Gas-Powered Log Splitter Buyer's Guide
How to Pick the Perfect Gas Wood Splitter
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:
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Consumer-Grade Gas Log Splitters
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.
Prosumer-Grade Gas Log Splitters
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.
Professional-Grade Gas Log Splitters
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.