NorthStar Horizontal/Vertical Log Splitter - 37-Ton, 270cc Honda GX270 Engine
The only reason I didn't give this 5 starts is due to the short and narrow stance as it's not towable by a truck (maybe 5mph), but it is by quad or side by side. I took a green piece of oak about 8" in diameter and almost split it in two sideways, the only thing that stopped it is the oak is green and stringy yet. Lots and lots of power. The auto return and auto idle down it the very best.
July 18, 2014
Northern's new 37-ton log splitter
Finished the log splitter assembly with NO LEAKS on the first try! :) And, what a sterling piece of equipment it is! It's "old school" built and a far cry from the older model I've been using over the years. The super quiet Honda engine is to die for. It started on the very first pull right out of the box -- which is the very reliability and quality legendary Hondas are known for. The wedge operation of the splitter mechanism is extremely smooth, yet incredibly powerful. It splits logs faster and cleaner than what I'm accustomed to. I'll now be able to work faster while also protecting my body from so much unnecessary wear and tear.
I strongly advise familiarizing yourself with the installation process before attempting to assemble the unit. Though the manual could have been written more clearly and in greater detail, follow each outlined step as described. This will save time in the long run.
5 stars to the Northstar engineers. Job well done.
July 4, 2014
NorthStar 37 Ton Log Splitter
Using firewood as a main source of heat for our home we were looking for a mobile machine that would be capable of splitting the large oak that we are cutting off of our property. After researching many log splitter manufacturers the best overall product we found hands-down was the NorthStar 37 ton horizontal and vertical log splitter.
The Honda engine starts effortlessly, and with the hefty 16 gallon per minuet pump the machine has the ability to split anything we have attempted. With a large fuel tank, ample supply screened hydraulic tank and the automatic idle down feature the combination makes splitting a breeze. With the patented cast-steel wedge and hydraulic cylinder mounting anchor I believe that the machine will split the big stuff for years to come. The hydraulic hoses are also designed to easily transition between the horizontal and vertical working positions, without being in the way to be snagged by brush and branches while transporting the machine in the bush.
The Saint Cloud MN store sales members were very informative and helpful with providing the specifications and purchase of the product. To me this splitter has the best design, function, fit and finish. Four stars to Northern Tool. Thanks for an excellent product at a fair price!
May 19, 2014
Good, but could be better.
I was missing a few parts when I started assembly, they were shipped within a few days. On first test run , detent valve was leaking from plunger end ( more than just a drip). A new valve was sent and have installed. Overall the splitter is very good, only flaw I see is the main fraim is very flimsey for this splitter.
May 13, 2014
Log Splitter - 37-Ton
this is my first log splitter and im happy with it..
bottom foot is too small but everything else is good.
plenty of power...i have logs from 14"-36" diameter and works great...
every use have to be leveled otherwise hydraulic fluid will leak..."my property is sloped"
costumer service is very helpful- im very happy with Log Splitter - 37-Ton.
April 24, 2014
Likes / Dislikes
What I didn't like about the assembly process:
1) Parts were hidden in the packaging for the front and rear outriggers.
2) Wheel bearing caps had to be beaten on, finess didn't work.
3) Nothing in the instructions said that the automatic engine idle feature has to be adjusted.
What I like about the 37 ton splitter:
1) I have been splitting wood for 13 years and haven't ever used a splitter that split wood as well. I split twisted, knotty, oak and maple some more than 24 inches in diameter.
2) Has the finest engine regardless of price of any splitter this size. The Honda has always started the first or second pull.
3) Haven't had any hydraulic leaks.
4) Contrary to what other users report, the Tip-Up Pivot hasn't caused me any problems.
5) The idle down feature.
Why did I rate it a 5 when the assembly didn't go perfectly? Because assembly takes hours whereas I expect to be running this splitter for many years.
April 18, 2014
Could be better
I wanted to give the splitter a 3.5 star rating, but didn't see any way to do that.
When I started looking for a new splitter, I wanted to buy a different brand of splitter because the local dealers of the other splitters did the assembly and testing. However, after looking at all I could find, it was clear the Northern was the best designed and built that I could find.
