An electric wood splitter is an essential tool to have around the yard if you split wood on a regular basis. Splitting wood with an axe is back breaking work that our ancestors have been doing since the Mesolithic era (6,000 BC). In the 21st century, technology makes splitting wood easy and fast. Yes, axes are great for splitting a few logs once-in-a-while but if you have a lot of logs to split on a regular basis then an electric wood splitter is indispensable for homeowners.
Electric Wood Splitter | Benefits
The benefits of using an electric wood splitter are numerous. The first thing I’m going to do is explain the facts about using an electric log splitter and then I’ll give you a detailed breakdown of my recommended electric wood splitters as well as give you a few options for gas wood splitters just in case you need some extra splitting power and speed for your projects.
Why buy an Electric Wood Splitter?
A log splitter has one purpose — to split logs into firewood. It’s really that simple. Heating a home can be expensive and when the weather turns colds millions of people around the world use firewood to heat their homes. Or, in many cases, it’s just a matter of filling a room with the ambiance that only a fire can bring. There’s nothing more romantic than the warm glow of firewood burning on a cold winter night.
To learn more about firewood read: How much is a cord of wood? And other firewood facts.
Advantages of an Electric Wood Splitter
Let me just say that splitting logs with a splitting maul or splitting wedge is somewhat crazy if you do it on a regular basis. It’s laborious work that takes it’s toll on your body and over time you will feel the pain in your shoulders and back. If you heat your home with firewood it’s time to leave your old ways behind and rethink how you work. “Work smarter, not harder” is a philosophy that I live by.
Honestly, is it fun to split wood the old fashioned way? It’s a mind-numbing repetitive task and I can’t imagine anybody enjoying it. I guess that’s why I’m confused that people continue to use an axe when log splitters are readily available and very affordable.
A company actually created a new and refined axe called the LeverAxe which is apparently more efficient at splitting wood manually, but it costs as much as an electric log splitter so I have no idea why someone would choose the LeverAxe instead of a log splitter. It makes absolutely no sense to me.
I know some people enjoy using an axe, and I can understand that if it’s for low volume tasks, but for high volume production of firewood it seems silly to use an axe, but that’s my personal opinion. I happen to like tools because they makes labor-intensive jobs easy and enjoyable; not to mention a massive time saver.
The wonderful thing about the 21st century is that we’ve invented technology to do the dirty work for us.
Visual Preview of the Models Reviewed in this Article
There’s more information I need to cover to lay the groundwork for purchasing the best wood splitter but for those of you who are impatient, this is for you.
Skip this section if you want all the details…much more to explore later in the article.
Minimal Maintenance | Electric Wood Splitter
For homeowners, an electric log splitter is ideal for many reasons, with many advantages over a gas wood splitter. You see, the main issue I have with gas log splitters, or any other gas tool, is the fact that they require a lot of constant maintenance and most homeowners either don’t do it properly or don’t want to do it. Let’s be honest about this issue. The average homeowner doesn’t want to do maintenance!
If you decide to buy an electric wood splitter your life will be a whole lot easier. You don’t need to replace spark plugs, or change the oil, or fill it up with gasoline, or change the oil filter. And that’s just the obvious stuff. Let’s not forget, a gas log splitter emits fumes that you inhale, so from a general health point of view, an electric model is far more comfortable to be around and 100% clean burning.
Boss Industrial ED8T20 | Simplify your Life
An electric wood splitter is much quieter and easier on your ears. This isn’t a trivial matter. Sure, you can get hearing protection but it’s uncomfortable to be immersed in a noisy environment. It’s not a relaxing way to work. In all fairness, log splitters aren’t as noisy as some other gas tools, such as chainsaws.
Can be Used Indoors
The beauty of owning an electric wood splitter is you can use it indoors, preferably in your garage, basement, or barn. You can even use it in your living room if you want to. Day or night, in good or bad weather, if you need to split logs to make firewood you can do so in the comfort of an indoor space where it’s warm, well lit and where you won’t be overwhelmed by the smell of gas.
Electric Wood Splitter = Convenience + Affordability.
Compact & Lightweight | Electric Log Splitters
Electric splitters are also smaller and lighter so you can transport it fairly easy if you own a pick-up truck or a large SUV.
And, to top it all off, an electric wood splitter is cheaper to buy and more affordable for homeowners. As you’ll see in this article, you can buy a good electric log splitter for under $300. Try finding any gas log splitter that cheap — you won’t, because they don’t exist.
For homeowners, an electric wood splitter is the way to go. If you own a landscaping company or you work for municipality and you’re in charge of purchasing equipment for city workers (as an example) then you obviously need a heavy-duty log splitter, which means you need a gas model. I’ll have a few recommendations for you at the very end of this article.
