Looking for the best log splitter might not be something you do everyday because when you find one, you never change it. To make things nice and easy for you, I’ve taken a look at 10 of the best so that all you have to do is choose your favourite.
Beats standing in line at the store or returning something you’re not happy with!
1: Forest Master 8 Ton Splitter
This 8-ton splitter has been making a lot of noise for all the right reasons. Needless to say, I couldn’t wait to take it for a spin!
2-speed operation means you can get the job done the right way with little difficulty
The 2-speed operation is convenient because it allows you to change things up as and when you need to. By being able to adjust your speed when working with different sizes and types of wood, you can avoid sheering and ensure plenty of splitting. Ideal if you want a multi-purpose splitter that takes care of everything.
A 3-year warranty comes as standard, but is it long enough?
The warranty is long enough in my opinion. Most of what you find on the market will be 12-month or 2-year warranties, so to have something this long in place as standard seems like a real blessing. Great for those of you who really want peace of mind.
Forrest Master Final Thoughts
This is a robust and easy to use splitter that will show no signs of letting you down. The warranty period is also first class which will be music to the ears of those of you who make a living, splitting logs and selling firewood!
2: Titan Pro Vertical Splitter
With a name like this, how could I not put it on my list at the earliest opportunity? There’s been a lot of good things said about it, so I was excited to put it through its paces. Here’s how it got on…
10-ton splitter ensures you can power through the biggest pile of logs in time for winter
The great thing about having a splitter with such high tonnage is that it really can get the job done in all weathers. Even damp or green wood is no problem for this beast which was great news if you fit into that user profile.
9 HP petrol engine is excellent, but is it too loud to work with for extended periods of time?
The petrol engine does make this one of the louder pieces of kit to use on this list. If you’re somewhat sensitive to these types of things and don’t want to have to work wearing ear defenders, then this may not be for you. If you can work around it though, you’ll be amazed at what it can do when you put it to the test.
Titan Pro Final Thoughts
The design is indeed on the strong side what with the 9 BHP engine and 10 Tons of pushing power. In my opinion, it’s ideal when nothing but brute force will get the job done quickly.
3: Titan Pro 7 Ton electric log splitter
This 7 Ton electric model is next up on my list. I hadn’t heard all that much about it until I gave it a once over, here’s what you need to know.
Quiet operation means you can use it all day long and still hear your colleagues
The beauty of electric splitters like this one is that you can use them without feeling like your ear-drums are going to explode. Electric motors are so much quieter that, you’d be forgiven for thinking that they don’t pack the same amount of punch. Of course, you’d be very much mistaken…
At only 7 tons does it still pack a big enough punch to get the job done?
In my opinion, it more than does the job in this respect. Of course, if you want the strongest splitter on the market, then a 7-ton splitter isn’t the best choice. But if you want anything else, then I’d strongly recommend taking a closer look.
Titan Pro 7-Ton Final Thoughts
A well-made piece of kit that is smooth and quiet to use. Ideal for those of you who want to be able to talk easily while still working on a copious amount of wood.
4: LogMaster 6 Ton hydraulic, electric log splitter
6 Tons may sound like a step in the wrong direction, but I was amazed at what I found.
Compact design means you can use it anywhere with minimal fuss
If you’re looking for a road towable log splitter, then this could be just what you need to get the job done. It is impressively designed to be easy to move and set up, and it provides adequate power to work its way through a mountain of logs. The assembly was easy to level and felt stable at all times. Job done in that sense!
Only comes with a 12-month guarantee: one of the shortest on this rundown
The 12-month guarantee is something of a drawback if you’re someone who puts a peace of mind above all else. There are a few splitters on this list with considerably extended warranties so you may want to bear that in mind for future reference. That said, I have seen no mention reliability or performance issues during my research on this particular product!
LogMaster 6 Final Thoughts
A highly compact splitter that you can take anywhere. It works virtually as well as the full strength static models on this list.
5: LogMaster 7 Ton hydraulic splitter
LogMaster has been producing products for in this niche for a long time. So, it feels natural that they would be making multiple appearances on this list. As for the product itself, take a look below it’s a worthy piece of kit!
Can split green and hardwoods with little difficulty
The most impressive thing about this product is how it gets the job done with only 7 tonnes of splitting power. Its prowess comes via how efficiently it channels and delivers this force to just the right spot on the log.
Are 7 tons of pushing power enough when there are 10-ton splitters on the market?
I have to say that it is, which is more proof that precision beats power every single time!
If you want the kudos of having the splitter with the most grunt, then this won’t tick that box. But it will easily be one of the most accurate machines of its kind you’ve ever used. Ideal for when you want to get the job done with a minimum of fuss.
LogMaster 7 Final Thoughts
I found the loading system so reliable and stable that it’s no wonder this is one of the most accurate splitters I’ve ever used. And that’s saying something!
6: 8 Ton petrol log splitter by Titan Pro
Back to petrol power and the eye-catching range from the team at Titan for my next entry. Here’s what I thought of it when I put it through its paces like never before.
