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Best Electric Log Splitters

There are few things as comforting as a wood fire, but few things as strenuous and monotonous as cutting your own wood. For those first few swings, there’s something almost primal and alluring about the swing of an axe.

However, that appeal quickly fades away when your shoulders are feeling like they would rather fall off your body if they could.

The electronic log splitter takes away the work while providing all the firewood you need. The most common varieties include hydraulic splitters, which use incredible force to squeeze a block of wood between a wedge shape and a plate until it gives under the pressure and splits.

Electric, or kinetic, instead use flywheels to store power that sends the wedge into the wood at great force.

Here, we’re going to look at some of the best log splitters on the market, both electric and hydraulic, to see which might help you best suit your needs.

Electric Log Splitter Comparison Chart

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WEN 56207 6.5-Ton Electric Log Splitter,Black
YARDMAX YS0552 5 Ton Electric Log Splitter, Stand, Log Tray
Southland Outdoor Power Equipment SELS60 6 Ton Electric Log Splitter, Red
Goplus 6 Ton Hydraulic Electric Log Splitter Powerful Portable Wood Cutter with Mobile Wheels, 1500W 2HP
Powerhouse XM-380 Electric Hydraulic Log Splitter, 7-Ton
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WEN
YARDMAX
Southland Outdoor Power Equipment
Goplus
Powerhouse
Splitting Force
6.5-Ton
5-Ton
6-Ton
6-Ton
7-Ton
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Price
$278.09
$539.99
$252.79
Price not available
$415.37
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WEN 56207 6.5-Ton Electric Log Splitter,Black
Manufacturer
WEN
Splitting Force
6.5-Ton
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Price
$278.09
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YARDMAX YS0552 5 Ton Electric Log Splitter, Stand, Log Tray
Manufacturer
YARDMAX
Splitting Force
5-Ton
Reviews
Price
$539.99
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Southland Outdoor Power Equipment SELS60 6 Ton Electric Log Splitter, Red
Manufacturer
Southland Outdoor Power Equipment
Splitting Force
6-Ton
Reviews
Price
$252.79
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Goplus 6 Ton Hydraulic Electric Log Splitter Powerful Portable Wood Cutter with Mobile Wheels, 1500W 2HP
Manufacturer
Goplus
Splitting Force
6-Ton
Reviews
Price
Price not available
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Powerhouse XM-380 Electric Hydraulic Log Splitter, 7-Ton
Manufacturer
Powerhouse
Splitting Force
7-Ton
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Price
$415.37
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1. WEN 56207 6.5-Ton Electric Log Splitter

WEN 56207 6.5-Ton Electric Log Splitter
WEN 56207 6.5-Ton Electric Log Splitter

With 13,000 pounds of log-cracking pressure in the palm of your hands, you can quickly transform logs into firewood with the WEN 56207 6.5-Ton Electric Log-Splitter with Stand.

This unit features a powerful 15-Amp 2.5 horsepower motor to make easy work of logs up to 10-inches in diameter and 20.5-inches in length. Install the included stand to elevate the cradle 34-inches off of the floor, or assemble the wheels directly to the body of the log splitter for a low-profile design that sits directly on the ground.

Forget the hassles and expenses that come with gasoline-powered alternatives. An electric log splitter means you will never have to worry about cold starts or clogged carburetors again. With a 20-second cycle time, a 14.75-inch cylinder stroke, a 16-square-inch push plate, and a 5-inch wedge, you’ll be able to take on even the hardest of woods.

Two-handed operation maximizes user safety while the fume-free design eliminates carbon monoxide and other toxic emissions. Easily transport your splitter from the shed to the forest with the onboard pull handle and the two never-flat 5.5-inch wheels. And, because it’s a WEN product, your log splitter comes backed by a two-year warranty, a nationwide network of skilled service technicians, and a friendly customer helpline. 

