The Timber Tuff Manual Log Splitter is simplicity personified and also the least expensive splitter on the list so virtually anybody can afford one. It’s a slide hammer type of splitter which works by placing the edge on a small log, pulling up the sliding weight and letting it drop. Gravity does the rest and drives the edge into the wood, splitting it effectively. There’s no other easier splitter available, and it’s so portable it can be carried almost anywhere and can be used indoors too. For splitting smaller logs or branches for campfires, fireplaces or wood stoves, this unit would be hard to beat. This model is covered by a one year warranty and weighs about 12 pounds.
If you want a splitter that uses foot power to do the dirty work, consider the Wel-Bilt Vertical Foot-Operated Log Splitter 8-Ton. Forget about heavy lifting, you simply just roll the log into place and then pump the pedal to do the splitting. The eight tons of pressure will split most small to medium sized logs up to 14-inches in diameter; you’ll be able to split a pile of wood for your stove or fireplace fairly quickly and easily. The splitting wedge features five adjustable positions so you can tailor the cycle time for different sizes of wood. Although it’s heavy at 75 pounds and one of the more expensive splitters on this list, it’s relatively portable and easy to use.
The WoodEze Super Smart-Splitter Manual Firewood Splitter is a higher end manual splitter that’s rugged and durable. It’s capable of splitting a 15-inch diameter log, but more suited to splitting small diameters. You also have to drill a 12mm diameter hole in a log to anchor the unit in place, giving it a very stable platform on which to split wood. Once the guide pole is inserted into the hole, splitting logs is quick and easy. Lift the weight and let it drop onto the splitting wedge, that's it. However, if you don't have a 12mm drill bit and drill, you are out of luck. This splitter can be used inside or out, is a lightweight 24 pounds and comes with a two year warranty. Realistically, this could have been the number one pick on this list, but costs almost four times more.
If a conventional horizontal log splitter fits your needs, check out the Ironton Horizontal Manual Hydraulic Log Splitter 10-Ton. This splitter uses two pump handled to move the hydraulic cylinder forwards for splitting and provides 10 tons of force to split logs up to 7-inches in diameter. This model weighs about 80 pounds and you'll have to place each log on the ground-level rail to split them. There are no wheels provided so you'll have to lug this one around by hand, put it on a cart, or throw it up into a truck bed. Although one of the easier to use splitters it has a slow splitting cycle time making it best suited for the occasional use of a fireplace or wood stove. It comes covered by a one year warranty.
When you just need to split smaller pieces of wood for the fireplace or wood stove, this is the manual wood splitter for you. The Quality Craft Foot-Operated Log Splitter 1.5-Ton, lets you put a smaller piece of wood on the holder and then just step on the handle to split it. Technically it will take on 10-inch diameter logs but smaller logs would be a better fit. At just 23 pounds this isn’t a heavy duty unit, but it’s perfect for splitting wood into smaller pieces which fits inside of a stove or on a campfire. This splitter is covered by a one year warranty.
Dirty Hand Tools 22-Ton Horizontal/Vertical Gas Log Splitter tops our list with a fast cycle time of only 11 seconds for quick and efficient log splitting; you can also get a 4-way splitter attachment that will cut your splitting time in half. The 6 1/2 horsepower Kohler engine gives you plenty of power for virtually every homeowner job, and it's towable up to 45 miles per hour.
This log splitter can take a log up to a maximum 25-inches in diameter and will adjust for splitting horizontally. There’s also a small log tray to catch the wood and can be set vertically for larger logs. Weighing in at almost 600 pounds, you get incredible stability, and it’s protected by a three year warranty.
The Ariens 174cc, 4 horsepower Gas Log Splitter is top notch with a Subaru engine engine that will run just about forever. This is both a vertical and horizontal splitter, so large logs can be rolled towards and placed into the beam and split. That makes it easy on your back, while smaller logs can be placed onto the rail and allowed to fall off onto a holding tray. This machine offers 22 tons of splitting force with a 12 second cycle time, which will be enough for the average suburbanite and enough for most farm applications too. It's towable up to 45 miles per hour so you can take it anywhere, weighs 374 pounds for maximum stability, and comes with a three year warranty.
The truth is that most people don't need a log splitter that does anything more than this model. The lightweight, Brave EZ Split 8 Ton Horizontal Gas Log Splitter is the least expensive log splitter on this list with practicality which is hard to beat. 8 tons of ram pressure will split 80-90 percent of all wood intended for fireplaces or wood stove, so getting a bigger splitter is just wasting money and gas. The 3.5 horsepower Briggs engine is a quality unit and although not fast by any mean, the 18 second cycle time is still quick enough to get your splitting chores done efficiently. It will take on an 18-inch diameter log up to 190 pounds and is covered by a one year warranty.
For no holds barred maximum log splitting, the Swisher 34-Ton Kawasaki Powered Horizontal/Vertical Gas Log Splitter w/ Electric Start is the big dog daddy to have. This is not an inexpensive log splitter, but it will split virtually any log you put into it. The Kawi 14.5 horsepower engines is one of the best small engines made making it perfect for splitting load after load of logs on the farm or if just if you want bragging rights around the neighborhood.
