Powerhorse Horizontal Dual Split Log Splitter - 20-Ton, 208cc Powerhorse Engine
Awesome Log Splitter
This log splitter is great. We've had it for a couple of months now and it works great. I don't have any complaints yet. It's easy to move around by hand if you run the ram out so most of the weight is on the opposite end of the hitch. It splits very fast and has split everything we put in it. Very easy to start and as other reviewers have stated you must choke it every time it's started. The table is really handy. It makes it much easier handling large logs.
This log splitter is worth every penny. Wish I would have bought it sooner.
March 5, 2014
Good Log Splitter
This had split any wood I have put up on the splitter.
I had an issue with it cranking, extreme cold weather.
I took the Air filter and housing off, then remove the linkage so I could remove the carb.
All was clean inside, but I still spray the carb with carb cleaner. Then reassemble. I notice that the nuts holding the Air Filter Housing and Carb on were not very tight. I made sure that they are secure. After this it is cranking on first or second pull.
@GregAK you might want to check this out on your splitter. Also this engine is made by LCT (Liquid Combustion Technology).
February 7, 2014
Powerhorse Dual Split Log Splitter
I purchased the Powerhorse log splitter March 9, 2013, so I’ve had it long enough to work with it and see if it was going to hold up. The splitter came with a two-year warranty, but if a company doesn’t stand behind it, the warranty doesn’t mean a thing. You’ll notice I’ve rated the splitter at five stars even though I had a couple of problems with it. Why? The problems proved Northern Tool stood behind the warranty, and it is a great splitter.
I come from a wood-cutting farm family and some weekends were devoted to cutting and splitting firewood for the winter so I know what I needed in a splitter to get the job done. I was going to use it for my personal use which meant I didn’t expect to need splitters as big as ones we used on the farm, but I didn’t want to buy one which would waste my money. When I read it was rated at 20-tons, I was concerned it might be a little light on the pressure because there were units out there with 30- and 32-ton ratings and bigger. However, two things helped me decide to try it.
First, the reviews were overwhelmingly supportive of the splitter. Of course, the company could filter out negative comments, but you can easily do a web search and if there were negative reports the company wouldn’t be able to stop those from being printed. Second, the price was in my budget range. It’s one of the cheapest you’ll find out there for this style of splitter.
I brought the splitter home and started putting it together. I’ll confirm others’ statements you’ll want a hoist of some kind or a relative/friend who will help, and having both would be best. I had a tractor with a front-end loader and it helped tremendously putting it together. Believe it or not, the one thing I wish would be included in the package would be a simple plastic tool to help put the hubcaps on, something round to fit over the caps to hit them on by impacting the ridge around the cap and prevent you from having to beat the end which caves in the caps.
As heavy as the splitter is, it’s very well balanced and easy to move around IF you learn to leave the beam extended to the rear. I don’t shut mine off until I move it back.
When I put my first piece of wood on the splitter it went through it without any problem, but I just figured it was an easy-splitting piece. I had another piece of wood I wanted to see how it handled because I had tried to split it with an ax and did not make any progress with it whatsoever. I put that piece on the splitter and pushed the lever. The splitter made contact with the wood and hesitated slightly, then started pushing through. I now understand why I couldn’t split that piece with an ax. It had a knot inside I didn’t see and it literally popped open when the splitter pushed through it. I don’t use an ax now as much as I used to.
The more I used it the more impressed I was with it. I went to bed at night thinking this was one purchase that was a good one, unlike other purchases I had nightmares over. One day, though, I pushed the lever and the splitter wouldn’t hardly put a dent in the wood. You could barely see the impression of the splitter on the end of the log. Talk about disappointed! I hadn’t had it all that long and now it wasn’t working. I called the company up and told them what it was doing and asked them if I was going to have to take it back where I had bought it to get it fixed, which was a considerable distance away. The Northern Tool staff person on the other end said there was a repair station about an hour away from me which was acceptable to me.
Upon arrival, both the repairman and I thought the problem would be a defective pump, but he later said Northern Tool told him they would send him a valve which would fix it. He repaired it and called me back a short time later and said it was ready to pick up.
