Cold, blustery days aren’t the only days that are perfect for a roaring fire.
If you’re a commercial firewood processor, you know that opportunities like these can drive business all year round. You also know that not every tool for splitting firewood is the same.
Think about all the people who use firewood throughout the year:
When you sell firewood to other businesses, especially retailers, you need an industrial log splitter that can handle large volumes of wood as quickly as possible.
Luckily for you, there’s plenty to look for in skid steer log splitters that can grow your firewood business into a roaring success.
A log splitter is one of the many kinds of attachments you can hitch to the front a skid steer loader or Bobcat. The skid steer log splitters you’ll find fall into two types, each with its own advantages:
The skid steer splitters that we consider “traditional” use the most common mechanism available for splitting wood: a wedge that drives its way through the center of each log.
More affordable than cone-type splitters, traditional splitters are available in three different configurations:
No matter which style of traditional splitter you choose, it’s easy to figure out the best one for your business by asking a few simple questions.
Because of their log size limitations and lower price tags, traditional skid steer log splitters are ideal for an individual setting up a small, local firewood business. However, they might not meet the needs of larger companies taking on bigger logs.
If you run a mid- to large-size commercial firewood operation, you’ll likely end up splitting trunks of fallen trees, or other logs far too substantial for a traditional skid steer splitter to handle. In that case, your best bet is to invest in a cone-style skid steer splitter.
Instead of a wedge, these log splitters use a cone or drill-style mechanism to bore into a log and split the wood apart. This approach to splitting firewood comes with several benefits:
Because they work by drilling into a log, cone-style splitters can handle extremely large logs or downed trees. They don’t hold the log in place between a wedge and a base, so there are no limits on log length due to the splitter’s construction.
Cone-style splitters also work quickly. The spiral thread that winds around the cone allows the cone to drill deeply into even the densest hardwoods with less resistance.
But speed isn’t all that matters. Like the wedges on traditional skid steer log splitters, log splitting cones are replaceable. However, changing a cone is easy, with fewer parts such as a log splitter frame to get in the way.
No matter the size of your business or logs, a powerful, efficient log splitter is just what you need to muscle through large loads of firewood and keep your customers well-stocked and happy.
Whether a wedge-style splitter or a cone-style splitter best suits your business needs, you’ll find that a skid steer splitter will provide you with dependable strength and speed.
That makes every day a good day not just for starting a fire, but for being a firewood processor.