Electric Log Splitter

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An electric log splitter is one of the more popular types of wood splitters for the backyard handyman. Although gas log splitters are more common, the electric wood splitter has some advantages.

These include a much quieter operation, as well as the fact that you don’t need to stop and refuel all the time. However, you need to be near a power outlet – which is not very convenient if you’re out in the back forty tryin to get some work done.

Some people claim that an electric log splitter is safer because they don’t move as fast. This is a good point, however I’ve seen models that are still potentially dangerous if you’re not careful where you place your hands when you start the splitting cycle.

Most electric log splitters have hydraulic rams, much like a gas log splitter. Usually the electric log splitters will be designed for smaller projects where you don’t need as much splitting force. Most electric splitters are manufactured in the range from 5 tons to 20 tons of splitting force.

One of the most popular electric log splitters is the Mantis SwiftSpilt, which can be purchased for only $500. It boasts lots of power while still being small enough for the average person to move around from job to job very easily.

When you get up into the 20 ton range for an electric wood splitter you’re going to need a fair amount of electrical power. In North America, most of the larger electric log splitters (like a 20 ton electric splitter) will require at least a 30 Amp breaker on 110 volt power, or if you want to be a little more energy conscious then you can go to a 240 volt outlet. Of course, not everyone has a spare 220 volt outlet nearby, but for light industrial use, or out on the farm this can be a good option.

They are definitely convenient for home users. You have to ask yourself if you’re the type of person who prefers an electric lawn mower or electric power washer, then you might also prefer an electric log splitter. If on the other hand you wouldn’t use anything other than your gas power washer, then you will probably be frustrated with an electric log splitter.

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