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Task Force 5 Ton Electric Splitter at Lowes

Post in 'The Gear' started by kwburn, Aug 19, 2007.

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  1. kwburn

    kwburn New Member

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    Was in Lowes tonight with the family and noticed an electric splitter I've never seen before, maybe others have?
    It's a Task Force 5 Ton Electric Splitter for $299. They had it out on display with 3 other gas splitters. Can't remember ever seeing 4 different splitter models at a home improvement store before. Anyway, it looked like a well designed unit with a little nicer fit and finish than mine with a nice soft rubber handle, rubber tires (although still small), and a built measuring stick that tells you exactly how long the log is (nice touch!). 21" capacity by the way.

    Controls look like they may be a little different than both the Ryobi and Iron Horse. Maybe someone can try it out and let us know for sure. It had more of a horizontal lever on it, maybe to be operated with your foot? If so, thats a great idea to get your face away from it. We were already on our way out when I saw it so I was lucky to even get my hands on it at all.

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  2. 11 Bravo

    11 Bravo New Member

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    Funny you saw that. It caught my eye this afternoon when I was getting a fence post and the guy said it hit the floor yesterday. It was next to an 8 ton gas power MTD for $700. Just might have to go back for a second look, depending on how my bud's Ryobi works out..
  3. kwburn

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    i happened to be in Lowes 'again' today. by the way, they are clearing out their current lines of bathroom cabinets to bring in all higher quality stuff. most of what they have is marked about 1/3 off and just by asking the kid working there he went to 1/2 off so we got a vanity that was 400 for 200. apparently anytime something is in the computer as not coming in again, they have the ability to sell it for whatever they want. keep that in mind whenever you see stuff on clearance at Lowes.

    anyway, i saw the splitter again and they had the owners manual sitting right on top of it. i turned to the operation page and it looks like it works similar to the ryobi. you need to hold both the motor power button and the lever down at the same time for it to operate. too bad.

    i don't remember what the Ryobi costs, but if its the same $299 as this one and i had to buy something today i would buy the Task Force and give it a shot. 25% more power and what appears to be a little nicer fit and finish to it. i'm sure someone will buy one on here before too long and can let us know.
  4. kwburn

    kwburn New Member

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    you bought an omega splitter or you sell omega splitters and just gave yourself a free plug?

    your post (as well as the one on another related thread) looks a little fishy to me. the task force splitter has barely been on the market a week.
  5. BrotherBart

    BrotherBart Hearth.com LLC Mid-Atlantic Division Staff Member

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    Do a Google search for omegastores and the consumer complaints for omegastores.com and splitters. Oh, and the testimonials on the site mention Bill.
  6. pistonslap

    pistonslap Burning Hunk

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    I don't know about the other splitters, but from looking at the pictures of the omega, the task force is much better constucted.
  7. ScorpioII

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    I've owned Omega's 4-ton splitter for almost 6 years and found it reliable,durable and powerful enough for my use. I just purchsed the TASK FORCE 5-ton splitter and can't wait to put it through its paces. One other thing...the Task Force 5-ton splitter was a good $200 cheaper than the Omega 4-ton and the TF-5 appears to be better built as well.
  8. ScorpioII

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    As with my Omega 4-ton splitter the Task Force 5-ton splitter has one draw back. The ram does NOT travel the entire 21". This means that very often a "push block" will be required to to complete the split.
  9. elkimmeg

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    I dealt with Omega before before one purchase from them read the payment options Their garantee consist of damaging the splitter and you collect from the postal carrier.

    In earnesty I offered to demo his splitters. I even offered to visit his wharehouse opperations to demo them. The person in chagre was the rudest person I have talked to in quite some time

    There are many comsumer complaints. His Ebay ratting and feedback is a lot less than stellar I can not recomed his products because of his poor shady business practices
    Now if he wants to change my oppinion and shows he has turned over a new leaf Everbody deserves another chance I willing to take the time to evaluate his products.