I always stress the importance of matching your particular needs with the right tool. This is true for all things, even when buying a car, toaster or shoes. First determine what you’ll be using the tool for. What are your needs? How often will you be using the tool? Then match your requirements with the tool that will match your needs and expectations.
So homeowners, are you listening? Buy an electric wood splitter — unless you need to split large logs at a large volume, otherwise, stick to an electric splitter. A gas log splitter is for heavy-duty projects.
Horizontal vs Vertical vs Combo Wood Splitter
Log splitters come in three variations: vertical, horizontal and a 3rd type that can be used either vertically or horizontally. I refer to it as a ‘combo’ log splitter.
Which log splitter should you buy?
Horizontal | Electric Wood Splitter
Best for: Making firewood for burners, fires and stoves. Low volume of firewood. Small logs (under 14″ in diameter & under 21″ long).
A horizontal log splitter is ideal for for homeowners who want to split small logs that are relatively easy to lift and position on the log splitter. If the log splitter is low to the ground it’s going to be easier to place on your log splitter but it can be hard on your back because you’ll have to remain in a bent over position while it splits. Because of that, I prefer using an elevated electric log splitter for overall comfort and safety.
Some models are designed with a built-in stand and others have an optional stand that you buy separately for that particular model. For example the Boss Industrial ES7T20 has an optional stand as well as the Pow’ R’ Kraft 65556.
A horizontal electric log splitter is limited in the size of log it can handle. Generally speaking, an electric log splitter can handle wood under 14″ in diameter and under 21″ long. If you need to split anything larger then you’ll need to purchase a gas log splitter. Sorry, but electricity is limited in the force it can exert. Gas is superior when it comes to splitting power.
If you have a bad back I don’t recommend buying a horizontal log splitter unless it has a log lift. A log lift is a metal cradle (holding area) that can be lowered to the ground and filled with a log or multiple logs (depending on size). It’s operated by hydraulics which enables you to lift the wood up to a comfortable level so you can easily feed the machine for splitting.
Diagram | Log Lift / Cradle
A log splitter with a hydraulic lift is going to cost you more money but it will make your life much easier. You’ll have to buy a gas model for these advanced features. Although, if you have a bad back and you want to do the work yourself then you don’t really have an option, just buy a gas model. The last thing you want to do is waste your money on a wood splitter that will hurt your back. Safety and health should always be your number one concern.
Or, you can get someone else to do the work for you. That’s always an option.
Either way, the majority of electric log splitters are going to be horizontal. Horizontal machines that have built-in log lifts as well as a cradle to catch the split wood are the most productive and efficient wood splitters if you split big rounds (large full logs) on a regular basis. For most homeowners, you probably don’t need this setup. Stick to a simple electric wood splitter — unless you plan on splitting large amounts of wood.
You’ll see what I mean when I show you the specific models. We’ll get to that soon, I promise.
Vertical Wood Splitter
A vertical log splitter is more convenient to use overall as it split with the log upright while still on the ground. These models are made for larger logs where lifting them off the ground would be impossible or cause serious injury if you tried to lift it manually. Please don’t ever lift large logs by hand. You will eventually hurt yourself.
TIP: Use a chair or stool so you don’t have to constantly hunch over and strain your back.
Combo Horizontal / Vertical Wood Splitter
A vertical/horizontal wood splitter like the Swisher LSEK14534 gives you the best of both worlds. For small logs you can simply use the horizontal orientation but for the occasional large rounds that you can’t lift, you can switch to the vertical orientation and use it that way.
I want to reiterate that this type of log splitter is not necessary for the large majority of homeowners but there are many people who split a lot of wood all-year round so if you’re one of those, then a vertical/horizontal combo wood splitter would be perfect for your needs. You may only need to use it vertically 15% of the time but that’s okay because it allows you the flexibility to complete any shape and size of wood.
Again, know your needs then choose the right tool. I want to give you an overview of your options. The products I’m going to review are primarily electric wood splitters but I’ll show you some other choices just in case you realize that an electric log splitter won’t handle your needs.
Log Splitter Safety | Must Watch
When operating your log splitter, wear safety gear such as goggles (or safety glasses), steel toed shoes and proper fitting gloves (without loose cuffs or draw strings). Splitting wood can be unpredictable so dress accordingly. You should also wear a protective hearing device. Safety is essential. Prevention is critical. These are inexpensive items and they can prevent a serious injury.
Some terms you should know
Cycle Time is a common phrase you need to know when shopping for a log splitter. The cycle time tells you how fast that particular log splitter takes to split a piece of wood.
Single-handed vs Two-handed operation: Log splitters are potentially dangerous tools and require your full attention when you’re using it. Because of this fact, manufacturers may force you to use both hands to operate the log splitter in order to ensure that you don’t have a free hand that could potentially get caught in the moving blade. It’s a safety measure for your own protection but you can also buy single-handed log splitters.
