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Dirty Hand Tools 100342 Ratings
Overall Rating
Features
5/5
Quality
5/5
Performance
5/5
Value
5/5
Overall
4.9 out of 54.9 out of 54.9 out of 54.9 out of 54.9 out of 5
Pros
Fast (7)
Easy To Use (6)
I'd Buy It Again (5)
High Quality (4)
Durable (4)
Cons
Jack For Height Adjustme... (1)
Durability (1)
Will Not Achieve Adverti... (1)
Hydro Oil Not Supplied (1)
Expensive (1)
97% of respondents would recommend this product to a friend
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Dale, the Log Splitter Expert
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Total Reviews
36 Reviews
Total Helpful Votes
962 Helpful Votes
Power Equipment Direct Recommended

The Dirty Hand Tools 100342 is powered by an easy-starting Kohler 9.5HP 4-cycle engine that powers the 2 stage, 17.5 gpm pump, generating 3400psi of splitting force. Logs up to 25" long are no problem. And the 10.5-second cycle time makes it one of the fastest hydraulic splitters in its class.

The Dirty Hand Tools 100342 is designed for easy transition between horizontal and vertical configurations. The horizontal mode is easiest for most splitting tasks. But when you come across an... more
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John S.
Springfield, VA
Purchased from Power Equipment Direct
Purchased 3/19/16
Most Helpful Positive Review
REVIEWED
APR.
13
2016
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Great Log Splitter!
Assembly was per instructions. Operated for approximately 40 minutes and changed oil. The low oil shutoff switch works great! Be sure that the unit is level when replacing oil or checking oil.

The log splitter is easy to operate, starts with ease, and does every thing you would expect for quality equipment. I highly recommend this log splitter if you do a lot of splitting.
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Paul S.
Cheshire, CT
Purchased from Power Equipment Direct
Purchased 7/18/16
REVIEWED
AUG.
19
2016
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Looks Good
Arrived quickly, actually enjoyed putting it together. Only split a few pieces so far, but seemed to power through and cycle quickly. Only thing is it has small leak on hose fitting going into the filter. I did use pipe dope. I heard of this from another review. Will have to try something new.
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Richard T.
Maryville, TN
Purchased from Power Equipment Direct
Purchased 1/14/16
REVIEWED
FEB.
16
2016
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Honeydue Worker
Log splitter arrived on time, easy to assemble, easy starting and has handled everything I have thrown at it. I would recommend this to anyone who has a lot of wood to take care of.
Richard Recommends This Dirty Hand Tools Product
Richard's Experience With Power Equipment Direct
Web Site
5/5

Service
5/5

Shipping
5/5
"Provided expert advise, assisted in the order and assure I had no problems. Log Splitters Direct is the number one place to go."
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Russell N.
Mount Hood Parkdale, OR
Purchased from Power Equipment Direct
Purchased 8/7/16
REVIEWED
SEP.
12
2016
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
A Robust Machine
Received our splitter on time, and then waited 2.5 weeks for the hydraulic fluid shipment to catch up! (There's a story about that...)
Got the splitter assembled with no problems. My overhead lift made some operations much easier and safer to perform. Getting the bolts properly installed to hold the engine to the frame was difficult for large hands.

Quality of the components is robust and excellent. The hardware is equally strong and of good quality. The Kohler motor is set up with dip... more
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Eric P.
Marlborough, CT
Purchased from Power Equipment Direct
Purchased 7/18/16
REVIEWED
AUG.
09
2016
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Excellent Deal
I've been shopping around for a quality log splitter and read hundreds of reviews and found this one to fit my needs. Not disappointed at all. Setup was easy, Works awesome. Splits everything I throw at it.
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James J.
Pollock Pines, CA
Purchased from Power Equipment Direct
Purchased 6/19/16
REVIEWED
JUL.
12
2016
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Great Splitter
It took about four hours to put it together, but was well worth it. You need to write the Engine S/N and info down about the Kohler engine before you install it. Once you install the engine, the data plate is up against the Hydraulic tank. The engine started on the second pull. Split my first wood today. It is a little heavy for moving by hand, but that is why we have trucks!!!!
James Recommends This Dirty Hand Tools Product
James's Experience With Power Equipment Direct
Web Site
4/5

Service
5/5

Shipping
4/5
"Very heavy (675 lbs), used my neighbors Bobcat with tines installed. Instructions are easy to follow. The ram is very heavy, but once you get it stood up on the end, you can walk the ram into place - no problem."
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Mark W.
Holcombe, WI
REVIEWED
FEB.
14
2016
4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5
Dirty Hand 28 Ton Splitter
Assembly was not bad even for one person, when it was time to add fluids they do send with the splitter but they summer weight oils. I read the manual and engine takes 40 oz. not on this one I had oil on the floor before the bottle was empty.

