Tagged As: 7Ton, Electric, Hydraulic, Powerhouse, Splitter, XM380
I wanted to let people know what my experience has been with this so far. I was skeptical like many others based on the low cost and the couple negative reviews. First let me say that I think a couple of the negative folks may have got a lemon. To the gentleman that has a hard time going through any logs at all, you have a lemon or you work for a competitor! Granted, I only got this yesterday. But let me tell you what this splitter has done thus far. I cleared about a half acre of black birch, oak, maple and some pine. I unpacked this thing and started small and easy. Within 10 minutes I was up to 24″ diameter fresh cut oak and this thing was splitting these logs like they were nothing. I kept expecting this thing to at least bog down a little with the big stuff, but nothing. Even knotty pieces were fairly easy. So power is plentiful and a non issue for me. This thing executed splitting very similar to the big gas splitter I rented a couple of weeks ago. So the power is there folks. Do keep in mind that there is a bleed valve nut that needs to be loosened every time you use the machine and then re-tightened when not in use.
I was also concerned about power draw and thickness of power cord and tripping breakers. Well I was again very surprised. I strung two average extension cords together for testing purposed to a regular 15 amp circuit. Now this setup does not and should not meet the manufacturers minimum specs. But guess what? I proceeded to split logs with ease with no power issues at all. I was afraid I was going to have to run a dedicated circuit for this thing. No worries any more on that front.
The draw backs mentioned in some of the other more thorough reviews are right on the money. The throw on this is bit short. Like someone mentioned in another post, it is nothing that a piece of 4×4 as a spacer wont remedy, but it is slightly annoying. The wedge itself could be a little wider as well. So I do find myself having to finish pulling the split apart by hand if there is any material left holding the log together. Not a big deal.Yes, the wheels are too close together, so be careful pulling it behind you. If the surface is not smooth it will easily tip over. Again, not a big deal.As far as a stand in concerned, yes you will want one. I can point you to a really cheap one. It’s called two upright logs. I placed mine on top of the flats of two 20″ logs and it worked flawlessly.
This also comes with a shield to install that forces two-handed operation as a safety feature. I was happy to leave this off and enjoy one-handed operation. That is up to you.
I do hope very much that this product holds up over time. If it does, I feel like I made a great purchase. And that is the feeling we all strive for isn’t it? Nothing worse than regret of a big purchase. And that’s why I took the time to place this review. Because I almost did not buy this based on a couple of the negative reviews that I see do not paint an accurate picture of this unit.
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I purchased this item 6 months ago and have been waiting for parts for most of that time. There is no one to call and emails have gotten me nowhere. The log splitter came with one stud installed crookedly and I had to machine one hole to fit the incorrectly installed nut mount. Since then I have tried repeatedly to have a broken lever replaced with no luck. Service is a problem with this company.
I thought overall it looked very good of a product and would do good but I needed a go kart engine with a throttle hook up the description said it would hook up for a go kart but I would have to fab a lever and didn’t want to risk messing it up and asked to return it and originally they said i would have to pay return shipping but customer service was awesome and waved the return shipping fee.
Used this engine on my pressure washer , no more wearing myself out trying to start it . Just a few modifications , and now I have a very useful machine . Works great!