Splitting BIG Hardwood with a 5 Ton Electric Hydraulic Wood Log Splitter! Let me start be saying that I had very low expectations at first because it is only rated to split a 10" - 25.4 cm log - but this wood splitter has proven me wrong. It has split just about everything I can throw at it. Every year I cut, split and stack hardwood firewood by hand. It's a lot of work and towards the end I am exhausted and usually decide to rent a wood splitter for a few days. This year I decided to purchase an inexpensive 5 ton electric hydraulic wood splitter from Harbor Freight Central Machinery and I am completely amazed at how well this works. If your considering purchasing an inexpensive log splitter, you cant go wrong. It never runs out of gas, it always starts and you don't have to listen to a noisy engine all day. It's simple and it works great!
At the time of this video, the log splitter lists for $299. I used a 20% off coupon which brought the price down to $239. It costs 55/day to rent the smallest log splitter in my area. 3 days rental is $165, so for $74 dollars more than renting, I was able to purchase this and I own it afterwards!. Now I can split firewood at my leisure and I don't have to pay rental fees next year!
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I love these. I have had this HF 5 ton splitter for 3yrs but only split a 2-3 cords a year. They work awesome and split 99% of everything I put through it and splits even some logs I think It wont. You can increase the ram pressure if you adjust the hidden set screw one turn clockwise on the opposite side of the control lever after removing the small 10mm bolt head. Don't turn it too much or you could possibly blow seals . Another great thing being electric is i can bring additional loads of logs into my heated garage throughout the winter and split in the warmth or in the middle of night without waking up the family or neighbors. If anyone is considering buying one of these GO BUY IT!! enjoy you wont regret it.
@Brandon Lund, looks like your splitter in the newest 2.0 version that you have to hold the start button with one hand and lever with the other hand. Mine you don't have to hold the start button so it at least frees up one hand to hold the wood in place when splitting . Im sure that start button or wiring could be modified for always ON like the original splitter version. I wanted both hands free so I went one step further and added about a 20" long perfectly counter weighted 3/4 copper pipe with a long carriage bolt down the end for the counter weight and a copper 90 elbow on the bottom end that slides over the rubber handle so the pipe stands upward and tilts slightly forward for easy pushing down to override the lever spring tension. Then when i liked its position I drilled a 1/8" hole through the copper elbow and factory handle so it holds the new pipe lever in the best position with a nail or small screwdriver through the hole. Now with a bump of my new longer handle it leans down to the ram start position and both hands are now free to manipulate the logs.. When the log is split bump the handle back up and ram retracts. This makes it so much faster and convenient to split the logs and no wrist fatigue after hours of splitting.
Usually with something like this, you assume it will struggle with the maximum size log they say it will handle. Not with this. It will handle whatever you throw at it (pretty much). Thanks for your support and kind words!
You wont be dissapointed man. I feel the same way. All those years I spent renting splitters and struggling to split by hand. Now it's easy and takes up no storage space. I'm not sure if you guys have ethanol fuel but we do and it destroys the carburators on small engines. I like its electric. No messing with gas.
@Brandon Lund I did go get one.
I'm in Australia, so it's not branded the same, but it's mostly indentical.
Two handed switch / lever operation is annoying, but I'm very happy with it.
Paid 299 at Bunnings here. Best 299 I've spent recently. Should have got it years ago.
Thanks again 👍
My experience so far has been if I can get it into the machine it will split it. I had a couple that were too long. I hit them with a maul to open up a gap which allowed me to force it into the machine and it split it.
Nice presentation. Thanks for posting this video....btw, I really like the little "dumpster" you used to mount the splitter and hold the split wood. Did you make that yourself? If not, where did you buy it?
I bought the earthquake 5 ton and it looks the same has yours and yes it is a awesome machine. I had mine since 2010 and I use it right in my kitchen next to my wood stove. I don't even split anymore I split as I need it. All hardwood. I don't even collect kindling anymore just cut small pieces from the split hardwood and it works awesome. This machine made my preparing for winter super easy and my maul is now re-tired. I 2 would purchase another one if I had to.
I have the Homelite version of this splitter and I love it! Your video shows just how under-rated these splitters are. It also shows the downside of the two-handed operation, constantly having to pick up the log when it falls off. I modified mine for one foot operation, leaving my hands free to control the splits.
Mine will not retract until the motor turns off, so tying down the power switch is not an option.
Brandon, I just broke my original, HF 67090 10-ton manual splitter and I'm looking to replace it. What's the exact HF item number of the electric splitter you have? HF currently lists both 61373 and 63366. As they're made in different factories and by different suppliers there's always a BIG quality difference. If I get one of these, I'd like to get the same item number you purchased. Thank you.
Good video! I have had that one for a few years, split mostly oak, that 22" you had ,I probably would have to whittle it down from an edge , but it usually gets it done! Mine stays on when you push in the switch then push in again to turn off. Watch your for/rev handle, I bent the crap out of it pulling up on the handle to drag it! I unscrew it and its hanging on with a wire!
Modify it. Weld some more splitter ends so you could do it in one pass. Also I would weld a little spike at the retractable end so the the wood doesn't slide off when in operation. All in all good video brotha.
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