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Does anyone here have any experience with the Rugged Split brand of log splitters? I like the looks of them for the fact they offer a Honda engine with electric start, are split through, and have a log lift. I think I want to go with a gas powered splitter because hours on a small engine are cheap vs hours on the tractor if I get a PTO powered one. What are you guys running for splitting wood?
 

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I have a 3 point splitter (homemade)that runs off rear scv’s. Some what slow but works good. If I was gonna buy one I would get a gas one that you can tow behind anything and will split vertical also.
 
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Subscribed! My dad and I are equally owners of a homemade splitter that does all the Ruggedmade splitters do. However, I'm tired of my dad always breaking it, me fixing it, not getting to use it, and he breaks it again. Really all he does is consistently not cover it up and it fills the carb and tank with water...

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I have had a 22 ton Huskee splitter for about five years. Prior to that I used my Father-in-laws Power King cat 0 splitter. I really like the Huskee as the cat 0 was so low to the ground you had to sit to run it. I bought this before I purchased my 2320, but I don’t think I would have ever bought a three point splitter. This is personal preference. I usually split 3-4 cords per year of oak, maple, cherry and ash. I have always had plenty of power to split what I needed. I use the vertical position only 10 percent of the time, but when needed it’s priceless. Have fun and happily splitting.
 

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A buddy of mines father has a PTO powered 3 point mount splittler and it’s split a ton of wood. I’m going to guess it’s putting out somewhere in the mid 20’s for tonage. It works really well but it’s pretty cramped when two guys are trying to split since it’s 3 point mounted. That’s where I thought the 37 ton push through design would be the way to go. One guy splitting and the other is out of the way stacking the splits, and the log lift would be a great benefit to had to pick up the big rounds we seem to always have a pile of.
 

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One thing I did notice about the Rugged brand splitters is that the hydraulic piston pushes the log into the stationary splitting wedge, so if you place a huge log on the splitter, you have to man-handle the log back into position for the next split after the piston is retracted. (see video link below) This feels like a lot of unnecessary work as they could have mounted the splitting wedge on the hydraulic piston side and it would save a whole lot of effort on the user's part.... I give it a thumb's down for that reason.....

Massive log split on a Ruggedmade 37 ton wood splitter! - YouTube

I just purchased a 34 Ton Champion splitter from Home Cheapot back in November for less than 1/2 the price of the Rugged brand splitter. It is heavy duty and powerful (not a Honda motor). It splits horizontally and vertically so I see no need for the "log lift" feature of the Rugged brand. Can split HUGE logs right there on the ground if needed. I have only split about 1/2 cord with it up until now, but I am happy with the purchase.....

HomesteadJoe Vertical Log Splitting with Champion 34 Ton Splitter - YouTube

HomesteadJoe Horizontal Log Splitting with Champion 34 Ton Splitter - YouTube

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I have a Brave brand splitter that is 15 years old and it works great. Honda motor and 24tons of pressure. I agree with the pull behind splitter that you can split either horizontal or upright. I have used FEL to push large pieces into it when upright.
 

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One item which I highly recommend no matter the splitter is an attached side table/shelf. You can see on Homesteadjoes an example. These are priceless to have. Mine has a single shelf on the side opposite where I stand. I believe it was a $50 attachment Huskee offered.
 
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28 Ton Huskee here. Bought from Tractor supply approx 10 years ago. Honda motor. Change oil yearly and All i do is put gas in it and spit away!




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Just picked up this 30 ton Countyline splitter 1-5-19 at Tractor Supply after an extensive search. The speed, power, height, balance, gas tank, support stand and especially the variable speed throttle make this splitter a winner.
 
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