Brave 30-Ton Horizontal / Vertical Log Splitter Honda GX200 (VH1730GX)

Regular price $2,499.99
Regular price -14% $2,899.99 Sale price $2,499.99

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Product Description

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This Brave VH1730GX 30 ton log splitter that has the convenient option to split Vertical and Horizontal. The orange powder coated wood splitters were designed with durability in mind.

The VH1730GX comes standard with the Honda GX200 engine. The log splitter has an average 14 second cycle time, which is a great combination for both speed and power.

Log Cradles (Included) - HV units catch falling wood saving you from bending over and picking up split wood off the ground and splitting again. Just imagine the amount of extra times you could save from bending over picking up firewood to split again from each cord of wood?


Drainzit Oil Hose Kit - Drainzit oil hoses make changing oil easier and cleaner! Drainzit oil drain hoses allow you to change the oil in your small, gas-powered engine without tipping, dismounting, or modifying your engine in any way.

Log Splitter Cover - High quality log splitter cover with draw strings to protect your investment from the elements.

**Optional Rush Processing - We are pleased to offer RUSH PROCESSING for in stock items. Your equipment order is guaranteed to ship from our warehouse as fast as SAME DAY or by next business day (excluding Holidays).   Tracking information will be e-mailed as soon as your order is processed. You will have the ability to track your order all the way through final delivery.  If we don't get it shipped out by next business day its simple, you don't get charged the rush processing fee.

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Please note - You must select the lift gate option if you need a lift gate delivery, otherwise you will be responsible for taking the crate off the back of the freight truck.  All deliveries are curbside delivery only.

Detailed Specifications

Beam Structure:
Industrial I-Beam
Splitting Wedge:
8" High carbon steel
Operating Position:
Horizontal / Vertical
Force / Tonnage:
30 Ton - 60,000 lbs
5" x 24" trunion mount, 2" rod
Cycle Time:
14 Seconds (Approx)
Log Opening:
25 Inches
Wheels & Tires:
High-Speed, 4.80 x 8
Road Towable:
2" Coupler & Safety Chains
Honda GX200 (200cc)
Working Height:
30 Inches
83" long x 41" high x 41" wide
Hydraulic System:
8.5 gallon capacity (tank, cylinder, and hoses)
Safety Control Valve:
Detent, Auto Return
2 Stage Pump:
13 Gallons Per Minute
Shipping Weight:
650 LBS
Log Dislodger:
Consumer Warranty:
2 Year Limited / 2 Year Engine
Commercial Warranty:
1 Year Limited / 2 Year Engine

Shipping Disclaimer

Due to rising fuel costs and lack of space on shipping trucks the costs in certain areas have been affected. An "out of area" fee may be necessary. If additional funds are required to fulfill your order we will reach out to you after your order is placed and give you options including possible terminal pick up. (Read more about our shipping policy and how freight shipping works.)


Some (not all) of the products we carry can potentially expose you to chemicals including Benzene and Carbon Monoxide, which are known to the State of California to cause cancer and birth defects or other reproductive harms. If you have any questions you can always contact us.

Customer Reviews

Based on 4 reviews
John P. (Sacramento, US)
Good splitter but note about assembly

The Brave 30 ton splitter with the Honda GX200 engine arrived in a timely manner with no issues. However, upon assembly after opening the crate and getting the manual out, I discovered that 32mm and 38mm crow foot wrenches are needed in order to properly torque down the nuts that are inaccessible by a socket. No local stores had these two tools, so I had to order them online causing a day’s delay in getting the splitter assembled. I feel that Brave could have easily included these two tools in the box of hardware at a minimal cost. Be careful putting on the oil filter holder. I didn’t hold it securely enough with a wrench, so now it’s on crooked which is not esthetically pleasing to look at. The optional oil change hose is not needed and didn’t fit anyway. There is a little sticker on the main beam that says made in China. Apparently, the splitter is made of US made parts, but the mainframe is foreign made. Once it was assembled, the log splitter has a solid, deluxe look and feel to it.

Hi John, Thanks for your review and notes. It looks like you got the wrong oil change hose to fit your engine. We have corrected this and we apologize for that. The oil change hose does work very well for when you change the oil in the engine as it streams in a nice flow out and not just dumping on the frame of the log splitter etc making it more messing to deal with. The weldment is imported from China, the rest is assembled in the USA. If you want a 'USA made' classed log splitter please check out the Iron & Oak brand (sister company to Brave). As far as using the crowfoot, if you want exact torque settings then the crowfoot is handy. If you want to tighten without exact torque specs then that is not needed. I did bring your comments to the manufactures attention and they have actually been discussing adding the wrenches in the past. Another option they have talked about is assembling the fittings on the pump in house as well.

Thanks again and enjoy the splitter!


Chris M. (Atlanta, US)
Beastly splitter!

Absolutely love the Brave 30 ton w/Honda 200 GX engine. It assembled perfectly. The I-beam/hydraulic cylinder component is 350 lbs so a friend comes in handy while attaching it. Remember you’ll need 8.5 gallons of hydraulic fluid. Only quibble is the log holders should be a made from thicker gauge steel to prevent bending. I’ve been slaying gnarly hardwoods of all types flawlessly. The Honda engine starts first pull. It’s remarkably quiet and sips fuel. Wood Splitters direct shipped promptly and item arrived unscathed. Very satisfied.

Hi Chris. Nice looking woodpile! Great to hear you love your Brave. They make a great log splitter. Thanks for the review.


Tom G. (Klamath River, US)
Excellent machine, and customer service people

The Brave splinter could use a larger off table on the engine side. Larger logs tend to lose balance and want to fall away rather than laying on the table.

Thank you for your feedback on our Brave 30-Ton Log Splitter and for highlighting the need for a larger off table on the engine side. We are constantly working to improve our products and will take your suggestion into consideration. We are glad to hear that you are satisfied with the machine and our customer service. Thank you for choosing Wood Splitters Direct.

Timothy M. (Saint Charles, US)

I thought I was buying something
It has a made in CHINA sticker on it??????

Hi Tim,

Brave does not get the 'Made in America' stamp as it does not fully meet the criteria for that. Brave and Iron & Oak are sister companies and Iron & Oak is the brand if you want that Made in America stamp. With that being said the Brave line does have American engineering and parts etc just not enough to get the Made in the USA Sticker. Thanks for the review!