It’s that time of the year again, the time to cuddle up in front of the fireplace and to enjoy its warmth and coziness. Wood-burning fireplaces are the best because they have that crackling sound that makes the whole experience super charming and enjoyable. They do however need a steady supply or logs which brings us to today’s subject: log splitters. They’re of several different types so we’re going to organize them in three categories, revealing the best products in each case.
Manual log splitters
This is the Wel-Bilt horizontal log splitter by Central-Machinery. It’s a manual hydraulic splitter which is easy to operate, requiring little effort. It’s also efficient and convenient thanks to its reduced size. It’s less noisy than an electric log splitter which is a nice advantage.
This hydraulic log splitter builds up to 10 tons of driving force and is highly efficient. It’s also very durable, featuring a solid steel frame construction. It has wheels which makes it portable and easy to move around as needed. Being a hydraulic splitter which doesn’t need has, oil or cords, it’s very convenient in all sorts of situations and also super easy to use.
work smarter, not harder – that’s the lesson this log splitter is teaching us. It’s very small which makes it super convenient and practical but that doesn’t make it any less efficient than other types of splitters. It hits the log in the right place every time with a force of up to 14 tons at the edge which is really impressive considering its proportions. It’s easy to use and to store and you can use it to split logs up to 55 cm long.
Cast Iron Manual Log Splitter
Axes, while efficient, are really dangerous because of the sharp edges. That’s what makes this manual log splitter stand out. It has no sharp edges and it’s completely safe to use by anyone. You can even use it with one hand. It’s all really simple actually. You put a log in the splitter and the metal rail holds it in place. Then you hit down on the wood with a hammer and the splitter does the rest. It’s really convenient and also portable.
This is along splitter that you can use with your foot which actually makes it quite easy to use. It’s useful and practical if you want to split small logs and if you’re only using it occasionally. Make sure you get the right height set on the foot lever and the rest will follow.
Electric log splitters
Electric log splitters are in a whole different category but are not suited for everyone so it’s best to set your priorities before making a decision. There are plenty of models to choose from. This one has a 15A motor which creates over 13,000 pounds of log cracking pressure. It has a stand which you can choose to dismantle if you decide you’d rather use the splitter without it.
This particular electric log splitter has a 2 HP (13.8A) motor and creates 7 tons of force. It’s compact and easy to use, even with one hand. The design is simple and user-friendly, featuring two solid rubber wheels which allow you to easily and effortlessly take the splitter to the desired location.
Although small, this log splitter packs a lot of force. It has 3.5 HP (24a) motor (2200 watt, 3500 rpm) which is really impressive considering the other options. You can use this for longs up to 12 1/2” in length and 12” in diameter.
Gas log splitters
The NorthStar log splitter is great for the big and tough jobs. It’s easy to use in both orientations, whether you need it in a vertical or a horizontal position. It’s rugged but easy to maneuver and has a concentric hydraulic pump which can automatically adjust flow and pressure. It senses when it is or isn’t piercing a log and does the necessary adjustments accordingly. Other note-worthy features include the durable, industrial-grade I beam and the bolt-on cradles which center the logs and prevent them from rolling off.
Gas log splitters such as this one are great because they can also be used for larger logs. Just switch from horizontal to vertical and get the job done. It only takes a few seconds. This things has 36 tons of splitting capacity and is very efficient thanks to the auto-return valve capable of over 200 cycles per hour.