A manual log splitter is a helpful tool for people who gather and chop logs into smaller sizes, usually to be used as firewood. If you live in a cold climate area and you regularly need to collect firewood for your furnace or fireplace, you might consider getting a manual log splitter.
A manual splitter can ease the heavy work of chopping wood with an axe. It also cuts the time of cutting your firewood, increasing your yield at a same given time. The tool does most of the work and requires the user less effort while providing a little exercise, which is not bad at all. The time and effort saving qualities of a log splitter produces more and better results while requiring less from the user.
Generally, manual log splitters come in two types: hand-operated and foot-operated.
Hand-operated splitters cut logs through its sharp wedge on its end. The sharp wedge is pushed down the center of the log in order to split it. Some hand-operated log splitters need to be operated with both hands. This provides more strength, but the log to be split needs to be held in one way or another to avoid it from moving. As an alternative, there are manual log splitters equipped with a single pump lever so you can hold the log in one hand while operating the splitter with the other.
Foot-operated splitters, on the other hand, are becoming popular because of their better functionality compared to a hand-operated one. Pumping the splitter with your foot brings a lot more muscle power and splits the log more effectively. Your hands are also free to place the log snugly against the wedge before you pump the splitter with your foot and cut the log.
A manual log splitter has a number of advantages compared to an electric one. Consider a manual splitter if the following qualities fit your needs.
A manual log splitter needs no electricity or fuel to run. This eliminates the cost of electricity and fuel every time you cut logs. It only needs physical effort and provides you a good form of exercise each time you collect firewood. It is ideal if you usually need just a few logs for the home fireplace or the campfire. It does not have cumbersome wires and motors, instead, it is lightweight and perfect for carrying with you to camping trips and other outdoor activities. It is practically noiseless and requires only a small space for storage.
A manual log splitter is the most practical choice for light wood-splitting jobs intended for personal and home use. It will definitely get the job done without the added expense for energy and fuel and makes the job easier than using traditional axes in chopping your firewood. Just always take safety precautions while using your splitter. Follow the user's manual carefully, choose the right spot for the job, and always wear necessary protective gear.