Electric log Splitters – What you need to know
As previously discussed, there are basically two types of mechanical wood splitters available: electric log splitters and hydraulic log splitters. While a hydraulic log splitter is the unit preferred by large land owners, splitting large volumes of wood. Electric log splitters are preferred by basic homeowners with smaller wood splitting needs and access to power.
Electric log splitters, like hydraulic splitters, can save a lot of wear and tear upon your body, while providing a safer means to split wood compared to an axe. If you have ever split firewood by hand with an axe, you know how physically taxing and dangerous it can be. With increased fatigue comes the greater chance for an accident.
Once educated on the operation of electric log splitters, you can split wood without the same physical toll as manual wood splitting. Less fatigue plus fewer axes swinging would equal a safer way to accomplish your log splitting needs.
Electric log splitters are available in both horizontal and vertical models, with horizontal models being more popular for home use. The vertical log splitters would probable be better for uneven, sloping terrain.
Electric log splitters are similar to Hydraulic log splitters except without the gas powered motor. The hydraulic cylinder, equipped with a log splitter wedge shaped blade, is then set out to split the log that the operator has loaded into the holding cradle.
A person can purchase a decent, entry level electric log splitter for approximately $500. Prices move up according to the specs of the splitter.
Another alternative is for you to build your own wood splitter. Electric wood splitters aren’t overly complex machines. If you are in any way mechanically gifted, you are sure to save money while building exactly what you need. The internet is littered with do it yourself plans for sale.
Safety and caution should always be at the forefront of your electric splitter operation. Do not overload your splitter, always follow and never exceed to manufacturers load limit. Hands must be kept clear of the unit while it is in operation. A good pair of work gloves will protect your hands, while safety glasses will protect your eyes from flying wood chips, There are some more safety tips we wrote about in our tree cutting article that you may find useful.
Remember to store your split wood properly. Firewood should always been stored at least 10 feet away from your house or any other structure. This way, if the firewood becomes infected with pests, they will not spread. Many experts agree that wood should also be elevated at least six inches, keeping it protected from the ground’s moisture content. Be sure to keep the area well kept and clean of leaves and/or weeds, which will help deter rodents, snakes, and insects.
An electric log splitter will save you a lot of hard work in with your wood splitting duties, while being safer than a flying axe.