Are you a forestry professional whose job requires cutting and splitting a high volume of heavy logs? Or perhaps you’re a homeowner who lives in the suburbs or a rural area and you burn wood to heat your home in the winter. I know from personal experience that repeatedly splitting wood with an ax can be a physically exhausting job. Furthermore, doing this for hours on end can wreak havoc on your back.
Log splitters have taken much of the physical toil out of splitting wood. Are you considering purchasing a log splitter? This section talks about the different types of log splitters, their uses, advantages and disadvantages, but also covers the usage of splitting mauls, axes and splitting wedges – so basically everything that has to do with splitting wood.
In layman’s terms, a log splitter is a piece of equipment used primarily for splitting firewood that is already pre-cut into rounds. These include splitting mauls, manually operated machines as well as those with a hydraulic or electrical rod and piston assembly.
Naturally, the hydraulic log splitters have the highest force rating. So, if you’re cutting large – diameter rounds, I recommend purchasing one of these models.
On average, log splitters designed for home use (mainly manual log splitters) have a rating of about 10 tons. On the other hand, professional hydraulic models have the ability to exert incredible amounts of force in excess of 30 tons. There is also the option of purchasing a splitting maul. Splitting mauls work much like an ax, although they are way more effective for splitting small to medium – diameter rounds.
There are also commercial uses for log splitters. Sawmills use them for cutting massive timber into lengths.
Machines designed to ease the physical burden of splitting logs have a long history dating back to the 1890s. This piece of equipment has come a long way since the first prototype was invented almost 130 years ago in the United States. The first official modern log splitter was invented by Clayton J Brukner in 1959.