Log Splitter Buying Guide

Log Splitter Buying Guide

There are a myriad of ways to split wood these days. From homeowner to professional, Woodland Direct offers the perfect solution to all of your wood splitting needs. Choosing a splitter can be a daunting task, given the number of models available today. Variables like splitting force, power type and engine type complicate the selection process even further. Through our informative learning documents and technical service experts, Woodland Direct can guide you through the forest of choices and help you to arrive at the correct tool for the job in front of you. Just answer the following questions about your wood splitting requirements. For further assistance, please call one of our technical sales associates at 800.919.1904.

How much Wood Do You Split Each Year?


Firewood is generally measured in a unit called a "cord." Since a cord is a massive amount of firewood, it is usually sold in fractions. Users that split even a half of a cord of wood would find it useful to purchase an electric or gas powered log splitter. Users that process smaller amounts, but do so regularly would also benefit from leaving the maul behind and upgrading to an electric unit. For those that process firewood in an industrial or commercial setting, a towable gas hydraulic unit is the perfect way to save in labor costs. These machines will also have improved cycle times; meaning that the hydraulic ram can split a log and return to its ready position is less time. The time saved by this is especially beneficial when extrapolated over an entire season of splitting. Hours or even days worth of time can be saved.

Where Will You Use Your Log Splitter?

This is an especially important question when considering a log splitter. If a small amount of wood is being split, it is easy to carry a manual hand or foot driven model to wherever you need it. They may even fit in the trunk of your car, depending on the vehicle. No power source is necessary and the physical demand on the user is much less strenuous than working with an axe or maul. Log size is a limiting factor with this type of splitter, however. Large or especially dense or wet wood will create difficulty for the user.Lager models can process more wood, but may be cumbersome to move. A good step toward choosing is determining where you will use your splitter most.


If you split wood in the immediate vicinity to your home, or have access to a electrical source, then a splitter with an electric motor may be the right choice for you. Electric log splitters have increased in power, allowing them to offer a respectable amount of splitting force. Another benefit associated with an electric motor is reduced noise during use. This is especially important if you are using the splitter in a neighborhood or around others.

PropertyCabin, Property or Commercial Use

If you need a lot of power and easy of movement, choose a gas powered log splitter with a trailer hitch. Nothing beats the raw splitting power of a unit driven by a gasoline engine. Just attach your splitter to your existing trailer hitch, and tow your splitter to your cabin or anywhere you have a lot of wood to split. These machines work quickly and efficiently, with no need to be near an electrical power source. They are also generally more durable than their electric counterparts. With these conveniences comes additional maintenance. Be sure to check manuals for maintenance tips for your specific model.

FarmOn the Farm or in the Country

If you are someone with a farm or acreage, there is a good chance that you already own some heavy machinery for working on your land. Add to the usefulness of your tractor, front end loader or skid steer with a vehicle mounted log splitter. These units are capable of using your tractor or loader’s hydraulic system to split large logs. If your vehicle has an auxiliary hydraulic system, simply plug the cables in and enjoy the easy of your new splitter. If your tractor is smaller, or is not equipped with an auxiliary hydraulic system, you can use a feature called PTO or Power Take-Off. A PTO pump uses the rotating shaft of a properly equipped tractor to create hydraulic pressure to operate the splitter.