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Splitter advice

Post in 'The Gear' started by ChadD, Apr 13, 2013.

  1. ChadD

    ChadD Member

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    I want to buy a log splitter so far the one that caught my eye is the
    Ariens 917001 169cc Gas 27 Ton Splitter.


    Anyone have this or have any experience with this unit or other recommendations?

    Trying to keep it under $1600.

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  2. bogydave

    bogydave Minister of Fire

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    Subject coming up here a lot lately.
    Lots here have the 22 ton Huskee from tractor supply
    (Made by Speeco)
    The 22 ton Speeco has split everything I've put on it. good fuel economy & nice features ;)
  3. Butcher

    Butcher Minister of Fire

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  4. MasterMech

    MasterMech Guest

    The Ariens unit has a great engine on it but for $1600 it's a bit slow @ 16.5 seconds. As Dave pointed out, many here have bought the Huskee 22 ton unit (retails around $1100) and are very happy. From what I've seen, it's the best bang for your buck until you get north of $2K.

    Under $1600 bucks? I'd be looking at units between 20-22 tons and no bigger. 26 ton units with 5-6HP engines are going to be very slow due to the smaller pump size. Ton rating really is a loose specification anyways. Manufacturers love to advertise big numbers to sell equipment but really it's the engine/pump combo that makes the machine (speed/reliability), not just the size of the cylinder (power).
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