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Collins Wood Splitting Wedge, Diamond Shape, 4 LBS
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53 of 54 people found the following review helpful
on December 7, 2008
I am perhaps among the few members of our species who loves to split wood. (If I could make a living at it, I'd be outside catchin' those rays and be in better shape than I am!)

A regular splitting wedge is a good tool; and if you're green and don't want some power device to do it for you, a wedge will do the job. But you should have at least two wedges at your disposal. They get stuck in the wood, and they're usually only good for one split.

The grenade is a bit more versatile. Rather than just a linear split, the device can weaken a log along more angles. That's all I need to say, I guess, except that I've used up two in about six years. In both cases, after many a split, the tip broke off. The grenade is a little harder to find at the hardware store so I'm going to go one step up now with another grenade-like device here available from amazon.com.

But if you're making a choice between a regular wedge and the grenade, I'd go with the grenade.
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31 of 33 people found the following review helpful
on May 11, 2013
Not sure what people are expecting from this hunk of mild steel. Maybe it's the name... Wood Grenade!

Let me set the record straight. This wedge will not make trees explode into firewood all by itself. There is no pin. You will still have to lift a sledgehammer above your head and bring it down smartly upon this wedge in order to split wood.

One guy titled his review "Does not split crotches very well". Do you know what splits crotches very well?

A wood splitter.

If you can't afford a wood splitter and you're willing to swing an 8-lb sledge several, nay, dozens of times in a single sitting, then this wedge is better than traditional wedges in a couple of ways:

-It's easier to start. The pointed tip is a lot easier to hammer in than the the flat tip of a traditional wedge. Couple of taps and you're ready to swing away.

-It has a wider head than traditional wedges, which gives you more splitting power but requires more force than the more acute angled wedges, which is why it will bounce out if you have lady arms.

If you split wood with a sledge and wedge, then get one of these. If you split sweetgum, then get two, maybe three. Do this on a regular basis and you'll never have to run on a treadmill again.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on March 5, 2014
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A lot of customers are mentioning how their wedges pop out of the wood. I purchased three Collins Wood Splitters recently, wanting to try one before commenting. I received them and gave one a workout yesterday and I believe I was correct in guessing at what the problems are from. If you let your wood dry for a few weeks until cracks not only appear but have a chance to dry the wood around them, you should find a totally different outcome. Your wedge will seldom pop out, and your problems will be solved. The wedge I used yesterday handled like my old Wood Blaster that seems unavailable lately. I'm 70 years old, weight 106 lbs., and was able to hit the wedge from one to three times, and it split the section completely open. Learning how to place the wedge in these cracks that form will enable you to drive it down once (several hits required) and it'll split in anywhere from two to four sections, completely apart, depending on the cracks. But the secret is letting the wood age and dry long enough to make it "easy peasy"! So experiment until you learn what works best. But these wedges are indeed a wonder! As far as knots go - nothing but a saw will cut through these. Learn to work around the knots and use them to keep your fire going longer.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
on October 27, 2011
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I have used alot of wood splitters but this is the best. Even wood with knots in them were split very easily with this item. Buy this and you won't regret it. No more wedges getting stuck in the wood. It splits most of the wood into 4 pieces. Great product!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on December 22, 2013
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I hand split my wood and I purchased this wedge after wearing out another that I had for six years. I like this wedge as it is .5 pounds more than the competition and it seems to have a sharper tip. I use a 4 pound maul with it and I am able to split a 24" wide tree cut in 18" lengths in about three hours. The tip makes it so easy to tap into the wood. It looks as if it splits four ways ,but I have never had that kind of luck. It splits faster and wider than a standard wedge. I have been using this type of wedge for about 10 years and I won't go back to the old split wedge. If you are splitting hickory or a harder wood caution is needed as sometime the wedge will pop out and rocket into the air. One other thing about these wedges, is that they are very easy to lose. If you have an can of fluorescent paint, it would be advisable to spray the wedge intermittently or you may be spending half of your time looking for it. I have to give this a five star because it is easily stored and so inexpensive and doesn't need to be put on a hard surface like a floor splitter. I am not into moving ricks here and there. just to accommodate an hydraulic splitter..just doing the job on the spot and throwing the split wood into my truck to haul off straight from the tree.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on June 5, 2010
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This grenade works reasonably. It would get a higher rating if it did not occasionally rebound out of the wood being split. More extensive cross-grooving would have made it stay in place better and be a better tool.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on June 25, 2014
The concept may very well work when exacuted by a company with more skill, but the Truper version is worse than useless.

It arrived with the tip bent at a near 90 degree angle. I ground that to a workable tip. The main problem is that the flutes or teeth, or whatever you want to call them are shallow and filled with paint. The result? The amazing bouncing wedge! I could take a file and cut those teeth to a usable depth, but I bought a tool that should have been functional out of the box, and is not.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on March 12, 2013
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I have been splitting wood by hand for years. This is the first wedge I've ever had that bounces out when I hit it. I don't know what could be done to make it more useful-- sometimes it sticks into soft wood, but with hard wood, it just bounces right out with every swing. I don't know if it's specific to this wedge, or is a general flaw with this type of wedge, but in the future I will stick with standard wedges.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on September 4, 2012
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I purchased two of these to split wood with a sledge. I don't have much basis for comparison, but these get the job done and they seem like a quality item.

I recommend buying two. If you only have one for very large logs, it's easy to get it stuck with the log only partially split. If you have two, you can use the other one to free the first one.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on March 7, 2014
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This will not spit wood like I thought it would, will not recommend this to any one!
Seller was good to send this asap but if known about this item I would not get it.
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