Man Powered Log Splitters
The category of manual Log splitters spans a wide array of choices. People looking to for lightweight portable units will choose a manual style log splitter. Our selection of manual splitters range from the classic axe to more complex models that use hydraulic power or springs to create force.
The Classic Axe
The classic axe is the most basic instrument for chopping wood. It is the cheapest way to split wood, but also requires the most effort. Its edge is sharp and will imbed itself in the log if it does not cut through cleanly the first time. This is due to the fact that the angle of the head is very acute. The axe can make deep gouges, but due to the slight angle, the wood is not pushed aside. The wood must be placed on a stable surface where it will not be in danger of falling off while chopping, possibly causing injury. An axe is more suited for felling a tree that is still standing upright, using a wedge shaped cutting pattern.
The Splitting Maul
A Maul is the next step up in woodcutting tools. It could be thought of as a mix between a sledgehammer and an axe. The leading edge is not as sharp as an axe, but this is less critical due to a slightly different design. The head is very heavy, and the angle of the edge that contacts the wood is more obtuse than that of a woodcutting axe. The head gets wider very quickly, effectively pushing the wood apart from within. The weight of the head helps it to keep momentum down through the whole log. Some Mauls have modifications to the basic wedge design including thinner bars on the sides, helping to reduce friction and more effectively separate wood. Mauls are available with wooden handles or with plastic handles that are lightweight, durable, and take some of the vibration out of each strike.
Wedges and Drivers
A splitting wedge is simply a conical piece of steel with a flat back that can be struck with a sledge hammer or wedge driver. A wedge driver is a system that incorporates the wedge with a steel pole. There is a heavy metal cylinder that fits over the steel shaft. This cylinder is forced down by hand impacting the wedge at the end of its travel. It’s weight, combined with the shape of the wedge, effectively drive the tool into the log.
Manual Pump Log Splitters
Manual Pump Log Splitters take some of the grunt work out of processing firewood. They use hydraulic cylinders or springs to generate an impressive amount of splitting force from your movements. Manual splitters are an attractive option because they are lightweight, quiet and completely portable. They can easily be brought to the woodpile and are emission-free, allowing them to be used indoors or in closed garages if necessary. These Splitters can generally be broken down into two categories: Hand and Foot Operated.
Hand Operated Log Splitters
Hand operated splitters use one or more levers to push the log into a splitting wedge. Models with multiple handles also differentiate between speeds. One lever will advance the log quickly with less pumps, but with low torque. The alternate lever will be used for larger or denser logs that require more splitting power.
Foot Operated Log Splitters
Foot powered splitters are popular based on the fact that your legs are more powerful than your upper body. Usually, these models are equipped with a pedal that is pressed down with your foot. The log is driven into a splitting wedge incrementally with each movement of the pedal. The foot driven model is sometimes preferable over similar hand operated models because the operator is able to use both hands to position the log in place while the foot advances the log so that the splitter can hold the log squarely.