MikeC wrote us regarding a funny commercial he saw on TV — think “Sunday, SUNDAY, SUNDAY!” — regarding DR’s new wood splitter. Though they do have a reputation for somewhat a somewhat excessive TV sales pitch, they also make some pretty nice gear, including the wood splitter.
Their electric splitter — most are gas powered — handles logs up to 16″ thick via a motor-powered hydraulic ram that drives the wood against a fixed wedge. (The site has a great animated graphic to explain it, assuming you haven’t seen a splitter in operation already.
This strikes me as the kind of tool that’d work well for the “weekend outdoors” type — people who have some land, but aren’t going to be out miles from home splitting logs. (Obviously you’re going to need power within a relatively short distance of the unit.)
DR offers a couple of units: a six ton for $674 and a five ton for $494. If you don’t mind a slightly diminished feature set, they sell their now-discontinued six ton model for $489 and their discontinued five ton for $389. The feature differences are significant, though. Check their site (below) for details.