3 Best Electric Log Splitters – Consumer Reports for 2022
Unless you are Paul Bunyan, splitting wood with an axe is quite the task. The amount of physical strength needed and the toll it takes on the body can leave the strongest of men drained after just 15 minutes of work. Thankfully we now live in a time when technology has made the hardest of tasks a lot more simpler. You no longer have to dread splitting wood because you can now use an electric wood splitter to do the hard work for you.
When it comes to buying an electric log splitter, you have numerous options to choose from, how do you know which one is right for you? When you set out to buy an electric log splitter you should consider the following:
How much maintenance does it require?
Typically, electric log splitter do not require a lot of maintenance when compared to gas log splitters. However, you want to make sure that the splitter is made with proper materials so it doesn’t rust or you face any problem when you start to use it.
What size and weight should it be?
This completely depends on your use for the splitter. If you plan on moving it around then your obvious choice is to go with a compact and lightweight splitter. If the splitter won’t be moved around and you typically cut larger pieces of wood than a bigger and heavier splitter would be your best choice.
Which is better horizontal or vertical splitter?
Vertical splitters are for wood that you can easily lift onto the splitter for it to be cut, so for small wood that you typically use as firewood. For larger, heavier pieces of wood the horizontal option would be the better option. There are many splitters that offer a combination of the two so if you are not sure then you can opt for that.
Keeping portability, affordability, and performance in mind, we have selected the 3 best electric log splitters that you can buy.
Boss Industrial ES7T20 Electric Log Splitter, 7-Ton
- 2 HP electric motor that produces 7 tons of force
- Easy to operate, you can do it with just one hand
- Strong build
- Comes with 2 years warranty
- At 106 pounds is quite heavy. Even though the splitter has wheels to assist in moving it around, it felt really heavy
The Boss ES7T20 is a top of the line electric splitter that provides users an ease of use while also allowing them to cut the toughest piece of wood with ease. This vertical splitter employs a 2 horsepower electric motor which doesn’t sound like much but it has the capability to deliver a force of up to 7 tons which is more than enough to cut the thickest of wood. We had no issues using it on wood up to 12 inches in diameter and about 20 inches long. If your main purpose is to cut wood for firewood, then there is a good chance you won’t be cutting wood bigger than that. So this is a wonderful piece of tool that saves you quite a lot of time cutting wood.
Not only does it excel in performance, the ES7T20 is built to last you for years. It comes with a 2 year residential warranty but we don’t really think you would use that much as the material of the splitter is sturdy and durable. The best part about using an electric log splitter as compared to a gas powered is that it has zero harmful emission. The Boss ES7T20 is a well constructed splitter that packs the power to cut the toughest of logs so overall, it is a great buy.
WEN 56206 6-Ton Electric Log Splitter
- Portable design, great handle and wheels
- Strong engine, 2 horsepower produces a force of 6 tons
- 2 year WEN warranty
- The build of the splitter is not as great as the Boss ES7T20
If you are looking for portability in your log splitter then don’t look any further than the WEN 56206. The splitter may weigh just 6 pounds less than the Boss ES7T20 but the handle and wheels of this splitter make it a lot easier to move around. Like the ES7T20, the WEN 5620 comes equipped with a motor that can produce 2 horsepower. Being an electric log splitter, you don’t need to worry about it not working in the cold or anything since all it requires is a power supply. The motor of the splitter can produce a force of 6 ton. Which is quite a lot. To give you an idea, the splitter can easily split wood with a diameter of 10 inches and a length of 20 inches.
To help you easily move the splitter out and it comes with a 50 feet extension cord so you can easily plug it to your garage and take it out if you need to. The cord is 12 gauge so you should have no trouble with it lasting for a long period of time. The splitter comes with a 2 year WEN warranty. Overall, if you think you would want a splitter that you would drag outdoors to cut wood than the WEN 5620 is the best option for you. The portability and power are a great combination for those that prefer to cut wood outdoors.
Powerhouse XM-380 Electric Hydraulic Log Splitter, 7-Ton
- 3 horsepower engine produces 7 tons of force
- Portable machine
The Powerhouse XM-380 is the most expensive splitter on our list. It is also the most powerful one with a 3 horsepower engine that produces around 7 tons of force. The extra punch in the engine doesn’t really amount to much as it produces the same amount of force as the Boss ES7T20. The XM-380 can cut wood of up to 12 inches in diameter and 20 inches long, which is the same as the ES7T20. It is just as easy to use as the other two splitters on the list and allows, you to cut up to 100 piece of wood in less than an hour. It is both fast and efficient.
The XM-380 was slightly more portable than the Boss ES7T20, the wheels the splitter comes with were easy to manoeuvre. The WEN 56206 is however our pick if you want a portable splitter. Overall, the Powerhouse XM-380 is a reliable electric splitter but we feel that with its high cost it may not be the choice for a lot of splitter users.
So our pick for the best overall electric log splitter is the Boss ES7T20. Not only does it pack enough power to cut the toughest of logs, it also is the easiest to use. However, if you want a splitter that provides portability then the WEN 56206 would be your best bet. It may slightly lag behind on power but when it comes to cutting firewood, you should have no problem with it. So now you don’t need to spend countless hours cutting wood for your fireplace, you can easily do it in just minutes with the help of an electric log splitter.