12lb Splitting Maul

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  • 12 lb.
  • Drop forged heat treated
  • 30" steel handle with cushioned grip


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ACE HARDWARE12lb Splitting Maul
 
3.9

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73%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Solid construction (7)
  • Comfortable grip (5)
  • Weather proof (4)
  • Easy to use (3)

Cons

    Best Uses

      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      definitely worth trying this manly maul

      This beast really gets the job done. When the epoxy holding my fiberglass-handled 8lb maul shattered and I couldn't effectively repair it, I decided to try 50% more weight and a welded steel...Read complete review

      This beast really gets the job done. When the epoxy holding my fiberglass-handled 8lb maul shattered and I couldn't effectively repair it, I decided to try 50% more weight and a welded steel handle. WOW! This sucker really splits the wood. It is FAR more effective than my 8lb maul and requires much less drive from my legs and back, although it does take a toll on my shoulder.
      The one drawback to be aware of is the short wield-radius. The handle is shorter than 8lb mauls to allow better control but that also puts you closer to the action, which means you MUST pay close attention to your swing otherwise you can easily strike your shin or foot, which is less likely to happen with a longer handle (it'll often hit the ground first on miss-strokes).

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      Most Liked Negative Review

       

      Realistic View

      This Maul does not have a 30" handle, it's about 26 1/2
      inches long. It's advertised on this site as 30", that's
      very misleading in my...Read complete review

      This Maul does not have a 30" handle, it's about 26 1/2
      inches long. It's advertised on this site as 30", that's
      very misleading in my opinion, which is not the case
      elsewhere. That's the reason I bought it here, I thought
      I was getting at least 3 more inches on the handle. Please
      be aware of this.

      When I first got the maul, I noticed that it had a 1/4 inch
      flat edge on the head. I wondered how in the world is this
      thing going to penetrate enough to split anything. Wow, was
      I right on that, my first shot into just a 12" diam. round
      and I almost knocked myself out with the maul as it shot back
      up at me. I was in shock, I thought this thing was a
      monster with one whack and done. Tried on several pieces with
      the same results. Major disappointment.
      I ended up taking a hand file and reducing the flat edge to
      1/8 inch (half of what it was)and it made a HUGE difference.
      I was able to split then, and it did a nice job on some, but
      believe me this maul still did not blow up wood like I thought it would. The maul is heavy which I like, but even
      with me putting some muscle into it, it did not do what I thought it would, and I use to bench press 4001bs.

      As far as the short radius because of the handle, BE CAREFUL,
      I almost got my shin with this thing. I thought I was prepared for the short swing, but it's even shorter than I anticipated. You really have to widen your stance or you might end up in the ER. This maul takes a little time to get
      use to, it will do the job, but in my opinion you should not
      have to modify it to make it work!!

      Reviewed by 12 customers

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      5.0

      12lb Splitting Maul

      By Alan

      from Bend, OR

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Durable

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about ACE HARDWARE 12lb Splitting Maul:

          I purchased this Maul to split 24"+ rounds and it crushes them in 2-3 swings maximum. Its a great maul and it will probably be a good workout for some. The only thing I wish is if it had a 4-6" longer handle like my X27. Overall its a GREAT maul.

           
          5.0

          HEAVY, UNBREAKABLE WOOD SPLITTING MAUL

          By Michael

          from Bend OR

          About Me Midrange Shopper

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Durable
          • Unbeakable Handle

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Outdoors

            Comments about ACE HARDWARE 12lb Splitting Maul:

            We heat with wood. I was tired of having to replace mauls with split/broken handles at least every other year. This is about as heavy a maul made and the handle is unbreakable. Like splitting any wood, your wood should be seasoned and you need to aim for the natural occurring splits.

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            • Family Older Kids
             
            5.0

            BLAMO!

            By Ax me a question

            from Washington, DC

            Verified Buyer

            Comments about ACE HARDWARE 12lb Splitting Maul:

            This maul rocks. An easy swing and it does all the work. It makes keeping the home fires burning easy.

