Log splitter reviews – The best Log splitters compared

Log splitter reviews –  The best Log splitters compared

Log splitter reviews – The best Log splitters compared

BEST LOG SPLITTER - BUYERS GUIDE

After many hours of intensive research and testing, we think that the best log splitter for most people, is the Forest Master FM10 electric log splitter. After much debate, we came to this decision that 'electric power', was the best option for most home owners as they are quiet, very low maintenance and being electric they offer the best value for money.

After narrowing it down from down to only 7 models, the 'Forest Master FM10' came out on top. It produced a similar splitting force as larger, more expensive models, thanks to its 'duocut blade', it has one of the largest splitting diameters, capable of splitting logs up to 500mm and was one of the best priced log splitters on the market

New update for 2016 -. Forest Master now sell a petrol powered version of our 'Best Pick'. We don't have enough information, just yet as it's new to the market, buts its looking like it will be one of the best petrol log splitters for home use. You can see the new petrol models here

Forest master fm10 duocut log splitter

OUR BEST PICK

Forest Master FM10 - Electric Log Spitter

  • Extremly low maintainance and very easy to operate
  • Designed to spit logs from both ends for a better performance
  • Will split lots up to an impressive 500mm (which is double that, of similar priced models)
  • Max splitting length: 520mm
  •  Produces a splitting force of 5 tons, which thanks to it's patented 'Duocut blade', is comparable to 10 ton models
  • Complete with stand (with most models, this is an extra cost).

After more research, we didn't find any other log splitters that
that we through were worth testing. Our 'Best Pick' is sill the

Forest Master FM10 for the 3rd year running. 

Further down our article, we go into more depth about the different types of log splitters and which may be the best option for you.

BEST ELECTRIC LOG SPLITTERS

The table below can be used to compare 7 of the best electric log splitters (reduced from 20 we originally reviewed), all are proven, reliable models with excellent all round reviews online.

With 100's of reviews on amazon alone, you can be sure the models below are highly recommended and will not leave you disappointed.

ModelDuel ActionTons Of PressureMax. Splitting LengthMax. Splitting DiameterOur RatingMore Info
FM8 5T Log Splitter

No5 Tons370mm250mm4.7 StarsLearn More & Compare Prices
*BEST VALUE*
Handy 6 Ton Hydraulic Log Splitter

No7 Tons520mm250mm4.7 StarsLearn More & Compare Prices
*BEST PICK*
Forest Master FM10 5t

Yes5 Tons520mm500mm4.7 StarsLearn More & Compare Prices
7 Ton Hydraulic Logmaster

No7 Tons520mm250mm4.6 StarsLearn More & Compare Prices
Titan 7 Ton Hydraulic Log Splitter

No7 Tons520mm250mm4.6 StarsLearn More & Compare Prices
Forest Master 7 Ton

Yes7 Tons470mm500mm4.9 StarsLearn More & Compare Prices
Forest Mmaster fm16t
9tonlogsplitter
Yes8 Tons430mm600mm4.9 StarsLearn More & Compare Prices

How to compare electric models, to ensure you purchase one, that is right for you

Understanding what to compare when deciding which model is right for you is important, below are a few pointers to consider when comparing different electric log splitters.

  • Motor power WATT: A powerful motor ensures logs split with ease, and most log splitter's, have motors that are between 1960 watt and 2300 watt. Most are 2200 watt, which is more than enough power for splitting most sized logs.
  • Tons of pressure: The amount of pressure used to split logs (the more, the better). Most models are between 5 and 8 tons, if you split a few logs at the weekends, a 5 ton model should be sufficient for you. However, if you cut large amounts of logs, you would be better investing, in a slightly more expensive 7 or 8 ton model, that can handle the extra work load more effectively.
  • Dual action: Splits logs from both ends, this speeds up the process and makes it easier to split larger logs. All though not essential and models without this feature will split logs just fine, this will help split larger logs easier. Our 'Top Pick' has this feature.
  • Max splitting length: This is the maximum length of log that can be split, a longer splitting length may just mean less logs to cut to length, before putting them in the log splitter.
  • Max splitting diameter: This is probably, one of the most important considerations. If you have access to very large logs, some smaller models may not split them, if this is the case, you may want to invest in a model that has a larger splitting diameter of 500mm or 600mm.

