Log Splitters: Frequently Asked Questions
When you are looking to purchase a log splitter, there are a lot of questions to be answered. Here are a few of the most common questions that our certified experts hear from customers who are looking to purchase a new log splitter. With so many types available today, how can you be sure which model is right for you? Browse our learning docs, or call one of our certified product experts today at 1.800.919.1904 and find your perfect log splitter today.
What are the various the power methods used in log splitting?
There are a number of power methods used in log splitting. Axes and Mauls are obviously powered by the operator. Other types utilizong manpower are hydraulic systems, pumped either by hand or foot. More advanced machines use electric or gas motors to create hydraulic pressure. For industrial or farm use, some splitters can connect to front end loaders or tractors. The hydraulic or drive systems of these machines will power the splitter.
What are some specifications to keep in mind while purchasing a log splitter?
Engine size, Cylinder size, and cycle times are all good indicators of a machine’s performance capability. Configurations like horizontal or vertical will offer advantages as well. One of the most important numbers, aside from price, is splitting force. This is measure in tons, and will largely determine what size log you can safely split.
What is the difference between Horizontal and Vertical Splitters?
Vertical splitters are advantageous when working with logs that are very combersome or heavy. Large logs can be rolled into place at ground level and split with ease. Horizontal splitters will need logs lifted onto them. Smaller logs are easier to handle, resting on the beam of a horizontal splitter. Luckily, many splitters are equipped in a way that allows use in either position. The versatility this affords is usually worth any difference in price.
What size logs can I split?
This will vary greatly between models. When cutting logs into sections keep in mind the size of your fireplace or wood stove and how you will stack the wood. It is generally a good idea to cut the wood into consistent sections no larger than 18” long. This ensures that it will fit in most fireboxes and will be easily stack in most wood racks, and protected from the elements by the wood rack’s cover. The diameter and harness of the wood your splitter is capable of handling is entirely dependent on each model’s force rating.
How easy or difficult will moving my splitter be?
Most splitters have some sort of functionality build in to aid in the movement of these sometimes heavy machines. Smaller machines are light enough to move about by hand. Larger machines have wheels and a handle of some sort, allowing the user to pull them by hand to where they are needed. Even larger machines will connect to a trailer hitch.
What are the basic differences between Gas and Electric splitters?
There are a few main differences between these power types. Gas splitters are generally larger, louder and more difficult to move. They also are capable of faster cycle times, more force, and the capability to be towed via trailer hitch. Also, then can be used away from an electrical supply. Electric models are quieter and more environmentally friendly. The can be used indoors, and will split wood sufficiently according to most homeowners’ needs. They are, however, limited by the need for an electrical outlet. Also, on average, they are not capable of matching the high force ratings of some gas models.