I have spent over 30 years keeping my parents supplied with firewood. For all those years I have split everything with a "Monster Maul." I am starting to feel my age and the thought of owning a wood splitter has intrigued me lately. I spent many hours trying to find the right wood splitter and read many horror stories of various brands. I did not want to buy a piece of junk so I was willing to pay a little more than I had initially planned. The splitters offered by Oregon are relatively new with few critiques, but they appeared to have many good features. I spoke to the local Oregon dealer who, although he had not ordered any yet, said he liked them and would carry them in the fall of 2013. I said I was interested in the 22-ton model but could not decide on the Kohler or Honda engine option. (The Honda adds 300 dollars to the price.) He said the Kohler engine is very good and Yamaha has made some contributions to it.
I had him order one and it arrived in 2 days. I chose to assemble the splitter myself. The splitter was well-packed in a wooden crate. There was some scratching on the reflective tape on the back of the hydraulic tank, but this was the only damage noted. The splitter is shipped in 3 major components: the hydraulic tank / engine assembly the towing hitch the rail and cylinder. Assembly was very simple: slap on the wheels (nuts and cotter pins) install the hitch with 2 bolts stand the rail up, position the tank assembly and install one pin connect 2 hoses and install the rail latch and you are done. The rail/cylinder assembly is very heavy, so a helper would be a good idea. This unit can be assembled in less than an hour. I took a little more time as I inspected all the wheel bearings to ensure they were properly packed, which they were. The unit comes with 5 gallons of hydraulic oil and a bottle of engine oil.
The Kohler 6.5-horse engine has nice features including a fuel shut-off, throttle control and a good-old manual choke. It started easily, and in case anyone is wondering, the exhaust is pointed away from the operator when operating the splitter in the vertical position.
The first test was a one-hour job on Red Elm (I think) that stood dead a long time and had been stacked for a year after cutting—very heavy and stringy. The splitter blew through crotches and all with no problem. Some logs were up to 24 inches long. At one point the cylinder wanted to bounce up and down while cycling. I’m not sure what that was all about but it cleared up. This is my first splitter and from what I have seen so far, it is a solid piece of equipment. I would highly recommend this item.
I have spent over 30 years keeping my parents supplied with firewood. For all those years I have split everything with a "Monster Maul." I am starting to feel my age and the thought of owning a wood splitter has intrigued me lately. I spent many hours trying to find the right wood splitter and read many horror stories of various brands. I did not want to buy a piece of junk so I was willing to pay a little more than I had initially planned. The splitters offered by Oregon are... more
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Fannie B. Canal Winchester, OH
Oregon 22-ton is a very good splitter. Each part of the design is well constructed. Full beam looks more durable than half beam splitters.
I liked the hydraulic tank being an integrated metal tank in the axel area. Very heavy! Kohler engine works well, I like the cradle design of the beam...keeps the log in place. Assembly out of the crate took about an hour, simple directions.
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"Good place to do business fair pricing shipping is a good value. Lift-gate service price was a surprise, but the truck driver was terrific for helping me dolly the crate into the garage for assembly."