Watch why an electric log splitter is probably the best choice for you

The log splitter in the video is the 'Forest Master FM10', which is the winner of our 'Best Pick'

Currently reduced by up to 20% on Amazon.co.uk - View sale price here

OUR BEST PICK

FOREST MASTER FM10 DUOCUT LOG SPLITTER

OUR BEST PICK Forest master fm10 duocut log splitter

The 'Forest Master FM10 DUOCUT Log Splitter' is powered by a powerful 2200 watt motor which produces 5 tons of splitting pressure. This is more than enough to split even the largest of logs. The powerful electric motor, combined with the 'Patented Duocut Blade', means it will split logs from both ends. Not only does splitting logs from both ends speed up splitting time, it also means that it can split logs up to 50mm in diameter. Because of this, the 'FM10' is comparable to larger 10 ton models, in terms of power and max splitting diameter and length. (To put things into prospective, most similar models with split logs up to 25mm, that is half of what this model can split)

  • Splitting ability comparable to a 10 ton, when used with Duocut blade
  • Comes complete with stand, no more bending down to load logs
  • Two handed operation, passes all important safety regulations
  • Maxium log length it can split - 52cm
  • Maxium splitting diameter - 50cm
  • Product weight: 47kg
  • The stand’s length adjusts up to 84cm and gives a working height of 73cm

Conclusion

The Forest Master FM10, is one of several models 'Forest Master' manufacture and I feel this model will be the best choice for most home users.

The DUOCUT blade, does a brilliant job, and is one of the features that 'sets it apart from other models', which are in the same price range. 

Because its capable of splitting logs up to 50mm (which is twice that of most other similar log splitters), and can take logs up to 52mm long, again this is just as long as even some of the larger log splitters, it offers excellent value for money, without compromising of performance or quality.

Overall this model cannot be faulted and is the best choice for most people looking to split logs at home.

It is so good we awarded it  'BEST PICK' log splitter 3 years running.


BEST ENTRY LEVEL MODEL

THE HANDY 6 TON ELECTRIC LOG SPLITTER

The handy 6 ton electric log splitter

The Handy 6 Ton Electric Log Splitter, is powered by a 230v, 2200 watt motor. It has a long 16 meter cable which gives you have plenty of length to work with. 

It will split logs up to 52cm long and can split logs up to 25cm in diameter, which is perfect for most home owners splitting a few logs at the weekend.

It also comes complete with stand.

  • Powered by a 6 Ton – 2200 Watt – 230 volts motor
  • Comes complete with stand, now bending down to load logs
  • CE APPROVED and two handed operation, passes all important safety regulations
  • Maxium log length it will split - 52cm
  • Maxium splitting diameter - 25cm
  • Product weight: 46.5kg

Conclusion

Overall it's an excellent log splitter and has over 100 fantastic reviews on Amazon to support this. Its perfect for home owners who have a few logs to split on the weekends.

The only negative point about this model, and this is only when compared to the Forest Master FM10. The maximum splitting diameter is 25cm, on the FM10 thanks to its 'duecut blade', its 50cm.

Taking this into consideration, whether this matters to you depends on the size of logs you need to split. Most people probably split logs no bigger than 25cm in diameter, if this case, 'The Handy Log Splitter' is still a great log splitter to consider when purchasing a log splitter for the first time.

Latest update (03/11/16) - The Handy Log Splitter, use to be slightly cheaper than our 'Best Pick', the Forest Master FM10. This meant it won a few more points for being slightly cheaper, however, recently we have noticed the Forest Master FM10 is on sale at a slightly lower price than 'The Handy Log Splitter'.

For this reason be sure you compare the prices between the two models. If the FM10 is cheaper, this is the best choice, if not the Handy is also a great alternative, but the FM10 does have the edge.


BEST HEAVY DUTY MODEL

FOREST MASTER 8 TON LOG SPLITTER

Forest Master FM16 log splitter

The 'Forest Master FM16 Log Splitter' is powered by a 2300 watt motor, that produces an impressive '8 tons of splitter pressure', this when combined with the 'Duocut blade', makes it comparable to a 16 ton log splitter.

It can be run in either single blade mode or twin blade mode. When in twin blade mode, it splits the logs from both end using the duocut blade that is attached to the other end of the log splitter.

