The Best Log Splitter For 2020 – Quick Buying Guide

Since buying a log splitter is not an easy decision, we have taken the time to do our research and assemble a list of the ten best log splitters available today. In our list, you will find log splitters that are perfect for both home and professional use.

Best Log Splitters - Review

1. Dirty Hand Tools Log Splitter *Editor’s Choice*

Dirty Hand Tools Log Splitter

This first tool that we will be looking at is our choice for the top log splitter on this list. Why? Because it’s extremely powerful, durable, and efficient. If you plan on using your log splitter extensively, this one is going to be a great option for you—however, its price tag will probablykeep casual shoppers away.


Powerful is really something of an understatement—this machine is able to take care of pretty much anything that you throw at it. With the ability to deliver over 35 tons of pressure, hardwoods of virtually any weight and diameter will not stand a chance.Not all users are going to need this much power, but it’s certainly good to have if you do end up needing it.

Large Oil Tank

This unit has a 6.5 gallon oil tank that should keep it working smoothly for longer periods of time—a larger tank will save you lots of time on refilling down the road, which is a really convenient feature if you will be using your log splitter extensively.

Excellent Cycle Time

With a cycle time of 11.5 seconds, you are getting a machine that is quick enough to ensure that you won’t get stuck waiting around on your log splitter, but not quite so quick that it will be too fast for you too properly utilize.

What we liked:

  • Powerful
  • Great tank
  • Excellent cycle time

What we didn't like:

  • Price will likely turn away all but the most serious users

2. AAVIX AGT306 Electric Log Splitter *Budget Option*

AAVIX AGT306 Electric Log

While the previousoption that we looked at is great for a professional setting, this next log is more suited for more casual or personal users. It is not as powerful as the Dirty Hands log splitter, but it is affordable and efficient, which is why we have made it our top budget-friendly option on this list.

Comfort Grips

Comfort is often an overlooked feature, but it really should not be. Manual work can be exhausting, and an ergonomic design can make all the difference. That’s exactly what you are getting here—the grip handles have been made with comfort in mind, which will make working a whole lot easier.


While the previous log splitter that we looked at was pretty gigantic in proportion, weighing in at 600 lbs., this unit is much easier to transport. At only 100 lbs. you won’t have any problems moving the AAVIX around your property, which could be very handy.


For many shoppers, this unit’s biggest selling point is going to be its price—if you want a good tool that is also easy on your budget, this is a good place to look.

What we liked:

  • Comfortable
  • Portable
  • Affordable

What we didn't like:

  • Won’t be able to handle many larger or thicker woods

3. Boss Industrial ES7T20 Electric Log Splitter

Boss Industrial ES7T20 Electric Log Splitter

The Boss Industrial is another residential log splitter that, while not nearly as powerful as industrial models, still has a great motor and a few other features that make it a great potential buying option—let’s take a look to see if it is right for you.

Powerful Motor

The two-horsepower motor featured on this machine isn’t going to be as powerful as the motor of the Dirty Hands Tools splitter, but for residential purposes it’s going to get the job done. You’re getting seven tons of pressure with this splitter, which is enough to take care of most woods with a diameter of six inches or less.


This unit is also made to be used with only one hand, which makes it a lot more user-friendly. This log splitter is actually made to be useful in general. It also features an automatic ram return that keeps the operation running smoothly.

Electric Motor

While there are pros and cons to both electric and gas motors, one of the nice things about electric motors is that they manage to be powerful without releasing harmful emissions—not only does it make the unit more environmentally friendly, but will also allow you to use it indoors if you need to.

There isn’t much in way of setbacks in this log splitter, though many users will find that it rests low to the ground, which can make using it a bit uncomfortable.

What we liked:

  • Powerful and dependable motor
  • User-friendly
  • Electric motor

What we didn't like:

  • Rests low to the ground

4. WEN 56207 6.5-Ton Electric Log Splitter

WEN 56207 6.5-Ton Electric Log Splitter

WEN is a well-established power tool company that many shoppers who are familiar with power tools are probably already wellaware of. Their years of toolmaking experience are on display here—this log splitter features a high-end motor and a sturdy frame that make it a great option for home users.


The removable thirty-four-inch stand that comes with the WEN is a great feature that make it more comfortable to use than some other models—and you can also remove the stand if you feel like using the unit closer to the ground.

Solid Cutting Capacity

The WEN is going to be able to split logs with a diameter of up to ten inches and a length of 20.5 inches. For residential purposes this is a capacity that will serve the needs of most users. As an added bonus, the motor on this unit is also electric, which will eliminate the harmful emissions and empower you to use it indoors at your will, just like the Boss Industrial.

