The Axe as a Simple Machine


All types of axes, the wood splitting axe included, are considered to be an example of a simple machine. Depending on the use for which the axe is specifically intended for, the shape of said tool can vary. Splitting axes, for example, have a deeper angle while those made for cutting have a shallow wedge angle. What makes the axe very useful in the cutting and splitting of woods is its wedge. It is what separates the wood into two parts. On another hand, the handle of the axe also acts as a lever which allows the user to increase the force of the blow.

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