Manual log splitters are perfect for lower volume wood splitting including camping, home use, and some hiking. Keep in mind that some hand wood splitters are more portable than others (which may impact the diameter of the wood you are able to split). Manual wood splitters generally come in one of 4 common types:
- Manual Hydraulic Log Splitters
- Splitting Axe or Wedge Splitters
- Slide Hammers
- Kindling Splitters
Any one of these will get your log splitting job done but depending on the situation certain products or tools will be better suited for your use.
Keep in mind that larger electric or gas-powered options are available. Though they do come at higher prices, they also handle much larger volume with more ease and efficiency (especially when compared to a wedge or axe).
Below you’ll find our top 5 recommended product of the best manual log splitters or hand wood cutters available online.