Contents

- 1 What size log can a log splitter split?
- 2 How big of a log splitter do I need?
- 3 What size hydraulic pump do I need for a log splitter?
- 4 Are electric log splitters any good?
- 5 Is a 22 ton log splitter enough?
- 6 What is the best log splitter for the money?
- 7 How do you split wood without a log splitter?
- 8 Is a 5 ton log splitter big enough?
- 9 How do I calculate my log splitter tonnage?
- 10 How much does it cost to rent a log splitter for a day?
- 11 How does a hydraulic log splitter work?
- 12 How much HP does a hydraulic pump need?
- 13 What is a good cycle time for a log splitter?

## What size log can a log splitter split?

Whether gas or electric, models producing 5 or 6 tons **will** generally handle **logs** up to 10 inches in diameter (provided the **wood** is not too hard and the grain is fairly straight). For larger **logs** with diameters up to 24 inches or so, you’ll want a **splitter** that produces 20 to 25 tons of **splitting** force.

## How big of a log splitter do I need?

The thicker a **log** is, the more **wood** there is to force apart on either side of the grain. **Logs** that are larger in diameter **need** more pressure to split. That’s why a 4-ton **log splitter** will work well for 6″ branches, but a 24″ tree trunk will require at least the force of a 20-ton **splitter**.

## What size hydraulic pump do I need for a log splitter?

If you are serious about making your own backyard **log splitter**, then you want to have, at a minimum, the following components to provide the right amount of force and power for basic splitting of averaged sized, seasoned **logs**: A 5 Horsepower engine. A two-stage **hydraulic pump** rated at a max of 3 gpm at 2,500 psi.

## Are electric log splitters any good?

**Are electric log splitters any good**? Yes. **Electric log splitters** are popular with both professional foresters as well as homeowners who burn **wood** for the winter. If you purchase the right type, they can be very convenient and efficient to use.

## Is a 22 ton log splitter enough?

If you’re going to be splitting a lot of thick hard **wood** like oak, you may need a more powerful **splitter** but most people have no issue with the **22**-tons. Overall, the Champion **22**–**ton** Hydraulic **Log Splitter** is a great machine for splitting **wood**. It’s built tough, made from good quality materials.

## What is the best log splitter for the money?

**Here, the best log splitters.**

**Best**Overall: Champion Power Equipment 27-Ton**Splitter**.**Best**Budget: Sun Joe LJ10M 10-Ton Hydraulic**Log Splitter**.**Best**Electric: Boss Industrial ES7T20 Electric**Log Splitter**.**Best**Vertical/Horizontal: Champion Power Equipment 25-Ton Gas**Splitter**.**Best**Gas-Powered: Cub Cadet 25-Ton Logger.

## How do you split wood without a log splitter?

If you don’t have a **log splitter**, then try putting your table saw to work. Using your old table saw can make the whole **log splitting** business much easier. This is especially true if you have a big **wood** pile and you don’t have access to a maul or axe.

## Is a 5 ton log splitter big enough?

So a **5**–**ton** electric **log splitter** doesn’t give anything like the power you’d get from a gas-powered machine. Though for most home users, this is **sufficient** and you’ll be able to split **logs** of a reasonable size into pieces that will fit easily into your fireplace or stove.

## How do I calculate my log splitter tonnage?

With a little simple geometry you can **calculate** a cylinder’s **force** in pounds or **tons**. **The** pound **force** is **the** product of **the** fluid pressure in psi multiplied by **the** cross-sectional area of **the** piston. To get **the** hydraulic cylinder **tonnage**, divide **the** pound **force** by 2,000.

## How much does it cost to rent a log splitter for a day?

**Prices** vary according to the chosen period, as follows: those who need a **log splitter** for four hours will have to pay $45, those who want one for the entire **day** will pay $60, and those who **would** benefit from a **splitter** throughout the entire weekend will end up paying $90.

## How does a hydraulic log splitter work?

In a typical **log splitter**, the operator places a **log** on the **splitter**, then shifts a directional valve to route fluid from the pump to the cap end of the **hydraulic** cylinder. The smaller pump moves the piston rod at lower speed, but can achieve higher pressure to push the wedge into the **log** and split it.

## How much HP does a hydraulic pump need?

1 **HP is** required for each 1 GPM at 1500 PSI or any multiple of 1500 such as 3 GPM at 500 PSI, 2 GPM at 750 PSI, 1/2 GPM at 3000 PSI, etc. Another handy rule-of-thumb **is** that it takes about 5% of the **pump** maximum rated **HP** to drive the **pump** when unloaded and pressure **is** very low.

## What is a good cycle time for a log splitter?

Most standard hydraulic splitters can have cycle times between 10 and **20 seconds** which will suit most people. Sometimes a slower cycle time comes with added force so you can split a much larger and knotted log you normally couldn’t.