Three human-powered tools for maximum destruction

Whether you’re splitting wood or tearing down a whole house, these implements can do the job.

On its own, the human body stands zero chance against concrete or lumber. Armed with a sturdy tool, though, we can smash foundations and tear down walls. But don’t be hasty: Picking the wrong implement will supercharge your frustration. Wielding the right one, however, will amplify the power in your physique. These three are ideal choices for grunt-inducing jobs. Best of all, they don’t need plugs or batteries—just muscles.

Stanley FatMax FuBar Utility Bar

Knock down a wall Stanley

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The claw at one end of the Stanley FatMax FuBar Utility Bar is sized to grasp the boards common in wall frames. And the beveled slot at the other makes pulling stubborn nails out of old planks easy, thanks to the leverage you can put on the 30-inch shaft.

Fiskars IsoCore Sledgehammer

Crush a foundation Fiskars

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The wedge-shaped side of the 8-pound Fiskars IsoCore Sledgehammer concentrates force onto a small area, ideal for breaking hard materials like asphalt. The over-sized, rounded side of the steel head is perfect for pounding stakes.

Gerber Power Splitting Axe

Split wood Gerber

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If Paul Bunyan were real, he’d want the 36-inch Power Splitting Axe. Gerber coated the stainless-steel head with a Teflon-like layer to help it slice through logs without getting stuck. The glass-filled nylon handle won’t snap if you miss and knock it, but not the blade, into the wood.

This article was originally published in the January/February 2018 Power issue of Popular Science.

Stan Horaczek
Stan Horaczek

is the senior gear editor at Popular Science and Popular Photography. His past bylines include Rolling Stone, Engadget, Men's Journal, GQ, and just about any other publication that has ever written about gadgets. For a short time, he even wrote the gadget page for Every Day With Rachel Ray magazine. He collects vintage cameras, eats pizza, and hopes you won't go looking at his Tweets even though the link is down there.