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Ariens 27 Ton Log Splitter

Post in 'The Gear' started by corey148, Jul 11, 2013.

  1. corey148

    corey148 Member

    Oct 4, 2012
    Western MD
    Anyone had an experience with the Ariens 27 Ton Log Splitter? I am currently in the process of looking for a log splitter. Previously, I had been splitting all my wood with a maul, but I just purchased a tri axle of pole wood and really dont want to split all that by hand. The review on this splitter appears to be fairly good and its completely made in the United States!! It also has a really good engine (Subaru SP-170) according to reviews. The only downfall is the price which is around $1500-1600. I have read a lot about the Huskee 22 ton log splitter with Briggs & Stratton engine that can be purchased for approximately $1,000. My only question with that one is the reliability of the B.S. engine as well as its 22 ton rather than the 27 ton from Ariens. Is it worth the extra money for the extra tonnage as well the reliability of the Subaru engine?? Any input would be greatly appreiated.

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  2. mikey517

    mikey517 Burning Hunk

    Dec 27, 2010
    Highland Lakes, New Jersey
    I own the 27 ton Ariens, and Im very happy with it. Had it since Labor Day weekend 2012 and its split oak, elm, ash and maple with no problems.

    I like the physical layout - the motor well away from the work area and the control lever centrally located to allow work from either side. The working height in the horizontal position is very comfortable for me - I'm 6'2"

    The Subaru / Robin engine is excellent.

    I needed warranty service done (the control valve started leaking), and even though the unit was purchased via Home Depot, it was repaired by a local Gravely / Ariens dealer in short order and at no cost.

    Get the log cradle...it does help speed the work. This summer, I'll be adding the work table as well.

    There are some good videos at youtube. Just search for GRAVELY SPLITTER as they are exactly the same and both made by Ariens.

    Regards / Mike
  3. ChadD

    ChadD Burning Hunk

    Nov 10, 2012
    I bought this splitter at home depot in april and it has been great! The motor purrs,starts on first pull and doesn't hesitate on even the biggest oak rounds I have put through it. I also bought the log cradle and table. I went into the store to the customer service desk told them I wanted to buy a splitter gave them the sku number and asked if they take competitors coupons she explained that they do for similar items and they must have a brick and mortar store in the local area. I presented a 20% off Harbor Freight coupon and scored the splitter for $1260. Hopefully that helps you.

  4. bogydave

    bogydave Minister of Fire

    Dec 4, 2009
    So Cent ALASKA
    Lots here have speeco 22 ton, seem reliable enough.
    Nothing wrong with 27 ton either but not sure the 22 won't split just as good for $500 less.

    I went speeco because:
    full length beam & end ram mount
    wedge design
    cradle beam
    Price & availability.
  5. Biglumber

    Biglumber Member

    Jan 19, 2008
    I can say it works well. Purchased in 2010 and have run 12 cords of cottonwood through it. Compact and powerful.

  6. DirtyLittleSecret

    DirtyLittleSecret New Member

    Oct 5, 2013
    Sandy, OR
    Just finally picked it up tonight from my local HD. After visiting several other dealers in the area only to be utterly disappointed (looked at Troy Bilt, Bear Cat (echo), Northern Tool, DR Rapidfire, Husky, and tried to look at Oregon splitters - evidently I wasnt worthy to ever see one). Some of the dealers were utterly clueless of their product which gave me a good deal of pause on shelling out the $$$ for such an investment.
    Went into HD to look at the 22 and 27 ton side-by-side and decided on the 27 since there are a few online sales which they matched without question, took advantage of an additional 10% off with 6 months free financing, and walked out having paid just shy of $1200 usd. Feeling like I walked away with a good deal.
  7. BrotherBart

    BrotherBart Hearth.com LLC Mid-Atlantic Division Staff Member

    Nov 18, 2005
    Northern Virginia
    A heck of a deal.

    I paid $750 for my 20 ton. In 1988.
  8. SKIN052

    SKIN052 Minister of Fire

    Nov 12, 2008
    Appleton, Newfoundland
    I have an Ariens Snow Blower, great machines that work well. I have a cheapo 5ton electric log splitter but it suits my needs.
  9. punchy

    punchy Burning Hunk

    Jul 28, 2011
    mid mo
    i am very happy with mine. no problems at all so far.
  10. MofoG23

    MofoG23 Feeling the Heat

    Sep 12, 2009
    Western PA - Steeler Country!
    Great deal - you'll be very happy with it. I've had mine for several years and never had an issue...
  11. Firewood Bandit

    Firewood Bandit Feeling the Heat

    Jan 3, 2014
    Western WIsconsin
    I've got a 28 ton Speeco I bought in September. I've split 18 cord with it so far. Works great and starts generally first pull with the B/S 1450 motor. This has a 5 position choke rather than a primer. FWIW, get the log cradle.



    Progress so far


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