I cut my own wood, and I’ve tried splitting logs with the metal wedges, but after two of the wedges stuck in some old maple — and after some aggravation with the chain saw getting them back — saw splitting has become my preferred method. This Ryobi Electric Log Splitter boasts four tons of splitting power, and it can split logs up to 20″ long and 12″ in diameter.
Ryobi makes the splitter entirely of steel, so it should run for a long while. The motor runs off regular household current with a 1,300W motor, and the splitter’s designed for two-handed operation to help keep you clear of the action. When it’s time to move the unit, a handle makes it easy for one person to transport the 99-lb splitter.
The Ryobi Log Splitter sells for about $300, a good deal less than the gas-powered splitters — now to find an extension cord that’s about a quarter-mile long.