Tool: DR 6-ton Electric Log Splitter
no images were foundWith the advent of another winter storm dumping a foot of snow, I got out my DR Power Log Splitter Sunday and split the last few logs while I could still see my driveway. Surprisingly enough, it doesn’t take long to get quite a pile stacked up with this slow but determined electric log splitter.
- Splitting Force: 12,000 lbs. (6 tons)
- Splitting Capacity: 16″ Dia. x 20″ Long
- Weight: 169 lbs.
- Length: 41.5″
- Width: 15″
- Height: 20.5″
- Ram Face: 5″ x 5″
- Wedge Height: 6″
- Support Beam: 4″ x 6″
- Hydraulic Fuel Cap: 6.87 Quarts (6.5 Liters)
- Motor Size: 1800-watt
- Pump: Two-stage
- Power Source: 110-volt
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True enough, this is the first log splitter I’ve owned. It’s really nice to own one! During the warmer months, I collect enough fallen trees, cut to logs, along the side of my driveway. Come October, I start chopping and making neat rows of fireplace fuel. Until 2008, I’ve done the two full cords by hand with just a mawl, slegde, axe and wedges.
Like I said, having a log splitter is great! I didn’t go through my comparison shopping process to buy this one. I thought I was being lent a brand new log splitter, only to learn when I was done it was a gift and I get to keep it. Cool people in my life, huh!
I have used other log splitters but my experience with this one has been ok. First, plug it in. There is a screw you loosen to let air into the hydraulics. Turn it on and it barely makes a sound, just a gently whirring motor.
I guess one of the important specs on this type of machine would be the Maximum Log Capacity. Of several trees cut on site, then dropped here for splitting, only a few were too long for this DR 6-ton splitter’s 20″ max log length. (I jammed a few in there by stomping on them.)
The specs also say you can cut up to 16″ diameter logs. I guess that’s based on some kind of math, but I split some HUGE pieces by turning them about, taking a slice at a time if I had to.
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At first sight it’s an odd looking beast to me. It’s heavy as hell but rather wimpy looking. I envisioned some machine pulled behind a truck with a massive striker that flies forward at the speed of sound cracking logs left and right. Au contraire, with my new DR Power log splitter, you press a large handle forward and the splitter moves at a turtle’s pace through the log while the mechanics make various noises based on the material and grain orientation.
It’s not too bad. I got through all species of hardwood in all diameters. This season I split, including Sunday’s foray, at least two cords with this machine.
I’m a homeowner splitting wood for my house, not a contractor splitting for a living and for my purposes this splitter will do just fine. It’s a lot more impressive than it looks though some logs gave it a real challenge, even failing many times. I found when it failed it was usually intense grain pattern around a branch, etc. Turning the log to be split from bottom of tree to top worked every time. Seems cutting into a crotch is rarely possible with 12,000 lbs force but splitting up the tree is relatively easy.
The only other comment regards leaving it outside in extreme cold without starting for months, It took a bit to get it started – continually blowing it’s reset button. Oddly enough I picked up the motor end of the machine, tilting it vertical and then started the motor before setting it down and that has worked more than once.
Dr 6-ton Woodsplitter at DRPOWER.COM