When in single blade mode, it will split logs up to 52cm long with a diameter of 30cm. When you use the log splitter in twin blade mode, the maximum spitting length is reduced to 43cm, but the maximum diameter is increases to 60cm (24 inches), basically the splitting length is slightly smaller, but the splitting diameter is doubled.

Other improvements include, the two speed option, with the fasted doing a full stroke in only 5 seconds. 

This model is very heavy duty and is designed to be very sturdy and as such it weights 81kg.

  • Comes complete with heavy duty stand, this makes it easier to manover and reduced the need to bend down to load logs
  • Two handed operation puts safety first, passes all important safety regulations
  • 2 Speeds – Takes 5 seconds for one cycle
  • Maxium log length it can split - 52cm
  • Maxium splitting diameter - 60cm
  • Product weight: 81kg
  • CE approved Weather protected to IP54 15 second cycle time
  • Fitted with castors wheels for better manouverability
  • Supplied with a 3 year warranty for your extra peace of mind

Conclusion

The Forest Master FM16 Log Splitter is the largest log electric log splitter we have reviewed, its also the best, in terms if splitting power and versatility. 

At just under twice the price of our 'Best Pick', the FM10, its little brother, its also just over twice the weight, but has nearly twice the splitting power. To sum it up, your'e getting twice as much log splitter for your hard earned money.

Is it worth the extra cost?, if your looking for the very best electric log splitter, something that will split anything you put in front of it with ease, the short answer is yes. Its well made and is a real work horse.

This model is really for two types of people, the first is anyone who needs to split lots of logs daily and fast. This model will split logs  day after day, no problem.

This is also ideal for someone who has very large logs to split, up to 60cm in diameter.

Overall, if your serious about splitting logs, this would be a great investment. It also comes with 3 years warranty which often cannot be matched by other manufactures.

Latest Update 03/11/16 - Originally it came with a table as pictured above, to stand it on. It now comes with an improved, very heavy duty stand with added caster wheels on. Another great improvement which should make it easier to move around now.


BEST SMALL AFFORDABLE LOG SPLITTER

FOREST MASTER FM8 - 5 TON LOG SPLITTER

Forest Master FM8 entry model log splitter

The Forest Master FM8 is small entry level log splitter, designed with home owners with small fires and wood burning stoves in mind.

This small, but powerful log splitter, produces 5 tons of splitting power and can split logs up to 370mm long with a maximum diameter of 250mm.

The manufactures 'Forest Master' also state that it saves 50% on electricity, when compared to similar 2 lever electric log splitters.

  • 5 Ton log splitter - 3 pin uk plug
  • Ideal for home owners with small fires and wood burning stoves.
  • Two handed operation, puts safety first and passes all important safety regulations
  • Maxium log length it will split - 37cm
  • Maxium splitting diameter - 25cm
  • CE approved Weather protected to IP54
  • Product dimensions: Length 78cm x width 27cm
  • Product weight: 37kg

Conclusion

This Forest Master FM8 is the cheapest log splitter we have reviewed and at under £200 (at time of writing), it offers excellent value for money. Its a very popular model, and all though it lacks the size of some of the larger log splitters, its more than efficient for splitting most logs.

This model does not come with a stand, so you might want to make sure you have a table to put it on, a Black & Decker work station or similar is ideal for this id you all ready have one. You can buy the stand and the Forest Master Duocut blade as added extra, but this will cost you over £50. With this in mind, if your thinking of buying the extra stand and blade, then the Forest Master FM10 would be a more suitable choice and would save you some money, at the same time.

If your looking for a small log splitter to split a few small logs, then this is worth considering, the only downside is that it has a smaller maximum splitting diameter of 250mm, which is half that of the FM10 model which comes with the Duocut blade.


LOGMASTER 7 TON ELECTRIC LOG SPLITTER

Log Master 7 ton log splitter

This Logmaster 7 Ton Hydraulic Electric Log splitter produces 7 tons of splitting force and is powered by a 1960 watt - 230v motor. The maintenance free, heavy duty structure, ensures that it splits both seasoned and green wood with ease, which enables you to split wood at any time of year.

It features a self lubricating hydraulic ram which also has automatic return. Lastly it also has two very sturdy wheels which makes moving it around much easier.

