Hand Held Slide Hammer Wood Splitter
The Sliding-Hammer Pounding
Force Splits logs easily in seconds with a powerful weighted slide hammer
action. Replaces axes, wedges and mauls for easier control.
Rubberized vibration resistant handles soften your hands from
shock and vibration.
Split logs with incredible ease and enhanced safety by placing
the wedge tip on a log, then slide the hammer shaft up and down to
split the log in seconds. No more dangerous overhead swinging,
broken axe handles, and flying or jammed wedges.
Strong heavy-duty construction allows you to split logs easily
with powerful sliding hammer action by holding onto a comfortable
rubberized grip on the slide travel shaft for easy wood
Without using a power tool, this type of wood splitter offers
the easiest way we have found to split wood with accuracy. This
type of manual splitter will also split logs that are cut at an
angle - something that is problematic with a wedge and sledge
Handle - Manual Log
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This style unit is generally designed to allow the tapered end of
the splitter to be locked from extending by setting a screw on
the shaft. Well built units also include a rubber handle for
comfortable use, and
stops that keep the tapered wedge end rod from coming out of the
splitters sliding hammer shaft.
This manual type slide hammer device for splitting wood is
comprised of an outer, elongated sleeve that internally receives
a rigid wedge control rod. The sleeve may be equipped with
handles for easier grip by a user or just a rubber handle cover
to grip and hold on to when operating.
To operate, it is first manually lifted upwardly and then
forcibly drawn downward. An internal weight added to the top of
the sleeve offers additional force in the downward motion that
slams into the shaft rod when the sleeve is hammered downward.
While many of these units have a fixed splitter head, sometimes, alternate cutting heads including wedges, root cutters,
or an asphalt hammer are able to be attached and replaced as
needed for different projects. Typically, a selected tool is
coupled to the shaft through a quick release collar system.
Smooth operation is insured by guides placed between the shaft
rod and the sleeve hammer, while a venting orifice facilitates
How to Build
a Hand Held Sliding Hammer Wood
Technically, it's cheaper to buy a slide hammer wood
splitter than to build one.
Some units may be designed with the shaft rod fitting closely
inside the sleeve hammer that incorporates oil ports or grease
fittings instead of additional internal sleeves. However, in
either construction method, if the shaft tool rod is damaged
when extended and exposed, it could hinder smooth operation of
the sliding shaft motion and result in binding or sticking.
While this type of splitter can be safer than swinging an axe, It is
also easier to use based on the fact that you just let gravity and the
weight of the slide hammer do most of the work for you.
The sliding-hammer manual splitter uses a splitting wedge
attached to a solid steel rod with a sliding hammer action
sleeve that drives the wedge down through the wood to split it.
This type of splitter is inexpensive, compact, lightweight, and
easy to transport. It's a great choice to use for splitting
smaller diameter logs, softwood, and smaller amounts of
To use this type of sliding hammer wood splitter:
Stand a log upright
and place the splitting tip of the splitter on top of the
Grip and slide the
hammer sleeve handle up, and toss the hammer downward.
Repeat this several times until the wedge splits the wood in
When the log is
almost completely split, use less force.
For safety purposes, always carry your slide
splitter by the handle with the wedge up. This will prevent
the sliding rod and wedge from dropping on your foot when