Log splitter best in test

Log splitter: model tested

A log splitter does exactly what you'd expect. When you chop wood in the traditional way with an axe, you need to put in a lot more effort and often more time than if you use a machine to do the job. It's also cheaper to cut wood yourself than to buy it ready split. A log splitter works by pressing a piston with a pressure plate on one end towards a wedge. The wedge is called the blade. You place the piece of wood between the pressure plate and the blade, and the machine then cuts the wood into several pieces. The blade is most often wedge-shaped, so the piece of wood will be cut into two bits. After this, you repeat the procedure until the logs are the right size.

Different types of log splitter

Log splitters are available in a few different variants. You can choose between vertical and horizontal models, with the vertical ones being slightly more powerful but also more expensive. The horizontal ones include models with short legs and models with longer legs. The ones with short legs are often cheaper but have slightly poorer performance. Before buying, it's important to think about your requirements, so that you don't choose either a model that's unnecessarily luxurious or one that's too simple.

Log splitters and safety

Log splitters are powerful machines so safety is extremely important. Modern log splitters are very safe if they are used correctly. For example, they have two-handed grips that minimise the risk of getting one hand stuck in the machine. In addition to the log splitter's safety functions, it's worth considering your protective equipment. When you use a log splitter, you should always wear safety goggles/a visor and gloves. When the logs are split, powerful forces are often released and splinters of wood can fly out and cause eye injuries if you're not wearing protective goggles. It's also easy to get these in your hands if you're not wearing protective gloves.

Buying a log splitter on the internet

More and more people are buying log splitters on the internet. The main reasons for this are probably as follows.

  • Low prices. Online shop prices are often the lowest on the market. This is partly because they can keep their costs down as they don't have to pay for physical shops, with everything that implies in terms of staff costs, maintenance, heating, rent etc. There's also often very tough price competition between online shops.
  • Cost free home delivery. If you buy a log splitter in an online shop, home delivery is usually included. This means that you don't have to carry the log splitter home from the shop yourself, which means you need to go through all the bother of hiring a vehicle to carry it in. In other words, you can often save both time and money by buying your log splitter online.

Remember that log splitters are often delivered without enough hydraulic oil in the tank, so it may be necessary for you to top it up. And complete your purchase with a circular saw so that you can quickly and easily make firewood of the thinner branches too.

How the test was made

We tested log splitters by splitting several hundred logs of varying sizes, tree species and complexity, over a period of several seasons. Each log splitter was pushed to the limit with different types of logs to see what it could cope with. This included cutting broad, long, solid, knotty, dry and twisted logs. In our assessment we have focused on the following characteristics: 

  • Ease of use
  • Build quality/durability
  • Functionality
  • Performance/splitting ability
  • Safety
  • Time efficiency
  • Reliability