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Model: 100342
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4.8 out of 54.8 out of 54.8 out of 54.8 out of 54.8 out of 5
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Force
28
Tons
Style
Gas Log Splitter
Type
Vertical/Horizontal Log Splitter
Log Length
25
Inches
28-Ton Splitting Force
Converts easily from horizontal to vertical position
No more lifting those heavy logs onto the cradle

8 Gallon Hydraulic System Capacity
6.55-gallons operational
17.5-gallon per minute, 2-stage pump

9.5HP/277cc Kohler CH3955 4-Cycle Engine
Fast 10.5 second cycle time - down and back

Patented Full Length Beam
Handle up to 25-inch logs with ease
8-inch foot plate and removable stripper plates
Includes log catcher and built-in log cradle

8-Inch High Wedge
Heat treated steel for maximum durability

16-Inch O.D. High Speed Road Tires
2-inch ball coupler with safety chains
Flip down stand

3-2-1 Warranty
3 year warranty on workmanship
2 year warranty on the engine; one year warranty on hydraulics


Engine
Engine Brand
Kohler
Starting System
Recoil Start
HP
9.5 HP
CC
277 CCs
Wedge
Wedge Material
Steel
Wedge Size
8 Inches
Hydraulics
Auto Return
Yes
Hydraulic Oil Included
No
Hydraulic Reservoir Size
5
Cycle Time
10.5 Seconds
Cylinder Diameter
4.5 Inches
Cylinder Length
24 Inches
Log Capacity
Max Log Length
25 Inches
Towing
Towable
Yes
Fenders
No
Hitch Type
2 Inch Ball Hitch
Accessories
Jack Stands
Included
Log Cradles
Included
Overview
Made in USA
No
Assembly Required
Yes
Weight
675 Pounds
Consumer Warranty
3 Years
UPC
856206004027
Model
100342
  2 Questions
Q: Hey Bob:
Does this model come with a hydraulic filter?

by John from New Jersey on October 06, 2014

A: John,

Yes there is a hydraulic filter. This link takes you to the owners manual which shows the filter on page 24.



Owners Manual
by Dale, Product Expert

Q: Does this unit have throttle control?

by Brian from Illinois on November 06, 2013

A: Thanks for your inquiry.

Yes, this model is equipped with a 9.5HP/277cc Kohler CH3955 4-Cycle Engine, and it does come with throttle control. Anymore questions, feel free to ask.

Thanks and have a great day!
by Dale, Product Expert

Dirty Hand Tools 100342 Reviews & Ratings
Overall Rating
Features
5/5
Quality
5/5
Performance
5/5
Value
5/5
Overall
4.8 out of 54.8 out of 54.8 out of 54.8 out of 54.8 out of 5
Pros
Easy To Use (8)
Fast (8)
High Quality (6)
I'd Buy It Again (6)
Durable (4)
Cons
Expensive (2)
Durability (1)
Jack For Height Adjustme... (1)
Will Not Achieve Adverti... (1)
Hydro Oil Not Supplied (1)
94% of respondents would recommend this product to a friend
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Dale, the Log Splitter Expert
Log Splitter Expert

Product Expert
Total Reviews
36 Reviews
Total Helpful Votes
1158 Helpful Votes
Log Splitters Direct Recommended

The Dirty Hand Tools 100342 is powered by an easy-starting Kohler 9.5HP 4-cycle engine that powers the 2 stage, 17.5 gpm pump, generating 3400psi of splitting force. Logs up to 25" long are no problem. And the 10.5-second cycle time makes it one of the fastest hydraulic splitters in its class.

The Dirty Hand Tools 100342 is designed for easy transition between horizontal and vertical configurations. The horizontal mode is easiest for most splitting tasks. But when you come across an... more
Dale Recommends This Model
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Russell N.
Mount Hood Parkdale, OR
Purchased from Log Splitters Direct
Purchased 8/7/16
Most Helpful Positive Review
REVIEWED
SEP.
12
2016
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
A Robust Machine
Received our splitter on time, and then waited 2.5 weeks for the hydraulic fluid shipment to catch up! (There's a story about that...)
Got the splitter assembled with no problems. My overhead lift made some operations much easier and safer to perform. Getting the bolts properly installed to hold the engine to the frame was difficult for large hands.