Notable Features

  • Powerful 15A motor provides over 13,000 pounds of log cracking pressure
  • Use the log splitter with or without the 34-inch stand depending on user preferences
  • Included pull handle and 5.5-inch never-flat wheels make for easy transportation between jobs
  • Electric power means no gasoline, no carbon monoxide emissions, and limited maintenance
  • Split logs up to 10 inches in diameter and 20.5 inches in length
  • Some reviewers have referred to it being slightly less powerful than anticipated, and that it would be wiser to invest in something sturdier

Pros

  • Works flawlessly
  • Great value product for the price
  • Easy assembly
  • It will handle larger logs than the manual says it can
  • Splits logs that won’t split with an axe, fibrous ones, and it removes the hardest, most frustrating parts of splitting wood

Cons

  • Struggles with hickory
  • A piece of log got stuck under the log ram
  • The button under the lever stuck every time it’s pressed requiring a flathead to pop it back out after every split
  • Works but is very slow
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WEN 56207 6.5-Ton Electric Log Splitter,Black
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WEN 56207 6.5-Ton Electric Log Splitter,Black
  • Powerful 15A motor provides over 13,000 pounds of log cracking pressure
  • Use the log splitter with or without the 34-inch stand depending on user preferences
  • Included pull handle and 5.5-inch never-flat wheels make for easy transportation between jobs
  • Electric power means no gasoline, no carbon monoxide emissions, and limited maintenance
  • Split logs up to 10 inches in diameter and 20.5 inches in length

2. YARDMAX YS0552 5 Ton Electric Log Splitter

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The YARDMAX YS0552 5 Ton Electric Log Splitter

The YARDMAX is a slightly cheaper electric log splitter and, as a result, delivers 5 tons of power behind the ram. However, that’s a lot of power for a splitter that’s a much more economic option. It takes slightly longer to cycle the cylinder at 18 seconds compared to the Boss Industrial’s 10 seconds. These differences aren’t a major concern if you’re using wood that’s suitable for the YARDMAX.

It advertises cutting logs up to a diameter of 10 inches in diameter, and this is roughly accurate. It has been able to cut logs with a diameter up to 12 inches, but not too much beyond that. However, it handles soft and hardwoods with ease, despite the seemingly low 5-ton power delivered behind the ram. This includes hemlock, maple, chestnut, beech, and oak

In comparison to the Boss Industrial, the increased height on the YARDMAX thanks to its attachable stand is a welcome change. You’re not going to get a sore back with this one and it offers a little more stability when the splitter is in use. Despite the increased height, it’s incredibly portable, with minimal assembly needed to get it in and out of standing position.

One slight issue you might find is that the plastic wheels tend to degrade faster than any of the other components. They work well, to begin with, but can’t handle the weight over time. Replacing them with something a little sturdier might be in your best interest.

Notable Features

  • Handles most soft and hardwoods
  • Attachable stand makes it much more comfortable to use
  • Quick installation and setup

Pros

  • Includes stroke limiter, stand, and log tray
  • 16 second cycle time
  • Able to cut larger and knotty logs
  • Durable

Cons

  • Stand on the short end
  • Mostly usable on clean logs
  • Difficult to move
YARDMAX YS0552 5 Ton Electric Log Splitter, Stand, Log Tray
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YARDMAX YS0552 5 Ton Electric Log Splitter, Stand, Log Tray
  • Powerful, 5 Ton RAM Force to get the job done fast
  • Stand, log tray and stroke limiter included
  • Two-handed operation puts operator safety first
  • Log capacity - 20.5" in length and 10" in diameter
  • Short cylinder cycle time - 16 seconds

3. Southland Outdoor Power Equipment SELS60 6 Ton Electric Log Splitter

Southland Outdoor Power Equipment SELS60 review
The Southland Outdoor Power Equipment SELS60

Using a 1.75 HP engine, the Southland Outdoor Power Equipment log splitter delivers 6 tons of power to the ram. Like the YARDMAX, it has an 18-second cycle time, which is not below average for log splitters of its type. It has no trouble cutting woods with a similar hardness to cedar, pine, and oak, but shows a little more trouble with particularly gnarled or knotted pieces of oak, which is also not uncommon for log splitters of this type.

