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Log Splitter Tonnage

5ton electric log splitterIf you are shopping for a new log splitter it takes a basic understanding of tonnage to make the best buying decision.

Tonnage is the measurement of force exerted by a log splitter. That force is measured in tons. The splitter operates by the force of a sharp wedge pushed through a log to split it in half. The splitter exerts more force on a log as the tonnage rating increases. That means the higher the tonnage the harder the splitter will push through the log.

More is not always better when considering the tonnage needed for a log splitter. How many tons you need depends on the diameter of the logs and type of wood that you will be splitting.

Hardwoods, older growth trees and green logs need more tonnage than dry, seasoned wood from small lots. Beyond wood composition you can use these basic size parameters to further narrow your buying choices.

Consider a log splitter rated to 7 tons for seasoned logs up to 12 inches in diameter. A splitter rated at 16 tons is suitable for green or seasoned logs between 12 inches and 24 inches. Effectively splitting larger logs and tree trunks will take a splitter rated for 20 tons or greater.

Knowing the basics of tonnage and the size of the wood you’ll split will give you a better idea of what to buy before you begin shopping. You’ll make the right decision while avoiding spending more money than you need.

The experts at DR Power offer a full line of high-quality log splitters for every need.  To receive your free buyer’s guide to help choose the best log splitter for you click here.

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