Log splitters don’t actually cut wood.
What’s in Your Woodpile?
Instead, a wedge gradually rams against the log, slowly splitting it in half.
Unlike axes, which generate force through a very fast motion, log splitters use strength instead of speed.
The force exerted by a log splitter is measured in tons. The greater the tonnage, the wider and harder the logs it can split.
You simply size your log splitter based on the widest logs in your woodpile.
For example, if you plan on splitting 6-inch diameter branches, a small 4-ton log splitter will suffice.
On the other hand, if you plan on cracking 2-foot wide tree trunks, you’ll need a large 20-30 ton log splitter.
Naturally, harder woods - like oak, walnut and poplar - will require additional force.
Our chart will help you guesstimate how much force you'll need. It's not always accurate, but it's usually pretty darn close.
|Green vs. Seasoned |
No, we’re not talking about NFL rookies and veterans.
Freshly fallen wood is very moist and difficult to cut.
As wood ages, the moisture inside slowly evaporates, making it more brittle.
As a result, older firewood splits and burns much easier.
If you plan on splitting green wood, you’ll need either a more powerful log splitter or some old-fashioned, inexpensive patience.