The majority of log splitters are horizontal. You lay your log atop the splitter, and the ram pushes it against a stationary wedge to split it.
However, if you're splitting any giant-sized logs, you'll probably have a hard time lifting them onto the log splitter. For those monstrous logs, there are vertical horizontal log splitters.
Vertical horizontal log splitters can be pivoted into a vertical position that allows you to roll the log and position it in place without lifting it.
Horizontal Only Log Splitters
If you're only splitting smaller logs, then a horizontal splitter will serve your needs just fine.If you can place your logs on a cart or a tailgate, you can place each piece on the splitter without bending. Once split, you can toss the pieces onto a cart.
For added convenience, you can opt for a dual-action log splitter, allowing you to split in both directions. This will allow you to continuously keep splitting without waiting for the ram to return to its starting position.
The disadvantage of a horizontal model is that you can't roll a massive round of wood onto it. However, you can opt for a horizontal log splitter with a hydraulic lift. Hydraulic log lifts take the strain out of your back without having to change your wood splitter's orientation.