Best Log Splitters for 2018 Reviewed

ComparisonLog splitters come in handy whenever you need to deal with a large amount of wood. While using an axe or sledge and wedge is definitely a possibility, a splitter make the job a lot easier, safer and faster.

Here we present you our most recommended models – with ratings, prices and reviews:

Boss Industrial ES7T20

Boss Industrial ES7T20

Our rating: 4.5 stars Very good  

Customer rating: 233 reviews

Price: $421.66

Our most recommended: The most popular electric wood splitter currently on the market – compact, with one-handed operation and good power.

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WEN 56206 Lumberjack

WEN 56206 Lumberjack

Our rating: 4 stars Good  

Customer rating: 329 reviews

Price: $303.90

Cheaper: Slightly less power for a lower price. Compact, easy to move and store but unfortunately with a two-handed operation.

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Sun Joe LJ10M

Sun Joe LJ10M

Our rating: 4.5 stars Very good  

Customer rating: 151 reviews

Price: $124.00

Manual: There is no engine to do the work for you – on the other hand this wood splitter is a lot cheaper, easy to use and doesn’t require much labor.

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Logosol Smart-Splitter

Logosol Smart-Splitter

Our rating: 4.5 stars Very good  

Customer rating: 113 reviews

Price: $150.85

Smart Splitter: An interesting concept – great for small to medium logs or for making kindling. It’s safe, easy to use, only requires a large log as a base.

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Kindling Cracker

Kindling Cracker

Our rating: 5 stars Excellent!  

Customer rating: 578 reviews

Price: $79.99

For kindling: The best tool for making kindling you can find – safe, easy to use and fast. But not for pieces thicker than 6".

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Comparison with other models:

Model Type Price Our rating   Splitting force For Operation Weight Max log length Cycle time (approx.)
Boss Industrial ES7T20 Electric $421.66 4.5 stars 7 tons one-handed 106 lbs 20.5″ 10-18 seconds
WEN 56206 Lumberjack Electric $303.90 4.0 stars 6 tons two-handed 100 lbs 20.5″ 14-25 seconds
Powerhouse XM-380 Electric $399.00 3.5 stars 7 tons one or two-handed 104 lbs 20.5″ 11-18 seconds
Champion 7-Ton Gas $644.74 4.5 stars 7 tons one-handed 143 lbs 19″ 10-20 seconds
Champion 25-Ton Gas $1,448.00 4.5 stars 25 tons one-handed 430 lbs 24″ 12 seconds
Sun Joe LJ10M Manual $124.00 4.5 stars up to 10 tons manual 87 lbs 18″ 20-40 seconds
Logosol Smart-Splitter Manual $150.85 4.5 stars manual 19.84 lbs depends on user
Kindling Cracker Manual $79.99 5.0 stars manual 10 lbs up to 14″ approx. depends on user
Quality Craft Foot-Operated Log Splitter Manual $79.99 4.0 stars 1.5 tons foot-operated 23 lbs 18″
Anaconda 878 Slide-Hammer Manual Check here: 3.5 stars manual 13.9 lbs depends on user

How to choose a log splitter?

We can say there are three main types of splitters:

  • Electric – the most popular type for homeowners. They provide enough power for some occasional splitting (for example 2 cords of wood per winter) and the price isn’t too high. Of course, the only problem is that you have to work within the range of an extension cord.
  • Gas powered – if need to split a lot of wood or deal with a particularly large or tough pieces, gas machine is the way to go – they simply offer the most power and you can even take them into the woods as you don’t depend on electricity.
  • Manual – there is no engine to help you with splitting so they are slower and not ideal for large logs. On the other hand they are a lot cheaper than the motorized units.

So we advise you to start this way – think about how often are you going to use your splitter a how large would the logs be and decide which type will be the best option for you.

Electric

Gas powered

Manual

Pros:

  • Solid power
  • Decent price

Cons:

  • Dependent on extension cord

Pros:

  • Top power
  • Not dependent on extension cord

Cons:

  • Expensive

Pros:

  • Inexpensive

Cons:

  • Slow
  • Limited power

 

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