Tonnage / Splitting Force: This refers to the amount of force the log splitter exerts on the log. The higher the tonnage the greater the splitting force, enabling it to effectively split larger and harder wood. Different types of wood have their own ‘hardness’ level. More about that later.
You don’t want to attempt to split a hard (green), thick, hardwood log with a small log splitter. It’s important to know how much splitting force (rated in tons) you need.
Video explaining the benefits of using a log splitter:
If you want to learn more about how a log splitter operates I recommend reading this short overview on How Stuff Works explaining the hydraulic system of log splitters. Or watch this video explaining how a wood splitter works.
Extension Cords Matter
If you want to understand how to choose the right extension cord then read our buying guide for extension cords. But, for the sake of saving you time I’m going to tell you exactly what you need.
Why Extension Cords Matter?
For any of these electric wood splitters you need to use a 12-Gauge extension cord. Don’t bother buying a higher gauge (14, 16, etc). The extension cord rating that you use with these splitters truly does matter. If you use the wrong rating then your log splitter won’t operate at its maximum power and it will run hotter, affecting the lifespan of your product.
The higher the gauge rating, the thinner the internal wire of the extension cord. A lower number gauge rating has a thicker internal wire. I know it’s counter-intuitive but whoever designed the rating system was probably drunk when he or she came up with it.
Either way, a high amperage motor (15 Amps), like these electric log splitters, require a lot of electricity (power) to run properly and therefore, they need thick wires (Gauge rating) to deliver the electricity. A thin wire (IE. 16 gauge) can’t handle the electricity draw of a log splitter and therefore will heat up and so will your tool.
If your extension cord doesn’t deliver enough power to the electric motor, the motor will run hot and overheat. If you allow the heat to maintain or increase then there’s a high probability of burning out your motor, which is obviously a bad thing.
If you already have a 12-Gauge extension cord then use that, but if you don’t, either buy one at your hardware store or you can buy it online. It’s up to you. Again, if you don’t understand the difference between different types of extension cords read our guide.
✓ Good to know: As electricity travels farther away from the outlet (power source) its energy diminishes. So, if you use a 100 foot extension cord it’s best to buy a lower gauge cord (thicker wire) to compensate for this. Also, a coiled extension cord creates more resistance and slows down the flow of electricity, so straighten out your extension cord to get the most out of your tools.
Extension Cord Length?
Here are my three recommendations for extension cords. I recommend a shorter cord if you don’t need to be far away from an electric outlet. For example, if you’re splitting wood in your garage you don’t need a 100 foot extension cord. I recommend a 25-Foot 12 gauge cord.
All three extension cords that I recommend are reasonably priced and meet the criteria for all of the electric log splitters in this article.
- Heavy Duty. Flexible when cold.
- Lighted Plug indicates power is flowing.
- 12 Gauge/25 Feet/15 Amp
- Lifetime Limited Warranty
- 50 feet. 12-Gauge.
- Medium Flexibility.
- Lifetime Limited Warranty.
If you want a 100-foot extension cord it’s safer (and best) to go with a 10-gauge. These log splitters draw a lot of current and you want to minimize heat as much as possible. The only way to do that is to use the proper extension cord so the inner wire is thick enough to handle the current.
- Flame retardant, water and abrasion resistant.
- Protected by industrial grade vinyl (maximum flexibility in cold temperatures).
- UL and OSHA certified.
- Weight: 18lbs.
- Outlets: Single Tap Made with pure SJTW Stranded Copper Fitted with heavy brass connectors.
- One-piece molded ends.
- Heavy-duty Strain Relief to prevent cord/plug separation.
- 100 feet. 10-Gauge.
Finally! The Best Electric Wood Splitters —
While offering the perfect blend of indoor and outdoor functionality, electric log splitters are also versatile and highly portable. Many of the following log splitters can be plugged right into standard household outlets, hauled down into basements or set up in garage workspaces.
Lightweight and convenient, these units are great for those who enjoy the satisfaction and sense of accomplishment that comes from splitting their own firewood.
Best of all, they’re also durable enough to handle a number of tough jobs. Whether you want to split wood in the dead of winter without having to subject yourself to the chilly outdoor air or are simply seeking a low-maintenance unit that offers ease of use and quiet operation, you’re guaranteed to find what you need among the options below
6-Ton / 2 HP / 15 Amp
WEN has been in business since 1951 so if you’ve never heard of them, don’t worry, this is a trusted brand. WEN is an American company based in Elgin, Illinois. The development team at WEN were key contributors to the development of modern tools that we all know and love, such as the chainsaw, electric jigsaw, electric soldering gun and more. All of their products are highly rated.
WEN has been around for a long time and one of the factors that I always try to communicate with my readers is the reputation of the company that makes the product. In this case, the WEN 56206 has a strong pedigree and it lives up to the expectations of homeowners.
The WEN 56206 is also referred to as the “WEN Lumberjack log splitter.”