I brought it back home and luckily my son and a friend were at my house to help me unload it off my trailer. I had not tested it at the repair shop, so we started it up and put a piece of wood on it. It split it without a problem going one way, but when we tried to split it again with the splitter going the other direction it wouldn’t split it. We tried it several times and the splitter would split the wood in one direction, but not the other. My son and his friend have better hearing than I do and they said they thought a seal was bad in the cylinder because they could hear the hydraulic oil escaping inside.
Back to the phone. The Northern Tool representative on the other end offered me an option. I could either take it back to the repairman and they would send him a new cylinder to replace the bad one, or they would send the cylinder to me to repair it since they already had my warranty information and serial number.
I decided to replace the cylinder myself because I wanted to see it up close and personal, so to speak, and it would save me two hours round trip on the road. I received the cylinder in two days. Impressive. I removed the old cylinder and put in the new one and have had no further problems while using it extensively during a very cold winter this year. Northern Tool didn’t hesitate to fix the splitter either time and I really appreciate that.
Some observations about the splitter: The splitting length is listed at 25 inches, so you will need to cut the wood at 24 inches or shorter to be able to fit it in. It would be nice if a 30-inch model would be available for those of us who have 30-inch fireboxes. It would also be nice to have a log-lifting arm option available to help with heavy rounds you work with from time to time.
The engine seems fuel-efficient and is powerful enough to push the splitter through just about any log you put on it, including pushing through any knot in the way. The steel platform is very strong and you don’t have to worry about bending it. As others have mentioned, I cannot believe Northern Tool has not specified a longer platform on the motor side to keep the split halves from falling onto the gasoline tank and motor.
I have used splitters which can work vertically or horizontally, but I find when using them horizontally the work area is “cluttered” with various parts of the splitter getting in the way, and when using them vertically it kills my back. In vertically mode you are bent over all the time. When using the Powerhorse, everything is at the right height and the area you stand in is free of obstructions. The steel platforms help keep the wood up so you don’t have to keep picking up pieces to split again.
Recommended? You bet it is.
February 5, 2014
Best splitter ever
I've used mauls, wedges and a number of splitters over the past 40 years. Nothing comes close to this little beast. If you have a lot of wood to split and don't want to waste your time, get this splitter. Fast cycle time and no waiting to draw the wedge back. I've run a few cords of hardwoods through it with no problems at all. Hackberry, mulberry, locust, oak, ash, it pops them all. I was a little concerned about it being only a 20 ton machine, but it quickly dispelled my worries. I have split rounds as large as 28 inches with no issues. The side racks are fantastic, you don't have to keep picking up larger pieces to split them down. What are you waiting for?
February 4, 2014
I've used this machine on some of the worst knotty red elm the Ozarks can produce for 3 years now. The machine is compact, starts easy & will run longer than I want to on a tank of fuel. It will split much larger wood than the rating indicates, only problem is getting the really big stuff on the table, which brings me to the only drawback, it is horizontal only, it does not go vertical. However it really takes a 3 man crew to keep the machine running as fast as it is. Watch the video, that 2 way splitting action does take a bit of getting used to if you've ever ran one of a conventional type before, but is easily twice as fast. If time is a premium for you, then you will really appreciate this machine.
February 4, 2014
This thing is a beast and reliable as heck. However this is nothing new based off of the other reviews. I will add that the vent cap is garbage, the first log that hits it will bust it off. So order a metal one to replace it asap. I also had a bit issue with the hitch and a new one was sent to me quickly. The second one fits fine on the hitch ball and was easy to change.
February 4, 2014
This unit is the best hydraulic splitter I have ever used in 20 years of wood cutting and splitting for heating. I have split any and all sizes of logs from 16"-24" length and up to 30" diameter. Doesn't matter if it is Birch, Maple, Oak, Ash or any other species of tree, this splitter will do it all. It literally cuts through knots, twisted grain and anything else that mother natures trees can throw at you. Have never had anything it wouldn't split.
