Video: How to Choose a Log Splitter

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When the cold weather hits, a pile of firewood is a welcome sight. And the right log splitter will help you get the job done. Don't worry, you got this. There are two types of log splitters: electric and gas. If you're looking for something to help you occasionally prepare firewood, an electric log splitter is a great option. Since there's no exhaust, these models can be safely and easily used indoors, and require very little maintenance. If you've got a wood stove or cut firewood frequently, a gas log splitter may better suit your needs. These units are used outdoors and do require some maintenance to keep them running smoothly. The tonnage determines how much splitting force you have. Make your choice depending on the size and type of wood you'll be cutting. For example, a five- or six-ton electric splitter can handle a log with a 10-inch diameter, while a gas log splitter with a 20-ton splitting force can handle heavier logs, up to 24 inches in diameter. Consider these features when making your final decision. A dual-wedge log splitter cuts from both ends. So if the blade hits a knot while cutting from one side, the machine will continue cutting the log from the other end. Having dual speed on a model gives you more control based on what you're cutting, so you can go slowly with tough wood or cut faster as needed. A foot pedal is a convenient feature so you don't have to bend over as far to operate the machine. The right log splitter will do the hard work for you and keep you stocked with firewood all winter long. Don't worry, you got this.

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