Hydraulic Log Splitter

Written by Jeremy Horelick
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A hydraulic log splitter is one of the most powerful wood working tools you can add to your shed or workshop. In an age of pre-packaged tinder and starter logs, a lot of do-it-yourselfers wonder if there's still a place for log-splitting. As long as there are those who seek to build their own custom furniture such as bar stools and coffee tables, log splitters will have a permanent place in any utility shed.

A hydraulic log splitter takes the place of the splitting maul, which for years was the most obvious choice for all woodcutting needs. The maul features a weighted head and flared cheeks behind its cutting edge and is designed to be manually heaved against a wood round. After a repetitive pounding, the wood grains start to split and the round breaks in two. As you might imagine, this process can be laborious and inaccurate.

The Advantages of a Hydraulic Log Splitter

A hydraulic log splitter offers more than just power; it gives you incredible convenience to match. At just over three feet long and a foot wide, the average log splitter fits right in the corner of your workshop or underneath your deck. And its wide track wheels make it easy to transport across a yard or around a house, wherever your rounds are located.

The newest log splitters also boast exceptional safety features such as two-hand operation that requires one hand to remain on a valve or button at all times. Once that safety knob is released, the blade automatically shuts off, sparing you from potentially grave injuries. Combine such phenomenal engineering with ease of use and sheer power, and there are few tools in your collection that can match the value of a good splitter.

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