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            this the best tool for splitting wood

            By Rob the lumberjack

            from Reading PA

            Comments about ACE HARDWARE 12lb Splitting Maul:

            I have owned this maul for ten years and finally I have bent the handle and now I am replacing it. I have split a lot of logs and this is the best and fastest way to split wood. You need to have upper body strength and strong shoulders and back. I sharpen the front area with a bench grinder to make it perform better. I had to replace it due to bending of handle. I broke many ax handles over the years and it took me ten years to destroy this one. I am very strong and break a lot of tools due to brute force. I have gotten my money's worth out of this one. I would not recommend this to someone with little upper body strength. You need to swing this like a sledge hammer letting the maul do the work or you will wear yourself out. This gives you a great workout and you can cancel your gym membership. Be careful using this tool. It is not a toy.

            (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Almost perfect but...

            By Mike

            from Stony Brook, NY

            About Me Getting Started

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Solid Construction
            • Weather Resistant

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about ACE HARDWARE 12lb Splitting Maul:

                For me, this is a pretty heavy tool. What would have made this tool much easier to use is if the handle was not round but instead, oval. My other axes and mauls have handles so that when you're swinging it over your head, you can just feel with the handle exactly the direction the head is aiming. Since it is round, many of my strikes are not aimed properly. I guess it takes some getting used to. But I think if the handle was flattened a little bit so that you could feel it in your hand, the direction the head is facing, then this would be a better product.

                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                4.0

                Just let gravity do the work.

                By Nonsequitur

                from Upper Valley, New Hampshire

                About Me Avid Gardener

                Verified Reviewer

                Pros

                • Comfortable Grip
                • Solid Construction
                • Weather Resistant

                Cons

                • Unwieldy

                Best Uses

                • Land Development

                Comments about ACE HARDWARE 12lb Splitting Maul:

                First of all, this sucker is not for those with no upper-body strength. If that's the case, start out with a six-pounder and when you are comfortable with that, graduate to an eight-pounder for a while before you attempt to use this one. With that said, I love this maul. I pretty much just aim, guide and let gravity do the work. As another review here stated, it is made of relatively soft steel compared to other cutting implements and is shipped fairly dull from the factory but keep in mind that splitting mauls are SUPPOSED to be a bit dull or they can penetrate too deeply and get stuck in certain types of wood. I've been using mine very heavily for almost six years now, have probably processed over 25 cords of various types of firewood with it and it's still in relatively good shape.

                (6 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                1.0

                12 lb Splitting Maul by Truper

                By Tom*

                from California Coastal Mountains

                About Me Master Gardener

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                  Cons

                  • Difficult to Use
                  • Dull cutting surface
                  • Handle too short
                  • Non-directional grip
                  • Poorly Balanced
                  • Unwieldy

                  Best Uses

                  • Boat anchor

                  Comments about ACE HARDWARE 12lb Splitting Maul:

                  I love the weight of this maul, except is just isn't very good. It has a round handle instead of an oval or elliptical handle, so it is more difficult to precisely direct the head. The cutting edge on the head was blunt (almost 1/4" flat). The head cutting angle is the same throughout, so if you strike slightly off center, the head fall to the side instead of biting in and splitting. The handle is much too short (it is about 27", when a normal maul is about 34". The only thing good about it is its weight. If someone would take the old WECO maul head design and make 10 and 12 pound heads, I would get one in a minute.

                  I split a lot of wood, and it is best to have the tool that meets your needs, so that you work efficiently. They should make a series of mauls (WECO design is the best) in 6, 8, 10, and 12 pound weights. That would be good.


                  This item was so poor, that I returned it to the store.

                  (4 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  4.0

                  GREAT

                  By Jeff

                  from Annapolis, Md

                  About Me Master Gardener

                  Verified Reviewer

                  Pros

                  • Solid Construction

                  Cons

                  • None

                  Best Uses

                  • Splitting wood

                  Comments about ACE HARDWARE 12lb Splitting Maul:

                  contrary to the other post; i have been splitting wood for home heating since the 1970's. At one point i was in a 100' x 20' farm house that we ran 2 wood stoves in constantly and a 3rd occasionally. I would use about 20 chords a year as it was our ONLY heat.