I put gas in it and it did start after two pulls but some where on the carburetor it has a leak and will drip gas until the carburetor is empty of fuel so shut fuel off and run dry or I need to look into what's leaking. I bought this splitter to work... more
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Suzanne O.
Centerville, UT
Purchased from Power Equipment Direct
Purchased 9/21/16
REVIEWED
NOV.
07
2016
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Love It So Far
Husband and son love it so far.
Pros: Easy To Use, I'd Buy It Again, Durable, Features
Suzanne Recommends This Dirty Hand Tools Product
Suzanne's Experience With Power Equipment Direct
Web Site
5/5

Service
5/5

Shipping
5/5
"I would buy from you again."
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Jim
Purchased from Power Equipment Direct
Purchased 3/23/14
Total Helpful Votes
53 Helpful Votes
REVIEWED
APR.
03
2014
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Good Quality, Nice Design
I rented log splitters for years and finally decided to get my own. From my renting experience I determined that I needed a 25-28 ton splitter to handle White Oak and Elm and to power through large knots and crotches. I decided not to go as high as a 35-ton splitter because of expense, noise, excessive gas usage, and difficulty in maneuvering the splitter due to the weight. I did a LOT of research and decided on the 28HP Dirty Hand splitter.

Let me start at the beginning: unpacking and... more
Pros: Fast, High Quality, I'd Buy It Again
Cons: Expensive
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Arlen
Bartlesville, OK
Purchased from Power Equipment Direct
Purchased 12/5/13
Total Helpful Votes
36 Helpful Votes
REVIEWED
DEC.
28
2013
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Ready To Give Up The Monster Maul
After 35 years of busting up our wonderful Oak trees for firewood with a monster maul (a rental splitter when needed) the elbows and wrist joints are pushing back at age 60. With the kids having moved away from home, and a pipeline crossing the property, I have an ample supply of wood, and lack the manpower I used to have. So the purchase of the 28 ton splitter was necessary.

When you order this splitter just make sure you have a way to move the crate where you can have it ready for the... more
Pros: Easy To Use, Fast, I'd Buy It Again
Arlen Recommends This Dirty Hand Tools Product
Arlen Would Recommend Power Equipment Direct To A Friend
Web Site
5/5

Service
5/5

Shipping
5/5
"The Dirty Hand Tools 28-Ton Splitter was ordered on a Thursday to be delivered to the local feed store where I scheduled a trailer to be located. I figured the delivery was going to be 2-3 weeks, and I had plenty of time to get the trailer to the feed store. Four working days after the order was placed the feed store operator called and said the truck was in the lot. Where is your trailer? While this caused me a bit of a scramble, and my friends helped me out in various ways, it was an overall positive experience."
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George K.
Milford, NJ
Purchased from Power Equipment Direct
Purchased 1/23/14
Total Helpful Votes
31 Helpful Votes
REVIEWED
FEB.
10
2014
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Nice Machine Very Happy
Ordered on Friday, arrived the following Thursday. Very fast delivery. Unpacked the crate in the back of my pickup so I could remove each piece by my self. Assembled in about 1.5 hrs. On the 28 ton you have to mount the engine. Instructions say to mount engine first before doing wheels and tow bar. It's actually easier to start by mounting the wheels to the tank, then the tow bar, and then the engine. This way the engine mount platform is off the ground so you can get the bolts through from... more
Pros: Fast, Price, Exceeded Expectations, High Quality
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Mike D.
Cb, IA
REVIEWED
JAN.
27
2014
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Awesome Splitter
Bought this from a friend who purchased this item from PED so I thought I would share my positive experience here. We hauled it a few hours out to our cabin because we heat with wood there and my body is getting old for swinging an axe. This thing towed no problem. Once we got it to the cabin it fired right up and we split for about 5 hours. Mostly 24"-30" Oak, Elm, Pine. Nothing even slowed it down. Ran forever on a full tank of gas. I highly recommend this product.
Pros: Durable, Price, Fast, High Quality
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Mark M.
Sharpsville, PA
Purchased from Power Equipment Direct
Purchased 7/8/14
REVIEWED
JUL.
18
2014
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Amazing Great Splitter
I ordered the splitter on a Tuesday and I had it splitting wood Friday. High quality with a great engine. All kinds of power nothing could stop it. Dirty Hand Tools is a great company to deal with!
Pros: Fast, High Quality, I'd Buy It Again, Durable
Mark Recommends This Dirty Hand Tools Product
Mark's Experience With Power Equipment Direct
Web Site
5/5

