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100 Ways to Split Firewood  Best Cleaver, Saw and Log Splitter Compilation
100 Ways to Split Firewood Best Cleaver, Saw and Log Splitter Compilation
Published: 2016/12/08
Channel: Epic Machines
Log Splitter Attachment You Must Have!
Log Splitter Attachment You Must Have!
Published: 2017/09/06
Channel: Taras Kul
Titan log splitter REVIEW and DEMO (TTB685LSP) 1.5kw Electric Wood splitter
Titan log splitter REVIEW and DEMO (TTB685LSP) 1.5kw Electric Wood splitter
Published: 2017/02/17
Channel: POUSE around the HOUSE
Harbor Freight 10 ton manual log splitter review
Harbor Freight 10 ton manual log splitter review
Published: 2014/03/07
Channel: Fernbark Frist
Bell
Bell's Super Log Splitter
Published: 2014/10/27
Channel: BellsMachining
Splitz-All Log Splitter
Splitz-All Log Splitter
Published: 2018/02/17
Channel: Taras Kul
Amazing Extreme Wood Splitter Machine Technology - Log Splitter Excavator Modern #HD720p
Amazing Extreme Wood Splitter Machine Technology - Log Splitter Excavator Modern #HD720p
Published: 2017/12/06
Channel: SaKa01
harbor freight 20 ton Log Splitter #61594
harbor freight 20 ton Log Splitter #61594
Published: 2014/11/04
Channel: Sweet Pig Farm
Log splitter Upgrades
Log splitter Upgrades
Published: 2015/02/03
Channel: CTSCAPER
#125 A MUST HAVE For Your Log Splitter!
#125 A MUST HAVE For Your Log Splitter!
Published: 2018/02/14
Channel: Outdoors With The Morgans
BEST Log Splitter for Home | Timberwolf TW P1
BEST Log Splitter for Home | Timberwolf TW P1
Published: 2013/12/23
Channel: CTSCAPER
Home built log splitter New Zealand
Home built log splitter New Zealand
Published: 2014/10/29
Channel: leon snoeck
Manual Log Splitter made from steel off-cuts and car spring.
Manual Log Splitter made from steel off-cuts and car spring.
Published: 2015/08/30
Channel: Greg Cordeaux
Foot Log Splitter
Foot Log Splitter
Published: 2017/11/06
Channel: Taras Kul
Yardworks 4-ton Log Splitter Update
Yardworks 4-ton Log Splitter Update
Published: 2013/09/29
Channel: GoGreenPM
My Stickler Wood Splitter
My Stickler Wood Splitter
Published: 2013/09/02
Channel: mikelbonilla78
This hydraulic log-splitter cuts wood with ease
This hydraulic log-splitter cuts wood with ease
Published: 2017/09/19
Channel: Business Insider UK
Slide Hammer Log Splitter
Slide Hammer Log Splitter
Published: 2017/08/21
Channel: Taras Kul
Kinetic log splitter 2016
Kinetic log splitter 2016
Published: 2016/02/03
Channel: Gary Gilmore
Harbor Freight Predator 20 Ton Log Splitter Review
Harbor Freight Predator 20 Ton Log Splitter Review
Published: 2015/09/05
Channel: joe hanna
Screw log splitter
Screw log splitter
Published: 2017/02/05
Channel: Make it Extreme
Log Splitter Build - Six Way Wedge
Log Splitter Build - Six Way Wedge
Published: 2017/03/27
Channel: REDNIC79
World Amazing Modern Log Splitter, Chainsaw, Circular Saw Intelligent Technology Chopping Wood
World Amazing Modern Log Splitter, Chainsaw, Circular Saw Intelligent Technology Chopping Wood
Published: 2017/08/03
Channel: Epic Machines
Huskee 22 Ton Log Splitter Review
Huskee 22 Ton Log Splitter Review
Published: 2016/10/14
Channel: American-Outdoors.net
DIY Log Splitter
DIY Log Splitter
Published: 2016/07/06
Channel: Roberto Correia
Homelite 5-ton Electric Log Splitter Review - 25 in Oak Log
Homelite 5-ton Electric Log Splitter Review - 25 in Oak Log
Published: 2017/07/03
Channel: Cody Thompson
How to Split Logs for Firewood - This Old House
How to Split Logs for Firewood - This Old House
Published: 2015/12/18
Channel: This Old House
45 Ton Log Splitter
45 Ton Log Splitter
Published: 2017/07/28
Channel: Prairie Farm Report
How I built my cheap hydraulic log splitter (Under $200) - Homemade log splitter
How I built my cheap hydraulic log splitter (Under $200) - Homemade log splitter
Published: 2011/11/25
Channel: The Ammo Channel
Unicorn Log Splitter
Unicorn Log Splitter
Published: 2009/01/18
Channel: Clay Slevin
Troy built 27 ton log splitter
Troy built 27 ton log splitter
Published: 2014/06/07
Channel: Guy Brown
Primitive Technology vs Mega Machines Cleaver, Saw, Log Splitter and Sawmill Unusual Woodwork
Primitive Technology vs Mega Machines Cleaver, Saw, Log Splitter and Sawmill Unusual Woodwork
Published: 2017/01/09
Channel: RC Crash World
YARDMAX Half Beam Log Splitter Vs Full Beam 35 Ton
YARDMAX Half Beam Log Splitter Vs Full Beam 35 Ton
Published: 2017/04/22
Channel: WorkshopAddict
Oregon Kinetic Log Splitter
Oregon Kinetic Log Splitter
Published: 2016/06/13
Channel: Oregon Products
Homemade Log splitter part 1
Homemade Log splitter part 1
Published: 2017/01/09
Channel: Mike festiva
Manual Log Splitter
Manual Log Splitter
Published: 2017/01/01
Channel: Brad Fink
How to Build a 30 Ton Log Splitter Part 1
How to Build a 30 Ton Log Splitter Part 1
Published: 2017/05/27
Channel: homesteadprepper
Champion 27-Ton Horizontal/Vertical Full Beam Gas Log Splitter with Auto Return (Overview 100424)
Champion 27-Ton Horizontal/Vertical Full Beam Gas Log Splitter with Auto Return (Overview 100424)
Published: 2017/11/09
Channel: Champion Power Equipment
WORLDS FASTEST LOGSPLITTER
WORLDS FASTEST LOGSPLITTER
Published: 2007/10/10
Channel: spoolinaround
Electric log splitter stand
Electric log splitter stand
Published: 2017/06/23
Channel: Matthias Wandel
42 Ton Log Splitter with 4 way wedge and hydraulic lift
42 Ton Log Splitter with 4 way wedge and hydraulic lift
Published: 2014/05/19
Channel: Oneilljf19
Split Off! DR RapidFire vs. 34-Ton Hydraulic Wood Log Splitter
Split Off! DR RapidFire vs. 34-Ton Hydraulic Wood Log Splitter
Published: 2011/08/19
Channel: DRPowerEquipment
Handyman Corner - Log Splitter
Handyman Corner - Log Splitter
Published: 2017/06/29
Channel: Rick Green
Worlds coolest logsplitter
Worlds coolest logsplitter
Published: 2009/05/09
Channel: Praetorian27
EC5T20 5 Ton Electric Log Splitter
EC5T20 5 Ton Electric Log Splitter
Published: 2013/10/28
Channel: bossind1864
Rugged Made Log Splitter Review
Rugged Made Log Splitter Review
Published: 2017/08/22
Channel: CG&M Timber Products
WORLDS FASTEST LOG SPLITTER EPIC FAILS COMPILATION AND INJURIES!!!
WORLDS FASTEST LOG SPLITTER EPIC FAILS COMPILATION AND INJURIES!!!
Published: 2014/02/03
Channel: ToThePointVideos
How the DR Rapid Fire Log Splitter Works
How the DR Rapid Fire Log Splitter Works
Published: 2016/02/11
Channel: DRPowerEquipment
Timberwolf Log Splitters
Timberwolf Log Splitters
Published: 2013/02/14
Channel: Timberwolf Firewood Processing Equipment
FASTEST Hydraulic Log Splitter Eastonmade ULTRA
FASTEST Hydraulic Log Splitter Eastonmade ULTRA
Published: 2017/09/03
Channel: Andrew Easton
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A woman using a gas powered log splitter to split firewood.

