Best Cheap Log Splitters for 2018 Reviewed

ComparisonIf you need to split wood only occasionally and don’t want to spend too much money, you have come to the right place.

Here are the top cheap log splitters – with ratings, prices and reviews:

Sun Joe LJ10M

Sun Joe LJ10M

Our rating: 4.5 stars Very good  

Customer rating: 151 reviews

Price: $124.00

Hydraulic: An inexpensive manual splitter that uses a piston to press the log onto the blade – it’s easy to use, doesn’t require much labor but still offers a solid power.

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Quality Craft Foot-Operated Log Splitter

Quality Craft Foot-Operated Log Splitter

Our rating: 4 stars Good  

Customer rating: 97 reviews

Price: $79.99

Easily portable: Compact and lightweight foot-operated tool for splitting smaller logs – but with a few quality issues.

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Kindling Cracker

Kindling Cracker

Our rating: 5 stars Excellent!  

Customer rating: 578 reviews

Price: $79.99

For kindling: The best user-rated tool currently on the market – but only for making kindling from pieces up to 6" in diameter.

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WEN 56206 Lumberjack

WEN 56206 Lumberjack

Our rating: 4 stars Good  

Customer rating: 329 reviews

Price: $303.90

Electric: Not particularly cheap but it is the least expensive motorized splitter we reviewed. Easy to use and offers a good power.

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As you can see, the cheap wood splitters we selected are mostly manual, electric units cost a lot more and the price of gas powered machines can exceed $1,000 easily.

Comparison with other models:

Model Price Our rating   Splitting force For Operation Weight Max log length Cycle time (approx.)
Sun Joe LJ10M $124.00 4.5 stars up to 10 tons manual 87 lbs 18″ 20-40 seconds
Quality Craft Foot-Operated Log Splitter $79.99 4.0 stars 1.5 tons foot-operated 23 lbs 18″
Kindling Cracker $79.99 5.0 stars manual 10 lbs up to 14″ approx. depends on user
Anaconda 878 Slide-Hammer Check here: 3.5 stars manual 13.9 lbs depends on user
Logosol Smart-Splitter $150.85 4.5 stars manual 19.84 lbs depends on user
WEN 56206 Lumberjack $303.90 4.0 stars 6 tons two-handed 100 lbs 20.5″ 14-25 seconds

 

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