This log splitter features an 11 second cycle time and towable up to 45 miles per hour. At 750 pounds, it isn’t a lightweight machine, but will split 25 inch long logs without working up a sweat. The electric starter means no pulling cord, 4-way splitting wedge halves the time to horizontally split logs, and a big log tray catches logs rolling off the splitter beam. Additionally, this model is covered by a three year warranty.
If we were picking the best 16 ton splitter, this Ramsplitter 16-Ton Subaru-Powered Horizontal/Vertical Gas Log Splitter comes in first. The features, toughness and versatility make this the best bang for the buck model here and it won’t leave you disappointed. This unit comes standard with a Subaru engine but you can also choose from several different engines like a Honda or a Briggs 6 horsepower engine to suit your needs (or brand allegiance).
At 300 pounds, it’s good and stable while offering the fastest cycle time at 10 seconds which beats even the top rated model on this list. The price is right and does anyone really need more than 16 tons of force to split firewood? This splitter would have made it to the top if the warranty would have been better than one year and it included towing capability. Regardless, it’s a beauty of a splitter.
If you need the biggest and baddest electric log splitter of them all, look no further than the Ramsplitter 20-Ton Horizontal / Vertical Electric Log Splitter. This model offers enough power to split an 18-inch log with no sweat. It runs on 220 volts, so you'll need to hook it into a dryer or stove outlet, unless you have a 220 installed in an outbuilding.
It easily converts from vertical to horizontal splitting, so you don't have to lift heavy logs into place, and it has a fast 13 second cycle time to split logs quickly. The 3 horsepower electric motor is equivalent to about a 10 horsepower gas unit, so there’s plenty of power to work with.
Weighing about 300 pounds, this splitter sits on a wheeled carriage towable up to 35 miles per hour, so it is relatively portable too and is covered with a one year warranty and. This is not an inexpensive log splitter, but in return you get quality, sturdy construction, and durability.
If you want the most bang for the buck in an electric log splitter, then check out the Powerhouse 7-Ton Electric Log Splitter. It’s the least expensive splitter here yet still delivers a solid 7 tons of splitting force. It has a cycle time of 15 seconds for quick splitting, features a two-handed safety operation, and the 3 horsepower motor runs on 120 volts that will split an 11-inch log.
This model weighs about 100 pounds so it’s very portable and you can just grab the handle and take it anywhere. Most suburbanites don't need much more of a splitter than this for their fireplaces or wood stoves and it also comes with a one year warranty. If you don't want any bells or whistles, and you just want to split logs for basic home burning, the Powerhouse should be first consideration on your list.
The Boss Industrial 10-Ton Horizontal Dual-Action Electric Log Splitter features a 2.5 horsepower electric motor powers, 16 second cycle time, and the ability to split a 10-inch diameter log. Even with a longer cycle time, you'll process just as much wood thanks to a dual-action system that splits logs as the splitting head moves both forwards and backwards through a cycle.
This machine splits wood with 10 tons of power which is more than enough for anyone stocking up wood for a fireplace or wood stove. At 215 pounds this is a beefy splitter yet only one hand is needed to operate this unit, allowing you to stack another log on as you go and also includes a big log cradle to catch the wood as it’s split. This splitter plugs into a standard 120 volt socket, but it must be a dedicated 20 amp circuit or you'll be blowing breakers. Additionally, it comes covered by a two year warranty.
If you’re looking for one of the more innovative electric log splitters out there, the Pow'R'kraft 4-Ton / 7-Ton 2-Speed Horizontal Electric Log Splitter may be just right for you. It runs on 120 volts and a dedicated 15 amp circuit, with a 3 horsepower motor that will split a 12-inch diameter log.
What makes this model unique is it generally uses less power and only 4 tons of force. However, if you run into a difficult piece of wood, the unit automatically cycles up to 7 tons of wood-splitting force giving it adaptability unmatched by any of the others on this list. This model also has a cycle time of about 7 seconds on small, thin pieces of wood and up to 15 seconds on larger pieces.
Weighing in at 175 pounds, this log splitter can be hand pulled to any location where it’s needed. It is built low to the ground so there isn't any high lifting, and the large rail adds stability when a log is placed on top. Although covered by a two year warranty, it’s a bit expensive for a 7 ton splitter, but the 2 speed splitting innovation might be worth it for those who are power conscious.
If you just need some spare wood for a fireplace or a wood stove, this is the perfect splitter to get. The WoodEze 4-Ton Electric Log Splitter is a relatively inexpensive unit which runs on a dedicated 15 amp circuit house current. Weighing less than 100 pounds for easy portability, you can position this splitter around the house, garage or shed. This unit runs so quiet that you can even use it indoors and literally split and stack wood right next to your fireplace or wood stove. Powered by a 1.75 horsepower motor, this unit requires two hands for safe operation but it will split a maximum log diameter up to 10-inches. This log splitter is covered by a one year warranty.