  • 7 Ton heavy duty log splitter - 3 pin uk plug
  • Ideal for home owners who are looking for a real work horse.
  • Two handed operation ensures it safe to use.
  • Maxium log length it can split - 52cm
  • Maxium splitting diameter - 25cm
  • Comes with 2 years manufactures warranty for extra peace of mind
  • Product weight: 57kg
  • Product dimensions: 102 x 32 x 47cm

Conclusion

Another great log splitter, plenty of power and a very popular model on Amazon so its proven to stand the test of time.

This model does not come with a stand, for this reason it may be work making sure you have some sort of table to put it on, as its much easier to use off the ground. Saves wear and tear on your back, overall a great all round model that want dispoint.

Update 11/11/16: Log Master have now introduced new improved model. Its very similar with the added addition of a new duel splitting feature. You can view this new model here.

FOREST MASTER  7 TON HEAVY DUTY LOG SPLITTER

Log Master 7 ton log splitter with stand

This heavy duty log splitter by Forest Master, is powered by a 2200 watt motor which will easily split logs with a diameter up to 500mm and 470mm in length.

It produces 7 tons of splitting power and comes fitted with a duo cut blade, this enables it to split logs from both ends as we have mentioned on other similar Forest Master models.

Its fully compliant with the latest regulations and features, simultaneous button and lever operation ensure it cannot be used one handed.

This model is also fitted with a ram stop, this means it does not have to do a full cycle every time you insert a log, this speeds up the process a splitting logs.

Comes complete with a stand, reducing the need to bend down, to load logs into the machine which will reduce the possibility of you injuring your back.

  • 7 Ton heavy duty log splitter - 3 pin uk plug
  • Complete with stand, no more bending down
  • Comes with Forest Masters unique 'Duocut blade'
  • Simultaneous button and lever operation, putting safety first
  • Maxium log length it can split - 47cm
  • Maxium splitting diameter - 50cm
  • Product dimentions: Length 78cm x Width 27cm
  • Comes with 1 years manufactures warranty for your peace of mind

Conclusion

This model is very similar to our 'best pick' the Forest Master FM10, the advantage to this model, is that it's a slightly more, heavy duty model and as such, produces 7 tons of splitting pressure, our 'best pick' produces 5 tons. (2 tons less)

If you have a slightly larger budget and are looking for a slightly more powerful model, then this 7 ton Log Splitter would be a better choice for you.

Forest master fm10 duocut log splitter

OUR TOP PICK

Forest Master FM10 - Electric Log Spitter

  • Easy to use, very low maintainance
  • Splits logs from both ends with ease which increases speed and splitting power
  • Max splitting diameter: 500mm (double that of similar priced models)
  • Max splitting length: 520mm
  • Tons of pressure: 5 Tons (comparable to 10 ton models thanks to its patent Duocut blade)
  • Comes complete with stand (most models, this is an extra cost).

TOP 5 MANUAL LOG SPLITTERS

Best Manual Log Splitter

BEST MANUAL LOG SPLITTER

Charles Bentley 10 Ton Manual Log Splitter

Great for splitting logs at home and for lighter industrial use. Features a 2 speed hydraulic pump for fast efficient splitting.

  • Designed for splitting small and medium sizes logs easily and effortlessly 
  • Max splitting length: 450mm (17.7 inches)
  • Tons of pressure: 10 tons
  • 2 Speed, easy to operate by hand
  • Complete with 12 months warranty for peace of mind

Read our full review, further down the page

ModelProduct WeightPowered ByTons Of PressureMax. Splitting LengthRatingRead Review
*BEST ENTRY MODEL*
Sealey LS450H

9kgFoot1.2450mm4.3 StarsLearn More & Compare Prices
The Handy 8T
29kgFoot8584mm4.4 StarsLearn More & Compare Prices
*BEST PICK*
Bentley 10T

39kgHand10450mm4.4 StarsLearn More & Compare Prices
Sealey LS575VH

38kgFoot8575mm4.1 StarsLearn More & Compare Prices
Forest Master 10t

35kgFoot10510mm4.5 StarsLearn More & Compare Prices

Sealey ls450h manual log splitter review

BEST ENTRY LEVEL MANUAL MODEL

Sealey LS450H Manual Log Splitter

The Sealey LS450H manual log splitter is an affordable, entry level model. Great for smaller logs or making kindle. Light weight, compact design.

