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what do people recommend for a splitting axe? or possibly a cheap splitter, have a tractor so could go hydraulic if anyone knows of any cheap ones that work?
currently been sectioning rounds up with saw then splitting using an old 4lb elwell felling axe - done the job but always kind of wished for a nice splitting axe
looking forward to suggestions

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Fiskars X27 is the one that folk always recommend. Felling axes aren't much good at splitting even compared to a B&Q maul.

Oxdale splitters are very much worth their money if going on a tractor. Personally I would never go back to an axe or maul having used an Oxdale but if funds are too tight then I guess you have to.

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I know a fella who replaced the wooden shaft of his sledgehammer with thick metal pipe. There's a bit of feedback on a heavy swing, but there's not much risk of it breaking. 

Well, the user's wrists maybe, but not the shaft.


Another vote for Fiskars here. I got their tiny wee camping axe recently too, it's great fun. 

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