Electric Log Splitter vs Gas Log Splitter


Many people are unsure whether an electric log splitter or a gas log splitter is the right choice for them.

While both models have their own set of advantages and disadvantages it is necessary to understand these differences in order to make an informed decision depending on the splitting capacity that is needed, the length and diameter of the logs to be split as well as the portability of the log splitter and where it is going to be used.

Once you understand these differences you will be able to make an informed decision on whether you should purchase a gas log splitter or an electric log splitter based on your needs.

image of electric log splitterIf budget is of a concern then you may want to choose an electric log splitter over a more expensive gas powered model. Electric log splitters are typically priced a lot lower than a gas powered model due to the decreased amount of spitting capacity in which they provide. However, just because the electric models are less expensive does not mean they are better or that they are going to get the job done for you. You need to carefully consider both options depending on the average length and diameter as well as the type of logs in which you are going to be working with.

The average electric log splitter can handle logs that range up to 20.5” in length and up to 12” in diameter depending on the model that you choose. If you have logs larger than this that need to be split then the gas log splitter may be a better option for you. Gas log splitters have more splitting capacity and can handle the toughest and knottiest logs that range up to 25” in length and up to 18” in diameter. This is probably one of the most important factors to consider when determining which type of log splitter is the best option for you.

image of gas log splitterAnother aspect that should be considered when choosing a log splitter is where you plan to use this machine. Electric log splitters provide you with the most convenience in use and can be used anywhere where a standard 120 volt electricity outlet is found which makes it an ideal option for anyone that would like to use it indoors. Another added benefit is that due to the lack of gas used to power the log splitter they do not release any fumes which makes them safe to use indoors as well. Electric log splitters are typically lighter and more portable than gas powered models as well which makes them easier to move around as needed.

If you are planning to use the log splitter in a remote location then a gas powered log splitter is almost always going to be your best bet because all you need to have with you is a fuel supply to get the job done. If you were to use an electric powered log splitter in a remote location it would also require that you bring along an electric generator to power the log splitter which is less than ideal in when working in the field.

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