.
Bahco Log Splitting Axe Review
This Bahco Log Splitting Axe is comfortable to use and has a good weight. The handle is 80 cm long and made from ash so should wear well. This log splitting axe makes light work of small to fairly large logs and is easily manageable for someone of a medium build.
The head of this wood splitting axe is made of carbon steel and is well made. It is on the pricier end of the scale, though.
Log Splitting Axe Buying Guide
If you have a log burner or an open fire, you are going to need plenty of wood prepared to keep you cosy all winter long. Many of us also use fire pits too, which means we need logs all year round. Chopping wood is a major, but very satisfying task so you need to be prepared.
As with any job, having the right tool makes the job easier. For most people, a log splitting axe is an ideal tool for preparing firewood. A splitting axe or splitting maul is designed to split along the grain of the wood, unlike a felling axe which is designed to cut across the grain. A splitting axe has a tapered head and usually weighs between 2 and 3 kg. When you bring the axe down on the wood, the force of the head causes the wood to split. The tapered blade is sharp enough to cut into the log and then the thicker part of the blade splits the log apart. Splitting axes are generally lighter and easier to use than mauls, however, if you have very large logs a maul can be a useful addition to your toolkit.
Using the wrong tool can be frustrating as they can get stuck in the wood or fail to make any impression at all. It can also be dangerous to use an inappropriate tool, so make sure you choose the right tool for the job when you are dealing with axes.
Using the right splitting maul for the job will make it easier and safer. Do not try to use a felling axe for chopping logs as they may get stuck, or glance off and cause damage to you, your surroundings and the axe itself.
When choosing a splitting axe, you have to find the right balance between the workload you have and your own physical capabilities. A heavy wood splitting axe will cut larger logs with ease, but it may be difficult for a smaller person to swing it with the necessary force. A longer handle will also provide more power, but again can be more difficult to manage.
Always check your wood splitting axe’s condition every time before use. Ensure that the head is securely attached to the handle and that there is no damage to the handle. This is particularly important with wooden handles at this natural material can expand and shrink. If a wooden handle is loose, it should be soaked in a bucket of water until the fit is tight before use.
When using an axe always ensure you have suitable protective gear. You will need eye protection, strong gloves and sturdy boots. Splitting axes are heavy and sharp, and chunks of wood can fly off when you are chopping so this equipment is vital.
When using your splitting axe, always work on level ground, free from obstructions and make sure others are aware of what you are doing so that they stay well clear.
Can I use this type of axe to make kindling?
This tool is too large for making kindling. You need a smaller tool that you can use with one hand, such as a hand axe, kindling axe or hatchet.
Can I use this type of axe to cut down trees?
A splitting axe is not the best tool for cutting down trees. It is designed to split along the grain of the wood rather than across the grain. To cut down trees you will need a felling axe.