Winter is here and that means it’s time to split some wood.
So, why should you invest in a log splitter?
Log splitters process firewood quickly, saving your back and time. Log splitters also allow you to cut logs of a similar size making stacking woodpiles and burning far more efficient. There are a variety of log splitters on the market, so it’s a good idea to explore your options.
What do I need to look for in a log splitter?
There are a few very important factors you need to consider prior to purchasing a log splitter:
Log splitters are available in electric, hydraulic (petrol) and hydraulic (3-point linkage) models.
So, which splitter is the right one for the job?
Electric log splitters are generally cheaper than hydraulic models, however, they usually have half the power of a hydraulic machine. Electric log splitters, due to limited power, are not suitable for hard or “green” timbers. If you are looking to have the ability to split hard timbers a hydraulic splitter would be more.
When researching for petrol splitters, look at the horse-power rating and the tonnage, these determine the power of the machine. In contrast, 3-pt linkage splitters capacity is determined not only by the horse-power rating and tonnage but also by the tractor’s hydraulics.
If your budget can afford a hydraulic splitter that would be the preference over an electric splitter.
Operational factors will determine the type of splitter you purchase
Before purchasing your splitter, consider the following; do you want to split wood in a shed? or in a remote area? do you own a tractor, with hydraulics? will you be being doing light work close to home? These factors will determine the type of splitter you purchase. 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 – remember you will need a power outlet! 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.
Consider your safety and be cautious of false splitter ratings
One concerning trend in the Australian 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.
With all machinery purchases you should ensure the product adheres to current Australian Standards. Don’t assume because it is sold in Australia that the product is compliant. Ask the question, if the dealer or manufacturer cannot prove it is compliant, re-consider your purchase.
This is especially true for any piece of machinery that uses a PTO shaft. Always ask if the shaft is WorkCover compliant as many shafts sold in the Australian market are not, especially Chinese manufactured shafts.
Ensuring your work place is safe and your employees are working in a safe environment is extremely important. If you have any concerns relating to the safety of your work place please refer to the Work Cover website: http://www.workcover.nsw.gov.au.
Easy handling – can you split logs vertically and horizontally?
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.
Make sure you have support
When choosing your log splitter, you should be able to find a quality machine at a competitive price. Make sure the supplier can provide a proper warranty. Ask the supplier whether the manufacturer or importer stocks parts that can be readily accessible. Check how long the manufacturer or importer has been selling the log splitters, you want to make sure that the business will still be around if you have any issues in the future.
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.
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.
3-pt Linkage Log Splitter attached to tractor