CNsuperpower Hydraulic Log Splitters VS Kinetic Log Splitters

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Mar 11, 2017 2:09 am

Hydraulic Log Splitters

Most log splitters out there are hydraulic, which means they have an electric or gas engine used to power a hydraulic pump. When operated, the pump creates a stream of pressured oil which builds up and pushes the splitting wedge through a log. Hydraulic log splitters offer improved operation compared to splitting with an axe but can still be a tough, backbreaking job. Hydraulic splitters also don't cut very quickly especially when going through stringy or gnarly logs. With a wide variety in size, starting at about 8-tons of splitting force and going all the way up to 30 or more tons, hydraulic log splitters tend to dominate the market. The higher the tonnage, the bigger and harder the wood the machine can handle in either vertical or horizontal models.

But while the conventional hydraulic splitter can pack some impressive power and relieve a lot of the physical labor usually associated with wood cutting, it's painfully slow. Most hydraulic log splitters have tremendous force but boast a cycle time (time it takes to cut one log) of 13 - 20+ seconds, which adds up quickly. And time is money!

Kinetic Log Splitters

A kinetic log splitter is engineered differently. Although kinetic splitters are less widely known, they operate using a proven technology that has been around for ages. Designed using kinetic technology and motion, it operates without oil and hydraulics and instead uses a massive flywheel to store and propel energy from the gas engine.

Rather than powering a pump, the engine turns twin 90 lb. cast iron flywheels at 365 rpm into a powerful force of inertia. When the operator engages the lever, the stored energy from the flywheels is released in a sudden burst. That energy is transferred to the rack and pinion system that delivers the force in a rapid strike, quickly splitting the log before returning the ram into it's resting position and ready to split the next log. This inertia allows kinetic splitters like the Split Second Log Splitter to easily cut the toughest wood in a cycle time of only 3 seconds.

Think of it this way. Hydraulic splitters may have a lot of force, but on top of force, kinetic log splitters add speed. To do this, kinetic splitters are simply reintroducing an important element of manual log splitting - the swing.

When you use an ax or maul, your body creates kinetic energy and momentum as you come down on a log. Your strength (or force) coupled with the speed of your swing makes splitting through a log easy.

Now think about force and speed multiplied. If you can do it manually, a kinetic splitter can do it faster and with greater power. Kinetic splitters are fast, efficient and can power through some really tough logs. brings you a great selection of log splitters at prices that fit nearly all budgets. Please let us know if you find the same item at a lower price!