A Buckingham Branch employee sledgehammers slag off a new track weld between 1st and 2nd Street Northeast in Charlottesville. lists no synonyms, but the word sledgehammer is derived from the Anglo Saxon “Slaegan,” which, in its first sense, means “to strike violently,” according to an Anglo Saxon dictionary cited on Wikipedia, which also notes that the English words “slag,” “slog,” and “slay” are cognate; that is, they have a common origin.
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I am no railroad worker but that looks like a maul to me, not a sledgehammer.

I'm with Ice, its certainly an non-typical sledgehammer.

Dear Misters Ice Dogg and Just sayin'-

You are correct, the tool depicted is not a classic sledgehammer, but it's in the sledgehammer family.

Bill, That cracks me up. Thanks!
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we used to call this a go-devil, and used it to split wood.