Great Northern Equipment 20-Ton 2-Way Honda-Powered Gas Log Splitter. It has a pin hitch so you can use your ATV or lawn tractor to haul the splitter and a wood trailer in the same trip, saving you bunches of time. You can take care of smaller logs in the horizontal position at a comfortable height.
MTD Gold 27-Ton Horizontal / Vertical Gas Log Splitter. This unit made the list because of the powerful 208cc MTD engine, which easily handles homeowner splitting chores and then some. The other feature that put this unit in our Good slot is its ability to split wood in either the usual horizontal mode, or flip the beam upright to split vertically.
Cub Cadet 27-Ton Horizontal / Vertical Gas Log Splitter. This weekend I got started working with my new tool, I've been splitting 4 to 8 cords a year by hand and figured my kids could help with a splitter. The first thing I split was all the knotted, twisted, knarly pieces that I have set aside for years (just not wanting to deal with them by hand). With the splitter running about 80-90% it took care of these with no problem or strain on the engine.
Ariens 27-Ton Horizontal / Vertical Gas Log Splitter. First of all, this can be towed on public roads, so you can go where the wood is. If your state requires DOT lighting and/or license plate holder you can add those separately. Second is the Subaru engine- it is strong and reliable. The whole unit is covered by a 2 year factory warranty. Next, this splitter can be run in the normal, horizontal position; the larger tires puts it at a comfortable height.
Iron & Oak EZ Split™ 34-Ton Honda-Powered Horizontal / Vertical Gas Log Splitter. This is also a sturdy, reliable splitter, much like our Good and Better selections. What bumps it to the head of the class is the 11 horsepower, Honda GX (commercial grade) engine. A more powerful engine doesn't mean just more splitting tons, it can also push the cylinder faster. This means you get more work done, faster.
Swisher 34-Ton Horizontal / Vertical Gas Log Splitter with Electric Start. It has everything to make splitting lots of wood as fast and easy as possible. The Briggs engine is quiet, easy push button electric start, and long lasting. You can take care of smaller logs in the horizontal position at a comfortable height; or easily stand the beam up for those big trunks you wouldn't want to lift without help.
Ariens 34-Ton Horizontal / Vertical Gas Log Splitter. Most folks think of Ariens as a manufacturer of high quality lawn & snow equipment. Well, they are- and they make a fine log splitter, too. These are made right here in the USA, with the same attention to detail and durability. The Subaru engine starts easily and runs quietly, and sits at the front of the beam. That way it is protected from dropped logs, and balances the unit so it tows smoothly.
Iron & Oak EZ Split™ 15-Ton Horizontal Gas Log Splitter. It's right at the line between Small and Medium gas powered splitters. The trailer is sturdy enough to be towed on the street, and the cycle time is a brisk 8 seconds with automatic return- letting you get the next log loaded quickly. Like Goldilocks, if the usual Small splitter is too small, and a Medium splitter is too much... you should find this unit to be just right.
Earthquake Quick-Split™ 12-Ton Dual Height Gas Log Splitter. If you like the size of an electric splitter, but need a little more power (and can work outdoors); this splitter should do the trick. The big plus is that you can work beyond the reach of your longest extension cord. If you have larger logs, or a lot of wood that needs splitting, a step up into our "Better" or "Best" choices will get the job done faster and more efficiently.