Product Type: Roughneck garden tools
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Don't drop it on your toe!
Roughneck Wood Grenade Log Splitter
Member Name: SusanLesley
Roughneck Wood Grenade Log Splitter
Advantages: Works well, easy to use
To begin my review of this product I must tell you that we have a log burner in our lounge and a friend of ours, being a gardener, used to bring us logs of various sizes when he had cut down trees for people. Sadly he has moved to a different part of the country now so no more free wood from him then!
Anyway I chop and saw as much of the wood as I can as hubby works away. I find that I can cut through the small branches with a bow saw but when it comes to the thicker logs I have to resort to other measures. With some of these I can hold the small axe on the top of the log and hit it with the hammer until it breaks through into the log and splits it in two.
I have also found a neat little tool to help with this process and that is a Roughneck Wood Grenade Log Splitter which is currently on sale at Amazon for just £9.99 with free delivery.
The log splitter is 17.8cm long and just over 5cm wide in either direction. As it is made from solid metal it is a heavy piece of kit weighing 3.5 kilograms. One end of the splitter is a point and the other end is a sort of solid cross shape - see the picture at the top of the review as it is difficult to describe! From each of the four sides of the cross the metal drops at an angle down to the point so the whole thing begins with a point and gradually gets wider as you get nearer to the top. Each side has a row of notches along the edge to prevent the splitter popping out of the wood as you are using it - believe me if it fell out onto your foot you would know about it!
To use the splitter you just need to stand it with the point in the middle of cut end of the wood and the flat end at the top. You then hold the splitter steady and hit the flat end with the hammer. The splitter will gradually force its way into the wood and split it across the grain.
I find the splitter easy to use although it depends on the type of logs that I have as to how much strength I need to force it into the wood. On occasions I have ended up getting it stuck in the wood - neither being able to remove the splitter or split the wood! Then I have to leave it until hubby gets home so that he can remove it for me!
I would recommend this splitter although I don't use it as much as the axe and hammer as it is heavy and I do tend to be a bit accident prone - I have already dropped a log on my foot and broken my toe!
Hubby uses it for more easily than I do and he splits logs with no problems.
Summary: A great way to split your logs
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