The Best Woodsplitters

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The Best Woodsplitters
Splitting a log goes faster with a log-splitter (Jupiterimages/Brand X Pictures/Getty Images)

Log splitters do what the name suggests. The person splitting the logs put a log on a cradle, and the log splitter pushes a sharp blade into the log until it splits. A log splitter can do the work of five men without aches, pains or bruises. There are two power sources for log splitters; gas-driven hydraulic and electric. And there are two styles: horizontal and vertical. New hydraulic log-splitters cost from £975 to £2,600. Electric log-splitters are less expensive, around £325, but they are less powerful.

Best Hydraulic Log-Splitter

The Timberwolf TW-P1 sells for around £1,235. The Timberwolf has a Honda 5.5 horsepower engine with a Barnes 11 gallons per minute hydraulic pump. Its horizontal cradle can handle logs up to 26 inches long and can split the logs with 20 tons of force from the hydraulic ram. The cycle from loading to split log is 13 seconds.

Best Hydraulic Log-Splitter

The Brave EZ Split at £585 can handle the needs of a homeowner who wants a fire in the fireplace and has just one fireplace. It has a 3.5 horsepower Briggs and Stratton engine good enough to produce eight tons of pressure and a splitting cycle of 18 seconds. The EZ Split is light enough for one man to pick up one end and move it to another location using the wheels on the other end.

Best Electric Log-Splitter

The Fisch LS-8000 II 4-Ton Electric Log Splitter, costing £279, provides four tons of ram power with a two horsepower electric motor. It can split logs a foot thick and 20 inches long. The LS-8000 is small enough to be lifted into the boot of a car and can split 100 logs an hour.

Best Professional Log-Splitters

The Troy-Bilt 27 Ton Log Splitter for people who have a lot of wood to split. The 600 pound machine includes a trailer hitch, jack stand, steel fenders and tail lights. It uses a Honda 5.5 horsepower engine producing 27 tons of force for a 14 second splitting cycle and will split logs up to 25 inches. It features an automatic cylinder return and can be used either horizontally or vertically. The machine is built for continual use with electronic ignition, a dual element air cleaner and a low-oil warning light.

The Swisher 34-Ton 12.5 HP Log Splitter brings heavy duty muscle to the job. It has an electric start, 12.5 horsepower engine with a 37 ton, 16 gallon per minute hydraulic ram. The Swisher features a cold-weather clutch that makes winter starting much easier. It can be used in a horizontal or vertical position and can be towed.

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