The log splitter accessories you should have
Log splitters are really a boon to mankind. We have been cutting firewood with great physical effort for centuries. Using an axe make it risky too. Possibility of getting injured was more with an axe. When this became physically challenging humans started to think about a way to achieve this using lesser effort. This resulted in the invention of log splitters. There are many types of log splitters. There are manual, electric, petrol, and gas log splitters. Manual and electric log splitters are mainly used for domestic use. Even though the manual splitters are still physically demanding, the risk involved is very less compared to axe.
A log splitter that is run by a machine (electric or petrol or gas) is very easy to work with and you do not need any training for that. The only thing you need to do is place the log, turn on the motor and use the lever to move the log forward. For petrol run log splitter you may need to pull a cord to start the motor. Using the log splitter will make the task easier. So if you have some more log splitter accessories that can support the job and make it faster. Log tongs, multi-way splitting wedges, log saw horse, and log splitter cover are some of the accessories. Here we are going to check some of the beneficial and important accessories you should have to make firewood cutting faster and efficient.
All the log splitters come with an in-built cutting wedge to split the log. But using that you can cut the log only into two pieces. There are wedges that can be used to cut the log into 4 or 6 pieces at one go. These types of wedges can be time savers if you have more pieces to be cut. Let us see two of the models that are available online in this category.
1. Swisher 18840 4-way log splitter wedge
This model is mainly designed for the Swisher brand however you can get the correct model from your machine’s manufacturer. These types of wedges just slip down on the top of the built-in wedge. These even have holes so that you can attach this to the log splitter using nuts and bolts. Having one of these that is suitable for your model is a great addition to your firewood cutting tool kit.
2. Scheppach 6-way splitter head
This can be placed at the end of the splitting wedge and you can easily cut the log into 6 pieces. This saves lots of time and work. In one stroke the wood is cut into 6 pieces. The above link is of the 6-way cutting wedge from Scheppach. Since the side blades are not that long this particular model will be ideal for softwoods.
Tongs are tools that are used to lift things from the ground or places where we cannot use bare hands. In the kitchen we use tongs to hold hot pots or utensils. Just like that, there are log tongs that can be used for various purposes. You can lift a piece of log to place it on the splitter or on the pile of firewood. Log tongs can also be used in the fireplace where it is hot and has a risk of burning your hands. Below are two of the log tongs that I found good.
1. 7 inch log tongs from FITOOL
FITOOL’s 180 mm log tongs has a compact and simple design that can make the log splitting an easy job. These tongs are handheld tools to lift the logs. The handle of this accessory is ABS plastic and has a comfortable soft TPR (thermoplastic rubber) grip. Both the plastic types that are used on the handle are thermoplastic.
2. Oregon log tongs
All the customers who bought tongs had agreed to one fact that using tongs is the easiest way to lift logs. This makes the job easy and physically less challenging. While cutting firewood carrying the wood pieces is one of the arduous tasks involved. The log tongs from Oregon will help you in this regard.
Log splitter cover
Whatever machines you buy, covering it with a proper cover is necessary to increase its lifetime. They increase the machine’s life by protecting it in monsoon, summer, and winter. These days dust is also another factor that can cause damage to the machines. If you are using the log splitter in a timber mill the cover becomes a necessity. So let us see models of log splitter covers here.
1. Champion medium waterproof log splitter cover
Based on your requirements you can buy the cover if it satisfies your need. The cover comes with a drawstring that can be tied at the bottom side of the splitter. This will ensure that your splitter is well covered even in a windy climate. The dimensions of the product are 144.8 x 66 x 68.6 cm weighing just 1.36 KGs. Check and match your machine’s dimensions before you order one of these.
2. Classic Accessories StormPro log splitter cover
The cord at the hem is elastic which enables the user to cover the splitter efficiently and easily. The stitches are made in a way that the seams are taped to stop it tearing off. There are clips to keep the cover together at the bottom of the log splitter. This keeps the cover safe on the machine. Log splitter cover is a must have accessory for your log splitter.
Log splitter stand
This is an accessory that is helpful mostly for electric log splitters. These stands can be used to achieve the needed height to work with. Some of the electric models in the market are recumbent models. Not everyone can work with these models. So you can buy one of these stands and use the log splitter. Let us see two models that are available online.
1. Forest Master log splitter stand
There are options to connect two wheels for portability. The company does not provide wheels however you can use the wheels that came with the log splitter. This stand is really helpful if the surface you keep the splitter is uneven. The metal used is a heavy duty metal which makes it strong and durable.
2. Universal Electric log splitter stand trolley
Log splitter work bench
A log splitter work bench is something that you can attach to the splitter to keep the cut pieces from falling down. This helps you to stand properly and work. The wooden pieces will fall down and you will have to bend down to lift each piece. Below is one example for you to understand what it is.
1. Forest Master log splitter work bench tray
I have included some of the important add-on tools above to make your wood cutting job easier. Consider your needs and budget before deciding on one.