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Author Topic: Log Splitter Advice  (Read 851 times)

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Log Splitter Advice
« on: May 10, 2016, 03:28:06 AM »

Decided to take the dive and buy a gas log splitter... I've been perusing different splitters for a while, but I can't make a decision. Here are my concerns:

What tonnage is good? I'm looking around the 22-27 ton range.
What brand is the most durable? 
Does brand really matter, or does the motor make the difference?
Does hydraulic tank capacity matter?  Is bigger better?
What's a decent price? I'm looking to spend around $800-1500 from the looks of it.
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Re: Log Splitter Advice
« Reply #1 on: May 10, 2016, 07:38:26 AM »

Have had great luck with the Honda GX series that are on our seed tenders, starter is out of the one, but they start so easy Iíve not wasted the $300 on a new starter.

The Honda GC series isnít so good, have one of those on my power washer and its a PITA to start when cold, if its not been inside where its warm a slight snort of either makes starting a lot easier.
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Re: Log Splitter Advice
« Reply #2 on: May 10, 2016, 08:02:08 PM »

Thanks, I favor Honda small engines myself.  Any insight on tonnage?  Will 22-25 be enough to split 90% of what I throw at it, or should I step up to a 27-30 (toughest wood I run into is p*ss elm; I cut them down on purpose to clear my property of em... hate them).

What about splitter brand - does it matter, or is more or less about the motor?
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Re: Log Splitter Advice
« Reply #3 on: May 10, 2016, 09:30:50 PM »

Depends on how many cord your gonna split with it, Iíd say for most people 22-25 tons is plenty, if you get the rare piece that wonít split then rip it with the chainsaw or save it for a bonfire.
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