A log splitter is a piece of machinery or equipment used for splitting firewood from softwood or hardwood logs that have been pre-cut into sections (rounds), usually by chainsaw or on a saw bench. Many log splitters consist of a hydraulic or electrical rod and piston assembly and these are often rated by the tons of force they can generate. The higher the pressure rating, the greater the thickness or length of the rounds that can be split. The log splitter consists of all four major hydraulic components.

Most log splitter models for home use have a rating around 10 tons, but professional hydraulic models may exert 30 tons of force or more. There are also manual log splitters, which use mechanical leverage to force logs through a sharpened blade assembly and screw or 'corkscrew' types that are driven directly from an agricultural tractor's power take-off shaft where the splitter is mounted on the three point linkage.

Power source[edit]

A Croco log splitter attached to a Kobelco excavator in Jyväskylä, Finland.

A simple log splitter may be powered by an electric motor driving a hydraulic pump or by gasoline or diesel engine with or without a tractor. The non-electric versions can be used remotely where the splitter can be moved to the location of the cut wood source. Split logs can then be loaded into trucks, trailers or bulk bags.

No matter what the power source, a log splitter either uses a hydraulic piston to drive the log through a stationary blade or a rotating cone shaped screw mandrel that pulls the log up over a wedge. Some models have attachments that prevent the split logs from falling to the ground allowing the operator to reposition the logs quickly for a second pass on the log splitter. Some cone or screw splitters are mounted on steel platforms mounted on a 3-point linkage that allow the log to be repeatedly split into smaller pieces without putting the wood down and up again.

Uses[edit]

Although smaller firewood splitters are intended for home, there are now many commercial units available. Some commercial splitters are part of a 'firewood processor' that saw logs of timber into lengths, split them, and then carry the wood up an inclined conveyor onto a pile or into a bag, truck or trailer. Specialty producers such as those producing maple syrup use units that split 4 foot lengths. Machines that split and point wood for fence post also exist though they are few in number as it is generally safer and more convenient to saw the posts.

The rising cost of domestic heating gas oil has reawakened a desire for alternative fuel sources and burning wood is carbon neutral. Modern wood burning stoves are efficient and safe. Many consumers that would not have considered splitting their own logs a few years ago are now burning wood fuel for both ecological and economical reasons.

Safety[edit]

Video of a vintage steam-powered log splitter in Germany

Although a good log splitter can save the operator hours of labor, it is not possible to make it completely safe. Only trained adults should operate a log splitter, since anything caught between the log and the splitting blade will receive at least 10 tons of pressure. Most hydraulic machines now have 'two handed operation' for safety which means that both of the operator's hands are needed to actuate the splitter thus keeping them out of the way of the moving blade.

The behavior of each log can not be predicted, so a safety zone should be established around the splitter to prevent injury from flying splinters of wood. Helpers can pick up the individual pieces of firewood, but should not stand near the log splitter while it is in operation.

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