What to Consider When Shopping for Gas Log Splitters
Splitting wood is a laborious activity. If you're looking for an easier way to do it, log splitters are definitely the way to go. There are a lot of options when it comes to log splitters, so paying attention to what you're choosing is important.
Log splitters come in many different sizes, dependent on the application you may need them for. The two main types are electric powered and gasoline powered. Both can offer an electric start to get you splitting your wood quickly and efficiently. Here are things to consider when choosing a log splitter:
- Power, the amount of force that can be exerted when splitting a log
- The size of the log you plan to split
- The splitting orientation
Gas log splitters are overall more heavy duty than electric log splitters. These are ideal for working with a lot of wood, especially hardwood, and doing so often. There are three main types of gas log splitters:
- Consumer grade - typically the lowest amount of power at 8-16 tons of force
- Prosumer grade - a mid-level, mid-power option at 20-29 tons of force
- Professional grade - the highest power option, typically used by professional wood splitters exerting over 30 tons of force
Depending on the amount of wood you split and how often, the consumer and prosumer grade options are likely best. In all cases, gas log splitters are moveable and are not dependent on an electrical outlet. Refurbished log splitters are also available and these are generally a good way to purchase one. While refurbished, the motor and hydraulic portions are easily replaceable or repairable and the ram can be sharpened to ensure proper splitting.Log size considerations
Different sizes of log splitters are designed to handle different sizes of logs. Typically, log splitters with less power can handle smaller logs. While you can cut a log to any size, you can match the log size that the splitter can handle with your purpose, for example the log size your fireplace can handle. This makes stacking and working with firewood easier. Logs over 12 inches in diameter and longer than 20 inches typically require a gas log splitter.Portability and splitting orientation
Gas log splitters are advantageous as they are mobile and not dependent on a wall outlet. However, the portability and longevity of use in remote settings is dependent on the amount of gas the device can hold. Once at your work site, gas log splitters are easy to move.
Additionally, when you're working with the larger logs that gasoline wood splitters can handle, the splitting orientation and conversion between them is important. Horizontal splitting requires the log to be lifted and put into place, which can be burdensome and tiring. Vertical splitting orientations requires little or no lifting, and the logs can be rolled into place. Some models can switch between the two splitting modes.