Would you buy this splitter?

beagler Posted By beagler, Jun 25, 2009 at 6:43 PM

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  1. beagler


    Sep 9, 2007
    Lowes has a used 27 ton splitter for only $900. I guess the guy that bought it had a hydraulic hose burst so he returned it to Lowes. They fixed it, returned it the customer, and he said it didn't run right, so he wanted his cash back. It has been sitting outside in the elements uncovered, so there is some rust and obvious signs of use. Anyway, does this sound good? I'm not sure what would cause a hydraulic line to burst, but could the problem persist?

    BTW: the original price was $1399
  2. computeruser

    Feeling the Heat

    Jan 16, 2007
    East Lansing, MI
    Without knowing more about the problem, I'd want more of a discount to be interested. Was the hose nicked? Defective? Was the valve relief bad? A burst hose could be a problem or a symptom.

    You can get a brand new 22ton Speeco/Huskee for around a grand...
  3. LLigetfa

    Minister of Fire

    Nov 9, 2008
    NW Ontario
    I'd bring a few rounds to the store and try it out. That's a good price for a 27 ton and the original owner might have wanted a new one rather than a repaired unit and so made up the excuse that it didn't run right.
  4. smokinj

    Minister of Fire

    Aug 11, 2008
    Anderson, Indiana
    should come with warranty and you can buy extended
  5. beagler


    Sep 9, 2007
    Both of these are good suggestions. I've read an awful lot about the 22 ton Huskee. This is sounding better. I split about 2 cords per year of mostly cherry, oak, maple, and poplar. I have the occasional elm, ironwood, but it sounds like the Huskee can handle them, especially if my logs are only 16-18 inches long.
  6. zzr7ky

    Minister of Fire

    Jun 12, 2006
    I'm shopping those 2 units right now. I'm planning to pick up the 27 ton from Lowe's...10% off coupons are available.... I'd probably do it quick!
    Mike P
  7. wellbuilt home

    wellbuilt home
    Minister of Fire

    Jul 6, 2008
    I would buy it . The 27ton is a nice splitter . Lowe's guarantees every thing . If you don't like it they will take it back .
  8. Birdman1

    New Member

    Feb 10, 2009
    Jersey Shore
    Sounds like a good deal, I'd ask for a manager hit him up with a bunch of questions about it and pick on some stuff
    like the rust from being left outside, wave the green under his nose and see if you can get him for another hun or hun and a half.
    they don't like sittin on stuff like that this time of year it's just takin up space.
    Just watch out for the cash & carry discount thing sometimes they won't let you return it, but like smokinj said
    get the "extended" warranty if you can when you check out.
    I'd prolly pull the trigger on it as long as the motor runs good.
  9. flewism


    Aug 22, 2006
    newport MI
    Obviously, without seeing and touching it this advice is suspect. I got my 359 from Lowes on a similar deal, a warranty return. after some haggling with the manager we settled on $300. There was a sticker on the saw from the saw shop that fixed it and I called them ask asked about the 359 from the Southgate store and basically it was a new saw with a used bar on it when they were done. They also gave me the tools manual and accessories off their display model, including the warranty card so I registered it. So I got a $519 dollar saw with a used bar, for $300.

    Splitters are simpler machines, check for a sticker from the repair facility and talk to them, offer $700 , settle for $750
  10. firefighterjake

    Minister of Fire

    Jul 22, 2008
    Unity/Bangor, Maine
    I concur . . . give it a try.

    The rust wouldn't bother me (as long as it isn't on the hydraulic piston) . . . assuming here you're talking about rust on the splitting beam.

    What would concern me more would be if there is a problem with the hydraulics . . . in this case testing it first and making sure there is a warranty would be a good idea.

    That said . . as LL said . . . many times folks simply want a new item and will return stuff with bogus claims. I bought my generator during the 1998 ice storm as used and "defective" according to the customer who had returned it . . . even though the gas tank was still empty and there was still a paper sticker attached to the muffler.
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