Our Huskee log splitter review is designed to give you good, quality, field tested opinions about the Huskee 22 ton log splitter and whether or not it's a good investment.
I bought this hydraulic wood splitter from the Tractor Supply Company (TSC) 7 years ago. At the time it was a tough decision. Is it really worth the money?
We bought an outdoor wood furnace and were burning about 10 cords of firewood a year, which was always a lot of wood to split with a maul (all I had at the time).
Every year I would take my maul and go swing for an hour or so until I was too tired to continue.
For a few years it worked fine.
Then, as our family began to grow and I had less time to spend on firewood, we decided to invest in something to help speed up the process.
I started off by doing what I do most.....research. I read online Huskee log splitter reviews just like this one, talked to people who already owned a hydraulic wood splitter and looked at the overall price range.
Still not quite convinced spending around $1000 was something I was ready for, I came up with an idea. I called a local rental company and asked if they had a wood splitter for rent. Later that day I was hauling home a Huskee 22 ton log splitter that cost $50 for the day.
Renting the wood splitter for the day allowed me to do two things. I was able to try it out before spending the full price of a new splitter and I was able to split A LOT of wood in a short period of time.
After I spent the day splitting firewood with the rented log splitter I was amazed. I could not believe how much wood I could split compared to swinging my heavy maul. Plus, I could split firewood for hours without becoming exhausted.
I did have one problem with the rented splitter. The hydraulic fluid return hose had a crack in it right where it connected to the wood splitter. It was caused by split logs falling on the hose. I fixed it myself in just a couple of minutes. I just cut the split out of the hose and attached it back on the wood splitter.
After renting the Huskee 22 ton log splitter I was convinced it was time to purchase my own. Then, to make the decision even easier, a few days later I received a coupon in the mail for 10% off any item from TSC. A week later I was hauling home a brand new Huskee 22 ton log splitter.
Huskee makes larger versions of the log splitter but after renting the 22 ton I could not find a log the splitter could not handle. So, I could not see why I needed to spend more money on a larger model.
The splitter retails for around $1000. After the 10% off coupon it cost around $900.
- 190 cc Briggs and Stratton engine
- 22 ton splitting force
- 13 second cycle time
- Auto return valve
- 2 stage 11 GPM pump
- DOT approved tires
- Hold logs up to 26 inches in length
At this time I've had the wood splitter for 7 years. I check the fluids, take good care of the machine and have always stored it inside. I've let family and friends borrow the machine on several occasions and everyone who has used the machine agrees it's a great investment.
So here's what I like about the machine:
- It splits anything. If you have a piece of wood you want to split for firewood, this machine will do it.
- It splits in both horizontal and vertical modes. Switch to vertical to prevent lifting heavy logs on to the machine. I don't use this option much because I find it's faster to lift the log on to the rack but it's nice for those pieces that are just too big to pick up.
- It has an auto return. After the log is split, move the handle to the auto return and the hydraulic cylinder will cycle back as you grab your next piece of wood.
- Compared to other models, the price was relatively inexpensive. Well worth the money!
- Anyone can use it. My wife has no problems using the machine while I run the chainsaw.
- It always starts right up
Here's what I don't like....or have had issues with:
- Just like the rented splitter, the hydraulic fluid return hose has been punctured 3 times. The hose is soft and easily damaged by falling logs. The logs hit the hose where it attaches to the fitting on the machine causing the hose to split. It's an easy fix, just cut the hose and reattach it to the machine. Some sort of guard or reinforced hose would be great.
- The cover on the engine rattled loose over time and stripped out the screw that holds in in place. We fixed it by adding a larger screw and have not had a problem with it since.
- The unit bounces around a lot when you tow it behind a vehicle. It's to be expected because the splitter is fairly light with a narrow wheel base. If I'm going to haul the splitter a long ways, I actually load it into a trailer and haul it that way...it's just easier.
Would I recommend this to a friend? Yes, without a doubt. The machine is very affordable compared to other models and it has done everything I've asked it to do. It's been a great machine that shows no sign of slowing down.
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