There are many log splitters to choose from these days, a variety resulted from the rising cost of domestic heating and the need for alternative fuel sources. Traditionally, log splitting was done manually, using axes and a variety of other tools. Nowadays, we have small firewood splitters for home use and bigger commercial units for industrial use for the job.
Over the next few minutes, we will review some of the best home-use log splitters on the market today, in order to find out just how effective and affordable they are. Without further ado, here are the ten best log splitters on the market today.
10Yard Kings Log Splitter
This gas powered log splitter uses a 6.5 HP engine and about 12 tons of hydraulic power to split logs up to 20.5 inches in length and 19 inches in diameter. It has an 18 second cycle time down and back, allowing you to get work done rather quickly. It is a horizontal splitter by design, built on a heavy duty frame with DOT grade wheels. It also comes with a standard hitch assembly to make things easier.
9Dirty Hand Tools 100408 27 Ton Log Splitter
The DHT 27-Ton log splitter is powered by a gas-fueled Hohler SH265 engine that produces 6.5 HP of powerful vertical and horizontal splitting. This particular splitter has a 14-second cycle time and an auto return feature designed to reduce the overall splitting time. It is also road towable, giving it a much bigger mobility, while its 2-inch coupler and safety chains make it very easy to move around.
8Champion Power Equipment No.90720
This 7 ton gas powered log splitter features a 17.7-inch x 3-inch hydraulic cylinder, and a 2-stage hydraulic – 3 gallon/minute pump capable of producing a pressure of 3000 psi. It has a 20 second load cycle and an integrated log cradle that can accommodate 20-inch long logs of a maximum 80 lbs weight. It also has a sturdy steel beam supported by two 10-inch tough wheels that guarantee its mobility and convenience.
7NorthStar Horizontal/Vertical Log Splitter
Powered by a Honda GX270 engine with an exclusive idle down feature designed to save fuel while reducing operating noise, this log splitter is not only efficient but extremely quiet as well. It features a concentric hydraulic pump that adjusts flow and pressure by delivering either high or low pressure when cutting logs depending on how hard they are. Also, it uses 4-way wedge wings to quarter logs with one split instead of two or three like other log splitters.
6Dirty Hand Tools 100171 22 Ton Log Splitter
Equipped with a 2-inch coupler and safety chains, the DHT 100171 is extremely mobile and easy to tow. Its powerful Kohler SH265 engine produces 6.5 HP of powerful vertical and horizontal wood splitting while its standard log catchers combined with its 10.9-second cycle make it work extremely fast. Furthermore, the DHT 100171 features an auto return and adjustable detent design to ease and fasten workflow.
5Grizzly H8171 Hydraulic/Electric Log Splitter
This hydraulic log splitter uses a 1-3/4 HP 110V, 15 amps motor capable of 5 tons of hydraulic pressure. It can handle logs between 15-20 inches long and up to 10 inches in diameter, which is more than enough given its size. Due to being electric-powered, you can very well use the Grizzly H8171 indoors, unlike most log splitters in its class. Also, it features built-in wheels and handles for portability and maneuverability.
4Champion Power Equipment No.92221
Powered by a Champion 196 OHV engine with cast iron sleeve and a one-gallon gas tank, this log splitter provides heavy duty log splitting at amazing speed. It features a 23″ x 4″ hydraulic cylinder with a 2-stage hydraulic – 11 gallon/minute pump capable of producing a maximum pressure of 3500 psi. It has an impressive 14 second no load cycle time and an integrated log cradle that can accommodate 24″ logs that can weight as much as 100 lbs.
3Pow’ R’ Kraft 65556 4-Ton 15 Amp Electric Log Splitter
Despite being powered by a 15 Amp, 1.75 HP electric motor, this efficient log splitter is designed to substitute power with speed. It can split logs up to 20-inch long and 12 inches in diameter in a timely fashion thanks to its dependable 1,500-watt electric motor engineered to run on regular current. Built using an all-steel construction, the Pow’ R’ Kraft 65556 is extremely durable and strong, a construction that also features a ground fault breaker that protects against overload.
2Boss Industrial ES7T20 Electric Log Splitter
This particular log splitter is powered by a 2 HP electric motor that uses an easy push button to guarantee an efficient electronic start. Equipped with an automated ram return feature and a professional-grade hydraulic system, the sheer maneuverability and speed of this log splitter will surprise you. Interestingly enough, its clever design allows you to operate it using just one hand while its rugged design and quality craftsmanship ensures its long-lasting durability.
1Powerhouse XM-380 7-Ton Electric Hydraulic Log Splitter
As far as log splitters go, the Powerhouse XM-380 is seen as one of the most popular log splitters on the market and rightfully so. Its efficient electric powered hydraulic ram allows it to split more than 100 logs in less than an hour, which is faster than any other log splitter out there. On average, the XM-380 can split a hardwood log of 20.5″ in length and 12″ in diameter in less than 7 seconds. Not only that?but thanks to its patented log splitter technology with fast retractable capabilities, it will automatically retract when you remove your hand from the lever, making it extremely safe and easy to use.