The shelves on each side of the hydraulic ram are great for setting the log on before you split it and they keep the split log from landing on your feet.
The "split both ways" of operation allow you to not have to wait for the hydraulic ram to return to the starting position like many other splitters. Split one way, move the next piece in position and split on the return. No wasted motions.
I would recommend this splitter to everyone.
February 4, 2014
Quit waiting, buy this splitter
First, my background. I am born and raised in the desert, so this mountain living is new to me. As such, I have been making a slow progression in my log splitting experiences. I started with an axe and a maul. That didn't last too long. Then, I went with a 5 Ton electric model. It actually did fairly well, but couldn't split some of the pine we have in MT. I also wanted something I could take TO the wood, instead of taking the wood to the splitter. I did on-line research for a couple of weeks, and decided on this 20 Ton model. I based my decision on the reviews, small size, good ton rating, and the 2-way split option. Price was also a consideration.
I did have a problem after I got it set up. Everything everyone else has said about how heavy it is, is right. I managed, alone, using a floor jack. Be smarter, buy a 6-pack, and invite someone over for the afternoon. However, once I was ready for that first pull, the cord wouldn't move. Something was jammed. At first, I thought it was the motor, but turned out it was the pump. I called customer service, and they shipped me a pump right away. As I took the old one off, I heard a noise, like a 'tink'. No idea what it was, but suddenly the pump spun just fine. So, I put it back on, and (yes, FIRST PULL) started it up. Everything seemed fine. When the new pump arrived, I just sent it back. Still have no idea what was restricting the pump from spinning.
Now, to usage. It works like a charm. If kept fairly warm (50 degrees), in the garage, it starts right up. Kept outside, below freezing, it takes 4-6 pulls. I recommend keeping the ignition off, choke on, two easy pulls, then ignition on. I get first 'hot' pull starts every time (when warm)
If, like me, you split alone, you will realize the 'dual action' splitter isn't really that big a deal. It is quicker to set, split, back off, set, split, instead of moving the ram back and forth. Now, if you have two guys, I can really see that being a plus.
Gas usage is low, it is at the perfect height, and the trays catch and hold wood before and after splitting. I can see the comments about parts being exposed to falling wood as being valid, but I simply work from the other end, away from the engine. It IS heavy, even to set on the ball/hitch. However, that forward weight keeps a solid working platform.
I have split about 2 cords of pine, various types. Where my 5-ton would get hung up on knots and twisted grain, this cuts right through. I have purposely selected up to 4" knots, and it goes right through them. I had some rounds my old spliter wouldn't even dent still sitting around. I used to have to cut them lengthwise with the chain saw. No more, this splits em like pumpkin pie.
If, like me, you are 'making do' with an undersized splitter, or aren't sure if it is worthwhile to step up to a 'big boy' splitter, hesitate no more. I am 100% satisfied with the performance of the Powerhorse 20-Ton.
December 12, 2013
Powerhorse Horizontal Dual Split Log Splitter
My brother bought this splitter this week as we had just completed a pretty significant tree removal project at the farm- oaks, maple, birch, etc.
After reading some reviews & watching the video he was a little apprehensive as he had just borrowed a neighbors 37 ton horiz/ vertical splitter last week with a 4-way wedge versus this single wedge.
The setup was helpful to have 2 men & a tractor/ forklift/ hoist of some sort. Took about 2-3 hours.
This machine split everything we put at it in the first day. We probably put 1-2 cords of fresh cut oak, maple, etc. We thought the single blade actually gave us better control than the 4-way wedge and let us cut large quarters for one stove and smaller pieces for a kitchen stove.
No problems period.
If you're a homeowner, farmer or maybe even light commercial operation - buy one.
December 2, 2013
I have had my 20 ton dual splitter for 2 years and I finally thought I would write a review. My splitter has been nothing but amazing. So far I have split 20" to 24" diameter logs with little effort. I am in awe of what it can do. I have no qualms about splitting larger logs. It also is faster than the typical one way splitter. Highly recommend.
November 5, 2013