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laterthanuthink

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06-04-2020 05:16 PM

I just learned they now make electric log splitters. They look very capable for not a lot of money. Do you have one? Thoughts?

Thanks.


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#1 posted 06-05-2020 05:20 AM

I don’t own one but a friend of mine does. He is less fortunate and I split wood for him with is electric splitter. Not sure if they are all like this but his does not like to start in the cold. I left an electric hair dyer at his house to warm motor. Other than that they do split ok. Won’t even come close to a gas or pto but it does split small logs pretty well.

-- Dave, NY, It works-It really does!

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#2 posted 06-05-2020 05:55 AM

I’ve been using a Homelite model I bought about 3 years ago and it was one of my better investments. I am 72 years old and have been splitting wood up until then by hand for about 50 years and it was getting to be a struggle. i just finished splitting about 3 chords of alder, Doug Fir, hemlock and some maple and have had no issues with the splitter. Some of the rounds are 24” plus and haven’t had one not split yet(Hard part is getting the rounds onto the splitter).
There’s some good You Tube videos demonstrating the Homelite one. And it’s quiet and uses no gas. I paid $235. The gas ones start about $1000.

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#3 posted 06-05-2020 12:10 PM

I depends on what species you’re trying to split, how straight the grain is and how dry it is. I’ve used one and wasn’t impressed but for smaller, straight grain limbs it might be ok. Dry can sometimes be tougher to get the wood to pop but wet wood (in some situations) seems to be more resistant to splitting cleanly with lots of wood tying the halves together requiring a full travel split. This is where the slow speed of an electric splitter can be really trying. In most instances, I’d want a quality gas one first, a maul second and if I must, and electric splitter as a distant third option.

-- "Lack of effort will result in failure with amazing predictability" - Me

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#4 posted 06-09-2020 12:54 PM

TSC had a sale on last year, for 699 I got the smaller gas powered splitter. It has split all the pieces I have put on it, and works good. Have to use it occasionally to keep the gas good. I turn off the valve and let it run out of gas every time I use it. This splitter was to replace a green and yellow one I had stolen. Really liked the old one.

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laterthanuthink

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#5 posted 06-09-2020 02:05 PM



I ve been using a Homelite model I bought about 3 years ago and it was one of my better investments. I am 72 years old and have been splitting wood up until then by hand for about 50 years and it was getting to be a struggle. i just finished splitting about 3 chords of alder, Doug Fir, hemlock and some maple and have had no issues with the splitter. Some of the rounds are 24” plus and haven t had one not split yet(Hard part is getting the rounds onto the splitter).
There s some good You Tube videos demonstrating the Homelite one. And it s quiet and uses no gas. I paid $235. The gas ones start about $1000.

- mjheck

Thanks MJ I’ll take a look at the Homelite. This Old House has an episode% showing a DR splitter.

I don’t need the power, noise and maintenance of another gasoline engine in my life. I don’t split a lot of wood so this electric splitter might be perfect.

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#6 posted 06-09-2020 04:50 PM

I’ve split a lot of wood, but never used an electric. (I’ve used gas or tractor powered, and also a splitting maul)
I’ve always been curious how well the screw type work:

I think the biggest concern with any type of splitter is what you’re splitting. If it’s nice straight grained wood, forget the splitter. Get yourself a $35 splitting maul, and the wood just pops apart with one blow. Any other variation of wood, and splitting wood by hand is NO FUN.

-- Pete

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#7 posted 06-09-2020 05:04 PM



I ve split a lot of wood, but never used an electric. (I ve used gas or tractor powered, and also a splitting maul) I ve always been curious how well the screw type work: I think the biggest concern with any type of splitter is what you re splitting. If it s nice straight grained wood, forget the splitter. Get yourself a $35 splitting maul, and the wood just pops apart with one blow. Any other variation of wood, and splitting wood by hand is NO FUN.

- PPK

It’s true Pete. I do have a maul, but it works better in winter when the wood is frozen. The rounds just snap apart when you whack ‘em. I love the nice warm feeling I get from splitting frozen firewood with a maul before I even set a flame to kindling.

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