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Amazing Wood Cutting Machines - Log Splitter
Amazing Wood Cutting Machines - Log Splitter
Published: 2016/05/26
Channel: TRAMBOLINO
Harbor Freight 10 ton manual log splitter review
Harbor Freight 10 ton manual log splitter review
Published: 2014/03/07
Channel: Fernbark Frist
Electric log splitter stand
Electric log splitter stand
Published: 2017/06/23
Channel: Matthias Wandel
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
Bell
Bell's Super Log Splitter
Published: 2014/10/27
Channel: BellsMachining
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
Log Splitter Build - Six Way Wedge
Log Splitter Build - Six Way Wedge
Published: 2017/03/27
Channel: REDNIC79
What makes life easier - Log Splitter Chainsaw Circular Saw New Technologies Chopping Wood Excavator
What makes life easier - Log Splitter Chainsaw Circular Saw New Technologies Chopping Wood Excavator
Published: 2017/06/09
Channel: Epic Machines
Kinetic log splitter 2016
Kinetic log splitter 2016
Published: 2016/02/03
Channel: Gary Gilmore
BEST Log Splitter for Home | Timberwolf TW P1
BEST Log Splitter for Home | Timberwolf TW P1
Published: 2013/12/23
Channel: CTSCAPER
My Stickler Wood Splitter
My Stickler Wood Splitter
Published: 2013/09/02
Channel: mikelbonilla78
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
GB28T25 28 Ton Gas Log Splitter
GB28T25 28 Ton Gas Log Splitter
Published: 2013/10/28
Channel: bossind1864
Huge Wood Splitter - 200 Ton
Huge Wood Splitter - 200 Ton
Published: 2013/02/09
Channel: Adam Brady
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
Harbor Freight Predator 20 Ton Log Splitter Review
Harbor Freight Predator 20 Ton Log Splitter Review
Published: 2015/09/05
Channel: joe hanna
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
What makes life easier! Log Splitter Chainsaw Circular Saw New Wood Chopping Intelligent Technology
What makes life easier! Log Splitter Chainsaw Circular Saw New Wood Chopping Intelligent Technology
Published: 2017/04/15
Channel: Epic Smash Disaster
Amazing Log Splitter, Chainsaw, Circular Saw  New Technologies Chopping Wood
Amazing Log Splitter, Chainsaw, Circular Saw New Technologies Chopping Wood
Published: 2016/12/03
Channel: TIME MACHINE
Log Splitter: The New FS300 Firewood Splitter from Wood-Mizer
Log Splitter: The New FS300 Firewood Splitter from Wood-Mizer
Published: 2016/12/08
Channel: Wood-Mizer Portable Sawmills
Oregon Kinetic Log Splitter
Oregon Kinetic Log Splitter
Published: 2016/06/13
Channel: OregonProducts
Timberwolf Log Splitters
Timberwolf Log Splitters
Published: 2013/02/14
Channel: TimberwolfCorp
Screw log splitter
Screw log splitter
Published: 2017/02/05
Channel: Make it Extreme
Troy built 27 ton log splitter
Troy built 27 ton log splitter
Published: 2014/06/07
Channel: Encompass Group
A 1 Horse Power Log Splitter
A 1 Horse Power Log Splitter
Published: 2013/10/01
Channel: Caver Rick
Unicorn Log Splitter
Unicorn Log Splitter
Published: 2009/01/18
Channel: Clay Slevin
Harbor Freight 7 Ton Log Splitter
Harbor Freight 7 Ton Log Splitter
Published: 2014/11/16
Channel: Matt Heere
Log Splitter Was a Fail
Log Splitter Was a Fail
Published: 2016/06/24
Channel: Bullshitkorner
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
Home built log splitter New Zealand
Home built log splitter New Zealand
Published: 2014/10/29
Channel: leon snoeck
DIY Log Splitter
DIY Log Splitter
Published: 2016/07/06
Channel: Roberto Correia
WORLDS FASTEST LOGSPLITTER
WORLDS FASTEST LOGSPLITTER
Published: 2007/10/10
Channel: spoolinaround
Wolfe Ridge MFG 28 ton log splitter demo
Wolfe Ridge MFG 28 ton log splitter demo
Published: 2015/11/15
Channel: Chris Wolfe
ONE BAD LOG SPLITTER!!!
ONE BAD LOG SPLITTER!!!
Published: 2017/01/01
Channel: That Chipper Guy
Homemade log splitter
Homemade log splitter
Published: 2016/04/02
Channel: acdriec
Australian Made Hydraulic Log Splitter - WS4150 Aussie Chopper
Australian Made Hydraulic Log Splitter - WS4150 Aussie Chopper
Published: 2014/05/03
Channel: whitlandsengineering
Log Splitters
Log Splitters
Published: 2008/10/10
Channel: Ask the Builder
Dirty Hand Tools 22 Ton Log Splitter
Dirty Hand Tools 22 Ton Log Splitter
Published: 2015/08/15
Channel: x01e
YARDMAX 35 Ton Log Splitter With Briggs and Stratton Motor
YARDMAX 35 Ton Log Splitter With Briggs and Stratton Motor
Published: 2016/10/07
Channel: Tools In Action
Titan-pro log splitter test
Titan-pro log splitter test
Published: 2013/06/17
Channel: Freethought Police
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
Oregon 28 ton Log Splitter in Australia
Oregon 28 ton Log Splitter in Australia
Published: 2016/11/14
Channel: Mike Rudd
RaMeC LogSplitter - Y Raunisto Oy
RaMeC LogSplitter - Y Raunisto Oy
Published: 2012/09/03
Channel: CrocoFinland
Homemade Log splitter part 1
Homemade Log splitter part 1
Published: 2017/01/09
Channel: Mike festiva
Log Splitter - Kinetic 30 Ton - Black Diamond
Log Splitter - Kinetic 30 Ton - Black Diamond
Published: 2017/04/08
Channel: GoodsDirect2U
Ariens 917001 - 27 Ton Horizontal / Vertical Gas Log Splitter - Real User Review & How To
Ariens 917001 - 27 Ton Horizontal / Vertical Gas Log Splitter - Real User Review & How To
Published: 2012/05/21
Channel: ToolSELECT.com
SUPERSPLIT VS. TIMBERWOLF TW-5 log splitter
SUPERSPLIT VS. TIMBERWOLF TW-5 log splitter
Published: 2012/12/09
Channel: cucvs
How the DR Rapid Fire Log Splitter Works
How the DR Rapid Fire Log Splitter Works
Published: 2016/02/11
Channel: DRPowerEquipment
Log Splitters Australia
Log Splitters Australia
Published: 2015/05/29
Channel: Log Splitters Australia
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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 25 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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