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Old 06-08-2015, 07:32 AM
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I'm looking at buying a log splitter and need some advice on what to get. In looking online, the reviews are all surprisingly good regardless of the brand/model so that raises some questions as to what to buy. The trees up at our cabin (far northern MN) are all pine, birch, aspen, poplar & cedar so pretty straight trunks with few forks and relatively soft wood. Any thoughts on brands, models, features, 22 ton vs 35 ton, etc.?
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Sounds like a bit too big for that type wood.

A friend has the DR electric splitter and it works just fine.

They have gasoline models now also.

http://www.drpower.com/inquiry/log-s...FQiQaQodbLkAxA
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Thanks, but I forgot to me mention that I'm looking for a gas model. The two locations where we'll be splitting are very remote so I'd have to lug around a generator to use an electric.
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That's exactly what I'd like to have but not in the budget for something that'll get used 3-4 times per year.
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I got a 27 ton Troy Built with the Honda engine a couple years ago and it has split anything I have put in it.
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No need to over think it..



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How many logs per gallon
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Don't backup into that one!!!!!!!!!
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Another vote for the Troy Bilt with the Honda. Mine is 4 or 5 years old, starts every time, and has been trouble-free. I split some gnarly hardwoods, and it just walks through them. The stell-wrapped hydraulic lines are a nice touch.
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Look at the northern tool models. I have had the 37 ton model with the 9 hp Honda and it has been flawless for four years now. I average splitting about 12-14 cords a year.
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i am using a Timberwolf TW-5 with a 4 way wedge, table and log lifter. Those three things are nice but expensive extras and it is an overbuilt unit for my purposes but once you use one like that it is hard to go back...

Some guys like a splitter they can use vertically as it saves lifting the logs ( if you don't have a lifter). Those splitters push the wedge . Something to consider....
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Definetly get one that can split both vertical and horizontally. I cut down a maple last year and rented a 27 ton Craftsman. Logs up to 30 inches no problem at all. My neighbor cut down an old growth oak this yr and gave me all the wood I wanted. The 27 ton was not available so I took the 22ton. Definetly not enough splitter for the job. I had to use a sledge hammer to persuade the splitter on any log over 20 inches. 3 cords took me 2 days.
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Originally Posted by Shag View Post
I got a 27 ton Troy Built with the Honda engine a couple years ago and it has split anything I have put in it.
I have this one as well. It is spectacular.
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A lot of guys like the County line from Tractor Supply. It usually goes on sale. It has the Kohler Courage engine.


If that Troy Bilt has a GC honda, skip it. If it is the GX, it is fine.
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timberwolf I have sold many and they are HD and hold the value! The TW1 is an entry unit and has the Honda motor
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A lot of guys like the County line from Tractor Supply. It usually goes on sale. It has the Kohler Courage engine.


If that Troy Bilt has a GC honda, skip it. If it is the GX, it is fine.
I saw one of those GC motors on a $999.00 Menards splitter and figured something was up since the Honda's (GX) seem to go for a premium.
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I saw one of those GC motors on a $999.00 Menards splitter and figured something was up since the Honda's (GX) seem to go for a premium.
GC is their residential model. It is junk. Plastic cam shafts. A weird cheap timing belt. etc. The good reputation Honda has is because of the GX/commercial models.

Fun fact, all those cheap Chinese engines are based on the GX. Apparently Honda abandoned a factory and left the tooling. Chinese started pumping them out.
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What IS your budget? Can't suggest anything until we know that. Put Stabil in non ethanol gas every time and any engine will work a long time. I have the 31 ton northern tool with 5 HP Honda GX going on 7 years. Turn the gas off, run it dry and keep the tank slam full of gas.
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