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What is the best log splitter for small farm work?
« on: September 03, 2015, 01:22:21 PM »
My boyfriend is looking for opinions from the pros here (he is not much of a computer whiz).

Could anyone give me some tips or suggestions on which log splitter would work best for him?  We just have a small farm with a lot of trees down from a storm and he wants to buy a log splitter.  He is looking at a 22 ton splitter at Lowe's, but any suggestions?

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Re: What is the best log splitter for small farm work?
« Reply #1 on: September 03, 2015, 02:02:45 PM »
Way too many variations and variables to consider for an answer to that question.

I have an 8hp horizontal splitter that will not convert to vertical. Don't find there is a need to have more or less.

It isn't the splitter that will make much difference. It is the gumption to get the job done in time to have a year or two supply of split wood seasoning before it is needed for heat (hope he is good at that !! )  ;D

Go for the one at Lowe's and if something better comes along after getting experience with the Lowe's, sell it and buy a different one. just sayin............  good luck.

There are prolly much better replies a-coming from others.  ;)
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Re: What is the best log splitter for small farm work?
« Reply #2 on: September 03, 2015, 02:07:25 PM »
Beenthere, thanks.  I understand that is a pretty vague question that I asked, but I know absolutely nothing about it, other than I like a fire in the fireplace.   ;D   I'll pass on your recommendation to him.  Thanks for the reply!

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Re: What is the best log splitter for small farm work?
« Reply #3 on: September 03, 2015, 02:56:03 PM »
The Husky splutters from Tractor Supply seem to do well for the small farm or home owner.
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Re: What is the best log splitter for small farm work?
« Reply #4 on: September 03, 2015, 03:36:21 PM »
Many of the splitters have off shore engines on them and a lot of people have good luck with them, If your looking to get one splitter that will last for years with a lot of use look to a name brand engine.

Honda is the brand I would be looking for myself, I haven't heard anything bad about Subaru but no first hand experience.

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Re: What is the best log splitter for small farm work?
« Reply #5 on: September 03, 2015, 03:51:13 PM »
speeco and husky are made by the same company.
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Re: What is the best log splitter for small farm work?
« Reply #6 on: September 03, 2015, 03:54:45 PM »
there all pretty similar, i prefer one with the wedge on the beam instead of on the cylinder, but some may like the other way round. i would look for a horizontal about waist high, i hate bending over.

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Re: What is the best log splitter for small farm work?
« Reply #7 on: September 03, 2015, 05:00:15 PM »
my old splitter

  with a small A T V winch I'm to old to pick up the big one's

  when I wore the old one out wife got me a new one it has a Honda engine and I put the winch on it
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Re: What is the best log splitter for small farm work?
« Reply #8 on: September 03, 2015, 05:36:16 PM »
I myself would buy one that splits either horizontal or vertical. I think most do at most of the big box stores. And most come at the same height. I brought one that has 26 ton of splitting power. I never used the vertical way until I got an OWB and needed to split some big pine. If you don't need it,than don't use it,but it might come in handy no matter what. Even if I am splitting pine that I just cut and splitting it to burn the same day.  :)
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Re: What is the best log splitter for small farm work?
« Reply #9 on: September 03, 2015, 05:50:22 PM »
Thank you ALL so much for your advice & the pics also.  I can't wait to show him what you've shared!  Thank you, thank you, thank you!

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Re: What is the best log splitter for small farm work?
« Reply #10 on: September 03, 2015, 05:58:51 PM »
I have one of those very popular 22 ton splitters. It is an older one and has split a lot of wood. I also like the horizontal/vertical option. Hard to beat these splitters for the money.

Very big blocks I split vertically to sizes I can handle.

 

 

Most blocks I just use horizontal. I let the tractor do the lifting and toss it into a roughly stacked pile or into a trailer off the splitter.

 

 

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Re: What is the best log splitter for small farm work?
« Reply #11 on: September 03, 2015, 09:52:24 PM »
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Re: What is the best log splitter for small farm work?
« Reply #12 on: September 06, 2015, 04:37:34 PM »
You say "small farm", what does that signify? What type and size of wood do you typically use as firewood?  For us, we have a small tree farm(40 acres), and heat with wood( doug fir, big leaf maple, madrone, alder), and have used large hydraulic (gas powered) and hand split with maul/axes. I prefer the axe, but we recently purchased a 6 ton electric splitter (bluehawk sold at lowes), and are honestly amazed and surprised at its ease of use performance and overall function. I was realy skeptical, but it is nice to use something quiet, and fairly fast on the cycle. We were a bit out of reach of an outlet, so we used a generator and with a heavier long cord kept that noise at a distance from out work area and it was really the most enjoyable time I have had splitting firewood for soem time. It was 299 new.
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Re: What is the best log splitter for small farm work?
« Reply #13 on: September 06, 2015, 06:12:30 PM »
Thank you all again so much.  I showed your replies to him and he was really appreciative.

mad murdock, we have 100 acres of primarily oak trees.  We had a storm come through this past spring and blew down at least 100 large oaks.  Our property almost looks like it's been timbered.

Thank you everyone!  I think he is going to head to Lowe's for the 22 ton and go from there. 

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Re: What is the best log splitter for small farm work?
« Reply #14 on: September 07, 2015, 11:17:09 AM »
Be careful with those blowdowns!

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Re: What is the best log splitter for small farm work?
« Reply #15 on: September 07, 2015, 11:33:28 AM »
I would go with the vertical/horizontal and able to do a 4 way split, we built our own and put a 4 way on it ,much better, get the job done faster, just need to have a good size cylinder on it.
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Re: What is the best log splitter for small farm work?
« Reply #16 on: September 07, 2015, 12:05:50 PM »
I was peeking at the $999 22 ton splitter at Tractor Supply. I am finally going to retire the maul this fall. I have to split enough for two homes now. It is the same one most of you guys are talking about that is made by Huskee?

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Re: What is the best log splitter for small farm work?
« Reply #17 on: September 07, 2015, 06:34:27 PM »


we have 100 acres of primarily oak trees.  We had a storm come through this past spring and blew down at least 100 large oaks.  Our property almost looks like it's been timbered.

 
I'm right across the state line in north La. Sounds like the same storm that took down a bunch of nice oaks for me, that I still haven't stated cleaning up.
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Re: What is the best log splitter for small farm work?
« Reply #18 on: September 08, 2015, 12:46:40 AM »
Please do yourself a favor and spend the extra money to get a decent splitter now, buy one that will split either vertically or horizontal and please buy one with a horizontal shaft HONDA engine, preferably their better engine (red & white) you will be so much happier in the long run. Hondas are very reliable, quiet, and have the easy start pull start , I believe my 3 yr. old grandson could probably start mine, that easy to pull! If you have a Northern store around you they sell some pretty nice ones equipped with the good Honda engine for around $1600, good luck!

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Re: What is the best log splitter for small farm work?
« Reply #19 on: September 08, 2015, 09:47:20 PM »
I am a firm believer in timberwolfs so I would suggest one of those even if you opt for the smaller model. they are top notch quality. my buddy has a husky and it is in the shop more than the woods. most of the time its the motor, I think it has a Tecumseh. junk. you get what you pay for and you will get years of use and hundreds if not thousands of cords through a timberwolf and still have something in the end.
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