Easy to Transport

As you have seen, transportability is definitely not a given when it comes to log splitters—more often than not they are bulky and very heavy, so it is nice to see that this unit has taken steps to ensure that it is easy to move around.

It features pull handles, wheels, and a relatively light hundred-pound frame that will make it about as easy as possible to move around when you need to.

Unfortunately, this tool is going to struggle with harder woods.

What we liked:

  • Cutting capacity
  • Stand
  • Easy to transport

What we didn't like:

  • May not be able to work with hard woods

5. Generac K10 Log Splitter

Generac K10 Log Splitter

Like the last few log splitters that we have looked at, this next unit is also made for personal use, but it benefits from a lot of power and a user-friendly design. For the shopper that doesn’t mind spending a little bit extra, this feature-rich machine may be worth taking a second look at. Let’s find out.

It’s Simple

One of the key features of the Generac is that it is made to be used by pretty much anyone—there are plenty of log splitters out there that feature a lot of valves, switches, pistons, and hoses, but that isn’t what you are getting here. The Generac operates with a pull of a lever, which means even users that aren’t familiar with power tools won’t have any trouble using it.

It’s Fast

Fast is almost an understatement, actually—it takes only one second for the ram to split the log and then return to its original position, which is a feature that is sure to keep your work time as efficient as possible.

Safe for Indoor Use

If a log splitter has an electric motor, you are going to be able to use it indoors. It’s somewhat standard, but during the cold months of winter can make a pretty significant difference.

Unfortunately, this unit is not entirely without flaws. It does tend to jam at times, which can be a hassle, especially if you are not handy with tools.

What we liked:

  • Fast
  • Simple
  • You can bring it in the house

What we didn't like:

  • Prone to jamming

6. Titan Attachments Hydraulic Log Wood Splitter

Titan Attachments Hydraulic Log Wood Splitter

With the Titan Attachments splitter, we are getting another high-end log splitter that will be able to take care of even the hardest woods—if you are looking for a premium log splitter that is a little bit more budget-friendly, this is a great unit to consider.


With a motor that is capable of delivering thirty tons of log-splitting pressure, you can count on this log splitter’s ability to work through pretty much anything—hardwoods won’t stand a chance.

Horizontal and Vertical

This unit is also adjustable, so you will be able to use it both vertically and horizontally—its versatility will empower you to take a more individualized approach to your woodworking.

Capable of Handling Large logs

Because of the power of this tool, you will be able to handle larger pieces of wood than you’d be able to with most of the other log splitters. If you find yourself in need of working through larger stock, there really is no getting around the need for this feature.

The Titan does most things right, but because of its heavy weight, you might have a difficult time adjusting it between the horizontal and vertical positions.

What we liked:

  • Powerful
  • Changes positions
  • Capable of handling large logs

What we didn't like:

  • Difficult to adjust

7. Powerhouse XM-380 Electric Hydraulic

Powerhouse XM-380 Electric Hydraulic

The Powerhouse is a great machine for shoppers whoare looking for a decent amount of power in a small package. Granted, we aren’t talking about the same amount of power that you would get with the Titan or some of the other large splitters we’ve seen, but for homeuse this is a handy and convenient tool.

It Considers Your Safety

In order to ensure that none of your limbs wind up on the wrong side of this log splitter, it features a safety design that requires you to use both hands. It’s a nice feature for anyone, but particularly for people with kids.


This unit is capable of splitting up to one hundred logs an hour. No, we aren’t talking about industrial efficiency here, but the work rate should be more than enough for residential users. It takes about five seconds for this tool to split your log, and then another six for the ram to return to its initial starting point.

Good Motor

The 3 HP 2500 watt motor of this machine is powerful and efficient, delivering seven tons of log splitting pressure—while that’s not enough to handle an industrial load, it should satisfy the needs of most home users. As an added bonus, it is also electric, so you can use it in doors if you need to.

What we liked:

  • Good motor
  • Efficient
  • Safe

What we didn't like:

  • Frame tends to get easily damaged with misuse

8. PowerSmart 25 Ton Gas Log Splitter

PowerSmart 25 Ton Gas Log Splitter

This next machine presents something of a departure from the last few that we have looked at because it is powered by gas rather than electricity. As a result, you are getting plenty of power at a fairly reasonable price. Let’s take a closer look to see how it stacks up to some of the electric units.


Twenty-five tons of pressure is going be able to stand up to pretty much anything you throw at it. While this amount of force won’t quite be able to handle an industrial load, it will come pretty close, making this unit a viable option for both business and home use.


It would not be fair to say that this machine is cheap, but it is certainly available at a good rate considering the amount of power that it is able to deliver. It’s especially going to be a bargain for shoppers that are looking to use it for commercial purposes.

