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Old 03-12-2010, 04:27 AM   post #1 of 22
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Default Log Splitter - ariens, swisher or huskee? HD, Lowes,TSC

I am looking to get a log splitter. I am not sure how large i need, I was thinking 22-25 ton? Maybe thats overkill?

I have 12-15" wide logs i will be splitting - oak mostly.

Lowes has a swisher with a briggs engine
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22-Ton Log Splitter
  • 7 HP Briggs & Stratton Cast Iron Sleeve Intek engine
  • 4" x 24" cylinder makes 22 tons of splitting force
  • Horizontal and vertical splitting positions
  • Heavy-duty 2-stage. 11 gallon-per-minute pump for minimum cycle time, faster splitting and maximum splitting perfomance
Home Depot has a 27 ton Ariens with a 169 cc subaru motor - Im leaning towards this unit.

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  • 27-Ton splitting rorce
  • 169 cc Subaru engine
  • 25" Log capacity
  • 16.5 Second cycle time
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TSC has a huskee 28 ton

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Brand: HuskeeŽ
Type: Log Splitter
Width: 49 in.
Length: 78 in.
Material: Steel
Engine Type: HondaŽ GC 190
Power Rating: 190 cc
Splitting Force: 28 Tons
Cycle Time: 18 sec.
Valve Type: Auto-return
Maximum Log Length: 26 in.
Pump: Two-stage 11 gpm
Tires: DOT Approved 4.80 in. x 8 in. Tires
Hydraulic Capacity: 31 qt.
Overall Color: Black
Cylinder: 4-1/2 in. x 24 in.
Application: Wood Splitting
Warranty: Limited
All are about the same money, the only thing one way or another, i have a 10% coupon for lowes that HD will honor not sure if TSC will honor it.




I've heard that the ariens is a good unit, all 3 have great reviews and are about the same money.


Anyone have any experience either way with any of these units? and is a 25-28 ton unit overkill? I am thinking, i will have it forever so i'd rather get a little too big than a little too small.
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Old 03-12-2010, 06:12 AM   post #2 of 22
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Default Re: Log Splitter - ariens, swisher or huskee? HD, Lowes,TSC

There's no such thing as overkill, is there? I haven't heard anything bad about any of those.

When I got mine tonage seemed more important, but now I'd say cycle-time should have been.

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Old 03-12-2010, 06:14 AM   post #3 of 22
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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.
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Old 03-12-2010, 06:57 AM   post #4 of 22
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Here's what we bought and the only thing we've put in it that it won't spilt
was some standing rock hard Elm, White and Red Oak, Poplar, no problem
and for $300 bucks I think it was money well spent. It says up to 10", the
wife has put 24" dia. stuff on it. It's the same as the Ryobi splitter at
Home Depot it's just painted red. Our HD doesn't carry the Ryobi just the Homelite.

http://www.homelite.com/catalog/log_splitters/UT49102

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yzdYE3fZlY4

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=45O5vxocK-4&NR=1

http://www.homedepot.com/h_d1/N-5yc1...atalogId=10053
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Old 03-12-2010, 07:59 AM   post #5 of 22
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Default Re: Log Splitter - ariens, swisher or huskee? HD, Lowes,TSC

I have the 35 ton Huskee from TS but have used smaller ones with good results. I liked the way the Huskee is set up with the ram sliding in the fixed rail- which also acts like a shelf for the wood. It does not have the fastest cycle time but can keep two people fairly busy and it does not slow down on the tough stuff.

I do not use it like it is intended- not selling firewood it does not get enough use. I do end up with a lot of people owing me favors though.

There are also some good deal on CL- at least around here.
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Default Re: Log Splitter - ariens, swisher or huskee? HD, Lowes,TSC

what is cycle time? the time to split and then return to place?

thanks ill check those to see what they are.



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i just checked, the swisher does not list time

the huskee is 18, the ariens is 16.5
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Here's what we bought and the only thing we've put in it that it won't spilt

grateful, i never thought of an electric one. Boy the price is sure right!!

i dont know, the issue id have is i planned to split where i cut the trees, so i dont have power.
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Old 03-12-2010, 08:57 AM   post #8 of 22
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Check out for clearance ones too. A lot of places are clearing out the winter items for spring items. I got my woodstove from Lowes for 1/2 price this time of year.
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what is cycle time? the time to split and then return to place?

thanks ill check those to see what they are.



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i just checked, the swisher does not list time

the huskee is 18, the ariens is 16.5
You're correct, cycle time is the time to extend and retract the cylinder. To help improve this on lower powered units many manufacturers utilize 2 speed pumps which might pump 18 gpm with no load and then drop down substantially when they encounter high pressure. That's how an 8 hp engine can drive and 18 gpm pump but a single speed pump putting out 18 gpm under pressure would likely require a 25 hp engine. I only mention this because there could be a difference between "rated" cycle time and actual since ratings most likely would be calculated using the highest gpm output.

There is no "correct" cycle time and for the guy who splits a cord a year or an old fart who has to take a breather everytime they lift a log it probably doesn't make a lot of difference but when you're splitting for money or have a lot to split it adds up. 18 secs doesn't sound like a long time unless you're watching the cylinder retract for the 100th time.

Electrics are fine as long as you're close to a power source but I typically split the logs where the tree fell and that usually isn't near any power.
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grateful, i never thought of an electric one. Boy the price is sure right!!

i dont know, the issue id have is i planned to split where i cut the trees, so i dont have power.
That's the biggest downfall in that you have to bring the wood to the splitter
but you can safely split wood in your garage. I would never have considered
one if I hadn't read the reviews at various places. It's what the wife and I gave
each other for Christmas, sadly she has to load and I run the controls because
of my back. It was her idea for the Christmas present not mine.
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i a have a 12 ton i split mostly oak and never had a prob with spliting force.
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i dont know, the issue id have is i planned to split where i cut the trees, so i dont have power.
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Maine winters can get pretty cold, and this swisher log splitter is supposed to start up well in extreme weather conditions.

Other than that it may be over powered for most users as it's 35 tons with really fast cycle times, costing $2,000+. But if you're splitting large amounts of wood I would guess it's a time saver and won't break down on you like the cheaper options out there.
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