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Best petrol log splitter
Last Updated on January 21, 2020 by John
If you split a large number of logs and are looking for a log splitter capable of splitting logs quickly and efficiently, then its well worth investing in either a good electric log splitter (Read our reviews here), which we highly recommend for home owners as there maintenance free and easy to operate as well as being quiet when in use.
If you are looking for a log splitter that can be used in an area which is remote or where you might not have access to electric, or maybe you are looking for something which is better suited for more intense use, then petrol log splitter might be suitable. Lets see why,
- Ideal for remote situations, such as no access to electric
- Some models have more power for splitting logs with ease
- Designed for intensive use
- They need maintaining, such as changing filters, oil, spark plugs just to name a few (which is why we advise electric models where possible for home owners)
- They can be heavy and more difficult to move and more difficult to store as they need more space
- More expensive, starting at over £700.00 there not cheap, electric models start to around £200 in comparison
- Can be noisy when compared to maual and electric log splitters
Petrol log splitter not suitable?, why not look into an electric model. Read out in depth reviews – here
Petrol log splitter reviews
We have spent countless hours researching petrol log splitters and read hundreds of customer reviews. There are lots of different types and models available so we have narrowed our best petrol log splitters down to 3 superb, reliable models, each have there advantages and disadvantages.
How we narrowed it down to only 3 models
Firstly as most of our readers are home owners and would be looking for a petrol log splitter for home use, we wanted to find the best models with this in mind.
This meant that the log splitters needed to be as low maintenance as possible, including assembling, which should be as minimal as possible. They also needed to be simple to operate, safe and small enough to store, yet light enough to move with only one person.
Finally as we were focusing on the user being someone using it for personal use it has to be affordable and offer value for money, after all it unlikely someone would want to spend thousands of pounds just to split there own logs no matter how good the machine is.
With these very specific points, we started our search and after reading many reviews and seeing some of these great machines in action and speaking to owners, we narrowed it down to just three models.
Read the reviews below to see which model might be right for you.
TITAN PRO PETROL VERTICAL 8 TON LOG SPLITTER
- Splitting force: 8 tons
- Engine power – 6.5HP
- Speed when splitting – 4.9cm/sec
- Speed when returning – 22.3cm/sec
- Maxium length of log – 104cm
- Log splitter dimentions: 103cm x 46cm x 107cm
- Weight: 125kg
This Titan Pro Petrol 8 ton log splitter is perfect for home owners and at around £700 its not cheap compared to some electric log splitters, however it is cheap when compared to other petrol models with similar specifications.
Firstly, Titan Pro are known for there quality machines and this log splitter is not exception, designed with more intense log splitting by home owners, maybe someone who has a small holding or farm, it makes light work of splitting logs up to 104cm long, which is the norm for most log splitters anyway.
To make splitting different size logs easier it has three cutting levels, from the base, the middle and top. For safety, you have to use both hands to operate the machine using the handles, this ensures your hands are no where near the splitter when in use.
See it in action below
Should you buy?
This log splitter is powered by a 6.5HP engine which produces 8 tons of splitting force so will split most logs green or seasoned with ease and it has plenty of power. Its comes all most ready to use, all you need to do is fasten the arms on, add oil and petrol and your ready to go. Its also easy to move as it has large wheels and the top section folds down for easy storage.
If your looking for a reliable, well made petrol log splitter for home use then this would be a great candidate, its priced competitively and offers excellent value for money. Its comes with full UK warranty and titan pro have a full spares backup service.
If you are looking for one for commercial use then we would advice getting a more powerful model such as the Forest Master 22 ton model.
Titan Pro, also sell a more powerful 10 ton model with a 9HP engine for those wanting a little more power – view here
The Handy Pro 7 Ton Petrol Log Splitter
- Splitting force: 7 tons
- Engine: Briggs & Stratton I/C 65 Engine
- Ram type: Hydraulically driven ram
- Maxium length of log – 104cm (42 inch)
- Log diameter – 50mm – 500mm (2 – 20 Inch)
- Log splitter dimentions: 103cm x 46cm x 107cm
- Weight 125kg
The Handy Pro 7 Ton Log Splitter is of very similar design to the Titan Pro model above, however it has 7 tons of splitting force where as this Titan Pro model has 8 tons. So what does this really mean?, technically the Titan Pro has 1 ton more splitting force, but comparing 7 tons with 8 tons is insignificant and you want see any real difference when in use.
What the ‘Handy Pro petrol log splitter’ does have, which in my option is worth taking into consideration, is a powerful Briggs & Stratton I/C 65 Engine. For those who don’t know, Briggs & Stratton produce some of the best engines available and are commonly fitted to many professional petrol tools as the are extremely reliable, build to last and spares are easy to get if needed. This is probably why, The Handy Pro log splitter is a little more expensive than the Titan Pro log splitter which is actually fitted with a Chinese copy of a Honda Engine.
Watch it in action below
Should you buy?
It has all the features you would expect from a quality log splitter including two lever handles, which ensure safe use as the machine will only operate when both hand are on the levers. It has transport wheels for easy mobility and an adjustable spitting table which can be adjusted for different length logs which is a must.
This Handy Pro Log Splitter is designed for professional users and home owners in mind, basically it is designed with more intensive use in mind and would be a great addition to anyone splitting logs whether for your personal use or more light industrial use.
It comes all most fully assembled, ready to go. A superb machine with a highly regarded engine to match. We would have no doubts about recommending this model, a great log splitter for home use at a great price.
Forest Master FM22P – 22 Ton Petrol Log Splitter
- Splitting force: 22 tons
- Engine: Powerful 208cc 6.5 hp engine
- Working postions: 4 Working Positions: 0, 30, 60 and 90 degrees
- Maxium length of log – 550mm
- Unique Duocut blade – splits logs from both ends at once
- Log diameter – 600 mm (when using Duocut)
- Weight 230kg
If your looking for a real work horse that will be reliable and will cope with the intensive work of daily log splitting, then the Forest Master FM22P log splitter is deferentially worth considering. We looked into several similar models from various manufactures but none offered what he Forest Master log splitter does.
Forest Master are not a cheap manufacturer trying to be competitive on price while letting the standards and quality of there machines slip, at around £1795 is not cheap and maybe too expensive for most home owners but Forest Master do produce some of the best log splitters available and there electric models (highly recommend for personal use) are extremely popular and there petrol models are no different.
By buying a Forest Master log splitter you know you a purchasing a high quality, reliable machine with full warranty and even a helpline if needed to help getting it setup and working.
It has an impressive 22 tons of splitting force which is produced using a powerful 208cc 6.5 hp engine. It has a fixed blade at the end of the beam just like any other log splitter, however ‘Forest Master’ go a step further, they also have a unique second blade which they call duoblade that can be attached to the opposite end of the log splitter.
This second blade ensures that if a knot is encountered when splitting the log, the second blade carries on splitting the log from the other end. Simply a brilliant design which gives there log splitters the upper hand.
It has multiple working positions and the main splitting beam can be angled to different positions which make loading heavy or awkward logs onto the log splitter much easier. It can also be towed off road for easy transportation, it fits perfectly onto a tractor or ATV.
Watch the Forest Master 22 ton log splitter in action below
If your looking for a reliable, heavy duty log splitter for more intensive use then this Forest Master 22 ton model could be for you. It’s probably too large for most home owners but it is well suited and designed for more industrial heavy use. The Forest Master ‘duocut blade’ combined with its high quality structure and powerful engine are combined to make a simply superior splitting machine. Excellent choice for more industrial use and trade.