Ok, so new attitude and approach to the (not so) silent splitting deserves a new thread. This is my weekend to get a lot of splitting done. I will be using the new Fiskars x27 as well as a few cheap big box store mauls that I picked up including a 4.5 pound, 6 pound, and 8 pound. (I love new toys). Inevitably I will be using the wedges for the monster sized rounds, and I did not order any of the fancy plastic sledgehammers yet. Here's my question. I've got an old 8 pound sledge I've been using, and it requires lots of whacks on the wedge to get the job done. Is it worth it to go out and purchase, say an inexpensive 16 pound sledgehammer? Will it drive the wood with fewer whacks and thus reduce the noise pollution given off for each big round that I split?