Hints & Tips
It’s time to make sure the log store is properly filled for the coming winter months.
And even though the logs you have might just squeeze on to the hearth or wood burner they will burn much better if they are first split.
A split face will catch fire much more quickly than one which is sawn but toiling away with an axe which for many of you could well be a passport to a bad back.
So here are ten top log splitters which will do the job for you more quickly and more effectively and safely. And all are in stock and ready for delivery.
The simplest little machine is the MD 4-Ton Electric Horizontal Log-Splitter currently on special offer as it is one of the lowest priced machines in its class at less than £150.
With this machine you just plug it in and are ready to start work as it has a 1500 Watt electric motor which creates four tons of hydraulic pressure.
The logs are laid in a cradle and forced against a triangular wedge to split them. It can take logs25 cm in diameter and 37 cm long.
It has transport wheels and a rubber hand grip so it can be moved around and as both hands are needed when operating the splitting mechanism it is quite safe.
We deliver it free the next working day and it has a two year manufacturer’s warranty. It costs £149.95, £100 less than the manufacturer’s recommended price.
Many of you will have a bigger brother and in the log splitting family this is it, the MD 5-Ton Electric Log-Splitter, another on special offer.
In many ways this is a very similar machine but has a stronger splitting force.
Five tons of splitting power is enough to deal not only with straight grained wood like ash but can also tackle fruity woods and even thorn.
It can tackle logs25 cm in diameter and 52 cm long and is safe to use as both hands are needed when operating, keeping them well out of the way of the splitting mechanism.
It costs £179.95 compared with the recommended price of £299.95 and is delivered free the next working day. It has a two year warranty.
This next one is from one of the major manufacturers of garden machinery,
The Mitox LS55 Electric Log-Splitter is another horizontal machine but this one has a very fast return mechanism so that the travel of the splitting block can be matched to the length of wood, speeding up the job considerably.
It has a 2200 Watt electric motor which produced 5.5 tons of splitting power, enough to deal with dense knitted wood.
It can take logs 52 cm long and has transport wheels and a handle to make it easy to move.
It costs £249 and is delivered free the next working day. There is a two year warranty from Mitox.
Now one from a leading American manufacturer.
The Lawnflite LS2000DUO 7-Ton Electric Log-Splitter has a dual splitting mechanism with wedges at both ends of the cradle to make the whole task much faster.
Power is from a 2000 Watt electric motor and the splitting force produced is
seven tons so it can cope with thick twisted wood up to 38 cm long.
Both hands are needed to operate the machine, which is mounted on a strong steel frame. And transport wheels mean it is easy to move around.
If you find it easier to work at waist height you can buy a stand for the splitter.
It costs £359, £90 less than the recommended retail price and we deliver it for free the next working day. There is a one year warranty from Lawnflite.
Now a vertical machine, which many people prefer. The Lawnflite LS2800E Electric Vertical Log-Splitter will handle close-grained wood and has a base plate which can be adjusted according to the length of the log you are splitting.
There are three settings, 54 cm, 79 cm and 105 cm and the maximum diameter of wood being split is 32 cm.
For its power the splitter is light in weight at 97 kg and has transport wheel to make it easy to move around..
Both hands are needed to when splitting, keeping them away from the mechanism.
It costs £419, £60 less than the recommended retail price and we deliver it free within three to five working days. It has a one year warranty from Lawnflite.
Next is the Mitox LS550 Multisplit Electric Log-Splitter, a powerful spliter which has a four way splitting wedge which obviates the necessity for re-splitting.
It also has a Quicksplit mechanism so you can adjust the length of travel of the splitting block.
This one has a 3000 Watt motor giving a splitting force of 5.5 tons and can tackle knotted wood with ease.
It can take logs up to 104 cm long and comes with a five metre cable.
It costs £479 and has a two year maker’s warranty. Delivery is free the next working day.
The The Handy-Pro THPLS7TE Heavy-Duty Electric Log-Splitter is machine which can get through a wide range of logs quickly and can take logs up to 104 cm long and up to 50 cm in diameter.
The base can be adjusted to suite the length of log being split and has jaws to hold them in place. Again both hands are needed to operate the machine.
It has a 3000 Watt motor but the manufacturer recommends it is wired directly into a 16 amp fused circuit.
It costs £529 and is delivered free the next working day. It has a one year maker’s warranty.
Now machines with petrol engines which can give more power and have the advantage they can be moved away from a mains electricity supply.
The Lawnflite LS65P Petrol Vertical Log-Splitter has a 6.5 hp engine which gives 7 tons of splitting power, enough to deal with just about any close-grained knotted wood.
This one is made for people with large amounts of wood to split and can take logs up to 104 cm long and 32 cm diameter.
It has an adjustable base plate which can be adjusted to three positions depending on the length of wood being processed and this facility means you can split wood more quickly
It costs £799, a saving of £150 on the maker’s recommended retail price and we deliver it free within three to five working days. There is a one year warranty from Lawnflite.
Now a petrol-powered machine from Mitox, the LS700BS Multisplit Petrol Log-Splitter.
The multisplit facility means you won’t have to re-split heaver logs and you can also adjust the length of travel of the splitting ram which will save time.
It can take logs up to 104 cm in length.
It costs £899 and we deliver it free within two to three working days. There is a two year warranty from Mitox.
And finally a big beast of a splitter,
one for the very keen amateur with a lot of wood to split or for the professional wood merchant.
The The Lawnflite LS550 petrol-driven log-splitter will handle wood up top 63.5 cm long and with its massive splitting force of 25 tons, can handle the most difficult twisted woods which simply can not be split with an axe.
The power comes via a 6 hp Briggs & Stratton engine and has been built so that it can be towed around woodland and along estate lanes, but it is not road legal.
It will work in either the horizontal or vertical and is super efficient as the complete cycle takes just 19 seconds.
It costs £1849 compared with the recommended price of £2399 and hydraulic oil worth £100 is supplied free.
We deliver it free within four to five working days and there is a one year manufacturer’s warranty.
For a full list of log splitters both electrically powered and petrol, see these pages and give us a ring on 020 3026 8712 if you would like our advice before purchasing.
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