Equipment

Log splitter ax


Log splitter ax


The log splitter is an instrument that serves as an aid to break the wooden trunks and reduce them to smaller logs. It is composed of a handle, usually made of wood, but which in modern times is gradually being replaced by fiberglass or plastic, and by a head, usually in hardened steel to be as resistant as possible to repeated impacts with wood . The head is sharpened on one side only, and can present on the other a flat surface that can be used as a mallet with the aid of a pin to break the hardest and most robust pieces of wood. There are also three-component axes, or axes where the handle, instead of being a single piece, is composed of several parts, usually in rubber or plastic and therefore reinforced; this kind of cutting tool ensures a resistance equal, if not greater, to that of conventional axes, while maintaining a softer and more comfortable grip.

The ax is a fairly inexpensive tool. Most models cost between twenty and thirty euros; consequently afford it is not a problem. This price applies to the most common models; for a brand model, the cost rises, rising from fifty euros to even one hundred and euros for the most exclusive models. Having said this, we must always remember that the tool finds its main use in the processing of moderate quantities of wood; if you want to split industrial or very large quantities, it is better to avoid buying an ax and instead take a mechanical log splitter or a chainsaw. In this case the price will rise further, but it is the only possible alternative in the case of large quantities of material to be cut.Proper use of a wood-cutter ax



If you want to chop wood in order to burn it in a stove, you need to take some precautions. First of all, if the logs are too large even for our ax, it is better to use a wedge and a mallet to break them into smaller fragments. At this point a cutting block is prepared, like a large stump or a tree stump with the roots still. This will make us the basis for the cut. Never use the bare floor or concrete as a base. At this point (assuming you have the appropriate clothing - boots with metal toe, goggles and gloves) rest the piece of wood you intend to cut on the block. Now, lift the cutting tool and hit the piece of wood, possibly along an existing crack. Once done, lift the instrument from the piece of wood, shaking it slightly if it gets stuck. At this point, repeat the last step until the piece of wood is completely broken. So stack it and proceed to the next one.