What makes a maul different than a splitting axe?
Splitting axes are used to assist in splitting wood. The original forest axe was designed for chopping wood, splitting wood would cause it to stick and was hard to get it loose. The splitting axe was designed for the chore of cutting through the fibers in wood, and easy to split into. Unlike the forest axe, the splitting axe was designed with a large head, a having a concave shape, which helps cut on the grain. Having a slimmer edge is what allows it to easily penetrate, working faster at splitting the wood, but using less effort.
The splitting axe has the capability of splitting wood, leaving manageable chunks behind. Different manufacturers offer a variety of different styles, having different types of handles, and made with a variety of different materials. The splitting axe is preferred over the maul for splitting wood because of its weight. With lesser weight to contend with it will save on time and the effort one has to put into it. It offers handle made of both, fiber or wood materials. The axe handle made out of fiber are lighter, and more durable than the wood handles are. It simply a matter of choice, less weight or not!
Mauls are more like large hammers
The different types of Mauls are the: post Maul, splitting Mauls, and the war hammers. Back in the medieval times the war hammers were used as weapons in battles, using the blunt force of the war hammer in action and pounded onto helmets would cause an immediate concussion. The war hammers were more effective than that of the other war axes, and eventually they being spiking the other end of the war hammer in order to be able to penetrate armor, allowing the attack of various other body parts.
The post Maul, known as the sledgehammer covers a wider range on impact due to its head being wider. It is now used mostly for the demolition of construction sites. The spike Mauls have an elongated face that is doubled on its steel head, giving out an impact similar to a sledgehammer and are generally used for putting in railroad spikes on train tracks, giving it the name ‘spiking hammer’. These have a bell pattern, and also the standard pattern.
It is sometimes referred to as the go devil, block buster, sledge axe, and the block splitters. Resembling both, an axe and a hammer, and was designed for both jobs. However, since their heads are conical, with more weight than an axe. It also has a wider head than does an axe, which is what keeps it from getting struck in wood. The handle of the Maul was designed to allow for better leveraging, as well as swinging, which are straighter and more round.
How is a Maul used?
A Maul will be used on the logs flushed cut part, located on the stump or the base. However, a Maul can sometimes get stuck if the wood should have a knot, or it is very long, if so, just re-swing it with the log attached. It can be narrowed down to ones preferences.