Log splitters come to market with at least 6 or 7 different power options including manual, electric, kinetic, and hydraulic to name a few. If you’re unsure of whether or not gas is the best option, I’d encourage you to read my article on the different types of splitters and why you would or would not want each of the types.
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Why Choose a Gas Log Splitter?
Gas log splitters have gained popularity for several reasons, making them a preferred choice for many people who need to split logs for various purposes. Here are some factors that contribute to their popularity:
- Power and Efficiency: Gas log splitters are known for their high power output, which allows them to handle large and tough logs with ease. This efficiency is particularly valuable for heavy-duty tasks or commercial use, where a significant amount of splitting needs to be done quickly.
- Portability: Gas log splitters are generally more portable than hydraulic log splitters that require access to electricity or a separate power source. This mobility makes them suitable for use in remote areas, forests, or places where power outlets are not readily available.
- Versatility: Gas log splitters can be used in various outdoor settings, regardless of the availability of electrical power. This flexibility is especially important for those who need to split logs in different locations.
- No Dependence on Electricity: Unlike electric log splitters, which require a steady supply of electricity, gas log splitters operate using gasoline. This independence from electrical power sources makes them suitable for areas prone to power outages or for individuals who want to work without worrying about electrical constraints.
- Speed: Gas log splitters often have faster cycle times compared to electric models, resulting in quicker log splitting. This is especially beneficial for people who have a large volume of logs to split within a limited time frame.
- Heavy-Duty Performance: Gas log splitters are designed to handle heavy-duty tasks and can generate higher splitting forces. This makes them a preferred choice for professional log-splitting tasks, such as in commercial firewood production or forestry operations.
- Ease of Use: Gas log splitters are relatively simple to operate. Users typically need to add gasoline to the engine, start it up, and then engage the splitter using controls. This simplicity makes them accessible to a wide range of users, including those with limited technical knowledge.
- Durability: Gas log splitters are built to withstand rugged conditions and heavy use. The engines and components are designed to handle the stresses associated with splitting logs, making them a reliable option for demanding applications.
- Availability of Fuel: Gasoline is readily available in most areas, making it convenient to keep a gas log splitter fueled and operational. Users don’t need to worry about finding specialized fuels or power sources.
- Range of Sizes and Models: Gas log splitters come in various sizes and models, offering users a choice based on their specific needs. From smaller, more portable models for residential use to larger, industrial-grade options, there’s a gas log splitter for different applications.
It’s important to note that the choice between gas log splitters and other types, such as electric or hydraulic, depends on factors such as the intended use, available resources, budget, and personal preferences. While gas log splitters offer many advantages, it’s essential to assess your individual needs before making a decision.
Our Top 5 Gas Log Splitters
IMPORTANT: When reading reviews on gas log splitters it is important to note that none of the review sites (even the big-name ones) went out and bought 5 or 10 different splitters to evaluate. That’s not financially feasible and it’s just not done no matter what they “say”. The process used in reviewing and determining the “best” splitter would be to assess factors such as user reviews from multiple sources, budget considerations, average user log sizes, location of use and others.
# 5 – Champion 7-ton compact horizontal splitter
This well-respected brand offers a lot of punch for the money. For a couple of day’s labor at an average job, you can own a splitter you’ll likely have for a lifetime and will split most logs if you’re buying logs or live in/near a small forest with average-sized trees.
This 7-ton model featuring auto-return comes standard with a 79cc engine and a 20-second cycle time. It offers 180 cycles an hour along with an integrated log cradle and low-profile design for easy log loading.
While it is not meant to be towed, it does offer tires that will never get flat so it’s easy to move and store. It fits easily into any truck bed.
Like all Champion splitters, you’ll get a 2-year warranty and free lifetime tech support.
# 4 – BENCHMARK 25 Ton Gas-Powered Log Splitter
Benchmark is an iconic name in Canadian Home Hardware stores, but I suspect that is the case in the USA as well. Benchmark tools are US made so the quality is noticeably better than offshore no-name brands.
This 25-ton splitter offers a powerful 25-ton ram force with its oversized 2-stage pump that offers an 11.2-second cycle time. That’s pretty impressive. The full-beam design and optimal ergonomics offers an extra boost when it comes to safety and ease of use.
