Powerhorse Horizontal Dual Split 3 Pt. Log Splitter - 13-Ton, 3in. x 18in. Cylinder
Have the splitter mounted on a Kubota BX-24 and operation is excellent. Kubota requires "power beyond" provisions in the hydraulic system and I could not convince myself the splitter valve would take full pressure on the exhaust port. I added a two position hand valve mounted on the splitter instruction plate to take the fluid to drain when using the splitter and then to take the splitter entirely out of the circuit to send the fluid to power beyond. Works fine but does required the valve and more hoses. So far it splits whatever I set on the table.
January 18, 2014
Best lil log splitter
This is the best and easiest log splitter I have ever used! It is a bargain for the price. It came in an easy to assemble package. Once mounted it is fast efficient and powerful. I have split dried hardwoods over 24 inches in diameter with this piece of equipment. With the three point mount I roll the rounds right on to it from the truck saving my back from lifting and carrying to the splitter.
September 21, 2013
have had this splitter for several years now and it is still the best thing i have ever purchased from nortern tool. i made front legs with wheels and a third leg that folds up so it can be rolled around without having to lift it up.its so easy to use my grandson could use it
April 23, 2013
Glad I Purchased It!
As others have noted, the box for the unit is not adequate for the weight. I opened the box to inspect it to make sure nothing fell out of the holes/tears and I think everything is there, but I’ve not assembled it yet so am not sure. Going through the box I noted that they are now substituting a Brand Hydraulic control valve and not the advertised Prince model.
At first I was skeptical based on my initial receipt of the unit, but now having installed in on my Kubota B2320 off of the backhoe lines (BH65) I am very impressed and asked Northern Tool to update my initial review and rating. It assembled in about an hour, and has a good cycle time with the tractor engine slightly above idle (about the same as you see on the product video for the gasoline engine model.) I’m not sure the hydraulic pump curve on my tractor and I know this splitter is rated for somewhere around 3gpm – so I’ll just be careful to not ramp the engine RPMs up while I’m splitting wood. I didn’t see any issues with running it at lower RPMs such as the pump or engine struggling – and it was nice listening to the diesel at idle rather than a gasoline lawnmower engine screaming next to me all day. Not sure why, but the B2320 requires the 3-point hitch arms to be locked down when using the BH65, so to be safe I’m doing the same with the logsplitter when using it since I’m using the BH65 hydraulic feed lines. Power seemed pretty good and spilt some larger maple rounds easily, but, as expected for a smaller 13-ton unit, couldn’t split some tough crotches – but I didn’t expect it to either and would have gotten the 20-ton model had that been important to me. I also liked that it was very compact – with the ram retracting inside of the unit it is very small, making storage easy (I’ll probably build a cart or something for it to push it in a corner of the shop when not in use.) I heat solely with wood so have spilt a lot of wood over the years with a maul. Now that I’m getting older, I figured it was time to start working smarter not harder - and both me and my back are very happy with the unit.
April 23, 2013
Woks great with small tractor
I hooked this splitter up to my Kubota bx 24 and it split everything I put on it about 10 face cords so far. I was a little concerned with cylcle time on a small tractor but once I split the first piece all doubt faded .Only difficult part was finding all the fittings for hydraulics . Local dealer had fittings, 1/4" for tractor quick connects 1/2" for splitter. Local hudraulic shop made the hoses, 3/8" and assembled all fittings to hoses. Got it mounted to 3 point hitch and started splitting. My cycle time at 2600 rpm just under 10 sec.
October 10, 2012
13 ton 3 pt log splitter
works great, only draw back is closed center valve . have this on a new holland tz25 tractor, 3pt lift won't work with the closed center valve. tractor only runs at 2,000 rpm's. it has split anything you can put on it.have split rounds 24 inch in diameter. oak, walnut ,maple. works great!
August 20, 2012
Capable lttle splitter
I bought this splitter to help feed my hungry new wood burning furnace. We split about three cords of every kind of wood, Elm, Alder, Maple, etc. We often split wood much larger than the recomended maximum by laying it sideways and letting her rip. I've been able to stop the cutting blade by overloading the ram but it has never failed. Sitting in the shed today it looks and works as well as the day we bought it. The little blue motor (my biggest initial concern) has run like a Honda and the oil was still in good shape when we changed it before we laid it up for summer. Great little tool for the money.
May 7, 2012
Very Nice Splitter
I'm running this splitter on my old Ford New Holland 1520, and it has been easy to use and trouble free. So far I've only split about a cord with it, but I love it. Easily split 14 inch diameter red oak (that came down during our freak October snowstorm here in New England).
Setup and installation was simple, just needed to locally source a couple hydraulic hoses and away we went!
January 9, 2012
A good match for my Kubota BX24
I purchased my splitter a few months ago but only got it connected to my BX24 yesterday and finally split some wood for a few hours. My cycle time is 10 seconds at 3200 RPMs. I have no problem going through straight grained blocks. I think my largest blocks have been 18" to 24" diameter so far. Blocks with complex grain patterns take some planning just like they do when I'm splitting them with a maul and wedges. I am splitting Maple so far.
The BX24 has all 1/4" fittings and being a novice in the area of hydraulics, I made a few errors while trying to make the hoses. 1/2" hoses are recommended by PowerHorse. I blindly ordered those and 1/2" QDs from NT. Oops. I ended up using a 96" 3/8" stock hose from NT. They are a little long, but OK. Also none of the QD fittings sold by NT at this time, fit my BX24 QD fittings. I finally purchased the QDs from my local Kubota dealer and the needed hydraulic fittings from WD Grainger. I almost used normal pipe fittings and then remembered that could be dangerous due to the high pressure. Also, i wish PowerHorse would state clearly what fitting we need for the splitter end of the hose. It turns out that a standard 1/2" NPT hydraulic fitting worked fine, but the mating connector on the splitter has what looks like the combination of NPT and a flare fitting. The hoses shipped with the splitter have the right fitting, but I couldn't figure out what they are and no one locally seemed to know what they are. As I said the 1/2" NPT hydraulic fitting is machines precisely enough that it mated well.
I agree with "TooMuchToDoNotEnoughTime" about the elbows on the ram lacking protection. I too, made a frame to make attaching and removing the splitter easier. I have to be careful how I position it so I don't rest on the fittings. I built my rectangular frame on a four wheel dolly so I can easily roll the splitter around in my shop and on my paved driveway. It would be nice if there was a way to protect those elbows, while still allowing the needed clearance to install them in the ram.
I did not find any need to sharpen the wedge. It seems to work fine as is.
Lastly, I found that my BX24 expects a bypass valve on the rear attachments. The valve on the splitter is not a bypass valve so some of my other hydraulics won't work when the splitter is attached. For example, I can't raise or lower the splitter nor my front quick-hitch without reconfiguring the hoses temporarily. It is very easy, but noteworthy nonetheless.
My bottom line is that I really like this splitter. It will be easy to store, less to maintain than a stand-alone splitter and saves a lot of sweat and Advil versus splitting by hand.
May 14, 2011
Easy to use log splitter
I am very pleased with the power and ease of use of this log splitter. I have a small diesel tractor and I like how I can split wood with the tractor just above an idle RPM. It is much quieter than my neighbors gasoline powered splitter and because it will split in both directions it is fast too! Another benefit is I can easily adjust the working height of the splitter - no more constant bending over to move the logs around. I found it very easy to load one trailer with wood that needs to be split and have another empty trailer to load the split wood. It easily splits most red oak and white oak logs, the only trouble it has had is with some very twisted grain logs. Even the twisted up logs can eventually be split it just requires you to try a different angle on the log.
March 22, 2011