Log Capacity

With a log capacity of twenty-four inches, you will be able to work through large stock with this machine.

One issue that home users may have with this machine is its sheer size—weighing in at 600 pounds,this log splitter isn’t going to be very easy to move around.

What we liked:

  • Powerful
  • Good value
  • Log capacity

What we didn't like:

  • Size may be difficult to handle

9. TR Industrial TR89130

TR Industrial TR89130

This next log splitter is designed to be comfortable to use—it also might be one of the most portable log splitters that we have looked at so far. Let’s take a closer look at the features to see how they stack up to your needs.


This unit is designed to be loaded at standing height. As you have probably noticed, most log splitters are designed to be loaded at floor height, which can be hard on the knees and back, particularly for regular use. Users with back or knee pain may very well appreciate this feature.

Easy to Transport

Thanks to this tool’s height, as well as its handles and wheels, this is one of the easiest log splitters to transport. And because it stands so tall, you won’t need to stoop to pull it, and thanks to its eight wheels pretty much anyone will be able to move it around their property without needing an extra pair of hands.

It’s Easy to Operate

Finally, the TR Industrial log splitter is designed to be used by pretty much anyone—simply turn it on, pull a lever, and enjoy its five tons of pressure power.

This unit’s only setback is that with only five tons of pressure power, you won’t be able to handle most hardwoods.

What we liked:

  • Tall
  • Easy to transport
  • Easy to use

What we didn't like:

  • Limited to softer woods

10. Stark Electric Log Splitter

Stark Electric Log Splitter

The last log splitter that we will be looking at today is powerful, efficient, and portable. Let’s one last time take a look at the features to see if they stack up to your needs.


While not as portable as the last model we looked at, this oneis still going to be fairly easy to move around your property. Featuring wheels and a weight just a little bit over one hundred pounds, most users won’t have any trouble moving it around themselves.


A log splitter is literally nothing without a good motor, and fortunately, this log splitter has one. The 2 HP 1500 watt motor delivers seven tons of pressure and it also electric, which eliminates emissions and makes it safe to use indoors.

Easy to Operate

Finally, this product is reallyeasy to use—like many of the log splitters that we have seen that are designed for personaluse, all that you need to do is turn this machine on and pull a lever to watch it work.

One defect that is worth mentioning is that the wheels on this unit can be a little wobbly. Fortunately, that is a fairly easy fix.

What we liked:

  • Portable
  • Easy to use
  • Good motor

What we didn't like:

  • Wobbly wheels

Buying Considerations for Best Log Splitters

Now that you know what’s out there, here is a guide that will help you make you buy the best log splitters.

Consider the Weight of the Tool

As you have probably noticed, the weight of log splitters can vary significantly depending on the style and function of the machine. For many people, a six-hundred poundlog splitter simply isn’t a manageable option, so keep that in mind as you do your shopping.

Similarly, if you are working with larger stock, you may want a bulkier machine that is made to withstand the more intense workload.

Consider the Motor

There are many pros and cons to both electric and gas motors. If you’re looking for a machine that is environmentally friendly and can be used anywhere, you should probably consider getting an electric motor.

Gasoline-powered motors, on the other hand, tend to be more powerful than their electric counterparts—if you need to consistently apply more than ten tons of pressure, gas is probably going to be your only option.

You Want It to Be Durable

Durability is an important aspect of any tool, but perhaps never more so than in the case of a log splitter—this machine isgoing to endure some wear and tear, so make sure you pick a tool that is made to last.

How do you know if it is made to last? The best way to figure out for sure is to read up on reviews from people who own and use log splitters regularly—if you can find testimonials from people saying they have had the tool for several years and it is still in tip-top shape, you can be confident that you are looking at a well-made machine.

Safety First

Safety is important with any tool, but that is especially true when you are dealing with something as powerful as a log splitter. Fortunately, the process for using it safely is similar to most tools—for example, you will need to make sure that you always wear protective gear, such as steel-toed shoes, gloves, and protective goggles.

You will also want to pay attention to the appearance of the wood itself—if it has knots or other irregularities in it, that might affect the way it splits, which could potentially cause injury if you are not careful.


Well, as you can see, there are plenty of options out there—while it may seem overwhelming, try not to get stressed out. All of the best log splitters that we have looked at are very high-quality, so there really is no going wrong.

If you want sheer power and efficiency, consider the Dirty Hand Tools Log Splitter. For a more budget-friendly option, give the AAVIX AGT306 Electric Log Splitter a try. The right log splitter is out there for you, and if you inventory your needs and weigh the pros and cons of each tool, you should have no trouble finding it.

Sean J. Stone

Sean has been a woodworking enthusiast for 8 years, and in that time has written huge resources on woodworking and tools.

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