A quality Honda GX270 engine powers this 32-ton NorthStar Horizontal Log Splitter. Capable of splitting logs up to 31in. long. Ships fully assembled with hydraulic oil. Shown with optional log lift kit. Features a 2-stage Concentric pump, which decreases cycle time by moving the wedge quickly while traveling towards a log, switching to low gear for extra torque when splitting a log. Uses a powerful horizontal-shaft engine, engineered for a long life. Ram Force Tons 32, Lights No, Tire Size 4.80 x 12, Oil Reservoir gal. 18, Wedge Steel, Cylinder 5 in. x 30in., Engine Displacement cc 270, Fenders No, Cycle Time sec. 18, Log Cradle Yes, Low Oil Shutdown Yes, Ball Coupler in. 2, Continuous Force Tons 29.4, Product Type Horizontal splitter, Max. PSI 3,000, Hoses 3/4 in. high pressure, Max. Log Size L x W in. 31 x, Pump Concentric 16 GPM, 2-stage, Fuel Capacity gal. 1.4, Engine Honda GX, Jack Stand Yes, Automatic Cylinder Return Yes, Log Lift Optional, Dimensions L x W x H in. 105 x 60 x 37, Pre-assembled Yes. High strength I-beam backbone Log cradle keeps logs from rolling off splitter High-speed tires, safety chains and 2in. ball coupler for towing 2-stage pump decreases cycle time by moving the wedge quickly while traveling towards a log and switches to low gear for extra torque when splitting a log 2-stage pump achieves the same pressures as a single stage pump with less horsepower Suction strainer filters oil before it enters the hydraulic pump, protects hydraulic components and grants longer life Hydraulic valve with detent feature returns wedge automatically Horizontal-shaft engines can expect a lifetime five times longer than the lifetime of a vertical shaft engine 12in. tall x 1in. thick steel wedge Return line filter prolongs life of hydraulic components by filtering oils 5in. x 30in. hydraulic cylinder Replacement parts are available through Northern Tool Parts Department 1-800-270-0810
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Rating Summary(2 reviews)
1 of 2(50%)would recommend this product to a friend.
I bought this machine along with the hydraulic log lift, log table, and 4 way splitter option.
The splitter itself is average. It starts easy and runs good thanks to Honda. It is powerful but the cycle time is slow. I guess the 2 cycle pump must not be working.
The log lift broke lifting the 3rd log. The hydraulic cylinder on the lift does not fit in the frame properly and it sheared off the hydraulic plug on the top of the cylinder by rubbing against the frame. I had to purchase new plug and then rig the cylinder so it would not rub by adding some large 1 inch washers.They clearly did not test this lift at all with the cylinder they sent me. Very poor design and manufacturing.
The log table is also some sort of cruel joke by northern on their customers. It is basically worse than useless since it is too small and lets the logs fall right through to the ground unless they are at least 24 inches long. I typically work with 18-20 inch logs so it is useless until I can find a welder to rebuild it. It is again something they clearly did not test at all.
The 4 way split option is also junk. After splitting 3-4 18" diameter logs, it is heavily dented and disfigured. Clearly much too soft a metal.
We have had the Northstar 32ton with log lift for 2 months. Its a great machine. We have split 4 cords of green red oak over a couple saturdays. This unit splits the 24-28" red oak logs without any problem at all... strong machine. We are planning a few minor modifications to the log lift so some of the smaller logs don't fall through the lift. We also use the 4 way wedge which makes splitting significantly faster. The 4 way wedge is a universal wedge and is not designed well for this system, the weld on the inside of the 4 way wedge is reaming the leading edge of the log splitter main wedge.
This unit would be perfect if it had an auto cycle valve control system standard or as an option.
If you split between 10 and 20 cord a season this unit if for you.