                  I understand the perception that the peice is not sharp enough. However one MUST learn how to read the grain of the wood and i use nothing but this maul and occasionally wedges for huge knots etc. The head is reasonably soft steel so make it to sharp and it will not hold a great edge. Don't get me wrong, it is not soft like lead, but not as hard as say an axe.

                  I would not only recommend but only use this style for the last 10 or 12 years.

                  As mentioned when missing you may strike yourself, this is true of almost any device you swing....(or don't)

                  I still heat with wood in the N.E. and only have fuel oil for backup. Last year my oil bill was about 100.

                  If you don't mind the weight this works much better than striking 20x with an axe

                  (7 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  2.0

                  Realistic View

                  By MichiganMan Stan

                  from Ann Arbor, Mi.

                  Pros

                  • Comfortable Grip
                  • Solid Construction

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about ACE HARDWARE 12lb Splitting Maul:

                      This Maul does not have a 30" handle, it's about 26 1/2
                      inches long. It's advertised on this site as 30", that's
                      very misleading in my opinion, which is not the case
                      elsewhere. That's the reason I bought it here, I thought
                      I was getting at least 3 more inches on the handle. Please
                      be aware of this.

                      When I first got the maul, I noticed that it had a 1/4 inch
                      flat edge on the head. I wondered how in the world is this
                      thing going to penetrate enough to split anything. Wow, was
                      I right on that, my first shot into just a 12" diam. round
                      and I almost knocked myself out with the maul as it shot back
                      up at me. I was in shock, I thought this thing was a
                      monster with one whack and done. Tried on several pieces with
                      the same results. Major disappointment.
                      I ended up taking a hand file and reducing the flat edge to
                      1/8 inch (half of what it was)and it made a HUGE difference.
                      I was able to split then, and it did a nice job on some, but
                      believe me this maul still did not blow up wood like I thought it would. The maul is heavy which I like, but even
                      with me putting some muscle into it, it did not do what I thought it would, and I use to bench press 4001bs.

                      As far as the short radius because of the handle, BE CAREFUL,
                      I almost got my shin with this thing. I thought I was prepared for the short swing, but it's even shorter than I anticipated. You really have to widen your stance or you might end up in the ER. This maul takes a little time to get
                      use to, it will do the job, but in my opinion you should not
                      have to modify it to make it work!!

                      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      definitely worth trying this manly maul

                      By unordinary

                      from Centreville, VA

                      Verified Reviewer

                      Pros

                      • Comfortable Grip
                      • Easy To Use
                      • Highly effective splittin
                      • Solid Construction
                      • Weather Resistant

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Splitting firewood

                        Comments about ACE HARDWARE 12lb Splitting Maul:

                        This beast really gets the job done. When the epoxy holding my fiberglass-handled 8lb maul shattered and I couldn't effectively repair it, I decided to try 50% more weight and a welded steel handle. WOW! This sucker really splits the wood. It is FAR more effective than my 8lb maul and requires much less drive from my legs and back, although it does take a toll on my shoulder.
                        The one drawback to be aware of is the short wield-radius. The handle is shorter than 8lb mauls to allow better control but that also puts you closer to the action, which means you MUST pay close attention to your swing otherwise you can easily strike your shin or foot, which is less likely to happen with a longer handle (it'll often hit the ground first on miss-strokes).

                        (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        4.0

                        It's a keeper!!

                        By loren

                        from st. louis

                        Pros

                        • Comfortable Grip
                        • Solid Construction

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                            Comments about ACE HARDWARE 12lb Splitting Maul:

                            Only the knottiest, orneriest, chunks of wood argue with this splitter. Put trunkwood chunks inside an old tire, start splitting, and you'll be surprised how fast you'll go.

                            (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            4.0

                            Monster One-whack Splitter

                            By koba

                            from Tahoe, CA

                            Pros

                            • Comfortable Grip
                            • Easy To Use
                            • Solid Construction
                            • Weather Resistant

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                                Comments about ACE HARDWARE 12lb Splitting Maul:

                                This thing is a heavy beast. It's that weight, though, that makes it do its thing. It destroys 16" oak rounds in no time.

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