Quality of the components is robust and excellent. The hardware is equally strong and of good quality. The Kohler motor is set up with dip... more
Russell Recommends This Dirty Hand Tools Product
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Phillp C.
Lester, AL
Purchased from Log Splitters Direct
Purchased 6/7/17
Most Helpful Critical Review
REVIEWED
JUL.
19
2017
3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5
Shuddering Response
I started out who great hopes for this machine. I had been at my brothers splitting wood with a cheap 22 ton and thought I needed to get me a good one. Talked to a buddy of mine at work and he recommended the Dirty Hands. I did my due diligence and landed on the 28 ton unit due to the 9.5 hp kohlar engine and the 15 inch wheels. Once I got it I realized the wheels were actually 8" wheels, when I went back and read the fine print, the wheels were 15" OUTER diameter. False advertising.... more
Cons: Low Quality, Difficult To Use, Unreliable, Expensive
Dale, the Log Splitter Expert
Product Expert
Phillp,
Sorry to hear about the issues you're having with the log splitter. For troubleshooting/warranty repair, Dirty Hand Tools can be reached directly @ 877-487-8275.
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Braford K.
Lakeville, MA
Purchased from Log Splitters Direct
Purchased 6/19/17
REVIEWED
AUG.
01
2017
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Great Splitter
The crate arrived shortly after 10 am and I spent the better part of the day unpacking it and assembling it. Assembly was not hard, just time consuming. I did not have a 22cm or 24cm wrench or teflon tape so I deferred the installation of the hydraulic tubes until I acquired them. The good news is that it is easy to assemble un-aided. The splitter works very well, it splits aged Oak and Ash with ease.

The only issue I have is that it was designed to be towed by a truck, and when I use a... more
Pros: Easy To Use, I'd Buy It Again, High Quality, Exceeded Expectations
Braford Recommends This Dirty Hand Tools Product
Braford's Experience With Log Splitters Direct
Web Site
5/5

Service
5/5

Shipping
5/5
"Shipment arrived when it was scheduled to."
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Jeffery K
Indianapolis, IN
Purchased from Log Splitters Direct
Purchased 2/21/17
REVIEWED
MAR.
21
2017
4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5
Heavy Duty Professional Grade Splitter
I have used the log splitter 4 or 5 times and haven't had a single log I couldn't split with ease! It's a high quality machine at a fair price.
Pros: Fast, Easy To Use, High Quality, Quiet
Jeffery Recommends This Dirty Hand Tools Product
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10
Suzanne O.
Centerville, UT
Purchased from Log Splitters Direct
Purchased 9/21/16
REVIEWED
NOV.
07
2016
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Love It So Far
Husband and son love it so far.
Pros: Easy To Use, I'd Buy It Again, Durable, Features
Suzanne Recommends This Dirty Hand Tools Product
Suzanne's Experience With Log Splitters Direct
Web Site
5/5

Service
5/5

Shipping
5/5
"I would buy from you again."
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10
Jim
Purchased from Log Splitters Direct
Purchased 3/23/14
Total Helpful Votes
56 Helpful Votes
REVIEWED
APR.
03
2014
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Good Quality, Nice Design
I rented log splitters for years and finally decided to get my own. From my renting experience I determined that I needed a 25-28 ton splitter to handle White Oak and Elm and to power through large knots and crotches. I decided not to go as high as a 35-ton splitter because of expense, noise, excessive gas usage, and difficulty in maneuvering the splitter due to the weight. I did a LOT of research and decided on the 28HP Dirty Hand splitter.

