"This Wel-Bilt Horizontal Manual Hydraulic Log Splitter features a 2-speed pump that quickly builds up to 10 tons of log-splitting pressure. Pump operates using 2 steel handles to split logs up to 18in. long. 200mm ram stroke. Includes 2 wheels for easy maneuverability. Wedge 5 inch wedge height, Pump Manual 2-speed, Fenders No, Pre-assembled Yes, Oil Reservoir gal. 0.55 Litre, Jack Stand No, Log Lift No, Max. Log Size L x W in. 18 x 6 1/2, Ram Force Tons 10, Log Cradle Yes, Product Type Horizontal splitter, Dimensions L x W x H in. 41 3/32 x 7 3/32 x 11 25/32. Quickly split logs 13 1/2in. to 18in.L with 6 1/2 dia. 2-speed pump builds up to 10 tons of log-splitting pressure 2 wheels for easy maneuverability Log cradle keeps split wood from falling to the ground 5in. wedge height 8 1/2in. ram travel"
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Rating Summary(210 reviews)
194 of 210(92%)would recommend this product to a friend.
I tell people I bought a log splitter and they look at me a little funny. Then I tell them it's not a big heavy model on a trailer, but a compact hand pump model. It came in a big box with all the parts. Very simple assembly as it was mostly put together. It has great power and doesn't hurt your shoulders while pumping the handles. It's pretty cool that after a little bit of pressure you hear that "pop" from the wood splitting from your new purchase. It has an 18 inch limit on log size, but that's pretty close to most chainsaw bar lengths so that's a pretty good guide. All in all a fun product that I'm bringing up to a friend's cabin for hunting camp because of it's portable size and power. Enjoy!
Works very well and easy to use right out of the box. I learned from previous reviews that the documentation was in error that the release knob is on the splitter itself, so that was helpful. I also learned from another that using the right pole first until ready to split works well and prevents damaging the splitter. I have been able to split logs up to approximately 18 inches. Although the splitter is heavy around 97 lbs, it has wheels and can be moved easily by myself a not particularly strong woman. As stated by others, this wouldn't be for commerical use but has saved me alot and enabled me to split logs from several large trees that have fallen in my yard. Highly Recommend!
I like the ease of the log splitter, it isn't difficult to use or move around. I am a female and not real strong for swinging a full sized ax. We have a 22 ton gas splitter that works great and I can use, however, if I just need a few pieces split, there is little need to pull out the big one. This gives me a small one that I can make kindling with at a drop of a hat.
Have split some walnut logs 18" dia with this. Gets the job done. It is slow but not as slow as hammer & wedge. Likely a little fatigue on the lower back, but much less than by hand. Easy to wheel on hard surface. Might be hard for a little guy to muscle into pickup bed. Documentation is terrible, unbelievable lack of clarity in places. Great value if you're not splitting cords of wood regularly or have kids that need time away from Nintendo.
Bought this for my East Texas lake property and splits wood rather easily (used a motorized splitter before, but that's never cheap) and for the money...you can't beat this one!! Yes, I would definately buy another one...the wife enjoyed it too as it was pretty easy for her to split wood, also.
I have owned/used this splitter for 4 years and it works great. I split wood as large as 22" dia. (Oak) with no problems. To get the best results, use the right lever until the wood begins to split or makes a popping sound, then begin pumping both levers. If you use the left lever to soon, you may bend the rod. This splitter is not for the professional wood cutter who is trying to cut and sell wood. It is for the home owner who is not able to swing a splitting mall or sledge hammer on wedges. Not the fastest way, but does not take a lot of strength.
Right spring was detached after product was shipped. It was manually challenging to re-attach but was able to do so. The instruction manual is confusing. Under TO OPERATE, number 4 (page 7) :My manual says to turn Handle B counterclockwise to retrieve the RAM. It references "figure 2" which identifies the operation handle (B). It's not handle B that should be turned but the Handle wheel which is stated in # 5. The splitter handles larger diameter logs than advertised, but you will have to split the same log twice in some occasions. Good tool for the price and what it is designed to do.
I just finished splitting another half cord of wood and thought it would be appropriate to send in my (timely) review after 6 years of usage. The product works as advertised-and then some. I have rarely have been "stumped", have rarely had to add oil, and always had very good service. A truly satisfying purchase.
Have used this through two cold seasons and also lent out to a friend. Works much better than a maul/wedge and hammer, not as well as an electric splitter... however, this is not nearly as expensive as an engine- or motor-powered unit either. A manual splitter is also better for places/times when electricity or other fuels are not available to power a motorized unit.
My husband is not the handiest person, so I also bought this because I figured there was no way he could damage it, but I was mistaken; he managed to bend the cradle, but it still works, and a lesson learned.
We found the handles a bit short, so I'll make new ones from other pipe; also wish there was a bracket or other means to attach the pole handles TO the splitter in storage. A couple of times the handles have gotten separated from the splitter and we've wasted time looking for them.
I marked the poles with the maximum length of log that will fit the splitter, this has saved time when cutting downed trees into firewood-sized logs... no need to measure if you aren't good at estimating the length, and it's easy to take just the pole handle to the work location to prep the logs.
All in all, a satisfactory purchase, but wish a seal repair kit was available, and the manual should include what kind of oil is needed for refilling.
This log splitter worked great except for one problem. After 4 hours of use splitting birch logs the hydraulic seals located by the bottom of the handles leaked. They not only leaked but squirted fluid 6 feet or more when under pressure. I exchanged the splitter for a different one as the salemen all stated this problem was rare. The second one did the same thing in less than one hour of use. I will return the second one also. I appreciate the friendly Northern Tool staff. If the leak problems were corrrected, I would give this product 4 stars. As is, I do not recommend this product.
This log splitter is very easy to use and generates a lot of splitting force. The ends of the logs do need to be cut strait or it will not split properly. Wheels came in very handy for transport. Overall a great product for the price.
I bought this in December because I live in the country and have a lot of trees and was tired of buying logs for my fireplace.. I'm a 66 years old woman and needed help getting it out the truck because it's very heavy. But after that I threw on a big log and it split like a charm. If I can handle this...anyone can. The hardest part of using this is putting the log onto it, unless you're young and strong.. The rest is easy. This is wonderful and I would highly recommend It. It works on small to big logs.
I am very pleased with the performance of this splitter as is but greatly improved it by simply making a u shaped handle that connects the two handles together. It is much easier and faster to stand beside it and work both handles simultaneously with one hand. I wielded three pieces of pipe together which slip onto both handles and comes right off when you are done. This splitter uses one hundred times less energy than swinging a maul.