Disclaimer: Neither myself nor Station-Pride will receive any money or advertising of any kind from this company. We reached out to the owner and he agreed to let us review his product as accurately and truthfully as possible. In no way are we trying to sugar coat this review, but we are giving an ABSOLUTELY 100% truthful testimony.
If a sledgehammer and splitting maul mated in a truck compartment, the Fire Maul would jump out like a 12 lb. Tasmanian Devil when the door went up. It’s a truckies dream tool for roofs, doors; you name it. It will chop, bash, pull and wedge.
A quote from the inventor of the Fire Maul from the product’s website:
“IT WAS FIRST ENVISIONED HERE WHILE GOING TO WORK ON SCENE WITH THE CHICAGO FIRE DEPARTMENT. IT WAS NOT UNCOMMON TO USE A SPLITTING MAUL AS MY FIRST DUE TOOL FOR BOTH IT’S STRIKING AND CUTTING CAPABILITIES. A TOOL THAT CAN EFFECTIVELY BREAK THROUGH OBJECTS IN AN EXPEDIENT MANNER. BUT IT IS THAT SAME TOOL THAT HAD IT’S DRAWBACKS, MOSTLY FOUND WHEN NEEDING TO GAP, PRY, OR RAM. IT WAS THEN I KNEW THAT INSTEAD OF THE FIRE SERVICE ADOPTING A TOOL USED FOR FORESTRY, WHY CAN’T WE BUILD ONE GEARED FOR EXACTLY WHAT OUR JOBS REQUIRE? BUILDING CONSTRUCTION NOWADAYS AND THE TASKS WE HAVE TO OVERCOME REQUIRE NEW INNOVATIVE TOOLS AND TECHNIQUES. THE FIRE MAUL™ PERFECTS THE ADVANTAGES OF A SPLITTING MAUL AND ELIMINATES THE DRAWBACKS.”
The maul arrived on my doorstep boxed in a Fire Maul brand-stamped cardboard box. Inside was, of course, the Fire Maul, a can of Fire Wrap Liquid Hardener and a t-shirt. Per request of the CEO of Fire Maul, when it arrived I called Mitch to get the scoop on design features. Mitch explained each advantage of each specific point of interest on the tool, starting with the head.
Mitch said he wanted a “nice flat top” for driving, just like a battering ram. The tool features a rounded edge towards the head of the tool for a single contact point on a surface no matter the angle of the tool. The head is forged and by itself weighs 9.3 lbs.
The blade comes with a notch for marrying a Pro-Bar halligan, but most other brands will fit. The blade is backed by what I can only describe as shoulders to prevent the blade getting stuck or the tool from blowing completely through the roofing material. The blade is also designed to be used as a large wedge to capture progress or to even pry by twisting the tool when forcing a door.
Below the head is a cold-rolled steel collar on the handle that is wedged into the head of the tool to create what’s, in my opinion, a bombproof tight fit. The collar system is comprised of two-parts
that are wrapped around the handle and then pressed into the head before a wedge is used from the top and the epoxy is added.
The handle is a hickory wood handle in the shape or feel of a baseball bat. The end of the tool has a wooden knob for added secure grip. The handle also boasts a traditional hockey tape that has been “dressed” in their homemade creation called Fire Wrap Liquid Hardener. This completely seals the wrap and allows it to remain more durable for a longer period of time than just the tape wrap alone.
The Fire Maul is heavy, but it’s manageable. The weight of it makes sure it will do a lot of the work for you when bashing in doors, driving halligans, or chopping roofs. This tool is a machine; plain and simple.
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