Service
5/5

Shipping
5/5
"Amazaingly fast shipping!!!!!!!"
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John W.
El Prado, NM
Purchased from Power Equipment Direct
Purchased 7/6/15
REVIEWED
AUG.
01
2015
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
One & Only......
I'm 68 & have split with a maul for a LONG time....wish I'd bought this splitter years ago....
SHIPPING - I opted for the lift gate delivery...good thing I did to as I never could have got it on the ground otherwise. This thing is heavy duty with emphasis on heavy....

ASSEMBLY - If you have an indoor shop, good for you - it will probably save a lot of time. The directions were easily followed but I assembled in my driveway which was far from ideal. An overhead hoist of some kind to get... more
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Thomas E.
Indianapolis, IN
Purchased from Power Equipment Direct
Purchased 3/20/15
REVIEWED
MAY.
31
2015
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
28 Ton Log Splitter
The 9-1/2 hp Kohler engine is very easy to start I operate the log splitter in about half throttle and it saves a lot of fuel very bottom footplate seems to be a little bit too small as it causes the splitter to rock up on it's side when the log gets off center . The two stage pump will slice thru anything ! Very good splitter I remove the front hitch coupling and one wheel to prevent theft.
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Lucas H.
Wilkeson, WA
REVIEWED
SEP.
01
2014
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Apple Wood
Love the splitter. I've split about 3 acres of Apple wood from an orchard that I cut down. The splitter has done great. It works as advertised and that's important. I hate buying stuff online and find out it doesn't work as I was told. Dirty Hand Tools has been great! They have an employee who is on Arboristsite.com blog and they have been great.
Pros: Fast, Easy To Use, I'd Buy It Again, Reliable
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Jason
REVIEWED
JUL.
23
2014
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Satisfied Purchase Enfield, Ct
Decided to go with this splitter after looking at several brands, done with renting and splitting by hand. A big factor for me was the 10 horse engine, the 11 second cycle time, and the table on the side of it. It is fast, powerful, and will go through anything. It had no issues going through a two foot diameter piece of Oak. The engine also is some what quiet for it's size which is a plus. Putting it together was simple but a con was hydraulic oil is not supplied with it. For the amount... more
Pros: Fast, Easy To Use, Durable, Quiet
Cons: Hydro Oil Not Supplied
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James J.
Cedar Lake, IN
REVIEWED
MAR.
05
2015
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Great Splitter
What a great splitter! Once assembled, I put oil and gas in the engine, and to my surprise, one pull and the engine was running. Very fast cycle time and splits anything I could find with no problem.

Also very good on gas... very happy with this unit....I can't believe there is any other splitter that works better than this 28-ton Dirty Hand Tools. Top quality.
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Nancy G.
Lima, OH
Purchased from Power Equipment Direct
Purchased 8/31/15
REVIEWED
SEP.
26
2015
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
My Buddy Called My Splitter A Monster!
I went up to my buddy's house to split some huge logs for him. It split them with no problem. The only thing I didn't like is that the instructions were not detailed enough.

