Use the right tool for the job. Please use the following guidelines to get the job done effectively and safely.

Mauls & Wedges

Wood splitting maul blades are designed to cut and hit wood.  Never use a maul with a loose or damaged handle.  Discard any maul or wedge if it shows dents, cracks, chips, mushrooming or excessive wear.  Never drive one maul by striking it with another.  Mauls should never be used to strike concrete, metal or equally hard materials.  Use a wood splitting maul or an axe to make a starting notch. Insert the wedge into the notch and strike with the striking face of the wedge or a sledge hammer with a larger striking face than the struck face of the wedge.

Shrubbing Tools

Shrubbing Tools are intended to cut weeds, vines, briars, wood and other similarly soft materials.  Never strike metal, stone or other hard objects with the blade of a shrubbing tool.

Forged Bars

Most forged bars are intended to dig, pinch, pry or pull and are not designed to be struck by a striking tool.  Never use a small hammer such as a nail hammer to strike a forged bar.  The striking face is too small and chipping may result.  Use a large hammer such as a drill hammer or engineer hammer, if a striking tool is required.

Picks & Mattocks

Picks and mattocks are designed to strike soil and earthy materials.  Cutter mattock blades like in the GroundHog® can be used to cut roots and equally soft materials.  Never strike with the sides of a pick or mattock and avoid using any product with a damaged handle.