    Billy you can PM me and make arangements I know my demo of the ryobi has sold hundreds And many more Ironhorse splitters Myself I have a 16 ton Ram splitter

    I repeat the best 4 ton splitter is a Ryobi and that the ironhorse 6 ton one will notice right off the 50% more power I too would like to try the Lowes offering to compare it to Other electric splitters I have used

    Again Read the payment options concerning Omaga splitter if you don't see red flags and Can get by I told you so ,good luck for me ,I'll pass dealing with this company
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    I saw it in Lowes in Ludington, MI on 18 Aug.
  11. endomyline

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    Just bought the Task Force 5 ton. Out of the box it worked just fine. I do like the safety feature of two hand operation. I'll keep my fingers thanks. Went through a pile of wood easily. Found out of the box it was missing a bolt and nut, but easily replaced. Worked great. Would stay within the limts however, larger pieces, just use the chain saw. I think I'm going to like this product, easy storage, stands up and out of the way. Did the job easily and quickly. For the price I think it is OK.
  12. velvetfoot

    velvetfoot Minister of Fire

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    How 'bout you guys with the Lowes unit post a pic or two? :)
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    I just spent another morning splitting oak and birch with the task force. So far it has exceeded my expectations. I use a 5" block of 4x4 to make up for the lack of full travel on the ram. If I have one complaint it is that my back gets sore from bending down so low to operate it. I guess I'll have to build a stand for it when I use it indoors. So far I highly recommend it.
  14. velvetfoot

    velvetfoot Minister of Fire

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    Why not just sit down?
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    The controls are about 6" off the ground, plus even when you are sitting you still have to bend way over to use them. This isn't my primary splitter, it will mostly be used for splitting small pieces smaller for refiring in the morning and lifting them up high will be no problem.
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    I just bought a Task Force splitter today at Lowes. I was planning on a Husky 22 ton, but I figured I would try the "cheap" route first, and return it when I got frustrated. Amazingly, the splitter did well on my 10-14" diameter, seasoned, hardwood logs, all cut to 20". I probably split about a half cord, so I was determined to break the machine before returning it this evening. I had a big heavy 20"x20" pine log that I thought would stall the machine. It did infact split the log in three pieces on the first try. Then, I took my maul and broke all the connecting strands. Overall, I think it is well worth the $300 price and will afford me some time to save for a 22 ton unit.
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    After splitting just over a cord this past weekend with the Task Force, I'm second guessing if my back would be less sore from using a twelve pound mega maul. You definitely need a table with an electric splitter...
  18. velvetfoot

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    Do you sit down when you split the wood?
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    I usually take a knee, squat, or just bend over.
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    I returned the Task Force to Lowes today. It wasn't a bad splitter for the money, but it just won't handle big wood and I didn't like the 6" from the ground set-up. I ordered a 22 ton Huskee from TSC since they were sold out, but it should be available in about a week...
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    I just picked up one today. It's a decent little splitter for it's size.
    I used a 20% off Home Depot coupon that I bought on Ebay. Lowes accepted the coupon and the final price was $240.

    When I was running the splitter through it's paces with the wife she said "I can do that". Little did she know that was my plan all along ;-)

    I'll borrow a gas splitter for the big stuff.
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    Update: We split a face cord of poplar today. The largest pieces were 14" by 14". They split without a problem. (I think the machine says there's 10" diameter limit) I have 4 or 5 large cherry trees to split soon. I think they will put a real hurting on this little splitter. We'll find out. <grin> I'll only use it on the smaller sections though.

    Anyway I put a 6" or so piece of 2x4 behind the ram to limit the return stroke and speed up the cycle for my relatively short lengths.

    You really do need a stand and a table to keep the pieces from rolling off the back if you want to split them again. I think I'm going to hook the hydraulic valve up to a foot pedal and change the switch on the pump to an on/off.

    Electricity and cords were a bit of a PITA but that's to be expected with this thing. So far so good though. I'll do my best to torture this thing in the next month.
  23. johnnywarm

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    Kirk

    How did the splitter do???

    Thanks JW
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    I have been thinking seriously about the electric Ramsplitter, but I noticed they have an electric version of their 20 ton for about 50% more. It comes with DOT wheels and a 2" hitch that I don't really need. Any experience with this one? I have been begging wood from the tree guys around here and I never know what they are going to drop off. I have been borrowing a homemade gas splitter, but I think it's time for me to buy my own. Since I live in Suburbia, the electric splitter would be my first choice and I'm not sure the 16 ton will be enough. I think we calculated the "Crusher" at 35 tons...

    Thanks for any insight on the Ramsplitter.

    Chris
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    It works on the pieces within it's limits. It will stall on heavily knotted pieces (over 10")
    My plan fell through on a tractor so the cherry trees are still stuck in the woods. I bought an old backhoe that should be able to pull them out but it needs a major hydraulic overhaul first. Hopefully I can finish that up this weekend and then I can pull the trees out on the next trip.

    I foresee the electrical requirements becoming an issue and it's probably not suggested to use an extension cord. That means I'll have to move the logs near an outlet and then move the splits to where they will be stacked. It's not a big deal but it is extra work.
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