GCV vs GX

dquest

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Dec 13, 2018
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Ont,Can
Thinking about buying a wood splitter. Wallenstein WE 235 seems to fit the bill. Horz and Vert splitting and high bed height. Is it worth going to the WX 520T similar bed height but horiz only. Same specs except the 235 is a gcv160 and the 520 is a gx200 and $ 570 more.

Ill be doing the work myself and prob split 3-5 cords per year.

Thanks.
 

dquest

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Dec 13, 2018
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Ont,Can
Thanks, i did see that. Was wondering if the $570 upgrade is worth it. Seems a bit pricey.
 

Woodspliter

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Jan 25, 2020
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Maine
I have a timberwolf splitter it is a horizontal only the ram has a plate and it had the optional four way wedge it a big time saver. If that's an option with that model i would consider paying the extra for that. I would think that there is other differences tha just the engine
 

dquest

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Dec 13, 2018
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I have looked on the wallenstein site and everything else seems to be the same. 4 way is $330.
 

Woodspliter

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Jan 25, 2020
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I took a peek on there site there is a few differences like the log cradle on the 520 better. Take a look at the timberwolf tw1 the go for 1800 with the GX engine.
 

dquest

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Dec 13, 2018
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Unfortunately they are in the US and the dollar equals about the same money. Then I have to get it here.
 

Woodspliter

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Jan 25, 2020
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They both look like well made machines, the we225 has the four way wedge available. I guess it all depends how long you plan on doing wood and your budget.
 

RandyBoBandy

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Feb 25, 2015
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Whitmore lake, MI
If it were me I would stay away from the gcv. The gx is bulletproof. I have several gx motors in my fleet of tools for my landscaping business. They get used and abused and keep on running.
 

dquest

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Dec 13, 2018
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If it were me I would stay away from the gcv. The gx is bulletproof. I have several gx motors in my fleet of tools for my landscaping business. They get used and abused and keep on running.
Thanks for the info, wasn't sure if difference of almost 600 bucks was worth it. Does have a 3 year engine warranty which is nice.
 

Woodspliter

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Jan 25, 2020
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Like I said I'm sure there are a few differences other than the engine, my motto is buy it right the first time because it cost less in the long run if you have to replace it down the road
 

dquest

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Dec 13, 2018
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Like I said I'm sure there are a few differences other than the engine, my motto is buy it right the first time because it cost less in the long run if you have to replace it down the road
looked at the spec sheets for both and virtually identical, but seems to be a big plus for the GX .
 

Woodsplitter67

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Jan 19, 2017
1,162
Woolwich nj
looked at the spec sheets for both and virtually identical, but seems to be a big plus for the GX .
one thing that you need to look at is how much are you going to use it and then justify the additional cost. for example. I split roughly 4 cords per year, that is approximately 20 hours per year and over 10 yeard thats 200 hours on the motor. Thats not a lot at all, so is that worth the extra 600.. splitters are used alot less for home owners then people with businesses that do it for a living. I would justify a high end motor if i were going to be putting 2/3thousand hours on a motor over say 4 years, thats when i drop the extra money. In my opinion if you get the gvc youll be fine just do the proper maintenance. Unless you plan on putting a couple thousand hours on it
 

RandyBoBandy

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Feb 25, 2015
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Whitmore lake, MI
What’s the horsepower of the two motors?
 

dquest

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Dec 13, 2018
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Ont,Can
one thing that you need to look at is how much are you going to use it and then justify the additional cost. for example. I split roughly 4 cords per year, that is approximately 20 hours per year and over 10 yeard thats 200 hours on the motor. Thats not a lot at all, so is that worth the extra 600.. splitters are used alot less for home owners then people with businesses that do it for a living. I would justify a high end motor if i were going to be putting 2/3thousand hours on a motor over say 4 years, thats when i drop the extra money. In my opinion if you get the gvc youll be fine just do the proper maintenance. Unless you plan on putting a couple thousand hours on it
I'm just doing it for my own use so probably 3-5 cords a year