A Quick Guide to Diesel And Electric Log Splitters

Having lived in a place where the days are short and temperatures regularly go below zero, I understand the importance of securing a steady supply of good firewood. Unless you have other means of heating your home and cooking your food, the alternative is freezing to death during a snowstorm or eating cold food straight from the tin can. You have two ways of getting firewood. You can either buy it or you can just make your own. Of course, when you live in a place where the fire is lit more often than not, buying firewood isn't the most economical option. There's also the issue of substandard firewood. If you can make your own firewood, I highly suggest doing so. Not only is it cheaper, it's also a great workout.

However, felling logs and cutting it down to size with an axe is incredibly time-consuming and exhausting. Chopping a few branches and splitting a huge log are two different things. One can be down in a few whacks, while the other requires thoughtful planning and preparation. Also, the idea of spending hours in the cold isn't exactly palatable.

Enter the log splitter. This mean machine does the job of splitting logs for you in a faster and more efficient way. You can do more with less effort, freeing you up for other things that you want to do.

Not all log splitters are built the same. These machines come in many shapes and sizes. What works for one user may not work for another. When shopping for a log splitter, you will have to consider your needs. You also have to consider a wide variety of specifications. Each type of log splitter is ideal for a specific purpose, and all you have to do is to match one column to another.

Allow me to cut through the noise and help you decide. Here's a quick guide to a few things you should consider when buying a log splitter.

Which one do I get?

Log splitters are mainly classified according to where they derive their power. They are often powered by diesel, petrol or electricity. Each type of log splitter has its own set of advantages and disadvantages, and you have to see whether a certain type can serve your requirements well. What is perfect for one user is the bane of another.

Electric wood splitters

This type of wood splitter is simple. Electricity is simple and all you have to do is to just take it out of the box, plug it into an outlet and you are good to go. And since there's no engine, you don't have to contend with polluting exhaust and you can split wood indoors if you want. Electric wood splitters are also cheaper and easier to use and maintain.

One major drawback electric wood splitters have is its strength or its lack thereof. An electric wood splitter will never be as strong as a diesel or petrol one. If you only need to split medium-sized logs or softwood, then an electric splitter would do fine. However, if you have to split big logs or hardwood, you have to look elsewhere.

Diesel/petrol wood splitters

Petrol and diesel log splitters represent the cream of the crop. They are the most powerful types, and therefore, the one favoured for commercial and industrial applications. Homeowners with hardwood trees also use diesel log splitters to process their wood.

However, all that power comes with more responsibilities. They are heavier and more difficult to manoeuvre. The presence of the engine also makes maintenance more complicated and less economical. On the plus side, if you live off the grid, the diesel log splitter is perfect for you. You can never use one indoors, however, due to the exhaust produced.