Electric wood splitters

David Page

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I searched but didn't see anything on it. Most seem to be 5 ton. Has anyone had experience with them and if so do they split much ? Thanks
 

lynnmor

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I've split a lot of wood over the years, a 22 ton was the smallest and there were times that it just wouldn't do the job. My thought is that the 5 ton might be handy to do splitting indoors where a gas engine can't be used.
 
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hodge

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I've never used a 5 ton/electric one, but like lynnmor, I've split a lot of wood (primary heat for 3 households). I have a 32 ton, my dad has a 30 ton, and we sometimes hit wood that will task them. I can't imagine a 5 ton being sufficient other than for the lightest needs.
 
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skeets

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Seems in Europe thy use a lot of lectric splitters, some are just motors hooked to a big gear box others are hydro over lectric with box wedges,, I have even seen some firewood processors that were I have to assume 480 3phase. Though I dont think there are any American or Canadian companies that make big ones
 

blperk

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I searched but didn't see anything on it. Most seem to be 5 ton. Has anyone had experience with them and if so do they split much ? Thanks
I have used a 5 ton electric splitter for years on white and red oak up to 16" in diameter. It takes WAY longer than with a real splitter, because you can't just throw it in and split through the middle. You have to attack the chunks like you're doing it with a maul by splitting off slabs around the outside and eventually splitting it through the middle. If you have the time, it's a great alternative to an expensive splitter.
 
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JWool

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I picked up a Swisher 22 ton, that seems to work great, cant say I have used it allot.
Swisher 22 ton log splitter.PNG
 
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woodman55

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I have a 5 ton for indoor use, to resplit wood for when I want some small pieces. 5 ton is JUST enough, a 10 ton would be my choice. The 5 ton is good for a 4 inch maple piece, but not much more.
 
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GreensvilleJay

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I've used an electric for almost 10 years. It's CLEAN and QUIET ! Yes, slow compared to a gas powered beast but at 69 , I'm in no hurry. The 'trick' was to cut logs to 'stove' cord size (12") instead of 'firewood' (16")/ Sure It won't handle 'big ugly' logs but it wasn't MADE for them. All scrap 2by4, get cut into footlongs, then become kindling. The last 'real'(gas) splitter I used had an 6" cylinder and 4 way wedge. It never,ever complained.
 
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The Evil Twin

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A 5 or 7 ton is good for making fire pit wood. I've used a Hazard Freight one on Oak up to 10". It's not a fast process. So of you have trees to get rid of its not the right tool. If you want to make some firewood it could work.
 
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jabloomf1230

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I have a Boss 7 ton. It very good for firewood length logs < 1 ft in diameter. It'll do bigger stuff if you're careful. It's quiet and easily moved around. It works with my EGO power station or an outlet.
 
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trueg50

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Supersplits pair well with electric motors since it relies on kinetics and not so much the motor to split. I have the 5.5 horse gas and its an amazing splitter.
 

fruitcakesa

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I have had an electric Ramsplitter for about 8 years.220 volt 20 ton. Weld quality left something to be desired and I have rebuilt most of the metal parts over the years. But it has split a 6 cords a year for us with no fumes or loud noise.