  • Max splitting diameter: 250mm (9.8 inches)
  • Max splitting length: 450mm (17.7 inches)
  • Tons of pressure: 1.2 tons
  • Foot operated
  • Great for splitter smaller logs and kindle
  • Ideal entry level, or second spare log splitter

How to compare manual operated models

  • Product weight: With some models weighting in at less than 2kg, all the way to 40kg, its safe to assume that heavier models, are more powerful and will handle more heavy work loads. If you want to make kindling from all ready split logs then a smaller more portable lighter model may be more suitable.
  • Tons of pressure: The amount of pressure used to split logs (More the better). Most models are between 1.2 tons and 10 tons, if you split a few logs at weekend a 1.2 ton model might be right for you. If you cut large amounts of logs you, would may be better investing in a slightly more expensive 8 or 10 ton model that can handle the extra work load.
  • How to use (hand or foot): Most manual log splitters work by pumping a pedal with your foot, however some use a lever or two, which you move up and down with your hand. Some larger models even have both options.
  • Max splitting length: This is the maximum length of log that can be split, a longer splitting length may just mean less logs to cut to length before putting them in the log splitter.

Manual Log Splitter Reviews

BEST MANUAL LOG SPLITTER

Charles Bentley Heavy Duty 10 Ton Log Splitter

Best Manual Log Splitter

This Charles Bentley Manual Log Splitter, is a heavy duty log splitter, designed for home use, as well as light industrial work. Constructed from strong steel, this model features a two speed hydraulic pump that produces an incredible 10 tons of splitting force.

It features two handles to allow it to be operated at two speeds, depending on the size of logs you want to split.

This model is great for splitting small and medium sized logs quickly and efficiently.

  • Designed for splitting small and medium sizes logs easily and effortlessly
  • Heavy duty steel construction, produces 10 tons of splitting force
  • Splits small and medium sized logs quickly
  • Two speed hydraulic pump system
  • Max splitting length: 450mm (17.7 inches)
  • Comes with 1 years manufactures warranty

Conclusion

This model is our top recommended manual log splitter and excelled, where so many other models failed. Its weights in at 39kg which makes it the heaviest manual log splitter we have reviewed. This further supports that this model, is a heavy duty log splitter which is made to last and more importantly, will split both hardwood and softwood logs efficiently and quickly. 

Its worth noting that this model, is one of the best rated manual log splitters on Amazon, with excellent, outstanding reviews (you can read them here)

If your looking for a good quality, manual log splitter, that gets the job done, then this Charles Bentley 10 ton log splitter is a great choice for you.


GREAT FOR SPLITTING SPLITTING SMALL LOGS

Sealey LS450H Manual Log Splitter

Sealey ls450h manual log splitter review

The Sealey LS450H manual log splitter is designed for splitting small logs and fantastic at making kindle. The lightweight design and ease of use, make it the perfect entry level model too.

To use, simply insert the log, push down on the foot pump 3 or 4  times and the log splits into two, all within a few seconds. When you finished splitting logs, the compact design make it easy to store away when not in use.

It will split logs up to 45cm (17.7 inches) long, with a maximum diameter of 25cm (9.8 inches)

  • 1.2 Tons of splitting power
  • Splits logs up to 450mm (17.7 inches)
  • Splits logs with a maximum diameter of 250mm (9.8 inches)
  • Easily splits smaller logs and great for making kindle
  • Comes with 1 years manufactures warranty

Conclusion

If your looking for a light weight log splitter, this one weighs in at only 9kg, this means its not only compact and easy to store, its also light weight enough to carry around.

We would highly recommend this model for splitting smaller logs or making kindle, perfect for getting your fire going.

If you split logs very frequently or split larger logs then we would recommend investing in a more heavy duty model such as the Charles Bentley 10 ton log splitter.

It would also make a great second log splitter, to have as backup.


SPLITS LOTS UP TO 60cm (24inches)

FOREST MASTER 10T DUO CUT LOG SPLITTER REVIEW

Forest Master 10t Smart Manual Hydraulic Duocut Log Splitter review

The 'Forest Master manual Duocut log splitter', is probably the most powerful 'manual log splitter' available, and according to Forest Master themselves, it's also the fastest manual log splitter available.

