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Posted by Josephine Ayre on Jul 03, 2012 in Log Splitter

When looking for log splitters for sale, you will soon realize that there are a number of different types to look at, including petrol and electric ones. One of the more popular types is the hydraulic splitter, and this comprehensive guide is designed to give you a thorough understanding of this type before you go out shopping.

Power
As with any equipment, you need a fuel source to run it. Hydraulic splitters are available with either petrol (or gas) or electric engines. Whilst electric is more environmentally friendly, you can use petrol models in remote locations, making this type the better option when power points are unavailable.

Size
Hydraulic splitters are rated based on the amount of force they can generate in tonnes. As such, there are quite a number on the market, and you should choose one according to the size of the logs you intend to cut. The bigger or harder the log, the bigger the splitter you will need.

Storage
After use, your log splitter should be should be thoroughly clean, covered with a tarp or other sort of cover, and stored indoors (such as in a garage or shed). This will ensure that it is protected from the elements and prevent it from developing rust and other issues.

Types
Even once you have narrowed your choice down to a hydraulic splitter, you must choose between a vertical and a horizontal loading one. If you will be working mostly on flat terrain, go for a vertical loading model; if you’ll be working mostly on slopes, go for a horizontal one.

The next time you are looking at log splitters for sale, consider how helpful a hydraulic one could be for your needs. They provide the owner with a number of advantages and variety of choice, including how the engine is powered, how big it is, and how it is loaded.