Used log splitter
In DIY stores we can easily find a used log splitter; given that these machines are often used only occasionally, the purchase of a second-hand product allows us to have an instrument of excellent quality, but at a reasonable price. The log splitters are not cheap machines, and the used resource leads to making the purchase interesting even for those who will not use it daily. When buying a second-hand model it is important to check that all its parts are in good condition; first of all the engine: expect a test in the field, before accepting the purchase, because with the passage of time some models tend to lose strength, and to exert on the logs a pressure lower than that declared for a new factory product .
Wood splitter prices
The models on the market are very many, the most widespread are motorized, with electric or petrol engines, and they differ from each other by the pressure they can exert on the wood, to crush it; generally a medium-sized model, with a pressure of around 4-5 tons, can cost around 200-300 euros. The motorized products that can exert higher pressures, up to 8-10 tons, can also cost 500-800 euros, depending on the maximum size of the wood logs that can be placed in the machinery. By purchasing a used instrument these prices can also be halved, allowing the purchase of a tool of this type even for those who use it occasionally. On the market we also find manual log splitters, which assist human effort during the log splitting operation; these products are rarely used, because the initial sale price is low, generally lower than 50-80 euros.
How does a log splitter work?
The log splitters allow to divide large sections of wood into sections; they have a flat, horizontal or vertical, semi-movable, on which the trunks rest, with a length that varies between 40 and 100 cm. Operating the motor, the log is pushed by a jack towards a thick metal wedge. In this way, by exerting strong pressure, the machinery breaks the trunk into various sections, so that it can then be stored in a more practical way, ready for use. On the market we find models of various sizes and powers; motorized machinery is generally suitable for those who use it regularly, for example for those who own a plot of land in a forest, or who grow trees to use them as firewood. For the hobbyist, who only occasionally finds himself having to break large logs, there are manual versions of these tools, which multiply human strength, so as to reduce the effort needed to split wood.
Log splitter maintenance
To have a machine always in good condition, it is important to carry out an accurate and regular maintenance; this is especially true when you buy a second-hand appliance, which will already have many hours of work on its shoulders, and which must be used by us for a sufficient time to justify the expense for the purchase. After each cut it is important to clean the floor of the log splitter, and every part of it, in order to remove the wood dust, which tends to dry the lubricant present on the movement guides of the platform that supports the timber. The motor must be regularly checked in all its parts, so that it is always equipped with the correct quantity of lubricating mineral oil, and that the various mechanical parts are in perfect condition. If you use the appliance occasionally, activate the motor regularly, so as not to leave it idle for long periods of time.