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Posted by Josephine Ayre on Feb 29, 2012 in Log Splitter

If you are looking to sell your log splitter or you’re trying to judge what type you should buy, you will need to know how to size it. The process to do this is more difficult then simply looking at your log splitter and saying, “that’s about a small/medium/large sized splitter”. There are a number of factors that you must first take into account.

Essentially, you size a log splitter based on the pressure that it applies to cut logs, the horsepower of the engine it runs on, and the length of the logs it is able to cut. Follow the below instructions to effectively size your machine:

  • Measure the pressure that your splitter applies in tonnes. A small splitter will only generate around 8 to 12 tonnes, whereas a large one will generate between 25 and 35 tonnes of pressure.
  • Measure the horsepower of the engine by looking at the engine itself (the horsepower is generally written somewhere on it). A small log splitter will have an engine that runs on less than 5 horsepower, whereas a large one will have an engine that runs on more than 10 horsepower.
  • Measure the cutting capacity of your splitter by measuring the throat of your machine. A small machine will cut logs from 24 to 27 inches in length, whereas a large one will be able to cut logs up to 4 feet in length.

Once you have determined the measurements for your log splitter, you are able to look at them and put a rough sizing (small, medium, or large) on your machine. This way, you will have a better idea of what to ask when selling or buying a splitter.