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How To Choose A Hydraulic Log Splitter
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How To Choose A Hydraulic Log Splitter

posted in Hydraulic Components by Flowfit on 13:10 Mar 4th, 2015<< Back to Hydraulic Components

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Anyone who has been manually chopping up wood with an axe will realise how labour intensive it is. Necessity is the mother of invention and, in this case, the answer was the hydraulic log splitter. Here, we’ve put together this guide on how to choose the right log splitter for your needs.

Using A Hydraulic Log Splitter

Log splitters can save you valuable time and limit physical exertion; especially if you have a lot of wood that requires cutting. Unlike axes, hydraulic log splitters use strength, not speed, to safely and effectively split wooden logs.

How do they do this? A wedge is gradually rammed against the log. The force exerted from the wedge gradually splits the wood in half. A log splitter’s force is measured in tonnes. The higher the tonnage, the wider and harder the logs the machine can split.

You may be considering using a chainsaw in conjunction with one of these machines. Indeed, the entire process goes a lot quicker and smoother when you combine the cutting power of a traditional chainsaw with the capabilities of a hydraulic log splitter. The chainsaw is used to cut the wood into manageable pieces then these are fed into the log splitter.

Log splitters are powered using two stage hydraulic pumps. The pump itself gets its power from some sort of engine; often petrol, diesel or an electric motor.

What Should I Be Looking Out For When Selecting A Log Splitter?

Firstly, you should be considering your budget. If you already have a suitable engine, then it may not be necessary to buy a full splitter. There are many types of hydraulic log splitter kits available, including those we sell at Flowfit. Many of these are adapted to work with Honda petrol engines and Loncin petrol engines, or with a Hatz diesel engine setup. These can be more affordable than purchasing whole new complete splitter.

You will also need to consider the hardness of the wood you plan on working with. Each wood species has its own unique properties in relation to hardness. Oak is probably the hardest hard wood you are likely to encounter in the UK and pine is amongst the hardest soft woods.

As mentioned earlier, the harder the wood the more tonnage of force is required to split it. If you are planning on working with these wood types, ensure the log splitter you’re after has the appropriate tonnage rating. The splitter kits we offer at Flowfit are available with a force rating up to 22.7 tonnes.

Width will also affect the tonnage required as well. The general rule of thumb will be the wider the wood, the more force required to split it. So, if the trees you’re dealing with are very wide, get yourself a more powerful log splitter!

So, in closing, it boils down to three key factors: price, wood width and wood hardness. A good idea is to stick with a powerful hydraulic log splitter. This way, you can be assured that it will be more than able to handle any wood you may need to split.

Hydraulic Log Splitter Kits And Accessories Available From Flowfit Today

As mentioned above, we have many hydraulic log splitter kits, components and accessories at Flowfit. Built and designed by some of the world’s leading manufacturers, you can be assured of the highest quality. We offer global delivery as well as free UK and EU postage and packaging on all our items. Order yours today!

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