Choosing a log splitter that is right for you may not be as easy as it sounds. Reading through specs, reviews, and product descriptions can be time-consuming and a lot of effort. Log splitters vary in size and power, and they have different features that you may or may not need. Since log splitters can be a little pricey, we understand that choosing the right product is important.
We took some time to compile reviews of log splitters under $1000 to make things a little easier for you. We also have a short buyer’s guide at the end to help you with your decision and streamline the buying process.
|Dirty Hand Tools 100450|
|Boss Industrial ED8T20||160 lbs||4.7/5|
|Boss Industrial ES7T20|
(Best for the Money)
|Generac K10||132 lbs||4.2/5|
|Goplus New 1500W 6 Ton||102 lbs||3.9/5|
This sturdy, high-quality piece of equipment will take all the hassle out of log splitting, whether it is for commercial use or stocking up for winter. Hitch this log splitter to your tractor’s 3-point hitch and make use of the 15 – 25 tons splitting force within 15.4 seconds per log. You typically use this log splitter horizontally, but if you are working with bug, heavy logs that are difficult to pick up, simply pull the front pin and switch to vertical mode. In vertical mode, you can simply shift the big logs into the cradle and you’ll be good to go.
The cradle is big enough to take logs with a size of up to 25”. It also has a handy wedge on the side to store cut-offs and reduce your log handling time. The high-performance wedge and its 4” diameter cylinder are mounted on a durable ground stand that can withstand massive weights. This log splitter from Dirty Hand Tools is one of the best we’ve seen and is definitely one that you don’t want to live without.
Unlike our top pick, this log splitter only has 8 tons of log splitting force, but the powerful 2 HP motor has an easy push-button start and it has multiple other useful features. This log splitter can handle pieces of wood that is up to 20” long and 10,5” in diameter. This is the perfect log splitter for stocking up wood for your furnace and other household uses.
Unboxing and installing this log splitter is quick and using it to split logs is just as easy. Moving the 160 lbs log splitter around is effortless as it has two wheels at the front and a pull handle at the back. The biggest problem with this log splitter is that it’s not geared toward splitting heavy or sizeable logs as the cradle is too small and there is no vertical mode. Having said that, this log splitter with its 3000-psi hydraulic pressure is an all-around high-quality product that you definitely would be able to use around your home.
If you’re just looking for a solid, affordable log splitter for your own private use, take a look at the Boss Industrial ES7T20. This product is pure value for money with its 7-ton log splitting force, 2 HP motor, and automatic ram return. Other awesome features that you get with this log splitter is one-handed handling and built-in side rails to keep logs stable while you are working.
This product is not perfect, however. One of the biggest downsides of this log splitter is the fact that it can only be used to split logs with a length of 20.5” and a diameter of 10”. The cradle is too small for bigger logs, and it has no vertical position to shift heavy logs easier into the cradle.
This log splitter is, nonetheless, great value for money, and definitely worth it if you just need a quality product that will split reasonably sized logs for firewood or whatever else you need.
This simple log splitter consists of a ram that pushes logs over a platform into a stationary blade. According to Generac, the ram has 10 tons of log splitting force that can split a log with a length of up to 16 inches. The ram works very quickly and if you have small logs, this machine can work quite well.
There are a couple of drawbacks that you should take note of, however. Firstly, there is no real cradle or guide, and the ram may simply push a log off the platform, instead of into the blade. Secondly, the ram may struggle with bigger logs, even ones that fit between the ram and the blade. Another problem is jamming that may sometimes occur.
If you don’t mind actively guiding and adjusting components and pieces of wood, the K10 is not a bad proposition. This log splitter can work well in a suburban setup, but chances are that you will find something better for the same price.
This wood splitter has 6 tons of log splitting force and can manage logs with a length of up to 14.5 inches. It is compact, light, and easy to move around. But that is, as far as positive features are concerned, that.
This little log splitter has a noisy, low-quality motor that moves the ram incredibly slowly. If you manage to split more than 50% of your logs with this splitter, you may count yourself lucky. The wedge is off-center, and you will have to actively guide and adjust logs to get some splitting done. The motor is simply not powerful enough to push through the logs.
Unless you put the splitter on a table, it is uncomfortable to use. The motor will not last long before burning out or experiencing some other malfunction. For the same price, you will be able to find a better product. We definitely do not recommend this log splitter.
Before buying, it is important that you determine your needs. Make sure that you get a log splitter that can handle the size of the logs that you currently split with an ax. If you usually split big and heavy logs, a splitter with a vertical mode is what you need.
Log splitting force is another important consideration. If you are splitting dense wood, don’t go below 8 tons. For small or light pieces, 6 tons will work fine. Make sure that you get a log splitter with a fast ram speed. You don’t want to spend a minute per log. Saving time is one of the reasons you are buying the log splitter in the first place.
When you narrowed your search down to a couple of models, read reviews and watch videos online to see how people feel about their own purchases. This will give you a clear indication of what you can expect in terms of quality and use.
So, there you have it. If you are looking for the best of the best under $1000, we recommend the Dirty Hand Tools 100450 with its awesome features and industrial quality. If value for money is what you are after, we suggest that you consider the Boss Industrial ES7T20.
As suppliers are increasingly trying to bring down their input costs per unit, quality is usually the first to suffer. Luckily, there are still thousands of models available that you can choose from.
Hopefully, we have helped you narrow down your search and gave you some options and tip on what you should be looking for.
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