- Safety First: Requires two-handed operation for your own protection. 12,000 pounds of force can do a lot of damage if you put your hand in the wrong place.
- Roomy Log Cradle: Can split logs up to 10″ in diameter and 20.5 inches in length. Made with a wide-set log guide and strong and stable steel push plate.
- Easy to Move: Manuever this WEN log splitter anywhere. The 6″ wheels make it easy to move around the yard and the rubber-grip handles make it comfortable on your hands.
- Powerful Motor: 2 HP 15 Amp motor powers the 15.5″ ram. Logs are evenly split. Consistent and reliable.
Watch the video and see how effortless it splits wood:
View or download the MANUAL for the WEN 56206 Lumberjack electric wood splitter.
- Reliable 2 HP, copper-wound motor uses household current.
- Plug it in and start working. Easy as it gets.
- Operation requires two hands to keep hands clear of the ram.
- Use indoors and outdoors.
- Built-in log cradle/guide keeps logs on track for even splitting of logs up to 10″ in diameter and 20.5″ in length.
- Portable and easy to transport. Comfortable grip for handling.
- 6″ tires makes it easy to move over grass, dirt, snow, concrete and mud.
- Weight: 99 lbs.
- CSA approved. Two-year WEN warranty.
Move it Anywhere | Electric Wood Splitter
- Motor: 120V, 60 Hz, 15A, 2HP
- Motor Speed: 3400 RPM
- Power Cord: 6 Feet, 14 AWG
- Splitting Force: 6 Tons
- Cycle Time: 25 Seconds
- Log Capacity: 10 inch (Diameter)/ 20.5 inch (Length)
- Hydraulic Pressure: 3000 PSI
- Hydraulic Tank Capacity: 2.8 Quarts
- Tire Size: 6″
- Dimension: 43 x 13 x 20″
- Weight: 105 lbs
7-Ton / 3 HP / 20 Amp
This 7-ton Powerhouse log splitter is a good size for light-duty splitting around the home. This doesn’t have enough power if you have a lot of hard or knotty wood to split. Unfortunately, 7-Tons has its limits.
Comes with: Manual, warranty card, spanner and rubber gasket.
- Motor 3HP — 7 Ton / 2200 Watt / 3500RPM
- Electrical Motor input: 120v — USA
- Quiet, no fumes and no air compressor required.
- Enough torque to split logs 8-12″ in diameter and up to 20″ long.
- Designed with Safety in Mind. Two-handed operation.
- Automatically retracts when hand is removed from lever.
- Lightweight at 104 lbs. Easy to move around.
- Compact, wide wheels can easily move over terrain.
- Ram Travel Distance: 15.7-inch
Overview | Powerhouse XM-380 7-Ton
Capable of splitting more than 100 logs within an hour, the Powerhouse XM-380 is nice compact design that’s perfectly suitable for homeowner — indoors and outdoors. Designed to eliminate injuries with its two-handed operation. Automatically retracts when you remove your hand off the lever so you can load the next log as soon as possible.
Video | Splitting logs for firewood is simple
The unit will automatically stop functioning as soon as even one hand is removed. If you like having a total sense of control while operating your splitter and want an optimal amount of safety, this is a great feature to look for.
Two-hand designs are simple enough for any adult to use. This particular cutter can split large quantities of logs within a very nominal amount of time. It takes just six seconds to split a 20 1/2″ log with a 12″ diameter and just five seconds for the ram to return to its original position, allowing for rapid loading speeds.
The XM-380 is surprisingly lightweight at just 104 pounds. When the cold weather hits, you can easily bring it inside by grabbing its built-in handle and rolling it along on its two, sturdy front wheels. You can use the XM-380 in the garage or on your patio or porch. You won’t have to brave the bitter cold to get your log splitting done and you can still have plenty of firewood to see you through even the coldest of winters.
For those in the habit of overpowering their log-splitting units, this one has a nice, built-in feature to reset its performance. Once overloaded, the unit motor simply needs to be power cycled to return it to standard operation.
This top-quality, electric firewood splitter is a standout model among those with big winter cutting jobs, ranches to heat or large homes with multiple firepits or fireplaces. With its built-in automatic retraction and mandatory two-hand operation, it is even possible to reposition wood as necessary when cutting through pieces that have crossing grains or tough, y-shaped branches.
Take a closer look at this Powerhouse electric log splitter:
- Electrical Motor input: 120v USA – 220v UK
- Log cutting capacity: 520mm (length) (50-300)mm (diameter)
- Max. force: 7 Tons
- 2200 Watts: 3.5hp
- Ram travel: 400mm
- Ram diameter: 30mm
- Overall dimensions : 970mm (length) x300mm (width) x490mm (height)
- Net weight: 47kgs / 104 lbs
- Gross Weight.: 50kgs / 110 lbs
7-Ton / 2 HP / Weight: 106 lbs
- 7 tons of splitting force.
