If you cut your own firewood for your home or spend a lot of time splitting logs at your hunting or fishing camp, you know the callouses and aches that come from an afternoon of prepping firewood. There’s an easy solution, though, that can make the process less painful – literally. Getting a good log splitter can make readying firewood a snap. Here are a few things to keep in mind before heading out to grab one of these great pieces of equipment.
Easy to Use
The ideal splitter for you should be convenient and portable, allowing you to easily take it on the road with you to camp or around the lot to wherever you need to split logs. Many models come with wheels on one end and a convenient handle that makes it easy to move around. You also should look for adjustment features that can allow you to lengthen or shorten the hopper for different sizes of logs. If you can also adjust the height of the platform, that can also help with handling heavier logs or even just put less strain on your muscles as you lift logs to the hopper.
Next, you want to make sure it will work well for your needs. Different types of wood require different levels of force to split, so if you’ll be using a splitter on largely hardwood stock, you’ll need a splitter with a higher level of force that can be applied. Horsepower plays a large part in how much energy your splitter can generate, so you’ll likely want more horses for harder wood grains. You also want to have a speedy cycle time, or the time between each motion of the splitter. The less time between cycles, the more rapidly you can work, and the quicker the job gets done.
Last, you want your log splitter to last, so you should consider two major factors when choosing the right equipment – brand and warranty. You may be able to find an off-brand splitter at a discount price, but if that machine breaks down within a few months, you could be back to the axe method. Reputable brands, like Ariens, Gravely or Cub Cadet offered at L.J. Elter & Son, have a history of offering performance equipment that lasts at an affordable price point. In addition, these products are backed by warranties that give you peace of mind that if something does go wrong within a certain period of time, the manufacturer will fix it for you. Go for a bottom-basement discount brand, and you could be looking at an extremely limited warranty – or none at all. Make sure you pick a log splitter that will last.
L.J. Elter & Son offers a wide range of log splitters and other power equipment to help make your winter prep easier. Stop in to one of our three convenient locations or give us a call today and see how our power equipment can help you!