It has an upgraded and improved dual action jack that produces 10 tons of splitting power and can be operated at two speeds, fast for smaller more managable logs and a slower speed to split larger logs.

To operate, you can use the two handles to operate the log splitter in the horizontal position. It also features two foot pedals, these can be used when splitting larger logs in the vertical upright position, in this position, it will split logs up to 60cm (24 inches) in diameter without too much effort.

You have the option to use both the foots peddles at the same time, or just one peddle when splitting logs.

When using both peddles, it produces a rapid lift of 20mm with each stroke of the peddles, this produces 5 tons of force and is great for splitting smaller logs quickly. For large logs, you use only the right pedal only, this produces the full 10 tons of force, this is more than enough to split even the largest logs.

Unique Duocut deisgn which uses two blades

This feature is only fitted to Forest Master Log splitters and is their unique patented design. This is what that makes all Forest Master log splitters so effective and efficient, when compared to other models with a similar splitting force. Fitted with two opposing blades, one that can be lowered down to one end of the log quickly, and another blade is fitted to the jack. This blade is forced into the log from the other end.

By using 'two blades', it means it splits the log from both ends, the advantage of this, as well as speed, is that if one blades reaches a knot in the log, then the other blade will continue to split the log from the other end. This means it will split most, if not all logs seasoned or green every time.

Fitted with a safety value to stop you from overloading the jack

One other important feature, which is fitted to the Forest Master Manual Log Splitter, is the 'safety valve', this stops you overloading and damaging the hydraulic jack which is a common problem with some other manual models but has been overcome with this model.

  • Choose to operate by foot or by hand, in a vertically or horizontal position
  • Rapid lift jack - 16mm-20mm lift per crank, this produces an impressive 10 tons of splitting force
  • Duocut Blade- Uses two blade rather than one, splits the log from boths ends, comparable to a 20 ton log splitter
  • Will split logs up to 51cm (20 inches) in length
  • Splits logs up to 30cm (12 inches) in diameter when used vertically and up to a maxium diameter of 60cm (24 inches) when used horizontaly
  • Adjustable wedge which can be moved closer to log which saves splitting time
  • Product Weight 36kg
  • Comes with 1 years manufactures warranty

Conclusion

This 'Forest Master 10 Ton Log splitter', is probably the best manual log splitter we have reviewed, so why is it not our 'Best Pick', the short answer is price. This log splitters, recommended price is around £250, however I found you can pick one up at around £200 on Amazon.co.uk (at time of writing on 10/11/16).

with this in mind, our 'Best Pick' the 'Charles Bentley Log Splitter', retails at significantly lower and also has a matching 10 tons of splitting force and equally, it does an excellent job on most sized logs.

Because of this, we feel that most home owners would be better investing in the Charles Bentley model, which is why we awarded it our 'Best Pick'

Putting this aside for the moment though, firstly the Forest Master does a excellent job at splitting very large logs up to 60cm (24"), it only really hesitates, on very knotty logs. But on most logs, it does a great job and splits them fairly quickly. 

Couple of points worth mentioning, it takes around 20 minutes to get up and running, and you need a couple of different sized allen keys, to put it together, so make sure you have a set ready.

One of small issue, the peddles seem a little floppy, it does does not seem to effect the performance, but they seem like they could be improved to make them more sturdy.

If your looking for a real workhorse and need to spit very large logs but need a manual model (no electric or petrol models), then this manual model is certainly going to be your best option ,and would be worth the extra investment.

Update - They have now updated the hydraulic pump to a new improved model for 2016, this makes it even more reliable.

manual log splitter reviews

OUR RECOMMENDED PETROL LOG SPLITTERS

Forest Master 6 Ton Petrol Log Splitter review

BEST PETROL LOG SPLITTER

Forest Master Petrol Log Splitter

Forest Master now sell 3 petrol versions, similar to our 'Electric Best Pick'. It has all the great features from the Best Selling electric models, but with the freedom of no electric cables.

