We have owned this log splitter for over 5 years. It has functioned as advertised and has been very dependable. My husband loves it because he is now able to make his own firewood. Best investment we ever made!
Incredible bit of kit!
There are so many negatives about Chinese-made products being available in the US that it's hard not to become paranoid about everything out of the country and so when looking for the paradox of an inexpensive but quality-built log-splitter, I could not find a modestly-priced US offering and therefore had to consider Chinese-built splitters.
Ultimately, what made the difference to me was that boss of Northline Express himself, demonstrated his confidence in the product by appearing in the demo videos using the splitter.
Being new to the American way of life, It seemed initially that unless it was a gas-powered splitter, everything else would just be a toy and despite researching the hell out of anything to do with splitters, it was till a tough decision to 'bite the bullet' and buy not only a Chinese-made product, but a cheaper-than gas model too. I need not have worried so much!
The unit is heavy, implying solidly-built, simple in design and explosive in action! I had some Hickory rounds which I couldn't break easily previously (without a splitter) and yet after opening the bleed-screw, this thing just cracked open with ease! I couldn't believe it's power and so piled on other rounds and witnessed the Elephant-power just break the fibres as though it was a matchstick ... just incredible! Bearing in mind that at 1500W, it uses the same amount of power as boiling an electric kettle but only uses power when driving the ram home, it says a great deal about electric log-splitter capability.
The cable is short though, so I had to buy a 25', 15amp cable extension (Walmart were the best-priced, but I think Northline should offer one as standard) so bear this in mind if you are planning to split outside, As it was, I used it in the warmth of the garage and it was nothing short of phenomenal!
My only negative point is that I have to kneel to use the machine and will now be researching a method of raising the unit without the need to buy another metal stand, so I can stand and split wood.
So, thank you Northline for the competitively priced unit; thank you Mr Boss; thank you China, for knocking out a better quality product, this time.
Works as Advertised
Purchased this splitter last year, it has lived up to my expectations and more....The two hand operation for the controls was a little awkward so I rigged up a foot switch which worked out well for me. Sometimes you need an extra hand to hold the wood where you where you want it...........(I'm not recommending as something you should do!)
It has been a workhorse so far and I would recommend it for
anyone that splits a lot of wood ever year. My brother-in-law has been waiting to catch it on sale.
The demonstration seems to be using nice dry oak wood which splits easy . What about other types of wood not soooooo dry!!!???Also when the log was attempted to be split by hand ( maul) we don't know what type of wood he used. Could have been really hard to spit by hand. Is there false impressions here ? Wont buy product until I am convinced more.Beware folks!
Robert's Comment: I'm the guy in the video so I can answer your questions. All of the firewood I cut is either red oak, beech, or maple as this is mostly what's in the woods here. I have a plentiful of dead wood so the wood isn't too wet usually although at times the wind blows down a live tree. However, the firewood in the video is all oak that's been dead for a while (maybe a year or more) but it was still wet inside since un-split firewood will retain moisture for a long time. The piece I was trying to split with a maul was the same oak shown being split in the video (7 ton). I will agree that all of the three types of wood mentioned above are fairly easy to split unless there's a knot or several. And I'm sure there are some types of wood that will be much harder to split like elm for instance. In the video I tried to find the biggest pieces I could lift to give an idea of what power the 7 ton unit does have. The 4 ton is less powerful but still a great splitter for smaller firewood or less frequent use. There are many more reviews here from satisfied customers.
Awesome Log splitter.....
Your Review (submitted on June 8, 2013):
Just one thing there needs to have a two metal point on the pushing block just to keep the wood block in place, so it dose not pop-up back at you. That is all i have seen, works as good as the video on You Tube.I order it on 06/01/2013 pick it up on 06/06/2013 had to add Hydroelectric fluid just about 1 Qrt. and that was all i will see what it dose going to get a load of wood this weekend..Big stuff 20'' round and bigger.....just hope it holds out for some good use, like Eight years and some....Awesome works good just put some big rounds in over 27'' rounds and 16'' long. Just Awesome....Well since i recieved my log slpitter had done 4 1/2 cord of wood just Awesome...What about the drit and wood chips that gets under the motor? will it get in to the motor?
Just recieved my 7 Ton log splitter.06/06/2013 - 06/01/2013 Not Bad.
Going to cut a load of wood this Friday I will see What is dose!!! What i have read I think it will do just fine. 13 cord of wood for the winter i just hope that it will last for at 5 to 7 years i would like it to last more! Hope So...I will keep you all posted Friday evening.
Hey, has my wife splitting wood now!
Does the job and my wife is happy to help, splitting goes faster with two people. I split the bigger rounds in half both to reduce their weight and to make it easier on the splitter. If you get it up off the ground makes it a lot easier on your back to control the button and speed lever.
Might be good but beware....
I read the reviews and purchased the splitter. It arrived qucikly but the shippers totally ignored my instructions to leave it by the garage door (passed on the way in) and instead, put it on the front porch, 4 steps up so I had to remove it from the box, lower it down 4 stone steps and finally put it in the garage where it now sits.
After reading mroe reviews and the instruction manual, I decided to purchase oil to make sure it was topped off prior to first use. This is where the troubles begin....
The splitter required ISO 22 oil which cannot be found anywhere remotely close to me and if purchased online, is not sold in small quantities. I will not buy $180+ worth of oil for this splitter. I have not used it yet and planned to return it but found out I am responsible for shipping costs in both directions (around $400 total) So, I guess I will find some local sap to sell it to.
It might be a good splitter but I cannot recommend it.
Robert's Comment; Regular hydraulic oil will work fine. Give it a try and I think you'll be impressed. Yes, you pay shipping both ways should you decide to return the log splitter which we clearly state in our return policy. Shipping costs are very expensive on a heavy splitter like this one. My apologies for the shipper leaving your splitter on the porch but we have no control over that.
I can't get over the power and ease of this "little" splitter. I am most impressed however with the delivery drive. I had a heart attack and he went beyond what he needed or was required to do. I cant thank him enough. The machine itself is more than I expected. It does what it says it does and much more. I would definitely recommend this to anyone.
Reviewer: David G
I split 3 cords of wood with no problem in the comfort of my heating garage.