Rated 2.6 out of 5Â by 13
Rated 1 out of 5Â by broke6 Bought 6 -- Broke 6 - Returned 6
Works out perfectly... Home Depot's return policy is 90 days... The handles on these things only last a short time... by the time you split 1/2 or one cord of wood, the handle will have begun to splinter underneath the head, the head will have loosened and begun to slip off... Just return it within 90 days and get a new one... I've actually only paid for 1, but I've broken 6... I just return them before the 90 days, just about the time they begin to splinter & break & loosen, and get a new one... Works out perfectly. If you plan to buy ONE and KEEP it more than 90 days, then tink again....
June 28, 2011
Rated 1 out of 5Â by jared handle is no good
bought 2 of these splitters one broke after about 5 swings and the second one broke before lunch.
January 13, 2012
Rated 1 out of 5Â by JDP1 Head fell off
Bought this to split up some Ash rounds and about a cord into it, the head fell off. I'm certainly not a novice with wood splitting, so very few swings were mishits. For comparable pricing, much better tools available on the HD website (unfortunately, those tools were not available in the store at the time of purchase). Guess I'll toss the handle and use the head as a wedge with sledge hammer when needed.
October 24, 2012
Rated 1 out of 5Â by OCJS Handle Breaks
I bought this on accident after seeing the rally good reviews of another maul on the homedepot site. The handle broke after the 1/2 hr of using it. Will return and try and get the right one this time.
October 2, 2012
Rated 2 out of 5Â by OldGuySplitter The jury is Out
I bought this splitter 25 days ago. I really like the heft and feel of the grip. the 6 1/2 lbs is much better for splitting wood than my old 8 /12 pound maul.
I had to return the first one I got because when I got it home I found that the blade was dull and chipped.
I had to go through 5 more before I found one with a blade that wasn't chipped.
I used it almost daily for the last 25 days. It did a good job of splitting 1/2 of two 60 year old Red Oaks (1 1/2 - 2 cords so far). Contrary to another posters idea doing Oak green is the way to go. If you can't split it then, when its dry it will be impossible.
The tree guys who brought them down, left 14 - 20" lengths. Biggest pieces are 8' aournd (about 27" - 30" diam.). The pieces that have knots often requre the aide of my maul, wedge and 10lb sledge hammer, but the pieces without knots have been splitting well.
For perspective I'm 60 and not a whimp, nor am I King Kong. I have split wood over the years, but don't do I regularly so I don't make perfect contact every time, which can be hard on any tool.
Unfortunately, the grip near the head only lasted about 10 days. Tried some guerilla tape, to limitted effect. Today the fiberglass "indestructible" handle broke after less than a month.
As mention by another poster the head is not intended for being used as a maul. After a few swings with my sledge I coulld see some damage.
I returned it today and exchanged it for another. Thought I would see if somehow I just got a defective one. The Home Depot personel where curteous and helpful as is my usual experience.
I think if you where doing wood that was no thicker than 10 - 12" across (so that the handle is never striking the wood as it moves through) this might actually be a pretty good tool.
Will post again after trying this out for another week or two.
December 28, 2009