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How to Pick the Perfect Log Splitter Tonnage. How to Pick the Perfect Log Splitter Tonnage: Experts at Power Equipment Direct provide advice on how to size a log splitter based on force and tons


Log Splitter Buying Guide

How to Pick the Perfect Log Splitter Tonnage

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Log Splitter Buying Guide

Log splitters don’t actually cut wood.

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.

What’s in Your Woodpile?
Size Your Log Splitter Based on Your Logs
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.

Size Your Logsplitter to Your Logs

Green vs. Seasoned

Green Wood Requires a More Powerful Log Splitter
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.

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