Log splitters make processing firewood far easier than swinging an axe. Save your back and time by investing in a good quality log splitter. Log splitters also allow you to cut logs of a similar size making stacking woodpiles and burning far more efficient. There are some excellent log splitters on the market, so it’s a good idea to explore your choices.

Looking for a Log Splitter?

If you’re looking for the right log splitter there are a few very important considerations:

  • Power:
    Log splitters are available in electric, hydraulic (petrol) and hydraulic (3-point linkage) models. Although electric log splitters are far cheaper than hydraulic models. They generally have half the power of a hydraulic machine. Electric log splitters are therefore not suitable for hard or “green” timbers. Hydraulic splitters offer more “grunt”; the HP rating and the tonnage determine the Petrol Splitter’s power, the 3-pt Linkage Splitters capacity is determined by your tractor’s hydraulics.
  • Onsite needs:
    The splitter you decide to purchase might be determined by a number of on-site factors. Such as: Do you own a tractor with hydraulics? Are you happy to have the splitter working close to home or a shed (i.e. assessable to a power outlet)? Or do you need the splitter to access remote areas? 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. 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.
  • Safety and splitter ratings:
    One concerning trend in the current 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. Don’t assume because it is sold in Australia that the product is compliant.
  • Ease of operation:
    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.