- One-handed operation.
- Automatic ram return.
- Lightweight and easy to move around.
- Robust 2 HP motor.
- Accessories available.
- 2 year residential & 90 day commercial warranty.
- Outlet required: 115v, 60 Hz standard 3 prong outlet.
- Cord length: 5.25 feet.
- Weight: 106 lbs
✓TIP: Change your hydraulic oil once a year.
Overview | Boss ES7T20
The Boss ES7T20 offers easy, one handed operation and is both lightweight and portable. With automatic ram return, you can split more logs in less time. It boasts a professional-grade hydraulic system and can power through Douglas Fir, Birch and Larch measuring up to 10″ or more in diameter with its super-strong, 7-inch wedge. At 114 pounds it is a bit heavier than some of its counterparts but can be easily transported on its durable, front wheels to garage workshops, enclosed porches or any outdoor work area.
If you have downed trees on your property, this splitter will make short work of them. It is the perfect, multi-function splitter for people who want compact fire wood and clean yards. You won’t have to waste money renting costly grinding equipment or pay professionals to bust up big branches for you.
Watch the video of this Boss Electric Wood Splitter:
The relatively low-sitting design of the unit also means that pieces don’t have to be lifted very high for loading and once they’re cut, they don’t have far to fall. You’ll get all of the efficiency of a gas-powered unit, minus the back pain that most low-sitting models cause. Best of all, you won’t have to invest in any secondary stands or rig one up of your own in order to bring your splitter to an acceptable height.
With its 2 HP electric motor, the ES7T20 is great for splitting cords of seasoned wood and for breaking down unwanted logs and foliage across most residential properties. The model also arrives fully assembled and ready for use, making it ideal for time-sensitive projects and people who hate piecing their purchases together. It uses a standard, three-prong, household outlet and can be operated both indoors and outdoors with ease.
Other models in the series:
- Boss Industrial EC5T20 | 5-Ton — Electric Wood Splitter
- Boss Industrial ED8T20 | 8-Ton — Electric Wood Splitter
- Boss Industrial ED10T20 | 10-Ton — Electric Wood Splitter
Learn more about Boss Tools.
✓ View or download the MANUAL for the BOSS ES7T20 Electric Log Splitter.
- Elevates Boss ES5T20 OR ES7T20 Log Splitter
- Easier access to the splitter from a standing position
- Will not work with other brands of splitter
- Keeps Factory Wheels On The Ground: Still easy to move around & store
- Quick Change Back To Sitting Height: Easy to switch back to original configuration
- Only Fits Boss ES5T20 or ES7T20 log splitters
- Will NOT fit Boss EC5T20 5-ton log splitter
- Will NOT fit any other brand log splitters
The Boss Industrial CW-S Log Splitter is a simple tool that will cut your wood splitting time in half. It’s easy to slip on and off. This is a simple accessory but very effective at splitting wood. This wedge will last you a long time. Made from hardened steel.
Compatible with the following electric log splitters: BOSS ES5T20, ED7T15, ES7T20, ED8T20.
Weight: 214 lbs / 2.5 HP / 10-Tons
You’ll love this electric wood splitter because you can use it standing upright. This isn’t a trivial feature. Working in an ergonomic position is essential when using a log splitter and this model allows you to do that easily.
- Built-in collapsible stand: Work upright. Healthier for your back. No more hunching.
- Can split logs up to: 12″ diameter and a 20.5″ length.
- Heavy duty. For extended usage and big projects.
- One-handed operation.
- Professional-grade hydraulic system.
- Requires 20 AMP Circuit. 3-prong outlet.
- 10 ton splitting force.
- 3,200 psi of splitting force.
- Dual action splitting ram.
- Portable, best suited for heavy duty use.
- Easy to operate.
- Weight: 214 lbs.
- Durable 2.5 HP electric motor.
- Durable high density rubber wheels.
- 2 year residential, 90 day commercial warranty.
✓ View or download the MANUAL for the Boss ED10T20.
Overview | Boss ED10T20
The Boss ED10T20 has been called the most powerful electric log splitter in its class. With ten full tons of splitting force, this model is ideal for both larger cleanup jobs on properties with downed trees and splitting logs at home. If you’ve got a ranch to run or are heavily reliant upon wood for heat, this option is well-worth considering.
It boasts two-way splitting capabilities that cut job times down significantly. This splitter can power through logs with a 12″ diameter and a 20.5″ length in mere seconds. Best of all, users don’t have to bend or hunch over to load logs in given its nearly waist-high design. There are even built-in log racks that catch logs split by each side of the wedge so that these never actually reach the ground.
Not only can you remain upright while loading this electric log splitter, but you’ll also bend a lot less to stack your splits. This unit has an easy, push-button start and needs a 20 amp, 115v circuit due to its tremendous power and impressive capabilities.
