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Looking For Log Splitters For Sale?

Updated on August 8, 2013

Do You Need To Buy A Log Splitter?

If you are looking for log splitters for sale, this article will help you to make the right choice and could save you time and money in the long run.

With winter approaching and the need for a supply of logs, you can save a great deal of precious time and effort with a good log splitter provided you do a little research and buy the right sort for your use.

Choosing the electric type of log splitter would probably be the ideal choice for splitting enough logs for your own requirements. There are a couple of downsides to choosing an electric model - you are limited to whereabouts you could use them as you need to be able to plug them in and also, for bigger quantities of logs, they do not have as much power as the ones that run on petrol. However, the fact that these run on an electric motor means that they are not only easy to work with but that they also need very little maintenance. There is no preparation to do other than plugging the machine in before you start!

When you have to be able to use your machine away from a power supply or have such a large quantity of logs to split that you need more power, you would be better advised to choose a gas powered (petrol) log splitter.

An Electric Log Splitter in Operation

Vertical or Horizontal Log Splitter

There are two main modes of operation for log splitters, they either work horizontally, or vertically. The horizontal type of splitter has a cradle into which you place the log and the hydraulic ram drives the wedge through the wood, dividing it into two pieces. When you use the vertical type, you do not need to lift a log into a cradle, you just position in underneath the wedge which is driven from top to bottom to split the wood for you.

You can choose either a vertical or a horizontal log splitter or some machines are designed to enable them to be used either way.

Electric Log Splitters from

Which Type of Wedge or Blade is Best?

The wedge which gives the log splitter its name is a vital piece of the machine. You might also find a wedge referred to as a blade but the two terms are interchangeable. A wedge that splits each piece of wood into two is the most usual sort supplied with machines intended for home use. A way of speeding up the log splitting operation is to use a wedge that splits every log four ways. This X shaped wedge can be offered as an alternative or an optional extra for many domestic log splitters.

The wedge which splits the log for you is driven by means of the machine's hydraulics which drive a powerful ram. Look for a model with a power of 3 to 5 tons as this is an indication of the force the ram exerts on the wedge when driving it through the wood, this is a good size for home use. Petrol models are generally much more powerful and have a much higher figure for the number of tons.

Making the Decision - Gas or Electric Powered Log Splitter?

You should now be able to decide whether you are looking for gas powered or electric when you go searching for log splitters for sale. You should also be in a position to decide whether you prefer the horizontal or vertical type and whether splitting logs into two is going to be speedy enough for you or whether you want to get a wedge that can split each log four ways.

Take a look at the electric log splitters or gas log splitters for sale on - you will find that many are available at great discounts and you could save yourself a lot of money! If you live in the UK, please visit my site Best Petrol Hedge Trimmer which is a review and information site for garden machinery - I have just done a review of what I think is one of the best electric log splitters for sale, the Logmaster Log Splitter (which is the one featured in the video on this page).


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    • Alison Graham profile image

      Alison Graham 5 years ago from UK

      Hi Leni - I empathise with you! Always good to have a plan and glad you liked the hub!

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      Leni Sands 5 years ago from UK

      Great information! We simply use an axe and a sledgehammer - hard work but OK. One day we will buy a splitter - when we have built the garage, finished off the drive, the house, finished renovating the other two houses and finally retired (lol). Thanks for writing this hub I have book marked it for a later date.

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      Alison Graham 5 years ago from UK

      Thanks Jo, glad to hear you found it useful.

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      jo miller 5 years ago from Tennessee

      Great hub. Just the information I was looking for.

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