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Old 01-12-2010, 01:55 PM   #1
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Thumbs up Electric Wood Splitter - Long Term Test Verdict

I don't recall seeing any threads about wood splitters, so I thought I would share my experience with mine here. Since I use a stick burner...

I bought a "DR Power" electric powered (1800 watts) hydraulic wood splitter just over 3 years ago. It is a 6-ton model which is capable of splitting logs up to 16" in diameter and up to 20" in length. It cost me under $700 back then. It included a work table so it can be used while standing and a tray that keeps the split logs from falling to the ground. The standard warranty is for 2 years. When I bought mine there was a promotion for a free extended warranty, covering it for 4 years.

After 3 years of use I would estimate I have split slightly more than 1 full cord of wood. Most of this was apple, but I have also used it with red oak, cherry, and maple. The splitter pushes through wood with ease. The only time I had a tough time splitting was with apple stumps from the trunk of the tree. These stumps needed to be "whittled down" from the edges. The apple stumps I had were very dense & heavy, but I still managed to conquer them.

I have not had any problems at all with this splitter, mechanical or otherwise. It makes splitting wood easy. The small chips that are left behind after splitting are used in my electric cold smoker. I use the larger pieces left behind in my Weber kettles. It is very versatile because it can be used indoors or outside. I would give it 4.5 out of 5 stars. I think DR power makes a 8-ton model now, so that one would get the full 5 stars. I would recommend this splitter to anyone for personal use. For commercial use I would go with a gas powered one.


Please note: I don't condone operating a wood splitter while wearing sandals. LOL
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Old 01-12-2010, 01:59 PM   #2
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Looks good but I use a maul it's cheaper than the gym.
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Old 01-12-2010, 02:09 PM   #3
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Looks good but I use a maul it's cheaper than the gym.
I know what you mean but when you have a pile of wood like this ...



...the powered splitter is my choice. LOL
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Old 01-12-2010, 03:48 PM   #4
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Old 01-12-2010, 03:53 PM   #5
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Please note: I don't condone operating a wood splitter while wearing sandals. LOL
I see you condone drinking while operating a wood splitter.
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Old 01-12-2010, 04:35 PM   #7
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Old 01-12-2010, 04:53 PM   #8
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My thought exactly!
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Old 01-12-2010, 05:13 PM   #10
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I don't recall seeing any threads about wood splitters, so I thought I would share my experience with mine here. Since I use a stick burner...

I bought a "DR Power" electric powered (1800 watts) hydraulic wood splitter just over 3 years ago. It is a 6-ton model which is capable of splitting logs up to 16" in diameter and up to 20" in length. It cost me under $700 back then. It included a work table so it can be used while standing and a tray that keeps the split logs from falling to the ground. The standard warranty is for 2 years. When I bought mine there was a promotion for a free extended warranty, covering it for 4 years.

After 3 years of use I would estimate I have split slightly more than 1 full cord of wood. Most of this was apple, but I have also used it with red oak, cherry, and maple. The splitter pushes through wood with ease. The only time I had a tough time splitting was with apple stumps from the trunk of the tree. These stumps needed to be "whittled down" from the edges. The apple stumps I had were very dense & heavy, but I still managed to conquer them.

I have not had any problems at all with this splitter, mechanical or otherwise. It makes splitting wood easy. The small chips that are left behind after splitting are used in my electric cold smoker. I use the larger pieces left behind in my Weber kettles. It is very versatile because it can be used indoors or outside. I would give it 4.5 out of 5 stars. I think DR power makes a 8-ton model now, so that one would get the full 5 stars. I would recommend this splitter to anyone for personal use. For commercial use I would go with a gas powered one.

Please note: I don't condone operating a wood splitter while wearing sandals. LOL
You are way to happy splitting wood. I don't bother to split. I just keep feeding the beast.
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Old 01-12-2010, 05:46 PM   #12
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I used to live in the sticks and burned a lot of wood to keep the house warm. I have this little electric splitter and that big arse gas powered DR in the back.


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Old 01-12-2010, 08:51 PM   #13
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I have an electric ryobi I got at Home Depot for $250 with a $50 off coupon. Reg. Price $299. It's great. I have split about 3-4 cords red oak since last winter. Has split almost every log I put on it. Every now and then you get big log that is green with knots and it want split it.

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Old 01-12-2010, 08:56 PM   #14
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My friend has a large gas powered splitter. I'm telling you they are fun to operate and make the job a breeze!
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