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Although it weighs 214 pounds, making it heavier than most home units, the Boss ED10T20 has two sturdy wheels that make transporting it a cinch. You can break down fallen foliage, cut wood for the winter and put your unit on the back of the truck to handle tougher jobs on commercial property.
When it comes to flexibility, this log splitter has it all. It is guaranteed to outperform many gas-fired models while remaining far quieter and far easier to maintain. The Boss ED10T20 is high-performing enough to split all of the wood necessary for heating a medium to large-sized home or a modest ranch. It’s quiet and with proper wood positioning, it will move through knots and crossing grains with relative ease.
4-Ton / 15 Amp
- 4-Ton Power-Stroke Splitter provides Portable Power to Split a cord of wood easily.
- Two Hand operations keeps hands out of danger zone.
- Splitting Force: 4 Tons (8,000 lbs.)
- Splits wood up to: 20” long by 10” diameter.
- Ram Auto-Returns for the next piece. When you release controls
- Delivered Fully Assembled Ready to use In-Door or Out- Door
- Heavy Duty Steel Construction and Hydraulic Components.
- Requires Standard Household 15 amp Circuit
- Built in Ground Fault Interrupt (GFI) protection
- Weight: 104 lbs.
- 2 Year Warranty.
- View or download the MANUAL for the Pow’ R’ Kraft 65556.
- View or download the BROCHURE for the Pow’ R’ Kraft 65556.
Overview | Pow’ R’ Kraft 65556
With a steel construction frame for increased durability, the Pow’ R’ Kraft 65556 electric log splitter boasts a four-ton splitting capacity hydraulic. This 15 HP unit can run on the typical household outlet and will power through logs measuring 20″ in length and with a 10″ diameter. It’s perfect for small jobs and modest pieces of wood.
If this is your first time splitting your own logs with an electric splitter, this is a great model to learn on. It is among the most lightweight and portable units in its class weighing in at just 95 pounds. Despite the manufacturer’s modest claims, many consumers report using the Pow’ R’ Kraft 65556 to split pine measuring up to 20″ in diameter.
Powerful & Reliable
Both solid and durable, this unit additionally features two-hand operation which is a proven safety measure that significantly limits the risk of log-splitting at home and also makes it easier for users to reposition tough logs as needed when passing through tough knots and crossed grains.
The 65556 goes quickly and cleanly through fresh-cut cottonwood and elm. You’ll get the best results when splitting seasoned wood with this unit. Given its small size, it is a popular option among consumers who are seeking an electric log splitter for indoor use such as in the basement or the barn. This is also one of the best models to invest in if you already have an overloaded storage shed.
Not only is it compact, but its also very sleek in comparison to some of its chunkier counterparts. You can easily fit this in with your weed whackers and other outdoor gardening tools and without risking damage to the unit.
- Watts: 1500 Watts
- Motor Voltage: 120-Volts AC 60Hz Single Phase
- Motor Amperage/HP 15Amps-2HP
- Power Cord Length : 6 feet
- Overload Protection : Yes – w/Reset Switch
- Maximum Log size: 20″ x 10″ (diameter)
- Maximum Splitting Stroke 15 Inches
- Wedge Material Steel
- Can split wood up to: 20” long by 12” diameter.
- 7-Ton / 15-Amp.
- Ram Auto-Returns for the next piece. When you release controls.
- Heavy Duty Steel Construction and Hydraulic Components.
- Delivered Fully Assembled Ready to use In-Door or Out- Door.
- Built in Ground Fault Interrupt (GFI) protection.
- Uses Standard Household 15 amp Circuit.
- Built in handle and wheels for easy transport.
- 2 Year Warranty.
- View or download the MANUAL for Pow’ R’ Kraft PK65575 (7-Ton)
- View or download the BROCHURE for Pow’ R’ Kraft PK65575 (7-Ton).
Overview | Pow’ R’ Kraft 65575
With two-operating speeds the Pow’ R’ Kraft 65575 is the perfect electric log splitter for consumers with both large and small splitting jobs to tackle. It is capable of splitting logs up to 20″ long and 12″ in diameter and powers through both well-seasoned and fresh-cut wood with ease. In fact, it even goes through dense, compact woods such as Pecan and Texas Mesquite.
One of the most popular features of this powerful log splitter is its extremely quiet operation. It has a ZHB control system that necessitates two-hand use for optimal safety and is perfect for outside jobs or cutting in the basement, garage or barn. The Pow’ R’ Kraft 65575 15 amp, 7-ton model operates on a standard household current and its own, built-in ground fault breaker for preventing unit overload.
One of the top benefits of using this durable, hefty unit is that logs will ride comfortably in the work table and won’t slip out, even if these aren’t cut at a ninety degree angle. This unit works best, however, on dry, well-seasoned wood for the fire pit or indoor and outdoor fireplaces. It has a forward cycle time of 14 seconds and a reverse cycle time of just 10 seconds.
