Turn that downed tree into firewood with a rented log splitter. Log splitters are a much easier and efficient way to split wood than using an axe. There are many types of log splitters using manual, electric or gas power to split the log. Sizes also range from small, easily portable options to large, tow-behind gas units.
Manual splitting is the slowest method, but will still cut the amount of time it takes to split wood drastically. Manual splitters are lightweight and portable.
Electric log splitters are faster than manual while still being easy to transport. They require a standard power source, are quiet, and can be run indoors.
Gas-powered log splitters offer a more powerful option and can be operated in outdoor locations that lack a power source.
Log splitter attachments are also available for skid steers and other equipment.
Most log splitters operate using hydraulics, but kinetic splitters, slide hammers, screw splitters and other types may also be available to rent.
What to consider when renting a log splitter
When determining the best equipment to rent, consider how much wood you’ll be splitting, the type of wood, the amount of time you have to do the job, and where you’ll be splitting the wood. This will help you determine how much power you will need to complete the task within the timeframe.
You may also need to consider the maximum cut length and maximum diameter of log the equipment is able to split, especially if the wood has already been cut into logs.
Additionally, log splitters are oriented either vertically or horizontally. Vertical machines require less lifting of the logs and are a great choice when splitting a lot of wood, or larger logs. Horizontal machines require more lifting of logs, but are available in more styles due to efficiencies in the mechanics.
Frequently asked questions
How do you use an electric log splitter?
Once plugged in, use an electric log splitter by placing a log onto the machine so it will split with the grain, then activate the controls. Be sure to follow all manufacturer instructions when using an electric log splitter.
How does a manual hydraulic log splitter work?
A manual hydraulic log splitter works by pumping handles back and forth to activate the hydraulic piston. The hydraulic piston will force the wood onto the wedge, which will split the wood as the machine drives it through.
How does a hydraulic log splitter work?
A hydraulic log splitter works by using manual, electric or gas power to drive a piece of wood onto a sharp wedge which splits the wood.
Is it better to split wood green or dry?
Some wood types are easier to split when green and some are easier when dry. Split wood dries faster, so if you wait for the wood to dry before splitting, the process will be longer.
Contact your local, ARA-affiliated, rental store for information on available rental products and services to meet your log splitter needs. To locate the rental store nearest you, use the Rental Store Quick Locator above.