It can effectively handle logs up to 10 inches. Though some users have noted that it can go beyond this recommended limit with some clever positioning, for safety’s sake, you should stick to the 10-inch diameter logs. However, a nice additional feature that we would like to see on more electric log splitters is the integrated stroke limiter.

This is an option that can be enabled to provide a shorter stroke that can deal with smaller logs. It offers a little more precision while at the same time shortening that cycle time. If you don’t mind taking the time to cut and transport more, but shorter, logs, it can make the splitting process even more efficient.

Assembly is also incredibly quick. While others we have looked at, like the YARDMAX, can take up to 45 minutes for full assembly, there isn’t much to do with the Southland Outdoor Power Equipment splitter but fitting some wheels on. It doesn’t have a stand option, as a result, making it slightly more uncomfortable to use, but the convenience may well be worth it for you.

Notable Features

  • Minimal assembly required
  • Stroke limiter makes shorter logs a breeze

Pros

  • 18 second cycle time
  • Adjustable integrated stroke limiter
  • Enhanced portability
  • Compact design

Cons

  • No receiving tray
  • Two hands needed to operate
  • Shuts off at too high pressure
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Southland Outdoor Power Equipment SELS60 6 Ton Electric Log Splitter, Red
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Southland Outdoor Power Equipment SELS60 6 Ton Electric Log Splitter, Red
  • Heavy duty 1.75 HP, 15 amp induction motor delivers maximum performance for the most rugged condition
  • Effortlessly does big splitting jobs with a 18-second cycle time
  • Integrated stroke limiter can adjust to a shorter stroke for smaller logs
  • 7" wheels and configuration to vertical position provides maneuverability and easy storage

4. Goplus New 1500W 6 Ton Electric Hydraulic Log Splitter

Goplus New 1500W 6 Ton Electric Hydraulic Log Splitter review
The Goplus New 1500W 6 Ton Electric Log Splitter

The first hydraulic splitter we’re looking at today, the Goplus uses 1500W of power to deliver 6 tons of force. While hydraulic splitters might be a little slower than the electric/kinetic equivalent, this also makes them significantly easier to use so they may be a better option for those who aren’t entirely confident about using a kinetic splitter.

The splitter fits logs of up to 21 inches in length and is recommend for use with logs up to 10 inches in diameter but can effectively split just about anything up to 14 inches in diameter, too, including oak.

The log cradle is a good feature that helps keep logs in place so there’s less risk of displacement and uneven splits when it’s in operation. While the splitter is a little on the heavier side (as it needs to be), the handles and wheels allow you to stand it vertically to quickly transport it from place to place, making it highly portable. It is not, however, designed to split green, knotty hardwoods, which can give it something of a hard time.

The ease of use, transport, and stand-up storage makes it one of the most beginner-friendly splitters on the list and ensures it doesn’t take more space than it needs to. It does require two hands to operate but this actually makes it safer as it ensures you’re never in a position to have your hands in the path of the split wood.

Notable Features

  • Vertical handles and wheels make transport easy
  • Two-handed operation ensures safety
  • Log cradle keeps logs held securely in position

Pros

  • User-friendly
  • Splitting force of 6-ton
  • Affordably priced
  • Fully portable