The maximum, 7-ton force can be used to start splits while the much faster, four-ton force can be used to complete the split. With its large wheels and relatively lightweight design, it is additionally easy to position and reposition this unit when using it in various indoor areas or in cramped outdoor spaces.
This electric splitter is also small enough to be elevated by placing it in a small rolling art. Although the unit has durable wheels of it own, elevating it in a cart will limit the amount of bending and lifting that must be done while splitting logs or moving from an indoor work station to an outdoor work area.
Given its impressive power, this is the unit that you want when transitioning from a heavy-duty, gas-powered option.
5-Ton / 15-Amp
- Motor: 1-3/4 HP, 110V, 15 amps
- 5 tons of hydraulic pressure
- Handles logs from 15″ – 20″ long and up to 10″ diameter
- Electric power for use in basement or garage
- Built-in wheels and handles for portability
- Easy operation – even with gloves on
- Weight : 110 lbs.
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Overview | Grizzly H8171
With a full five-tons of hydraulic pressure, the Grizzly H8171 is an electric wood splitter that can handle a broad range of tough jobs. This electric log splitter can cut through logs measuring 20″ in length and with 10″ diameters. At just 110 pounds and with built-in handles for optimal portability, this log splitter is a veritable powerhouse and is ideal for people who want to perform both indoor and outdoor jobs.
It can be wheeled easily into a barn or garage or taken down into the basement. It cuts wood perfectly for wood stoves with short fire boxes. It can also cut through the crotch of a dense, peach tree with numerous cross grains and branches that can’t be split by a maul. Simply put, it’s great for minor yard work and for home that need modest-sized pieces of wood.
If you’re looking for a cost-effective and easy way to get your home winter-ready, purchasing this unit is the best way to do it. This is also a great model for those who like chopping Hickory into small-sized pieces for making smoked meats just before the turn of the season.
It’s durable, flexible and suited to a wide variety of applications. The height of this low-sitting model can be increased by sitting it up on two sawhorses to limit bending and lifting. It will stand up to many of the same jobs that gas splitters can handle.
Grizzly may not be a household name but they’ve been making excellent power equipment since 1983. They’re one of the largest machinery companies in the USA. Learn more about Grizzly products by visiting their website.
5-Ton / 15-Amp
- Easy-grip, rubber-coated handle makes it easy to move around.
- Convenient: Electric power means clean energy; no fumes and it’s quiet.
- Durable, long-lasting steel wheels are made to withstand abuse.
- Engine: electric 1.75 HP 120-Volt 60 hz, 15 Amp.
- Max splitting force: 5 tons
- Maximum Log capacity: 20″ long x 10″ diameter.
- Wedge Size: 5″
- Weight: 99 lbs
- Altitude limit: cannot be used more than 3,250 ft. above M.S.L
- Compact and portable.
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Overview | Earthquake W1200
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The Earthquake W1200 Compact 5-Ton log splitter boasts a rapid cycle time of just 22 seconds and sits on durable, long-lasting steel wheels. This unit comes with a coated handle that is perfectly placed for ease of transport, making it great for those who want to toggle between indoor and outdoor jobs.
Its copper windings and precision gears allow for a constant splitting force. It can move through logs measuring up to 20″ in length and 10″ in diameter. This splitter is easy to assemble, easy to use and just as powerful and fast as a comparable gas splitter without all of the noise and fumes.
This unit is lightweight enough to take down into the basement or move into the garage when you want to cut firewood without having to stand knee-deep in snow and brave the freezing outdoor temperatures.
You won’t need a special cart for transporting it. At just 93 pounds, this lightweight model is one of the most flexible, versatile models in its price range. It is perfect for quickly moving through a cord of mixed hardwoods but it isn’t the ideal unit for those who want to tackle major, outdoor jobs such as splitting wood from downed trees.
It is the perfect model for keeping fireplaces and fire pits stocked without exposure to cold temperatures and a lot of manual labor.
- Engine: Electric 1.75hp, 60 hz, 15 amp
- Rating: 1.75 hp
- Max Splitting Force: 5 tons
- Max Log Length: 20″
- Wedge Height: 4.125″
- Weight: 99 lbs
- Warranty: 1 year limited
Electric Wood Splitter Tips:
- Do not remove jammed logs with your hands. If an object becomes lodged in the ram, unplug electric motor before attempting to remove the foreign object.
- Do not use the log splitter in areas where fumes from paint, solvents, or flammable liquids pose a potential fire/ explosion hazard.
Extra | Gas / Hydraulic Log Splitters
An electric wood splitter may not meet your needs if you demand high volume splitting of large logs, especially if they’re hardwoods. In that case you’ll be forced to spend more money and buy a gas log splitter. The benefits you get with one of these wood splitters is speed and power. Unfortunately, electric splitters are limited in the amount of force they output.
