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electric log splitter longevity

Post in 'The Gear' started by jrousell, Mar 4, 2008.

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  1. jrousell

    jrousell New Member

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    I am pretty much sold ona smaller electric splitter. I only burn part-time, and it would be perfect to ahve one next to my pile under my wood shed( attached to my garage..

    I am curious how long people have had them for? Can people attest to these things wokring over the course of several years?

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  2. johnsopi

    johnsopi Minister of Fire

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    I think they will last if used for re-split. Mine is @ 14 months. I have used it all burning season to re-split wood to start the stove. 5-10
    min daliey.Did have to re do the wires because they got ripped out by a piece of wood.
  3. downeast

    downeast Guest

    The 20 ton gas splitter was sold last year. A 2001 DR Electric 4 ton has been doing 95% of 5-6 cords/year. Slow, reliable, quiet, light, little efficient in fuel use. You can split whenever...just plug it in. We may upgrade to the DR 6 ton when and if the 4 ton dies.
    DR is a model company to do business with.
  4. tkirk22

    tkirk22 New Member

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    We just bought a 5 ton task force so I can't attest to the longevity.

    I have noticed that it has a 'weak link'. The hydraulic pump housing is also the motor mount that connects to the ram cylinder. If that breaks there is no easy fix except a pump replacement. IIRC, it is cast aluminum and not very sturdy.
  5. wahoowad

    wahoowad Minister of Fire

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    I've had my Ryobi two burning seasons and it hasn't missed a beat.

    I backed my pickup load of wood into the garage and watched the basketball game on TV while I split the wood. It's nice not having a loud gas engine running constantly.
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