Log splitters make processing firewood far easier than swinging an axe. Save your back and time by investing in a good quality log splitter. Log splitters also allow you to cut logs of a similar size making stacking woodpiles and burning far more efficient. There are some excellent log splitters on the market, so it’s a good idea to explore your choices.
Looking for a Log Splitter?
If you’re looking for the right log splitter there are a few very important considerations:
Log splitters are available in electric, hydraulic (petrol) and hydraulic (3-point linkage) models. Although electric log splitters are far cheaper than hydraulic models. They generally have half the power of a hydraulic machine. Electric log splitters are therefore not suitable for hard or “green” timbers. Hydraulic splitters offer more “grunt”; the HP rating and the tonnage determine the Petrol Splitter’s power, the 3-pt Linkage Splitters capacity is determined by your tractor’s hydraulics.
- Onsite needs:
The splitter you decide to purchase might be determined by a number of on-site factors. Such as: Do you own a tractor with hydraulics? Are you happy to have the splitter working close to home or a shed (i.e. assessable to a power outlet)? Or do you need the splitter to access remote areas? If you own a tractor with hydraulics you may consider a 3-point linkage model. If you are doing light work close to home an electric splitter might be suitable. If you were looking to invest in a machine with the best splitting capacity and accessibility to timber then a Petrol or 3-Point Linkage Splitter would be the best option.
- Safety and splitter ratings:
One concerning trend in the current market is that some log splitters are overrated in terms of their splitting capacity. Their ratings simply don’t match their performance. The bottom line here is stick to a brand that is WorkCover compliant and adheres to the Australian Safety Standards. Don’t assume because it is sold in Australia that the product is compliant.
- Ease of operation:
Many hydraulic log splitters offer horizontal and vertical operation. This is particularly useful for large logs, with the splitter in a vertical position, you can save your back from lifting the heavy log onto the splitter, giving you the option to just push the log into place. Some splitters on the market also offer an “X-Wedge” attachment for four way splitting. Perfect for splitting kindling.
Selecting Your Log Splitter
When choosing your log splitter, you should be able to find a quality machine at a competitive price. The real issue is what’s right for your needs, so take the extra time to consult with your supplier about your choices.
You will need:
Technical support and services as required: If you’re not familiar with log splitters, it’s always useful to have some help available for technical issues and servicing. Always purchase machinery from a reputable local machinery dealer. This way you can be confident the product will be properly warranted and that you will have backup and support if required.
Electric Vs. 3-Point Linkage Vs. Petrol: This can make a big difference, particularly if you’re often far away from a power source. Electric models although inexpensive need to be located near a power outlet and do not offer the same power as the hydraulic options. If you own a tractor with hydraulics a 3-pt linkage model might be a suitable option – be aware that the power of the splitter is primarily determined by the hydraulics in your tractor. Petrol models are a larger initial investment however they are not reliant on a tractor or supply of electricity.
Ask Southern Cross Agricultural Machinery about Log Splitters
Southern Cross Ag Machinery offers both a 3-pont linkage and petrol log splitter model within its agricultural machinery range. With a large network of dealers, we can provide all the expert help and support you need. Call us or contact us online to discuss your needs with our specialists.