Best Hydraulic Log Splitters for 2018 Reviewed

ComparisonHydraulic log splitters are the most popular type both for consumer and professional needs. They are easy to use, provide enough power and most of them split pretty fast.

Here are our most recommended models – with ratings, prices and reviews:

Boss Industrial ES7T20

Boss Industrial ES7T20

Our rating: 4.5 stars Very good  

Customer rating: 238 reviews

Price: $449.00

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

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Champion 7-Ton

Champion 7-Ton

Our rating: 4.5 stars Very good  

Customer rating: 47 reviews

Price: $574.35

Gas powered: More power but still compact, easy to move around, transport or store. Unfortunately the price is considerably higher.

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Sun Joe LJ10M

Sun Joe LJ10M

Our rating: 4.5 stars Very good  

Customer rating: 180 reviews

Price: $149.99

Manual: You won’t get any help from an engine, on the other hand it’s a lot cheaper, easy to operate and provides a solid power.

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A hydraulic splitter can be either powered by an engine or manual – but in both cases it employs a hydraulic piston that presses the log onto a stationary blade (or moves the wedge onto a fixed piece of wood).

These units come in various sizes, types and performance levels so please think about what do you need it for and then take a look at the table below.

Are you a typical homeowner? An electric unit would be probably the best for you. Do you split 6 cords of wood a year or need to use the splitter in the woods where there is no electricity? Definitely opt for the gas powered. Looking for an inexpensive option? The manual one will do just fine.

Comparison with other models:

Model Type Price Our rating   Splitting force For Operation Weight Max log length Cycle time (approx.)
Boss Industrial ES7T20 Electric $449.00 4.5 stars 7 tons one-handed 106 lbs 20.5″ 10-18 seconds
WEN 56206 Lumberjack Electric 4.0 stars 6 tons two-handed 100 lbs 20.5″ 14-25 seconds
Champion 7-Ton Gas $574.35 4.5 stars 7 tons one-handed 143 lbs 19″ 10-20 seconds
Champion 25-Ton Gas $1,227.24 4.5 stars 25 tons one-handed 430 lbs 24″ 12 seconds
Sun Joe LJ10M Manual $149.99 4.5 stars up to 10 tons manual 87 lbs 18″ 20-40 seconds

 

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