There are a number of different types of log splitters that are available for purchase. It largely depends upon the fuel form that is used. If you are located in a location which is remote, the best choice is probably a manual splitter. If you are located near an outlet, an electric splitter would be beneficial. In order to ensure the utmost portability in large projects, a gas hydraulic splitter is probably the best choice. The process of purchasing a log splitter can be quite time consuming. Determining which one will work best for your needs and which one will have the longest life are just two of the questions that may arise. And, of course, up there among everyone's top priority is the amount of money that it will cost. The following are a series of tips that you should consider before buying a new or your first log splitter.
Are you splitting a lot of wood or a little pile? If you're going to keep splitting several cords of logs or wood every year, then you might want to go a little more heavy duty with your splitter choice. A 12 ton log splitter ought to do the trick if they are smaller logs and softer wood or a 20 ton or more might be a better fit for a big pile of unknown sized logs. The hardness of the wood should play a part in your decision too – it's not just the size of the log or the pile of logs that matters. For harder woods it is best to go with a higher tonnage log splitter.
Are log splitters portable? For the most portability between neighbors or family members, almost any log splitter comes with wheels or some way to transport it. The smaller log splitters you can simply lift into the back of a truck or vehicle while the larger wood splitter can be towed behind a four-wheeler or a truck if you have the right hitch and ball available. There are portable log splitters these days.
What kind should I get? There are a variety of available log splitter types on the market today. It really depends on the type of 'fuel' you have available. If you're in a remote location or you plan to camp with this splitter, then manual log splitters are probably right for you. If you're near an electric outlet, then an electric log splitter might be right. For the ultimate in portability and big projects, the gas hydraulic log splitter is a good fit.
How much money should I spend? In the splitter industry, the old adage applies: the price is equivalent to the quality of the product. Some manual splitters run $100 to $200, but they are hard to handle and break easily. I suggest looking in the price range to ensure good quality and strong ability to break the logs or wood you have laying around.