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Which log splitter is right for you?

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Log splitters come in various prices and sizes so it is important to assess what your requirement for logs is and how much you can afford.

A log splitter is essentially a mechanical axe, which is designed to split logs faster, easier and safer than the traditional axe. Log splitters work by pushing a log using a hydraulic pump against a metal wedge and forcing the log to split open. Log splitters are safe to use and simple to operate and involves either pressing a button or pulling alever. The log is then pushed against the wedge and splits due to the sheerforce of pressure applied by the wedge.

Tree surgeons often use log splitters tomake use of the wood from trees that have been felled. This often provides yearround work and if stored, logs can be sold for firewood. People who own an open fire or wood burner might use a log splitter to save on costs of cut firewood or save on the time and effort used in chopping the wood into useful logs.

Log splitters vary considerably in price. The cheapest electric log splitters cost around £200 and will handle logs of upto 25cms (10”) in diameter and 52cms (20.5”) long. If you have to chop wood regularly and in reasonably large quantities larger log splitters may be more appropriate. A larger log splitter that exerts approximately 7 tonnes of pressure is more suitable for harder close grain logs. These machines are often preferred if you have an open fire or a wood burning stove as they burn longer.

Tree surgeons often supply firewood as a complimentary business to tree surgery. Commercial log splitters with over 30tonnes of pressure eat up logs in very little time and can be stand alonemachines, or mounted to the back of a tractor.

It is important to compare the wide assortment of different log splitters on the market. Price alone should not be the first criteria, it is more important to make a comparison of splitters thatneed individual needs and demands.

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