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Which of these 2 would you purchase?

I know I can rent one but don't want to.

I have about 10 + cord of logs with access to 10 to 20 more + + if I need ( but don't want, My son does some landscaping) and want to do it on my time, will sell some to my neighbors at a discounted price.
I see it paying for itself by fall, Some years I would purchase A few cords $400.00 TO $500.00. some years I would rent for a few days if I had tree's down.

I had put a budget of $1300 and think 25 ton should be enough for what I do.

More to play with and kill time.

https://www.tractorsupply.com/Compar...17%3F%24456%24



https://www.tractorsupply.com/tsc/pr...e-log-splitter
https://www.tractorsupply.com/tsc/pr...r-126151799--1

I think both are adaptable for a 4 way split as well which I would get.

Let me know and thanks.

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While those are perfectly ok units, if you can find a used Timberwolf you wont be disappointed. They use Honda engines and the machine itself is made in NY. They are expensive, but can be found used in your budget. They aren't fancy, but built to last. Just my opinion. My buddy has the tractor supply splitter and it works fine. Did end up with a stuck valve causing no compression once, but that was easy to fix.

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Herd of Kohler but not Champion Power Equipment....go in person and evaluate the hydraulic lines and fittings...bigger is better ....I like the auto return function and bigger tires....as I see it...almost a coin flip
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This works for me. It's like an outdoor gym. https://www.stihlusa.com/products/ha.../prosplitmaul/


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Champion uses a Chinese Honda motor clone versus the Kohler on the County Line. The County Line is also heavier and a tad lower. Champion does have a decent parts and tech network.
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Without spending a ton of time comparing the two the advantage of the Kohler engine sticks out to me on the Countyline.
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Originally Posted by abeal2 View Post
Without spending a ton of time comparing the two the advantage of the Kohler engine sticks out to me on the Countyline.
Replacement engines are cheap, too. I have a Husky S427 with Kohler XT engine and a replacement engine, last I looked, was sub $200. So far, I've put about 10 hours on it and previous owner probably had 30 or so on it from what he was telling me (split 2-3 big trees that fell during a storm).

The Honda clones are pretty good engines for the money...that Kohler is probably a Chinese engine, too, but that's just a guess. My riding mower is ~15 years old and has a Kohler Command 24hp engine in it. Hour meter says 330 hours and have never had an issue, but that is more of a "commercial" engine from what I remember.

I see the Countyline is heaver, which is a plus. Champion claims it has an auto return valve which is very nice. CL doesn't say so may want to look into that.
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Iíve had the countyline 25t for about a year now and itís been great. I havenít came across anything it hasnít split yet. Only complaint is that tractor supply didnít even tighten half the bolts on it so you have to go behind them and check for yourself
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I have the County Line 25. I split a lot of wood. It has been great for the money. I purchased the extended warranty( Not THT Recommended).
They run sales on them pretty regular. I paid 899 and the next day it went on sale for 799.00. They allowed me to return and repurchase the next day at the lower price. That's why I have the 5 year extended warranty.
I added tables to mine and it has been great.
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We bought a 35 ton log splitter a couple years ago. Check out Dirty Hand Tools.com. It has been an awesome machine. It has been one of the rare things that has exceeded my expectations.
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I use a tractor mounted splitter its great.Be sure to get one that works vertically not horizontally so you don"t have to lift large pcs..
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Originally Posted by LIP_PIERCER View Post
I have the County Line 25. I split a lot of wood. It has been great for the money. I purchased the extended warranty( Not THT Recommended).
They run sales on them pretty regular. I paid 899 and the next day it went on sale for 799.00. They allowed me to return and repurchase the next day at the lower price. That's why I have the 5 year extended warranty.
I added tables to mine and it has been great.
Can you add 2?
is that these
https://www.tractorsupply.com/tsc/pr...r?cm_vc=IOPDP2



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Iíve had the countyline 25t for about a year now and itís been great. I havenít came across anything it hasnít split yet. Only complaint is that tractor supply didnít even tighten half the bolts on it so you have to go behind them and check for yourself
Did either of you get the 4 way split with it?
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Originally Posted by CruiseToFish View Post
This works for me. It's like an outdoor gym. https://www.stihlusa.com/products/ha.../prosplitmaul/

Did that for many years, now I am on the other side of 60, I still can work my ass off but can't swing overhead, need shoulder surgery eventually.
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Did either of you get the 4 way split with it?
You do know you need more HP to do the 4 way split at once right?
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Originally Posted by Striper In View Post
Can you add 2?
is that these
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Did either of you get the 4 way split with it?

no but Iíd love to try it. I didnít see it as an option when I bought it
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I bought the 4 way split. IMHO, it sucks. I only use the regular splitter. Can dictate the size you want to split it to with it.
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If you are going to do alot I would get a kinetic splitter. Here is a great description of the pros/cons.
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The second one must have been a crazy build


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When I lived in Tn we used an outdoor boiler for heat in winter. Awesome as long as you keep it fed.
i bought a Dirty Hands Tool 21 or 25 ton splitter. Never failed to split. Always fired up after storage with the Kohler motor.
Kinda hated it after 3 seasons but good exercise lifting those logs.

When I was looking at All of them to decide I determined most of the hydraulic units are the same just different branding.
Donít worry about the cycle time. Youíll get use to not letting it retract all the way back. Only as far as needed for the next log. It helps speed things up (but not like the Kinetic units)
Get the heaviest steel machine you can find. Funny how the logs beat the heck out of it.
The 4 way wedges arenít worth it unless you plan on kindling from small rounds.
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For those talking about "auto return", please define what you mean. Are you saying that it returns at the end of the power stroke or that you don't have to hold the lever on the return stroke. I have seen both. The return without having to hold the level is useful. At the end of the power stroke, not so much.

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