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 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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