Let me start at the beginning: unpacking and... more
Pros: Fast, High Quality, I'd Buy It Again
Cons: Expensive
Jim Recommends This Dirty Hand Tools Product
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561
Arlen
Bartlesville, OK
Purchased from Log Splitters Direct
Purchased 12/5/13
Total Helpful Votes
37 Helpful Votes
REVIEWED
DEC.
28
2013
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Ready To Give Up The Monster Maul
After 35 years of busting up our wonderful Oak trees for firewood with a monster maul (a rental splitter when needed) the elbows and wrist joints are pushing back at age 60. With the kids having moved away from home, and a pipeline crossing the property, I have an ample supply of wood, and lack the manpower I used to have. So the purchase of the 28 ton splitter was necessary.

When you order this splitter just make sure you have a way to move the crate where you can have it ready for the... more
Pros: Easy To Use, Fast, I'd Buy It Again
Arlen Recommends This Dirty Hand Tools Product
Arlen Would Recommend Log Splitters Direct To A Friend
Web Site
5/5

Service
5/5

Shipping
5/5
"The Dirty Hand Tools 28-Ton Splitter was ordered on a Thursday to be delivered to the local feed store where I scheduled a trailer to be located. I figured the delivery was going to be 2-3 weeks, and I had plenty of time to get the trailer to the feed store. Four working days after the order was placed the feed store operator called and said the truck was in the lot. Where is your trailer? While this caused me a bit of a scramble, and my friends helped me out in various ways, it was an overall positive experience."
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373
George K.
Milford, NJ
Purchased from Log Splitters Direct
Purchased 1/23/14
Total Helpful Votes
33 Helpful Votes
REVIEWED
FEB.
10
2014
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Nice Machine Very Happy
Ordered on Friday, arrived the following Thursday. Very fast delivery. Unpacked the crate in the back of my pickup so I could remove each piece by my self. Assembled in about 1.5 hrs. On the 28 ton you have to mount the engine. Instructions say to mount engine first before doing wheels and tow bar. It's actually easier to start by mounting the wheels to the tank, then the tow bar, and then the engine. This way the engine mount platform is off the ground so you can get the bolts through from... more
Pros: Fast, Price, Exceeded Expectations, High Quality
George Recommends This Dirty Hand Tools Product
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333
Mike D.
Cb, IA
Total Helpful Votes
28 Helpful Votes
REVIEWED
JAN.
27
2014
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Awesome Splitter
Bought this from a friend who purchased this item from PED so I thought I would share my positive experience here. We hauled it a few hours out to our cabin because we heat with wood there and my body is getting old for swinging an axe. This thing towed no problem. Once we got it to the cabin it fired right up and we split for about 5 hours. Mostly 24"-30" Oak, Elm, Pine. Nothing even slowed it down. Ran forever on a full tank of gas. I highly recommend this product.
Pros: Durable, Price, Fast, High Quality
Mike Recommends This Dirty Hand Tools Product
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284
Mark M.
Sharpsville, PA
Purchased from Log Splitters Direct
Purchased 7/8/14
Total Helpful Votes
13 Helpful Votes
REVIEWED
JUL.
18
2014
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Amazing Great Splitter
I ordered the splitter on a Tuesday and I had it splitting wood Friday. High quality with a great engine. All kinds of power nothing could stop it. Dirty Hand Tools is a great company to deal with!
Pros: Fast, High Quality, I'd Buy It Again, Durable
Mark Recommends This Dirty Hand Tools Product
Mark's Experience With Log Splitters Direct
Web Site
5/5

Service
5/5

Shipping
5/5
"Amazaingly fast shipping!!!!!!!"
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130
John W.
El Prado, NM
Purchased from Log Splitters Direct
Purchased 7/6/15
Total Helpful Votes
12 Helpful Votes
REVIEWED
AUG.
01
2015
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
One & Only......
I'm 68 & have split with a maul for a LONG time....wish I'd bought this splitter years ago....
SHIPPING - I opted for the lift gate delivery...good thing I did to as I never could have got it on the ground otherwise. This thing is heavy duty with emphasis on heavy....

ASSEMBLY - If you have an indoor shop, good for you - it will probably save a lot of time. The directions were easily followed but I assembled in my driveway which was far from ideal. An overhead hoist of some kind to get... more
John Recommends This Dirty Hand Tools Product
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