Choosing a log splitter

There are many factors to consider when choosing a log splitter, and many options to choose from. Hopefully this guide will help you narrow the choice down, though you are always welcome to call a member of our sales team on 0161 850 1011 and they will be happy to help and advise on which machine will work best for you.

There are 2 main types of log splitter,

Vertical splitters and Horizontal splitters.

We do also offer machines that can be used in both orientations, Combination splitters.

Vertical splitters are generally preferred for splitting rings of timber, as they often have a working table at waist height meaning they are comfortable to use such as the A11V and C85V
We also offer vertical splitters with removable tables that are able to split much longer lengths of timber for billeting, but can also be used at waist height with the table installed such as the PRO Vertical range.

Horizontal splitters are generally preferred for billeting longer lengths of timber, but again can be used to split timber rings. We can offer splitting lengths up to 3m to billet cordwood for example to put through a processor.
We can offer horizontal splitters with a vast array of options, including timber loaders, hydraulic 2-4 way knives, and remote control. The PRO Horizontal splitter range are positioned at waist height and offer a streamlined approach for billeting, where as the Standard range offer more options and Larger sizes for more custom applications

Choosing the power of the log splitter you require is always a tricky decision. In most cases the more powerful the better, but you also need to consider the weight and size of the splitter to avoid getting one that is too big!
The power you need depends on 3 things, the type of wood you are splitting (hardwood/softwood) and how knotty it is, the diameter of the timber, and also the length of the timber you are splitting.

Use the following as a general rule. of course smaller splitters can do bigger timber, but it will be more time consuming.

6 ton – up to 15cm diameter
8 ton – up to 25cm diameter
10 ton – up to 30cm diameter
12 ton – up to 35cm diameter
14 ton – up to 40cm diameter
16 ton – up to 45cm diameter
20 ton – up to 60cm diameter
25 ton – up to 75 cm diameter

Upwards in terms of power from here will split much larger timber and can be used to split large timber into multiple pieces through a 4 or 6 way knife.

The use of 4 way and 6 way knives is primarily for use on straight grained timber, and normally on timber small enough for the knife to split the log into 4 or 6 equal parts.

In our range we offer a variety of power sources.

Electric splitters (EM & ET) are great due to their quiet operation and clean running motors, you need to be careful in considering if you have a suitable electrical supply. The smaller splitters will run off a domestic 3 pin plug, but will only run on a limited length of extension lead. Some of the splitters need a 16 amp supply, where as the largest splitters are only available with a 3 phase electric motor.

Petrol and diesel splitters (SB and SD) are ideal where there is no other power source available, and are particularly advantageous on the smaller splitters as they are completely portable for site work. It is worth noting that on the larger splitters you are limited by the power of the petrol engine, so this can make them a bit slower than the same splitter on a tractor PTO drive for example.

Tractor PTO splitters (C) are an excellent choice if you have a suitable tractor available. Due to the power available from the tractor they are much faster than the same splitter with a petrol or electric motor. The PTO driven splitters purely require a shaft drive from the tractor, and are fully self contained. The PTO driven splitters all have 3 point linkage mounting so even the large heavy models can be moved easily by the tractor.

Tractor hydraulic plug in splitters (PI) use the tractors on board hydraulics to power the splitter. As they have no power source of their own they are generally the cheapest option in the range. The performance of the splitter is entirely dependant on the hydraulic output of the tractor, so aren’t ideal for older tractor with limited pressure and flow. The more flow the faster the splitter will operate, and the hydraulic pressure affects the tonnage of the splitter.