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are not just limited to
power options. There are gas powered,
electric powered, and human powered splitters that offer
options with horizontal or vertical trailer hitch units,
or 3-point hitch tractor attachment units. Plus other hydraulic
or screw type splitting options.
The higher the tonnage rating is on a log splitter, the
more horsepower it has to work efficiently on dense hard
North American Hardwoods like oak, maple, and iron wood
like locust or other popular species from your area or territory.
The most popular power options for log splitters include
hydraulic, gas and electric log splitters. Like a manual
log splitter, electric log splitters are quiet to operate.
Manual Wood Splitters
are the most economical choice due to the fact that there
are fewer component.
Your power option will also be largely decided by the
power source availability. Gas powered splitters can go
anywhere, while electric splitters need to be near an electrical
Motorized hydraulic log splitters are suitable for commercial
scale log splitting, but they can be more dangerous when
not stopped quick if a problem arises.
Horizontal Wood Splitters
wood splitters are the most common style and generally include
tires along with a tongue to hook to a trailer hitch so
you can pull them around from place to place.
They can also be stationary and be set up to run mass
amounts of wood through them.
With horizontal wood splitters you simply lay the log
down on the track and allow the hydraulic ram to force the
splitter head into the log as it splits the log in half.
Choose one of our
use a horizontal log splitter, you pick up the logs and
lay them on the log splitter i-beam or tray system for splitting.
Vertical Wood Splitters
Vertical wood splitters utilize the effects of placing
a log in the upright position on the splitter with a ram
that pushes a spade into the log to split it.
Vertical Wood Splitter Advantages:
Vertical log splitters are sometimes easier to use due
to the fact that you don't have to lift the logs up as far
to place them on the splitter. A vertical wood splitter
requires the logs to be standing up, so rolling the logs
into place on the pad which is at ground level can be easier
than lifting them into place.
Vertical log splitters also offer a more stable platform
when you are going to be working on uneven ground or slopes.
Check out our vertical
wood splitter plans to see which one will work for your
wood splitting needs.
With a flywheel wood splitter, kinetic energy is stored
in the revolving flywheels weight and RPM, offering a tremendous
power advantage. Several blows may be made to drive through
any type of hard wood grain in order to split the log in
With dense hardwood the flywheel may stall on overload
impact but can recover in a split second. Check out our
flywheel wood splitter
page for more information.
While original designs in flywheel splitters used a spade
on the actual flywheel to split logs, modern designs offer
flywheel energy that powers a ram to force logs into a splitting
Powered Wood Splitters
Screw type log splitters utilize the concept of screwing
a splitter tip that is pointed and tapered back to a wide
spade that forces the wood apart as it is screwed into the
It is a concept that allows many power options to propel
the device. Some innovators have even jacked up a car and
attached it to the wheel.
Screw wood splitter plans.
Since ancient times when humans mastered the concept
of fire they have been splitting wood. Manual log splitters
split firewood with ease and safety that
hand held wedges,
mauls and axes can't match!
These manual firewood
splitters operate in a similar manner as the tire jack
in the trunk of your car. You create hydraulic pressure
by manually cranking a rod to push the ram into a log. This
system allows you to split logs with incredible ease and
enhanced safety. Manual
wood splitter plans.
Pounding Force Splits logs easily in seconds with a powerful
slide hammer action. This device replaces axes, wedges and
mauls for easier control.
Slide hammer wood
Split logs with incredible ease and enhanced safety by
placing the wedge tip on a log, then slide the hammer sleeve
shaft up and down to split a log in seconds. No more dangerous
overhead swinging and broken axe handles, or flying and
Wood Splitter Owners
We offer a number of PDF Owners Manuals for commercially
produced wood splitters, so check out our list of
owners manuals to see if the one your looking for to
match your log splitter is here for download. Otherwise,
pick up a set of plans and you can build a homemade log