Quiet operation ensures you can use it all day safely and comfortably
The operating sound levels were actually, impressive and frequently below 83 dB during impact. That means, you can work with it all day and still be able to converse with your colleagues. In my mind, that’s perfect if you want to ensure that everyone working nearby can get your attention safely.
Is the 2-way splitting head more hassle than it’s worth or a great piece of design?
I have to say that it’s, without a doubt, a great piece of product design! The innovation speaks for itself, and the additional functionality that it gives you is something that I think you’ll get an awful lot of use from. If you’re shopping for a multi-purpose tool, the Titan Pro is perfect and can tackle almost anything.
Titan Pro Final Thoughts
It’s a versatile splitter that may just have rewritten the rule book thanks to its smart 2-way splitting head. Seriously, if you want something that gives you an edge, this product is it!
7: Manual Smart Splitter
Manual splitters may sound like something from a bygone age, but there’s always a time and a place for hardware like this. Here’s what I thought…
An affordable option that will allow you to get things done without sizeable noisy machinery
If you want to keep your outlay low then clearly a manual tool will be a more attractive option than some giant motorised splitter. The only drawback is that you will, quite literally, have to put your back into it if you want to see a meaningful level of output.
Manual operation may be a nice throwback, but you may work up a serious sweat!
The manual side of things may be a nice touch, but if you want a motorised option, then I wouldn’t change your mind. Manual splitters are certainly capable of getting the job done and are a good source of exercise. However, unless you’re a strong man/women, you may only split enough wood to keep the living room fire going. Alternatively, you plan to earn money doing it you are best considering one of the larger alternatives.
Manual Option Final Thoughts
A nice alternative for those of you who want to do the occasional bit of heavy work in the back garden. But, I would not recommend it for those who want to get through large amounts of wood!
8: Charles Bentley 8 Ton splitter
Hydraulically powered, and foot operated this domestic product requires no electricity at all! However, don’t let that put you off as it is more than capable!
Foot operated means you can save your back by not continually bending down
While some prefer big powerful petrol or electric devices, foot operation combined with hydraulics makes a difference. How? Being foot operated ensures that you’ll never experience backache or chronic inflammation from continually bending. If that sounds like just the kind of labour saving device that you need, then, by all means, give it a try!
A 12-month warranty period comes as standard
I’d liked to have seen a more extended warranty, but you can’t have everything. I saw no evidence of any systemic reliability issues during the lengthy research period which certainly helps me to give this splitter a big thumbs up.
Charles Bentley 8-Ton Final Thoughts
A well made and ergonomic piece of kit that could perhaps do with a better warranty period. Additionally, and somewhat more negative is the lack of a safety cage. Without one, logs can suddenly split and fly around. My advice to you if using this machine would be to do so away from children and pets. In fact, protect your face and legs.
9: 5-ton electric splitter by Forest Master
Nothing impresses people more than the tonnage and horsepower of a device, so why choose this when it has neither? Well, this Forest Master although an entry level model is still more than capable. It can split logs up to 370mm in length, and unlike other small electric splitters, it has a 2200 watt motor giving it 5-tons of force.
Compact design, but does it pack enough power to do the job?
Yes, it’s small, but that isn’t a big drawback, no it doesn’t have the brute force splitter. It obviously can’t push as hard as some of the 10-ton petrol monsters I’ve talked about. But it more than makes up for it by delivering its full-force blows precisely where you want.
Forrest Master 5-Ton Final Thoughts
A classic example that shows you that you don’t have to rely solely on brute force when you want to get the job done.
Commonly referred to as the FM8, don’t be fooled into thinking this is just for beginners! Yes, if just starting out it’s perfect. But, if you have a small, medium, or even a large log burner, it can cut logs up to 37cm long and 25cm in diameter.
10: 10 Ton Forest master
Last but not least is a seriously heavy duty bit of kit again from Forest Master, think twice the force of the previous, and you know what to expect!
The hydraulic operation allows you to split anything, but how precise is it?
The hydraulic rams are well sealed and reportedly show no sign of leakage even when cranked up to full force. That is great for those who need to run at maximum power and capacity for an extended period. I was also really impressed with the simplicity of the loading system.
Often with hardware like this what you find is that the feed-in systems are so elaborate and over-complicated when you increase the power that they become more hassle than they’re worth. Certainly, something that doesn’t apply in this case.
Forest Master 10-Ton Final Thoughts
A classic brute-force splitter that could be just what you’re looking for if what you want is something that never compromises on the force of each log splitting blow.
Finding the best log splitter is a matter of considering your needs and comparing those that fall within your budget. Of course, there’s the choice of Manual, Petrol, and electric too, but don’t let that be your primary concern!
I hope that my list has given you plenty of food for thought and that by only showing you good quality products I’ve simplified your search somewhat. Enjoy the rest of your shopping experience, and I’m sure you’ll find the right tool for your needs.