Should I buy a log splitter?

Log Splitter 7 ton
Logmaster 7 ton kinetic log splitter
Nothing quite compares to the homely, comforting glow of a real fireplace. As well as a source of heat, it provides a talking point and an attractive feature for any home.

However, chopping logs can be a backbreaking and sometimes dangerous chore. That’s where log splitters come in handy.

How do log splitters work?

Log splitters are a useful piece of equipment that take the strain out of chopping logs. Consisiting of either a hydraulic or electric-powered rod and piston assembly, the log splitter is normally rated by the tons of pressure it generates. Logs are driven, by a piston, onto a stationary blade with enough force to split them in two.

Log splitters are portable and easily moved from garage or shed to your log pile. There are several types on the market depending on the size and/or amount of logs that require splitting. Most home devices range in pressure from 4 ton log splitters to 7 ton log splitters, which is more than adequate for most types of wood. Also popular are dual log splitters, which can split wood in both directions to save you even more time.

Safety first

Good log splitters require two handed operation. This reduces the chance of operator accidents, as both hands are occupied in using the machine rather than potentially getting caught between log and blade. The behaviour of the log being split cannot be entirely predicted, so it’s good practice to stand at the opposite end to the splitting blade. If any people are collecting the split wood, make sure that they stand clear of the log splitter whilst it is in use.


Maintaining your log splitter as per the manufacturer’s instructions is important in prolonging the life of your purchase. Cleaning and oiling after use is usually recommended. Accessories are also available for logsplitters; a log splitter table is a good investment as it raises the splitter to waist height to eliminate any further bending.

If you’re still not sure if a log splitter is right for you, watch the video below to see one in action!

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The Big Button Mobile Phone from Clifford James
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Line up of mens shoes in a shoe shop.
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Surprising Slipper Facts
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