The 10 Best Wood Splitters
This wiki has been updated 8 times since it was first published in February of 2019. Chopping wood can be a very satisfying, but difficult, task, which the right tools can make considerably easier. We took a look at some of the most efficient implements for breaking wood down into usable pieces, including some that require virtually no physical effort. No matter which you choose, be certain to take all the appropriate safety precautions, as chopping timber can be hazardous. When users buy our independently chosen editorial recommendations, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki. If you'd like to contribute your own research to the Wiki, please get started by reviewing this introductory video.
February 21, 2019:
They say that cord wood warms you up 5 times: during felling, chopping, hauling, splitting, and finally, burning. There are quite a few refined tools that will make the second-to-last step much easier, like the Fiskars, Estwing, Helko, and Halder. The latter two of those not only work great, they will look great when stored in your garage, or while you're hard at work. On the other hand, if you've purchased your firewood pre-cut and would rather not break your back splitting it, mechanical options like the SunJoe, Logosol, and Boss will get most of the labor done for you. The Frictionless World is a lot more expensive, but it is geared toward contractors who have a lot of volume to get through. For more intricate work, check out the Kindling Cracker, which is specifically designed to help get pieces down to fire-starting sizes, without the typical dangers of using a hatchet by itself. Just be absolutely certain, no matter which too you end up with, to work carefully. Even the safest of these options can be risky, if you're not paying attention, don't follow directions, or allow someone to use it who isn't aware or able enough to control it.