  • Latest Forest Master 52cc 2 Stroke Engine
  • Available in 5, 6, 7 or 8 ton models
  • Easy to use, simple trigger and button control
  • Splits logs from both ends with Duocut blade
  • Max splitting diameter: 500mm
  • Max splitting length: 470mm
  • Complete with stand (most models this is an extra cost).
ModelProduct WeightTons Of PressureMax. Splitting LengthRatingRead Review
Titan Pro 8 Ton

125kg8 Tons104cm5 StarsLearn More & Compare Prices
The Handy Pro

125kg7 Tons104cm5 StarsLearn More & Compare Prices
Forest Master FM22P

230kg22 Tons55cm5 StarsLearn More & Compare Prices

How to compare petrol operated models, to ensure you purchase one that is right for you.

  • Product weight: Consider the weight of the log splitter as larger models can be heavy to move, most have wheels to aid moving them around, but this can still be difficult if the ground is not smooth.
  • Tons of pressure: The amount of pressure used to split logs (More the better). Most models are between 7 and 22 tons or more.
  • Max splitting length: This is the maximum length of log that can be split, a longer splitting length may just mean less logs to cut to length before putting them in the log splitter. This is more of a personal choice, depending on how long you need your logs.

Commonly asked questions

What is a log splitter

A log splitter is a machine, that is technically a mechanical axe that splits logs with ease, in a safe and effortless manner.

How do log splitters work

Log splitters are actually very easy and safe to use, and will typically save you hours of work. Rather than using speed like an axe, log splitters use large amounts of force (measured in tons) using a hydraulic, usually an electric powered motor, to drive a arm with a steel wedge (blade) attached. The force and wedge split the log into several peaces with ease.

They are simple to use, you either press a button or pull a leaver and the log splitter will split the log, all within a safe environment.

How quickly do they split logs

There are many different specifications of log splitters, but most powered models will cut around 100 logs in an hour and all without breaking a sweat. Some models have extra features to speed this process up, this includes fully adjustable cycle to match log lengths for quick log splitting and dual bladed systems that split the log from both ends.

What size logs can they split

Depending on the model of log splitter you buy, will determine, what size logs they can split  Most will split logs around 370-520mm long, with a diameter of 250mm for entry models and up to 600mm for more industrial models.

Manual vs Powered - Which is right for you

manual log splitter vs powered log splitter.

Without question, electric powered log splitters are less demanding than manual log splitters as they require a lot less manual power to split the log. However manual log splitters, still use a hydraulic ram to split logs, so are safer and easier than using an axe and often more competitive on price.

Why you might choose a powered model over a manual model

  • Industrial use or heavy domestic use where the speed of a electric model is essential to save time and money.
  • Easy to use with little effort.
  • Simply prefer to use a powered model, with recent lower prices making them more affordable than ever.

Why you might choose a manual powered model over a electric powered model

  • Price: Manual models start as low as £50.00, while electric models cost upwards of £200.00
  • Portability: Where there is no power supply, a manual option may be the only choice and a good alternative. Assuming you don't want a petrol log splitter.
  • Domestic use: You might use one only a couple of times a year, so investing in a manual model, might make more sense, than a more expensive powered model.
  • You only require one to make kindle from all ready split logs.

How to get cheap logs 

With the rising cost of gas central heating, many home owners are now installing wood burning stoves and open fires into their homes. However the cost of buying bags of cut logs can be expensive, but there is another, often overlooked, option.

Many tree surgeons will sell you 'saw' logs at very reasonable prices, as they usually have to pay to recycle them at their local recycling centre, so its a win-win situation. Try phoning a few local tree surgeons in your area to see if you can make a deal with them.

HOW TO PREPARE LOGS READY FOR SPLITTING

Logs need to be prepared before inserting them into a log splitter, depending in the model, simply cut the logs into manageable section for (example 370mm long), the easiest way to do this would be with a chain saw, all though most tree surgeons will do this for you as they usually cut them up when chopping a tree down to make them easy to move. Once the logs have been cut into manageable peaces simply insert them into the log splitter and operate as instructed on the instructions.

Forest master fm10 duocut log splitter

OUR BEST PICK

Forest Master FM10 - Electric Log Spitter

  • Extremly low maintainance and very easy to operate
  • Designed to spit logs from both ends for a better performance
  • Will split lots up to an impressive 500mm (which is double that, of similar priced models)
  • Max splitting length: 520mm
  •  Produces a splitting force of 5 tons, which thanks to it's patented 'Duocut blade', is comparable to 10 ton models
  • Complete with stand (with most models, this is an extra cost).

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