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Re: Log Splitter - ariens, swisher or huskee? HD, Lowes,TSC
Though I can't give you specific comments on the splitters listed, I have two splitters and here are my thoughts on what to consider.
Cycle time is important if you have a lot to split so the big cylinder models will be slower unless they have bigger pumps/engines.
If you have logs too big to lift then a splitter than can be used vertically is good though horizontal splitting is less tiring. If getting a splitter that works both ways try tipping it up and down to see if it's well balanced and convenient. Mine has to be disconnected from the tow vehicle which I find inconvenient.
A table on the splitter is good because you don't have to keep picking up pieces for additional splits.
An adapter to split logs two ways in one pass will speed things up if you have a lot to split.
My large splitter is comparable to the TSC one at 27 tons and will split anything I've tried to split but it is heavy and harder to move around than the Ingersoll model that attaches to my tractor. The Ingersoll runs off the tractor hydraulics and splits in two directions so you don't have to wait for the cylinder to retract each time. I'm not sure of the rating but the cylinder is about 3" so it is well less than the larger splitter but still splits most anything I try to split. The Ingersoll is the one I use unless I have very large logs that I can't lift onto the bed.