Here are a few great options if you need something more powerful.
14.5 HP / 34-Ton / Weight: 751 lbs
- 14.5 HP Kawasaki V-Twin electric start engine.
- 34 Ton Horizontal & Vertical Splitting Positions provides ample splitting force for all wood species.
- Maximum log length: 25.5-Inches
- 2 Stage Pump maximizes cycle time.
- Swisher Exclusive Cold Weather Clutch provides easy starting in cold temperatures.
- 4 Way Wedge included.
- Weight: 751 lbs.
- Adjustable wheeled front stand allows for easier adjusting, hitching and moving.
- 15 Gallon welded steel Hydraulic Tank.
- 1″ Machined Steel Compound Wedge provides tough and efficient log splitting.
- Road Towable so you can take it anywhere.
- Heavy duty integrated log cradle helps prevent operator from reaching to ground level for split logs.
- Vertical Beam Lock adds security while splitting in the vertical position.
- Made in the USA.
View or download the MANUAL for the Swisher LSEK14534.
*If you want a smaller gas log splitter that’s still powerful and a lot less expensive then consider the Swisher LSRB87528 (28-Ton).
Overview | Swisher LSEK14534
Featuring a 14.5 HP commercial-grade Kawasaki engine, the Swisher LSEK14534 is an incredibly powerful and versatile electric log splitter than can tackle a vast range of massive outdoor jobs with ease.
Horizontal or Vertical Log Splitting
This is a commercial grade log cutter/splitter that can cut both horizontally and vertically. It even features the patented Swisher cold weather clutch which totally eliminates the potential for starting problems in extremely cold temperatures.
It comes with an impressive 7.5″ splitting wedge that can be sharpened for optimal performance as needed, a hydraulic filter, and a standard, four-way wedge. The four-way wedge doubles the splitting ability of the unit for rapid production. You can get your pre-winter work done in half the time with this splitter. It also has an approximate cycle time of just ten to twelve seconds.
The Swisher LSEK14534 is road towable with a 2″ coupler and safety chains and can therefore be moved from one job site to the next with minimal effort. Logs won’t roll off the beam when using this unit either, given that it features a heavy duty log cradle that catches them just after they’ve been split. Although you can certainly use this unit to create plenty of firewood for the oncoming cold, this models is also well-suited to breaking up unwanted trees in the backyard.
Given its vertical and horizontal cutting abilities, it is more than capable of handling dense woods with lots of knots and crossing grains that other, lesser units cannot.
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14.5 HP Kawasaki Engine
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7-Ton / 80cc Gas
The Champion 90720 7 ton hydraulic log splitter provides heavy duty, dependable, and portable log splitting. The unit is powered by a 80cc Champion single cylinder, 4-stroke OHV engine with a .9 gallon fuel tank and 1.3 gallon hydraulic oil capacity, with an automatic low oil shutdown sensor for the engine. Features a 20 second no load cycle time, adjustable stroke return, and integrated log cradle. The unit is lightweight and has 10″ never flat wheels for easy portability.
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- Horizontal operation.
- 20 second no load cycle time.
- Adjustable wedge stroke.
- Automatic cylinder return.
- Lightweight for easy portability.
- 7 Ton Horizontal Log Splitter.
- Handles logs up to 20″ long.
- 80cc Champion 4-Cycle OHV Engine.
- Makes quick work on medium to light weight splitting.
- Automatic low oil shutdown sensor.
- 2 Stage, 3 Gallon Per Minute Pump.
- Reservoir holds 1 gallon; hydraulic fluid NOT included.
- 10″ Never Flat Tires.
- Fits in the bed of most trucks.
- Weight: 167 lbs.
- Maximum log weight: 100 lbs.
35-Ton / Gas
For heavy duty log splitting, the Champion 35-ton hydraulic is equal to the task. It has a single cylinder, 4-stroke OHV engine with a 1.64 gal. fuel tank and 9 gal. oil capacity and automatic low oil shutdown. The splitter can take up to 24 in. long logs with a maximum weight of 100 pounds. The unit is built with never flat wheels and 2 in. ball coupler for towing. CARB/ 50 State compliant.
- 338 cc OHVChampion, 4-stroke, single cylinder, air-cooled engine
- Low oil shut-off for safety and convenience
- Easy pull recoil start
- Cast iron sleeve for durability
- Skewed wedge improves splitting efficiency while log strippers assist in removing log from wedge on return stroke
- Automatic cylinder return makes operation quick and easy
- 2-stage pump delivers 13-GPM at 3500-PSI
- 16 in. dot approved wheels
- Towable at 45 MPH maximum speed
- Includes spin-on external hydraulic oil filter
- Satisfies California Air Resources Board (CARB) air emissions standards for sale in all 50 states