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A Guide to Buying Log Splitters
Log splitters turn log chopping from a dangerous chore into a safe, easy, automatic operation. On a log splitter a switch is pressed and/or a lever is pulled to split a log. Log splitters make light work of what is normally a time consuming task. They also take the pressure off your back and are safer to use than an axe. Here at Gardenlines we have a superb range of log splitters for sale so we’re confident you’ll find one to suit you.
Log splitters are good for anyone who has an open fire or log burner. For logs to be easy to store and burn they frequently need to be of a certain size. Log splitters will split logs safely and quickly to the required size. Even if you have a chainsaw you may still find a log splitter a useful addition. Chainsaws are good for chopping logs to the right length but a log splitter will split the logs to the required diameter.
Most log splitters split logs into two pieces. A popular accessory is a 4-way wedge, also known as a cross-wedge. This can be placed over the 'axe head' of your log splitter and it will make the log split into 4 smaller pieces rather than two halves.This saves you time and effort. Many of our log splitters have 4-way wedges available as an accessory.
Types of Log Splitter
Horizontal log splitters are normally smaller, less expensive and excellent for domestic use. Logs are loaded onto the machine horizontally. They can be used on the floor or at waist height with a stand. Some horizontal models come with a stand, such as the Cobra LS520H 5.5 Ton Electric Log Splitter with Stand; otherwise the stand can be purchased as an accessory.
Our most popular horizontal log splitter is The Handy 6 Ton Electric Log Splitter with stand. This log splitter can split logs up to 52cm long and 25cm wide. You can split up to 100 logs per hour quickly, easily and safely.
Vertical log splitters are normally more suited to bigger tasks, splitting larger logs or higher volumes, often for commercial use. Vertical log splitters tend to be large, meaning they require more storage space and they are more difficult to manoeuvre.
Our most popular vertical model is The Handy Pro THPLS7TE ElectricLog Splitter.
Manual log splitters are operated by a lever or foot pump. They require no electricity or petrol, so are simple machines, suitable for smaller volumes of logs.
Our most popular manual log splitter is The Handy Manual Log Splitter.
As with most garden machinery, electric log splitters require less maintenance than petrol. Electric log splitters offer less power than petrol log splitters but are likely to be suitable for most domestic needs. Larger electric log splitters, such as The Handy Pro Vertical Electric Log Splitter, have powerful electric motors that require a good 13A electricity supply. View our wide range of electric log splitters.
If you are likely to be splitting logs from close grain woods, such as cherry or basswood, powerful petrol log splitters are likely to be more suitable. View our range of petrol log splitters.