It comes with an auto return valve and adjustable detent, and much to the delight of many, it is meant to be towed!
# 3 – Boss Industrial 20-Ton Horizontal Dual-Action Gas Splitter
The Boss Industrial splitter offers not only an excellent brand to back its product, but an impressive set of features.
A split time of 6 seconds is possible because of its dual-action splitting technique. You don’t actually have to wait for the wedge to return – it’s ready right away after the previous split.
The 2-way splitter is powered by a Kohler 6.5 hp 196cc engine and yet it’s still lightweight and easy to move and maneuver. It’s towable and comes with FREE SHIPPING in the US.
The 20-tons of splitting force are delivered with a one-handed operation capability, so you’ll have plenty of power and oodles of convenience through the splitting process.
Rounding out the list of features is a large 24″ splitting length, extra large log trays and a built-in wheeled trailer jack.
# 2 – Northstar 30-ton horizontal/vertical splitter
With an insanely good price (less than $1500 at the time of this review), the Northstar can’t help but make it near the top of our list.
The 30-ton power output is the highest of all the splitters on our list.
Its powerful Kohler commercial CH270 Series engine can split logs up to 25 inches long and 16 inches in diameter!
Featuring an auto-return wedge along with American-made componentry, this beast (as long as the price holds) has to be the best “value” on our list for sure!
# 1 – Champion 25-ton horizontal/vertical beam splitter
Finally, OUR TOP CHOICE!
Champion is one of the better names in splitters whether tey are on Amazon or not. At about twice the price of a 7-ton model, the 25-ton splitter is the best deal by a wide margin. It’s barely over $1000 and offers good looks, highly-rated performance quality, very positive owner reviews and more versatility (horizontal/vertical) than any other in its class.
It features a large 224cc OHV engine, vertical to horizontal conversion in mere seconds, it’s towable up to 45 mph and offers 16-inch tires.
With its 11-second cycle time, you’ll be able to split more wood than you probably have in record time, and best of all, it’s capable of well over 300 cycles per hour.
Did I mention it comes with a 2-year warranty and free lifetime tech support? Well, I just did!
Are there reasons I might NOT want a gas-powered log splitter?
While gas splitters remain the most common choice for splitting logs, there are specific conditions that might make it impossible, difficult, or at least undesirable to use one. Thankfully there are other options, but what exactly might make gas splitters undesirable?
Firstly, the noise and emissions might be enough to push an irate neighbor over the edge! Gas log splitters produce noise and exhaust emissions due to their combustion engines, which can be a concern in residential areas or enclosed spaces.
Gas engines do require some maintenance. This would include fuel, oil changes, and occasional maintenance of spark plugs and filters. Electric log splitters generally have lower maintenance requirements.
Gas costs money and of course, operating a gas log splitter requires purchasing gasoline, which can lead to ongoing fuel costs. Electric log splitters, in contrast, rely on electricity, which may be cheaper in some regions.
If you’re the type to be very sensitive about your environmental footprint, gas splitters do produce a bit more of an environmental footprint than some other options. Gas log splitters contribute to air pollution through emissions from their engines. In contrast, electric log splitters have a lower environmental impact, especially if powered by clean energy sources.
Sometimes gas tools and products might have starting issues, especially in colder weather or after periods of inactivity, requiring troubleshooting and potentially delaying work.
For some, weight might matter! Gas log splitters tend to be heavier due to the engine and fuel tank, which can make transportation and maneuvering more challenging compared to lighter electric models.
And finally, there’s the cost! Gas log splitters often have a higher initial cost than electric models, factoring in the engine and components required for combustion.
Whew! That was a whirlwind of information but I hope it has helped you determine whether or not a gas splitter is best for you, and if so, which model would work best.
It’s important to note that gas splitters are far and away the most common type of log splitter for a reason (or many of them actually!). The decision of what type of splitter is best has been contemplated by many people for years, and gas has come out on top. Consider the reasons outlined at the start of this article and you just may come to that same conclusion.
Ultimately, the choice between a gas-powered log splitter and other types depends on your specific needs, preferences, and circumstances. Consider the pros and cons carefully to determine which type best suits your log-splitting requirements.