My wife and I got it together within 3 hours. Make sure you put the wheels on first - it'll help. My wife said I smiled the first time we split a big log. Great splitter!
Nancy Recommends This Dirty Hand Tools Product
Nancy's Experience With Power Equipment Direct
Web Site
5/5

Service
5/5

Shipping
5/5
"Great log splitter!"
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Al B.
Burlington, NJ
REVIEWED
SEP.
25
2015
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
A Good Deal
All-in-all, I'm glad I went for the 28-ton model. More horsepower, and more splitting power. It came in a sturdy crate, which I had delivered to where I work. We have dock doors. I assembled the unit myself in the driveway, with the exception of the beam which I needed help handling.

I'm using it to split pieces of a HUGE Kentucky Coffee tree that fell in my yard. This splitter will go through 24 in +. green wood easily. For those not familiar with Kentucky Coffee, it has the density and... more
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Everett Z.
Tabernacle, NJ
Purchased from Power Equipment Direct
Purchased 7/28/15
REVIEWED
AUG.
19
2015
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
28 Ton Vs. 32 Ton
I have an older 38 ton that needed major repair, bought the 28 ton to satisfy my general requirements until the 38 ton is rebuilt. Very happy in general as it works as advertised, negative is the choppy-ness the way the control valve works and the hydraulic fluid heats up very fast, caution about how you lean against the reserve tank. Give this unit an 8 out of 10
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Andre M.
Pound Ridge, NY
Purchased from Power Equipment Direct
Purchased 9/29/14
REVIEWED
DEC.
01
2014
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Powerful, Well Built And Fast. Great Value
Have been very happy with all aspects so far, ordering, delivery, assembly, use and even a repair (hydraulic hose burst) was handled well by Dirty hand tools.

If you have a lot of wood to get though, I strongly recommend this tool.
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Robert S.
Ahwahnee, CA
Purchased from Power Equipment Direct
Purchased 10/3/15
REVIEWED
OCT.
27
2015
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Robert E. Simas
I love it 5 stars
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Douglas P.
Valdese, NC
Purchased from Power Equipment Direct
Purchased 7/29/14
REVIEWED
AUG.
20
2014
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Good Splitter
Arrived as scheduled. Packaged very well with oil and all the needed hardware. Pickup some Teflon tape though. Assembled it in about an hour by myself. I have a shop and power tools so if I were at home by myself I would have expected double that. Starts right up and I adjusted the lever detent after splitting for 30 minutes (Allen wrench and adjustable wrench needed, easy).

Splits very well but does not cycle at the 10.5 second time as it was advertised. Total cycle time on mine is around... more
Pros: Easy To Use
Cons: Will Not Achieve Advertised Cycle Time
Douglas Recommends This Dirty Hand Tools Product
Douglas's Experience With Power Equipment Direct
Web Site
5/5

Service
5/5

Shipping
5/5
"Quick and easy, good communication. Not much more you could ask for."
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Herman W.
New Canaan, CT
Purchased from Power Equipment Direct
Purchased 7/22/15
REVIEWED
SEP.
04
2015
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
More Than I Imagined
I was skeptical to buy something on line, but after receiving the splitter I was thrilled. Thank you for a great product.
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Rodger
Purchased from Power Equipment Direct
Purchased 6/15/15
REVIEWED
JUL.
15
2015
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Excellent Customer Service
Excellent customer service. Many, many companies should respond as you did to a customer issue. Thank you so much for your prompt reply and solution to the problem.

I purchased a snow blower from you last fall and will probably purchase a blower vac prior to the fall leaf pick up season.

You have great prices and with customer service like you provide no one could go wrong making a on-line purchase from your company.

Thank you again for addressing my problem.
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Robert C.
Peyton, CO
Purchased from Power Equipment Direct
Purchased 10/13/15
REVIEWED
NOV.
05
2015
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Dirty Hand Dirty 28 Ton
First of all I want to thank you for sending log splitter 28 ton and easily followed the instructions how to assemble these parts to finalize. I like to use it a lot lately and hope it will be lasting a long while. Thanks again!
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Michael D.
Waterbury, CT
Purchased from Power Equipment Direct
Purchased 4/7/14
REVIEWED
MAY.
23
2014
4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5
Nice Machine But Jack Was Shipped Stripped.
Splits gnarly Oak pretty good.
Pros: Price, Easy To Use
Cons: Durability, Jack For Height Adjustment Was Stripped
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