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Skid Steer Log Splitters

It might be manly to show off your skills, muscles, and power to line logs, one after another on a tree stump and chop them down with nothing but a splitting maul. And it might give you a good workout, and a chance to wipe your brow and call it a good day of hard work. But for projects that are the tiniest bit big, it’s hardly an effective to way to split wood—unless of course, you have a teenage son you want to teach a lesson in manhood—but we don’t all have that luxury. To save you time, money, and energy, it is definitely worth investing in a skid steer log splitter. Choose a tonnage to start browsing!

How Do I Choose A Skid Steer Log Splitter?

First things first: to acquire a functioning skid steer log splitter, you must, first own a skid steer loader or front loader. While there are certainly many companies in the business now, Bobcat has been making skid steers for as long as skid steers have been a thing. They invented the first skid steer loader! For 50 years now they’ve been making the highest quality loaders and attachments. So take your pick from the different options of skid steer loaders they’ve got, and find something that suits your needs. Once you’ve acquired your own skid steer loader, you are ready to explore the log splitter attachments you can hook up to it, and do away with the long, arduous, sweaty afternoons you’ve spent splitting your logs.

When it comes to skid steer log splitters, you generally have two different options to choose from. Log splitter attachments are a real investment, so be careful not to go for the flashiest option that might not necessarily suit your needs. Are you a logger supplying regular customers with their winter’s firewood, or a farmer or rancher with a skid steer for different uses who commonly splits your own wood? Evaluate your log splitting needs and habits thoroughly, and then make your decision according to your needs.

Log splitters can be divided into two categories: 20 ton log splitters and 30 ton log splitters. The tons here refer to not the weight of the splitter attachment, but the amount of force it exerts on the log it splits. The difference in price sometimes isn’t very much, so it can be attractive to opt for the stronger attachment, but be careful—stronger attachments exert more power, which makes them more difficult to control. If you own or operate a logging business, and you work most often with sturdy hard woods, like cedar or oak, the more powerful 30 ton log splitter could be just what you need. On the other hand, if you live in an area of the country where you are most often working with softer woods, like pine and spruce, or perhaps you own a skid steer for farming or ranching purposes and just want to speed up your annual winter preparations, then the lighter fuel use and easier management of the 20 ton log splitter would make it a much sounder investment.

Once you have made your decision between the 20 ton and 30 ton log splitters, you’re faced with the decision between upside down log splitters and traditional horizontal log splitters. They’re both very good, but one thing to consider when making this decision is the size of the crew you have working. Horizontal log splitters act like traditional log splitters, so they might be more user friendly, but they require at least two people to finish the job; someone to operate the skid steer, and someone lift the log onto the splitting beam.

Please make sure that if you opt for a horizontal log splitter, once the log is lifted up into the splitter, the person doing the loading moves at least ten feet away. Injuries from flying debris are not uncommon at closer ranges.

Upside down log splitters are really nice because they really only need one person to split the logs; the person operating the skid steer lowers the splitters over the log, locks it in place, then lifts it and pushes it into the blade. Videos of upside down bobcat log splitters are truly mesmerizing.

 

Caring for your log splitter is similar to caring for any other skid steer attachment, but with a few more areas in need of attention. After every use, especially for heavy or long jobs, make sure to inspect your log splitter for any dents or worn out blades. The blades will have to be replaced every so often; just watch out for logs that aren’t getting split cleanly, or when there’s a delay in the splitting that is unusual. To help your blade last as long as possible, oil it regularly. To avoid rust, repaint the parts of the log splitter that get scratched or worn down.

We hope you genuinely enjoy your new skid steer log splitter for years to come!

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