Size does matter
The choice also of course depends on the user’s physical size and condition. Thus, for instance, a well-built, strong user will be far more at home with a heavy axe and long handle than someone who is smaller.
A heavy head helps
Driving in wedges
For driving in wedges (only plastic or aluminium ones for safety reasons - no steel wedges), the most suitable tool is the 3 kg BIG OX® splitting hammer. This is very much done to its large striking surface head and the protective sleeve protecting the wooden handle below the head from damage when striking is not always true.
Problems with branches
As wood permeated by branch roots is extremely difficult to split, the best thing here is to use a heavy splitting axe or a splitting hammer.