Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Choosing a Log Splitter: Gas Powered or Electric?

The most trustworthy tool for splitting your logs into firewood size chunks is of course an axe. It’s simple and easy to use. It has no moving parts so there’s not a lot to break. And, if you do break a handle, on most models it’s replaceable.

Axes have two major drawbacks however.

The first is that they are slow. You are very limited with how much wood you can split when using an axe. Even if you work quickly, you will eventually run out of steam.

The second is that as you age, you might not be as strong as you once were. Swinging an axe might even become too much of a physical burden. 

And, if you injure yourself, forget about it. You just won’t be able to effectively split wood using an axe.

Luckily, we live in the time of engineering. We don’t need to rely on simple tools and can instead use a much more efficient approach: log splitters.

The Case for Going Gas-Powered

There are two major types of powered log splitters -- gas-powered and electric. And, they both have their own sets of benefits and drawbacks.

Gas-powered splitters are for serious business. They are designed to churn through more logs in a day than you could probably handle with an axe in a week.

Most gas-powered splitters have a much higher ceiling for the amount of work you can get done than their electric splitter counterparts.  So, if your only consideration is doing as much work as possible in a certain period time, going with a gas-powered option is a no brainer.

They do have some negatives though depending on your situation.

The major setback on gas-powered splitters is that emit lots of fumes. If you are working inside a garage or barn, or somewhere without a lot of decent ventilation, you are not going to want to use one.

Also, they tend to be very heavy and expensive. So, they are not for casual work.

You should only really considering use this type of splitter if you know you are going to get your money’s worth and you have a way to lug it around.

The Case for Going Electric

If a gas-powered splitter is a little too much for your needs, then you should consider all that electric splitters have to offer.

They are much more efficient than trying to work with an axe. You’ll work faster and you don’t need to be in prime physical shape to get your work done.

They tend to be lighter than their gas-powered counterparts, and you can use them indoors since they don’t have any kind of exhaust.

In most cases they are not quite as powerful as gas-powered models, but they will be able to handle most of the work that anyone could throw at one for personal use.


When it’s time to put down the axe and look for a more efficient wood splitting solution, you have a couple of choices to make. Do you want to go gas-powered or electric?

For most people an electric splitter will be enough. But, if you have more serious jobs, you might want to splurge and go with a more powerful gas-powered option.

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