Think about it. An axe and a log splitter both split wood. One just does it faster.
The same goes for gas-powered log splitters.
Naturally, the higher grade machines split wood much faster.
We classify gas-powered splitters into three grades:
Consumer-grade, gas-powered log splitters are ideal for the weekend warrior, who occasionally splits logs for personal use.
With 8-16 tons of force, they are stronger than most electric log splitters and can split logs up to 21" long.
In the past, many consumer-grade models lacked the strength to split super-sized logs and so couldn't be positioned vertically. You had to physically lift each log onto the splitter bed before splitting it.
These days, you'll find many horizontal/vertical log splitters available at a consumer-friendly price.
Smaller gas log splitters can only be towed in your yard by an ATV or golf cart. They are not allowed on public roads.
If you split logs multiple times a year, we recommend upgrading to a faster and more durable prosumer-grade model.
They feature more powerful engines, producing 20-29 tons of force capable of splitting longer, wider and harder logs.
To take the strain out of lifting larger logs, the horizontal beam on prosumer-grade models can be switched to a vertical position so you can roll big logs under the wedge without having to lift them.
Most prosumer-grade models can be towed directly to your woodpile - as long as you take the back roads. Log splitters are never designed for high speeds on the expressway.
A true log splitting professional recognizes that quality doesn't come cheap.
If you split logs for a living, you don't need a wimpy wood splitter. You need a speed demon. After all, time is money.
Professional-grade log splitters are nearly identical to prosumer-grade models. They just feature more powerful - and more expensive - engines designed to boost the force well beyond 30 tons.
Both grades can split logs up to 26 inches long. The professional-grade version literally rams through them faster, turning trees into cold hard cash even quicker.