12lb Splitting Maul

Item no: 74818 | 042904121207
$39.99
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  • 12 lb.
  • Drop forged heat treated
  • 30" steel handle with cushioned grip


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ACE HARDWARE12lb Splitting Maul
 
3.5

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63%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

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

Cons

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      Reviewed by 8 customers

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      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.

           
          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.

          (4 of 7 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.

            (3 of 5 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 8 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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