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Electric Splitter

For all the doubters of electric splitters versus behemoth 25 ton gas splitters, I bring you my 5 ton Princess Auto splitter which I have yet to find a log that it won't go through like shit through a goose with diarrhea. I have split over 25 chords in the last 5 years with zero issues and for about $275.00 compared to $2,000.00 or more for a gas job to lug around and maintain to split typical 6 to10 inch toothpick firewood, you can't go wrong.
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I have been researching this for a while now and I'm gonna definately buy one, waiting till I see a 5 tonne on sale though.
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Have to agree.i have the homelite 5 ton and just finished splitting my 5 cords for next year.i cheated a little and turned up the boost on the hydraulics.
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Yup they work good. I bought one for my dad. Slow as heck but it gets the job done. With a little rigging you can buy pass the safety switch and make it a one hand operation to free the other one for your beer.
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Have to agree.i have the homelite 5 ton and just finished splitting my 5 cords for next year.i cheated a little and turned up the boost on the hydraulics.

Tommy did you add a nitros kit? Some of those big ash pieces you brought me were over 16 inches diameter like the one Lynn has on the splitter. Split like butter.
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I have been researching this for a while now and I'm gonna definately buy one, waiting till I see a 5 tonne on sale though.

They come on sale quite often and they are a steal when they do. The stand is a great option at $39.00. PA currently has a 37 ton gas splitter on sale. WTF we don't have 8 foot diameter Douglas Fir trees in Manitoba.
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Yup they work good. I bought one for my dad. Slow as heck but it gets the job done. With a little rigging you can buy pass the safety switch and make it a one hand operation to free the other one for your beer.
agree... electric is slow as heck.
I have both a 25t gas with B&S motor and 5t P.A. electric.

Electric takes 3 passes to break a decent sized log into 4 pieces. Gas job does it in 1 pass as you simply add a 4-way wedge

Gas jobs ram moves at 3 times the speed as the electric one.

gas job takes one hand to work a large lever and can do it with gloves on where electric takes two hands (push little green button and work the ram direction) with little button that is impossible to work with work mits on to control the on / off.

Gas job is open center pump so ram stops where you want it to when you release the control lever where electric one when you take your hand off the button the ram goes all the way back to start position. So you have to do the full ram cycle again with electric and gas only have to cycle as much as you want saving lots of time when hands taken off controls to pick up next log.

downside is gas job weighs 600+ pounds and motor takes some maintenance (just bought a spark plug for mine today) but for me as I heat with wood all winter if I could only have 1 I would never choose only electric over only gas.

The P.A. electric handles even the largest / knotiest piece I have come across from Sandilands trees and mine has been bulletproof but like you said slow / slow / slow.

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Yup they work good. I bought one for my dad. Slow as heck but it gets the job done. With a little rigging you can buy pass the safety switch and make it a one hand operation to free the other one for your beer.
How did you by pass the safety switch?
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Been there done that, moved to a 34 ton gas and wont look back lol

Biggest benefit is speed, power and the ability to go vertical, the electric was a handy thing tho, easy to move around
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Can take my gas powered one anywhere and split. Split the knottiest wood around. Plus, leave he mess in the bush!
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Hands down, this is the best splitter I've ever found.
I'd never go back to anything else...

http://www.split-fire.com/
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Looks good. I bet the price is up there?

I have a Champion and it has been very good for me.
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I have a Yard works 4 ton from CDN Tire and it works slows but steady. I bought the stand for it as well. Owned it for more than 5 years. Seen one other guy had installed a foot pedal that leaves one hand free. Might try that on mine. Well worth the money. I've cut oak, pine and poplar with mine without an issue. I did but a 4 way splitter head for it but can't stand it.
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I have a 6 ton DR, well worth the $'s. Have been splitting 5+ cords a year for about 10 years now and only a wore out on/off switch in that time. The best thing about it is it's old enough that it's still a one hand operation.
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I have a surge master 20 tonne with Honda engine, runs great, splits great, heavy as hell. Doesnt really leave my yard, want the electric so i can take it anywhere really. Waiting patiently for a sale!! lol
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Wasn’t me that did the rigging but it is mechanical that his a micro switch when lever is moved. Will try to take pics next time out at lake.
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Looks good. I bet the price is up there?

I have a Champion and it has been very good for me.
Yeah, it's a bit pricey, but worth every penny in my world...
Came in at around $3000.

With 2 people going, we can split 1.5 cord/hour. With 3 people we can do just over 2.5 cord/hour.

We do 18 cord per year, so being able to split it all in one day is sure nice.
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Yeah, it's a bit pricey, but worth every penny in my world...
Came in at around $3000.

With 2 people going, we can split 1.5 cord/hour. With 3 people we can do just over 2.5 cord/hour.

We do 18 cord per year, so being able to split it all in one day is sure nice.
Holly shite 18 chords being a stack of wood 144 feet long by 4 feet wide by 4 feet high would yield about 6,000 - 9,000 fire logs at 16 inches long if they averaged 6 -8 inches in diameter. That's pretty impressive to split in one day. That's a wicked fast cycle rate on that thing. My 5 ton electric splitter has a published 12 second cycle rate but realistically my GF and I are only splitting 2 or 3 logs a minute at best by the time you pick up a log, position it and split it. One chord a day is about maximum my splitter can put through in a day.
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