What kind of splitter do I need?

Post in 'The Gear' started by Sprinter, Aug 6, 2012.

  1. DanCorcoran

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    I, too, have a PowR'Kraft 7-ton splitter. I haven't had a problem with it and it has split virtually everything I have tried to split (note that it is somewhat self-limiting, in that I can only split rounds that I can manage to heave up onto this horizontal splitter). I start in "fast" (4-ton) mode and move to "slow" (7-ton) if I notice any resistance from the round. I split mostly locust, maple, oak, and hickory. I have strapped mine to a hand truck also, since I need to wheel it across rocky terrain. I think the wheels on it would work fine on pavement, but that isn't always available.

    The only other word of advice I'd give is to be sure you have a 20-amp breaker and use the shortest 10-gauge extension cord possible, in order to avoid a voltage drop, which will cause loss of power, overheating, and possible motor damage (which is true for any electrical appliance, if the extension cord isn't sturdy enough).

    I highly recommend this splitter, for those who are considering an electric. It's quiet and there's no messing with gasoline, oil, filters, and exhaust fumes.
     
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  2. nate379

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    That is odd, before I got my gas splitter I just used a 3 ton electric unit and it took care of all my wood. Out of 5 or 6 cords there was maybe 3 or 4 big rounds I had to fight with a little bit to get split.

     
  3. Treacherous

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    I've thought about getting an electric splitter myself for some smaller splitting jobs. I usually just borrow my dad's 20+ year old 22 ton Duerr splitter. He bought it used in the early 90's and I assume it has easily done close to 100 cords or more at this point.
     
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  4. Ashful

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    That's exactly what I've done. The second annual splitter rental day is soon approaching. That said, I'm always looking at other ways of doing it.
     
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