Cons

  • Light use only
  • Horizontal splitting only
  • Not efficient on dry or hard logs
Goplus 6 Ton Hydraulic Electric Log Splitter Powerful Portable Wood Cutter with Mobile Wheels, 1500W 2HP
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Goplus 6 Ton Hydraulic Electric Log Splitter Powerful Portable Wood Cutter with Mobile Wheels, 1500W 2HP
  • ★ Max splitting force: 6Ton. Insulation class is class B. Waterproof Rate is IP 54. Work efficiently with 1500W power.
  • ★ Reliability and safety are guaranteed. Durable material and stable construction ensures long-term service lifespan.
  • ★ Fits for any place with wood-burning stove or fireplace. Ideal for usage both indoors and outdoors.
  • ★ Two big wheels and two comfort grip handles for easy transport. Built-in log cradle keeps logs on track.
  • ★ We offer you 100% risk-free satisfaction guarantee to let you buy with confidence. We are quite sure that you will be super-impressed with durability and high quality of our product.

5. Powerhouse XM-380 Electric Hydraulic Log Splitter

Powerhouse XM-380 review
The Powerhouse XM-380 Electric Hydraulic Log Splitter

Using a 3 HP motor to deliver seven tons of power, our second hydraulic log splitter is joint first in terms of power, alongside the Boss Industrial. That effectively means that the Powerhouse is able to handle the vast majority of woods, providing the logs are the right size. In terms of size, it’s quite versatile, too. It can hold logs of up to 20 inches in length.

The manufacturer recommends using with logs up to 12 inches in diameter, which is the widest of any splitter we’ve reviewed, but the loading tray makes it difficult to try split anything wider, though some users have mentioned being able to split up to 20-inch diameter logs. It splits woods like cedar, fir, birch, and pine with very little difficulty, and can even handle knotty oaks very well.

One problem that may cause some frustration, however, is the instructions provided. The manual has a few spelling errors and lacks some necessary information, so assembly can take a little longer than necessary. However, once it’s up and running, it’s a highly effective, power splitter, able to reliably handle harder woods than the others reviewed here. A low profile makes it a little uncomfortable to use for too long, but that won’t be a problem for most people using it simply to get firewood.

Notable Features

  • Incredibly powerful, able to handle most kinds of hardwood and softwood
  • Can hold logs of up to 20 inches in length
  • Handles even knotty oaks well

Pros

  • Fully portable
  • Affordable
  • Can split hard and knotty logs
  • Auto-stop safety feature

Cons

  • Replacement parts are hard to find
  • Wheels slightly undersized
Powerhouse XM-380 Electric Hydraulic Log Splitter, 7-Ton
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Powerhouse XM-380 Electric Hydraulic Log Splitter, 7-Ton
  • Motor 3.5HP, 7 Ton, 2200 Watt, 3500RPM- no running out of gas and starts every time
  • Hydraulic, and Portable Electric Log Splitter
  • Log Cutting Capacity: up to 20-1/2-inch in Length and 12-inch in Diameter
  • Ram Travel Distance: 15.7-inch. Ram diameter: 1.18 Inch
  • Net Weight: 104lbs

Electric Log Splitter Video

If you have never used an electric log splitter before, here is a short YouTube video demonstrating their use:

Conclusion:

The best electric log splitters, as explored in the reviews above, all bring something to offer. While they’re not the most effective tools for professionals, they are perfect for the homeowner that wants an efficient means of providing their own firewood. However, choosing the right one is all about finding the log splitter that best accommodates the kind of wood you need it to handle, including hardness and thickness. Hopefully, the reviews above help you find the answer to your specific needs.

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Timberland Enthusiast Jan 1977 – Present Columbia, South Carolina Since graduating from law school I have worked in various capacities within the real estate, timber management, lumber production and pine straw harvesting markets in South Carolina. Newmark Grubb Wilson Kibler May 2016 – Dec 2020 Columbia, South Carolina Det Bowers joined Newmark Grubb Wilson Kibler in May of 2016. Prior to joining Wilson Kibler, Mr. Bowers served as a licensed attorney practicing in Federal, State and Municipal Courts. Other business involvements have included real estate development, retail development and operations, agribusiness, forestry products, outdoor advertising and insurance.

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