What is the Difference Between Electric and Gas Log Splitters?
We all know the main benefits of automated log splitters. Basically, they eliminate the need of wielding a heavy axe for chopping lumber for kindling. However, with the various types of log splitters available, it can be a challenge to choose the right model.
In this article, we’re going to take a look at two types of log splitters – corded-electric models and gas-powered ones. We’ll give you a brief explanation of what the main differences between these models are. Hopefully, but the end of the article, you’ll be able to determine which of the two would better-suit your lumber-splitting needs.
Electric Log Splitter
Operationally, there’s no difference between an electric log splitter and a gas-powered one. Electric models utilize a motor to deliver power to the hydraulic system or kinetic flywheels. Like any other electric power tool, they plug into standard outlets in your home.
Because they rely on an outlet, they’re not exactly the most portable tools, though you can overcome this by bringing a portable generator with you wherever you need to split logs. However, this doesn’t mean that electric log splitters aren’t portable. In fact, due to their lightweight and rear wheels, you can pull the unit to wherever an electrical outlet is available.
Electric log splitters are also more environmentally friendly than their gas counterparts. In addition, there’re no fumes emitted from the motor so you can chop wood both indoors and out.
In terms of investment costs, electric log splitters are much more budget-friendly than gas-powered ones. Maintaining your electric log splitter is also simple. There’s no need to change oil, put in fuel, or service the motor. Basically, the overall cost to purchase and maintain an electric log splitter is more economical than owning a gas-powered model.
One aspect where electric models come short is the amount of force exerted to break up large logs. Most electric models deliver between 4 and 8 tons of force for splitting logs, though larger models can offer more power.
Gas Log Splitter
Gas-powered log splitters are better-suited for splitting rougher, tougher logs. For logs larger than 20 inches long and 12 inches wide, your only hope for splitting them is with a gas-powered log splitter. On average, even commercial gas log splitters can deliver more than 30 tons of force for destroying large logs.
Because gas log splitters don’t use electricity, you don’t need to be near an electrical outlet or have a portable generator on hand to operate one. Just fill up the tank, make sure the hydraulic fluid is clean and the filter is in tip-top shape, and you’re ready to begin operations.
As we mentioned before, gas-powered log splitters release toxic fumes into the air, making them unsuitable for indoor use. This can be a problem if you plan on splitting wood in the comfort and warmth of your garage. Even with proper ventilation the risk of injuring exposing yourself to toxic fumes is high.
Cost-wise, gas log splitters require a generous budget to purchase and to maintain. Basically, their beefy combustion motors that deliver greater force is what will cost you more to obtain a gas-powered unit. However, if you need to prepare several cords of lumber before preparing for the winter season or to sell, a gas log splitter will work well for you.
Log splitters are great tools for preparing small logs for fireplaces and woodstoves. There are several types to choose from, but the most popular models are corded-electric and gas.
Each of these models has their own sets of pros and cons, so the customer should determine which of the two would provide greater value. If you plan on chopping lumber far from home and carrying it home, a gas log splitter might be the better choice unless you have a portable generator on hand to supply power to an electric log splitter.
Gas log splitters are usually much more powerful than their electric counterparts, so if you need to chop huge logs – larger than 20 inches long and 12 inches thick – then consider purchasing a gas unit. If most of the tree trunks or branches are less than 20 x 12 inches, then an electric model would suit you just fine.
Be sure to choose the model that works best for you, but whichever you decide to go with, you can rest assured that it’ll significantly reduce the time and energy you’d otherwise spend using the traditional axe and chopping block.