Why Use A Log Splitter To Split Your Logs?
Winter is here and that means it’s time to split some logs. So, why should you invest in a log splitter?
A log splitter is a powerful machine that splits logs into smaller pieces. It uses hydraulic pressure to force a sharp wedge or blade through a log, allowing it to split the wood easily. Log splitters will enable you to cut logs of a similar size, making stacking woodpiles and burning far more efficient. Log splitters process firewood quickly, saving your back and time!
There are many benefits and reasons why you might want to use a log splitter to split your logs:
- Efficiency: Splitting logs by hand can be time-consuming and physically demanding. A log splitter can make the job much faster and more efficient, allowing you to split more logs in less time.
- Safety: Splitting logs by hand can be dangerous, especially if you’re using an axe or other sharp tools. A log splitter reduces the risk of injury, as you don’t have to use sharp tools to split the logs.
- Consistency: When splitting logs by hand, it can be challenging to achieve consistent results. A log splitter ensures that each log is split in the same way, producing uniform pieces of wood that are easier to use for firewood or other purposes.
- Cost-effective: Buying pre-split firewood can be expensive. Using a log splitter to split your own logs can be a cost-effective way to get the firewood you need for your home or business.
- Convenience: Splitting logs by hand can be a messy and time-consuming task. A log splitter can make the process much easier and more convenient, allowing you to get the job done quickly and efficiently.
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.
First, log splitters come in a variety of options, including:
- Manual Log Splitters: These are the most basic type of log splitters and rely on manual labour to split the logs. They typically use a hydraulic jack to apply force to the log splitting it using a wedge or blade.
- Electric Log Splitters: These are powered by electricity and are more powerful than manual ones. They are typically used for smaller logs and can be used indoors or outdoors (depending on the model).
- Petrol Log Splitters: Petrol Log Splitters are powered by petrol engines and are the most powerful type of log splitter. They are typically used for larger logs and are suitable for outdoor use.
- 3-PT Linkage Log Splitters: A 3-PT linkage log splitter is a type of log splitter that attaches to the three-point hitch of a tractor. These log splitters are powered by the tractor’s hydraulic system and can be used to split large logs quickly and efficiently.
- Horizontal Log Splitters: These log splitters split logs in a horizontal position, and they are ideal for larger logs.
- Vertical Log Splitters: These log splitters split logs in a vertical position, which is ideal for smaller logs. They take up less space and are easier to store than horizontal log splitters.
- Combination Log Splitters: These can be used in horizontal and vertical positions, making them more versatile than other types of log splitters.
When choosing a log splitter, it’s important to consider the size of the logs you’ll be splitting, the amount of power you need, and whether you’ll use it indoors or outdoors.
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. If you are looking to have the ability to split hardwoods, a hydraulic splitter would be more. Due to limited power, electric log splitters are not suitable for hard or “green” timbers.
When researching for petrol log splitters, look at the horse-power rating and the tonnage, as these determine the power of the machine. In contrast, 3-pt linkage log 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 log splitter, that would be the preference over an electric splitter.
Operational factors will determine the type of splitter you purchase
Before purchasing your log 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 doing light work close to home?
These factors will determine the type of splitter you purchase. If you own a tractor with hydraulics, 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 wood, then a petrol splitter 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 their splitting capacity. Their ratings don’t match their performance. The bottom line here is to stick to a WorkCover compliant brand that adheres to the Australian Safety Standards.
You should ensure the product adheres to current Australian Standards with all machinery purchases. Don’t assume that the product is compliant because it is sold in Australia. Ask the question, and if the dealer or manufacturer cannot prove it is compliant, reconsider 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 workplace 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 workplace, please refer to the Work Cover website:
Easy handling – can you split logs vertically and horizontally?
Many hydraulic log splitters offer horizontal and vertical operation that 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, allowing you to 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 ensure 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 a 3-point linkage log splitter and petrol log splitter model within its agricultural machinery range. With an extensive network of dealers who can provide all the expert help and support you need. Call us or contact us to discuss your wood-splitting needs with our specialists.