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Wood splitter ax

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Wood splitter ax

The log splitter is a tool that serves as an aid for splitting wood logs and reducing them to smaller logs. It consists of a handle, usually made of wood, but which in modern times is being gradually 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 on the other it can present a flat surface which can be used as a mallet with the aid of a pin to split the hardest and most robust pieces of wood. There are also three-component axes, that is axes where the handle, instead of being a single piece, is made up of several parts, usually in rubber or plastic and therefore reinforced; this kind of cutting tool ensures a resistance equal to, if not greater, than that of conventional axes, while maintaining a softer and more comfortable handle.


Characteristics splitting ax

This cutting tool is a tool made to be gripped with two hands, and consequently it is usually around eighty or ninety centimeters in length. Its weight must be moderate, since otherwise it would make the already tiring task for which it is much more difficult, and therefore it is around two and a half or three or three kilos, usually concentrated in the metal head. There are also heavier axes, up to four kilos; in general the weight also depends on the materials with which the handle is made. The head is the most important point of the instrument; the handle is often replaceable, a simple operation even for a novice, as long as you pay attention and follow a guide if you don't know how to proceed. An important note on the replacement of the handle regards the fact that the tool head must never 'hang down' at the end but stop a few centimeters before the end of the wood or plastic.

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