Hows your log pile looking? If you’ve just done a google search looking for a fast log splitter then I’m guessing that the log pile is high and the split pile is pretty low.
Not to worry though, This article will give you a few different options, whatever your budget.
What type of Log splitters are the fastest?
As I began to compile this list I had my suspicions, but I wasn’t quite sure which type of splitter would actually win the ‘fast log splitter’ race. I quickly learned, however; that Gas Log Splitters are far and away better than any other type if you’re looking to get the job done in a hurry. There are a couple of sub-categories within the ‘gas’ type, being the regular hydraulic kind and the Kinetic Flywheel that results in an incredible 2.5 second cycle time with a massive 28-ton capability!
What is Cycle Time?
OK, so cycle time is the measurement you’re after. This metric represents the time it takes for the hydraulic ram to push the log/wood into the splitter and then return to it’s initial starting position. This time varies between machines and is one of the key questions you should be asking before you make a purchase – particularly if you have a large pile of logs to split in a short amount of time.
Some of the higher-end log splitters sport cycle times as low as 10 seconds, making short work of any pile. Unfortunately, not all log splitters have this metric written down somewhere so you often need to ask the question when you are searching.
We have done a bit of research for you and listed the cycle times of some of the fastest log/wood splitters we could find.
|Model||Type||Impact Pressure||Cycle Time||Cost|
Champion 7-Ton Compact Horizontal Gas Log Splitter with Auto Return
|Dirty Hand Tools 100342 28 Ton Horizontal/Vertical Gas Log Splitter, 277cc Kohler CH395 Engine||Gas (Horizontal or Vertical)||28-Ton||10.5 Seconds||$$$$$|
|Generac K22, 22-Ton Kinetic Flywheel Gas Powered Log Splitter - 50 State/CSA Compliant||Gas (Kinetic Flywheel)||22-Ton||2.5 Seconds||$$$$$|
|Champion 25-Ton Horizontal/Vertical Full Beam Gas Log Splitter with Auto Return||Gas (Horizontal or Vertical)||25-Ton||12 Seconds||$$$$|