While the lumberjack look might be what is “in” these days, it isn’t all it is cut out to be. Splitting logs the traditional way is hard and time-consuming work. If you do out the math for a 200 pound man in his thirties, on average he will split over 400 calories per hour splitting wood. While this is great for killing two birds with one stone by working on your core strength while getting work done, it is not the most practical method for tree prep for every entity.
Chances are that if you are in the landscaping business, you are probably also going to end up with downed trees that are perfect for firewood. However, that gift of wood could be a blessing or a curse. For landscapers, who already have a lot of strenuous work to do, splitting logs manually could result in health issues as well as lost time. That why every landscaper and every person who splits logs for a living should invest in mechanical log splitters. Using one could make or break your company’s productivity.
Mechanical Splitter vs. Traditional Manual Splitting
Like the traditional method, mechanical log splitters use force and shape to split larger logs into smaller ones — making them perfect for campfires and wood stoves. While traditional methods do get the job done, there are definite benefits to using a mechanical splitter. To begin with, Mechanical splitters are much safer. Chopping wood without experience is one of the more dangerous tasks that a person can endeavor, and can lead to serious injury. Even those who have been chopping wood for a long time are also at risk for experiencing injury through muscle strains or tears. While wood splitting machines are not without danger, with proper use they can lead to fewer injuries on the job.
Traditional splitting is also time consuming, which is one of the biggest reasons why mechanical splitters are so important for small landscaping businesses. When splitting a couple of cords of wood can take all day, using a mechanical splitter can take just an hour or two. When time is money, investing in a machine that can save you time will in the end save you money as well.
What To Know Before Buying A Wood Splitter
Even if you are now convinced that wood splitters are exactly what you want and need for your small business, there are a few things to consider before you rush out and buy them. First, consider the cost. While the benefit usually outweighs the cost, if you only split a few trees each year then it might be best to consider your options. Second, consider the types and sizes of trees that you will be cutting. That will determine what type and size cutter you will want to purchase for your company. Lastly, consider where you will be cutting the most, as that will determine what fuel type you should use.
In the end, for most small business that utilize downed wood, it is a good idea to consider getting a log splitter as a long-term investment. However, if this is not for you, check out this video about how to safely split wood by hand.