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Old 01-11-2010, 09:28 AM
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I occassionally split my own firewood, and just finished doing a cord and am now searching the medicine cabinet for about 15 Alieves!!.

Anywho, got me thinkin why I don't own a Log splitter. I see some on ebay, electric ones that are 7 ton, for under $400. Are they worth it? Do they actually split a real log?

I'm NOT getting a gas powered one, cause I will not use it enough to keep it running. The one time I go to use it, it won't start, I have enough of those tools already.

Anypone use an electric splitter? Is 7 ton strong enough?
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seen them before , i would imagine it would work, but i split way too much so thats why theres a 25 ton huskey sitting in the garage
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I have not used an electric log splitter usually either gas or an attachment on a small tractor but saw this splitter which seems to get good reviews. http://www.ramsplitter.com/Electric%20Splitters.htm
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If you don't use one very often why not just rent one?
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If you don't use one very often why not just rent one?
Alieves are cheaper yet! And easier to carry around.
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i just rent the gas powered hydraulic from the depot
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Back when I used to do it, even the gas ones took forever.. I made one that I dropped the hydraulic in from my FIL's disc harrow (or some other implement), hooked it up to one of the 7030 John Deere tractors he had and split a cord of wood in no time... But you probably don't have one of those around
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Good post I wondered the same thing but ended up getting a $1200 one from farm supply and it works fine. I would guess the electric would do the job but would be slower? Get one Birdie and let us know.
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i picked up a 20 ton 5 hp gas splitter vertical or horizontal from a yard sale about 3 years ago for 100 bucks. the guy who sold it said the motor was shot. he delivered it the next day. i had it running in a half hr the motor is weak l and will be replaced but i still split 2 winters of wood with it . keep an eye on craigs list they show up every so often
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Prolly cost more to rent one than to buy one (a cord of wood), no?
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Absolutely, my dad has one. I was really skeptical until he showed it to me. Not the fastest thing on earth because the splitter runs on a jack thread (if I remember correctly) but it really does get the job done. It’s been a while since I tried it but I think the only time I could get it to hang up is when I purposely positioned a gnarly log with a huge knot right in line with the splitter. It took a couple of tries to get through.

He has used it for a few years now. It’s quiet and compact which is really nice.
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My friend has a DR electric splitter and says it works great. He has about a cord or two split at any given time and uses firewood only for his fireplace, not to heat his whole house. No issues with the splitter after a couple of years, using it several times per year.
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Bird,

Since your getting a little thick in the middle get a manual one.

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Super Spliter made an electric one years ago. I don't know it they still do. These were very fast splitters. If I was going to buy a splitter and not use the valves off the tractor that would be what I'd be buying. I saw a gas model in use during hunting season so I know they are still around. It was Honda powered.
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Has a honda motor, starts on first pull.
Electric ones are for your grandmother.

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I have a task force 5 ton from lowes,it's like a timex,takes a licking and keeps on splitting.Best $299 I ever spent.Definitly don't shy away from these,this thing has an auto retract so it's really pretty fast for splitting and it will do the job,I've split 18-20 inch logs(pecan,oak,hickory)in diameter,you just have to make sure you keep the lenght under 21 inches.Also spend the money on a 10 guage cord,it's the secret to maintaining the electric motor.Ryobi 4 tons also had good reviews but I went with a 5 ton.Kicking myself for not getting one sooner,no more advils for me now
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Originally Posted by tamos46 View Post
starts on first pull.
Yea, RIGHT!!! Just like my chainsaw, weedwacker, lawnmower, hedge-clipper, Generator, snowblower... all start on the "1st pull"!

If I had 1 penny for every pull of one of those cords, I'd own 2 Rampages!!
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Originally Posted by Birdman View Post
Yea, RIGHT!!! Just like my chainsaw, weedwacker, lawnmower, hedge-clipper, Generator, snowblower... all start on the "1st pull"!
LOL! x2

What ever happened to Gravelys and or stationary motors (long before my time) when you only had one engine to maintain and used it for everything so it was always running.
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Originally Posted by Birdman View Post
Yea, RIGHT!!! Just like my chainsaw, weedwacker, lawnmower, hedge-clipper, Generator, snowblower... all start on the "1st pull"!

If I had 1 penny for every pull of one of those cords, I'd own 2 Rampages!!
Hey Garmin don't make a log splitter.
Honda's small engines can't be beat. Buy a electric splitter, you won't be happy.....
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Originally Posted by tamos46 View Post
Honda's small engines can't be beat.
I will not argue with that.

Originally Posted by tamos46 View Post
Buy a electric splitter, you won't be happy.....
It may not work for knotty logs, large diameter logs or tree crotches but for 16 to 20 in logs that are for wood stoves and inserts they could take a lot of sweat out of splitting. If you use 220v and a 20amp breaker you can run 3.5+ hp which should do a lot of splitting. Add in a two speed pump and I think that he should be satisfied as long as his expectations are reasonable.
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