Electric log splitters are log splitters that use electricity to power the hydraulic ram that splits the log. They have advantages over gas powered log splitters but are generally less powerful but are still very capable machines. This guide focuses on different electric log splitters that are available and allows you to compare different models and see what is available.
How do splitters work
Typically, log splitters work by pushing a hydraulic ram. The ram is powered by a pump that pumps the hydraulic fluid. This pump can either be powered by a gas motor, an electric motor or manually activated.
In this case, the hydraulic pump is powered by an electric motor. The hydraulic ram or piston presses the log against a wedge causing the log to split.
Advantages/Disadvantages of electric log splitters
Like anything else, there are advantages and disadvantages to using an electric log splitter. These may or may not affect you but should be taken into consideration when purchasing a log splitter.
- No gasoline needed
- Relatively quiet
- Can be used indoors/in enclosed spaces
- Lower to the ground – can roll logs more easily onto it
- Easy to start
- Electricity needed
- Electric cord
- Less powerful
- Lower to the ground – potentially more bending needed
Electric Log Splitter Models
Here are some electric log splitters to consider. The splitters are sorted by power.
Earthquake 5 Ton Electric Log Splitter
The Earthquake 5 Ton electric log splitter is another one of the smaller yet capable log splitters in our listing. It features a 1500 watt motor and can split logs up to 20″ in length. This model is also available with a stand.
Harbor Freight 5 Ton Electric Log Splitter
The Harbor Freight 5 Ton electric log splitter is one of the smallest in the lineup but it’s a very capable 1.8HP splitter that can accommodate logs up to 18″ long.
Sun Joe 5 Ton Electric Log Splitter
The Sun Joe 5 Ton electric log splitter features a 15 amp motor and can split logs up to 20.5″.
Southland 6 Ton Electric Log Splitter
The Southland 6 Ton electric log splitter features a unique design that allows it to be shifted so that you can split logs in the vertical as well as horzontal position. It can split logs up to 20.5″ long.
WEN 6.5 Ton Electric Log Splitter
The WEN 6.5 tom electric log splitter is one of the few log splitters that comes on a stand which eliminates bending to load the logs but you will need to lift the logs into place. The splitter can handle logs 10.5″ in diameter and 20.5″ long.
Boss 7 Ton Electric Log Splitter
The Boss 7 Ton electric log splitter can reportedly split logs over 20″ in diameter and features a 2HP motor that needs a 20A outlet to power it. It can split logs up to 20″ long making it a nice mid-range unit.
Powerhouse 7 Ton Electric Log Splitter
The Powerhouse 7 Ton electric log splitter is the smaller of the two Powerhouse-brand splitters on our list. It can split logs up to 20.5″ and claims to produce more force than the Boss 7 Ton log splitter so if you’re looking for a mid-range splitter, this one should make your list as well.
Stark Industrial 7 Ton Electric Log Splitter
The Stark Industrial 7 Ton electric log splitter is another splitter in the mid-size range. It features a 1500 watt motor and is capable of splitting 21″ logs.
Powerhouse 9 Ton Electric Log Splitter
The Powerhouse 9 Ton electric log splitter is one of the most powerful electric log splitters available. It can handle logs up to 20″. This unit can draw up to 2900 watts or 25 amps so make sure you have a powerful electric outlet!
Boss 10 Ton Electric Log Splitter
The Boss 10 Ton Electric Log Splitter is one of the powerful electric splitters available. It requires a 20 Amp circuit to provide the power that the unit needs. It features a bi-directional wedge, an industrial wedge and the ability to split logs up to 22″ long.
As you can see, there are a number of different options for electric log splitters. They range in power from 5 tons all the way to 10 tons and can be floor height and some are available at a table height.
If you know of any other electric log splitters that should be on this list, please email Dave at dbroer@LincOn.com