Chopping wood is a strenuous task. Some people, however, enjoy the manual labor and exercise of chopping wood after a long work week of staring at a computer screen. For those of you who aren’t big on strenuous and possibly injury inducing work, there is an easier, less excruciating way to prepare the firewood you need for the long, harsh Lake Tahoe winter: a log splitter. Coming in a variety of designs, sizes and power options, the right log splitters can make the difference between a comfy winter next to a roaring fire or a running out of wood in December.
Hydraulic Hand Pump Log Splitters
Hydraulic Hand Pump log splitters use the power of a standard hydraulic pump, powered by manual pumping, to drive a piece of wood into a wedge splitting head. The log splitter resembles a giant vice that squeezes the wood until it splits down the long axis. The hand pump splitter is ideal for small to medium sized wood splitting jobs. It is light, cost effective and a considerable improvement over an axe and muscle. And while it still requires some muscle input, the simple design allows it to be used anywhere and it is less likely to be damaged.
Electrohydraulic Log Splitter
The electrohydraulic variant of the log splitter is a more expensive than the hand pump, but it makes up for it in power and efficiency. The electrically powered hydraulic pump easily drives nearly twice the number of logs per hour as the hand pump model. Because of the rapid rate at which it processes logs, most electro hydraulic models need a safety feature to ensure that the users does not get their hand or foot stuck in between the log and the wedge.
Gas Engine Hydraulic Log Splitter
The gas Engine Log Splitter is the king variant of this machine. If you have a large, heavy load of wood to chop up, this is the log splitter for you. This added power costs a little extra, though. A full scale Gas engine Hydraulic Log Splitter can easily cost $1000 or more. And because this model is powered by a gasoline engine, there are extra maintenance costs. The engine needs occasional tune ups, including oil changes and air filter replacement. And if the engine breaks down, the log splitter becomes useless.
Log Splitter Repair and Maintenance at Greg Small Engines
Greg’s Small Engine Repair and Service has the experience and expertise to service all types of log splitters. No matter what type of log splitter you find you need, Greg’s Small Engine Service and Repair can make sure that it is running smoothly. In addition to the log splitter’s gas or electric small engine, Greg’s Small Engine can also service all the components and accessories of a log splitter, including cable adjustment, hydraulic fluid level, fasteners, electric starter operation, tire pressure and recoil springs. If you’re busy or out of the way, Greg’s Small Engine can even pick up your log splitter, service it, and return it too you. Come check out our services and contact us online today!