"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 have the electric 5 ton splitter which is a good splitter for wet wood, it's not that good with dry wood, not having the power to start the split. I decided I could pick up this splitter to augment the electric, and it turned out to be the right move. For large logs or those that refuse to split on my 5 ton electric, I pull out this manual splitter. It easily presses through most any log, even (knotted logs). Once the split is started I can move the log over to the 5 ton electric to finish the job. I would not count on this unit to split logs all day long - human power depletes quickly. It's great to get a log started to split but I think it would be rough to be the primary log splitter unless you have a teen age son with tons of energy. Great splitter for what I need it for.
The splitter works well on nearly all wood. As other reviewers have noted, max diameter and length are limiting but generally not an issue for home. It helps to have a short block to serve as a spacer and flat surface on the piston end. The bracket that holds the springs on the piston detached after several logs due to non-verticle log face. I remounted and drilled 3 holes through the bracket into the piston and inserted pins to prevent a re-occurance. This has worked thus far. The manufacturer should make this modification as the current attachment is inadequate.
This will split logs fairly well but its a workout with dense wood , its a heavy unit that if your not strong can be hard to move around , I built myself a roll around stand for mine and it works very nice up off the ground, I will keep it around to use for light weight and soft wood but I'm gonna buy myself a power unit on a trailer . but over all I give it 3 out of 5 stars .
I've been looking at this for a few years. Mentioned it to my wife while sitting around the fire. It showed up "under the Christmas tree." It does a pretty good job of splitting oak, pecan and mesquite. It takes some time and it would be nice to have a motor, but for the price it's great. It's a lot better than an axe, sledge, maul and wedge. Mine came with only one handle so I made another out of pipe lying around the place. Two handles are nice as there are two different sized cylinders. One pump cylinder is a large diameter which moves the ram faster, the other is has a smaller cyilinder that provides more power with less effort, great for seasoned hardwood. It's not the most robust machine and I have already distorted the ram head and the holding bracket. One nice feature are the wheels that allow you to move the splitter without having to carry it, which is important because this thing weighs close to 80 lbs. For the price, I recommend this to a homeowner who doesn't need a high production unit.
I was looking for a splitter to help carry some of the load when my back or shoulders gave out using a maul, or the log in question was too wide. This stout little unit did the trick. Certainly not faster than splitting by hand, but a heck of a lot easier on the body. Wouldn't recommend using it for whole cords or if time is of the essence. Too heavy to move often, though the wheels help greatly with that. I would love it if it could handle slightly longer logs, as I can't always dictate the length of the cut, but I knew its specs when I bought it and adjusted my expectations accordingly.
Neat trick.Couple of caveats,wood must be a little under 18 inches,19 inches ain't gonna work.Wood needs to be cut square/straight,if you don't understand this,find someone that can explain it,wood cut on a slant/bias will kick out when pressure is applied.Go ahead and purchase a small bottle of hydraulic jack oil,one with the tiny hole/applicator,found mine at Advance Auto,you'll need it.Now the good stuff:It will split stuff that you would give up on with a maul,or sledgehammer and wedge.The manufacturer says 18x61/2,but I have split everything I have put on it so far,including some gnarly,knotty pieces I was unable to split by hand,and I rarely give up on one. Takes very little mechanical apptitude to operate,but pay attention to the instructions for bleeding the air/adding oil.I have split 3 pickup loads so far with nary a hitch,just bled it a couple of times.Bought the extended warranty,so we'll see.I have a water stove,and burn 20 loads a year,so I plan on using this.I feel like I have a new secret weapon,and the wife and my teenage son love it.I am impressed!Would reccomend this to anyone that needs a little oomph in the woodsplitting department that can't justify 1500-2000 in a powered splitter.
The existing video and specs don't seem to be very helpful. Here's what I discovered after I bought one:
- Max. log length is 17-3/4" - "Two Speed" refers to the two handles. One handle drives a large diameter piston (fast) and one drives a smaller dia. piston (more force). - Once the log has split, you open a valve and springs automatically retract the plunger for the next log. - It has two small wheels at the heavy end, and a handle at the other end. It can roll over firm ground. - It can be stored on end and doesn't feel like it's about to fall over. - It's heavy, one person can pick it up but really you want two people if you're carrying it any distance.
And it works! I was afraid it would be too slow and you would pump forever, but that's not the case. It all goes pretty quick, and the initial split happens within the first 5-6 strokes. It takes another 10-15 to push the pieces completely apart.
I am very impressed with this splitter. My use is modest which is to split enough logs for a season of fires in Texas for my home. Probably a cord (4'H 8'W 4'D) or two. I've been using this a couple of months to split newly cut, green oak; really heavy stuff. It works like a champ. Here's the thing and the instruction make absolutely no mention of it, yet it makes all the difference.
The left pole moves the plunger quickly but with little power. The right pole moves the plunger slowly but with great power.
That's the key and neither the instructions nor the video explain that. So you use the left (fast) handle to position the plunger against the log. Then use the right (slow) plunger to do the splitting.
So simple but it wasn't initially clear to me. It doesn't work if you try to use it like the video shows, where your simple back-and-fourth each handle like rowing a boat.
After reading the many reviews on this splitter, I decided to give it a try. First off, I found a couple of improvements on the unit I got. Some reviews had mentioned that the spot welds on their ram head to spring return bracket had broken. They have addressed this issue, since mine was welded all the way around the bracket on front and back of the ram head. This looks to be very solid now. This unit also has gussets welded under the log support brackets along the I-beam. I split some pretty good size hickory today and while it is slow, it gets the job done. I got the extra 1 year warranty extension, so if the hydraulic cylinder holds up, the rest of the unit looks pretty well made.
This is tough to split a 6" dense hardwood (oak, cherry, locust). The pushing bracket actually bent as it twisted while trying to get through a piece of locust. There were a couple of oak that i could not get through.
Concept is great. Easy to use. However, the spot welds connecting the red collar to the jack break. If this splitter had a solid metal platform at the end of the jack like their foot powered splitter, it would be ideal. The collar and end of the jack sink into soft logs also and get stuck. I used a square, flat 2" wide board to steady the log and keep the collar from sinking into the logs, but the welds broke and I was out of business. Worked ok on small pine logs, but hardwood broke the welds. WELLBUILT PLEASE FIX this!! I would like to buy a replacement once the design flaw is fixed. I returned the broken unit to Northern - no problem.
I was looking for a splitter that was small and affordable, I had no idea when I purchased this how it would work. Boy was I surprised, with the 2 levers it splits wood effortlessly I found it very simple to split a cord of wood after work and before supper, No problems yet 10 cords and counting. If you use firewood its a must Have, the wife and grandsons like it also
I have had this splitter for about 6 months now. I cut down a couple of good size trees, and split them up with this splitter. the base of the trees were about 18" and it was a little tough to split, it did the job though. The really only hard part about it is that it is all manual, a lot better than a axe and a maul. I would recommend this to some one who wanted to cut there own wood,and get a work out while doing it.
This is the third one of these I have had and the first from Northern. They are all similar, but there is an excellent reason that you should buy this one: they sell replacement parts! Eventually, the pump will fail and you will need a new one. It may be many years, but it will fail. You will be very glad to have a new pump available.
If you are getting older and are having trouble swinging an axe or maul hard enough to split what you have to, you will love this machine. Your wife will too, because she won't have to worry about you cutting your foot off.
I tried this one and the foot operated one. The foot operated one is easier to keep steady with an odd shaped piece of wood and somehow t he foot pedal is easier to operate than these opposing handles.