When I first picked up this product I really kind of questioned if it could really split logs since it is so small, boy was I wrong! This tool was extremely effective splitting logs up to 8-10 inches.
When we used the ax we split maple and ash wood. Worked extremely well with both. When splitting logs from approximately 8-10 inches we found that with one good hit with the ax it would split the logs in two pieces very easily.
Overall, I found this to be a very comfortable tool to use. I would highly recommend this to anyone who doesn't have an extreme amount of logs to split every year and just wants to buy a hand held log splitter.