That said I find several serious shortcomings in the design. I've only used the Northern to split about a couple of cords so far, but I've got almost 40 yrs experience with all sorts of other log splitters.
The assembly instructions were not always consistent with the condition of the shipped hardware. While the instructions are quite adequate as far as giving the steps in the assembly, there were some inconsistencies.
In a couple of cases the instructions referred to fasteners already installed in a particular piece of hardware. In reality, those fasteners were included in the bags of assembly hardware. You waste time looking for fasteners that aren't where they were supposed to be and having to count inventories to make sure you have enough of the right kind in the bags.
While it's understandable from a shipping efficiency point of view, the instructions should point out that various parts are tucked in hidden locations within the confines of the palleted equipment, or, at the least, the instructions should warn you to completely unpacked each and every individual part before you start. I've forgotten which parts they were but I was certain that I had been shorted until I unwrapped the two support legs which were bound together and found the missing parts stuck in the hollow of the two legs.
The wings attached to the beam of the Northern to form the log cradle are nothing but an afterthought. I have a 30 yr old Robush log splitter,no longer made, but one of the models that pioneered the log cradles. The wings on that splitter are made of heavy welded plate, instead of formed sheet metal on the Northern.The Robush's wings are about 10" wide. Far better than the miserly 2" on the Northern's wings. Working in the horizontal mode, the Robush's wings will support the split halves of large logs much better than the Northern. It makes rotating logs for further splitting a much safer & easier operation. They're also heavy enough to take the beating from dropping 300#+ chunks from a loader all day long. The Northern's would be wiped out in short order.
Northern seems to be quite proud of their patented wedge design. I find two problems with it. One, it should extend further forward so that on the end of the stroke there is less of a gap between it and the sole plate.
The second issue I have with the wedge is that Northern uses the same size wedge on all of their splitters. There is no reason in the world why the 37 ton splitter should be limited to using the same height splitter that they use on the 22 ton splitter. A 30% increase in height would allow splitting through larger logs on a single pass and would also make the 4-way splitter wings much more useful. As it is, the 4-way splitter wings usually only split off small splitters of wood instead of useful size wedges.
The cycle time is unnecessary long. My old Robush has a cycle time of 10.5 s. That makes a difference over a day's worth of splitting.
April 7, 2014
If it fits it splits
This is an amazing splitter. By far the best I have ever used. The set-up was okay, took me about 2 hours. But once it was set up I couldn't believe how good it was. Any log that will fit between the wedge and plate will split. I can easily fill a pickup in an hour of splitting. The reason we went with this splitter over all the other brands is because of the Honda engine and the idle down feature. Definitely the best splitter on the market.
February 4, 2014
I bought this to split my yearly load of wood. After many years of splitting with a maul I decided to go big or quit.. I made the right choice.. Very strong machine and splits perfectly even with larger logs. I immediately cut them to its maximum length and put it to work. It never skipped a beat.. I would highly recommend spending the money and get the big unit over smaller ones.. I will be using this at my hunt club and it pulls perfect behind my Polaris ranger.
February 4, 2014
Starts easy, Reduces idle speed when wedge is fully retracted, and has huge reserves of power. Very well balanced so it is easy to move around by one reasonably strong person. Easy to attach 4 way wings to reduce splitting time, with amble power for 4 way splitting.
My only two complaints, and they are very minor, are these:
1. Base plate could be larger. When splitting a very large round in the vertical position, a log of more then 18 inches has to be held in place until the wedge cuts into the face of the log.
2. While it is well balanced for moving by hand, it doesn't have enough tongue weight for towing, and tends to bounce a lot. Adding supplemental weight to tongue (50 or 75 lbs of sand is cheap and easily obtained) should solve the problem. This may not be an issue for everyone... I tow with a front wheel drive minivan.
Love this product and can't recommend it enough. After suffering with a poorly designed, cheap no name brand for 5 years, I actually enjoy firewood production again!
February 4, 2014