K34 RapidFire Log Splitter Model

DR RapidFire Flywheel Log Splitter

Pro-XL K34 Model, Electric Start

The top of the line! With splitting power equivalent to a 34-Ton hydraulic splitter, and a blazing cycle time of just 3 seconds, the Pro-XL K34 is the fastest log splitter available anywhere! Add the steel work table option for efficient wood handling and greater productivity.

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Overview

Maximum splitting force!

Take on any splitting task with speed and confidence! The Pro-XL K34 model RapidFire log splitter is up for any challenge, commercial or residential. Tackle cord after cord at up to 6 times the speed of a hydraulic model! And with electric starting, your splitting sessions couldn't be easier.

One Log, One Second!

Ordinary log splitters are slow…painfully slow. Because they use hydraulics to gradually force a log to split. The DR RapidFire harnesses the power of two massive flywheels and a rack and pinion system to pop logs open at a rapid clip. And it's instantly ready to reload. No more waiting...the DR RapidFire will work as fast as you can feed it!

Flywheel Log Splitting

Instead of hydraulics, the DR RapidFire Log Splitter uses kinetic energy. Our unique kinetic power system—consisting of twin flywheels (weighing 75 lbs each), and a commercial grade rack and pinion system—is the source of the power and the speed that makes the Rapid-Fire the fastest log splitter available.

The two massive flywheels act like a giant battery, but instead of storing electricity, they store mechanical energy. Their spinning weight is a force multiplier, accumulating energy created by the engine in between splits, then releasing it in a sudden burst. Any log is simply overmatched!

What's the "tonnage"?

When most of us comparison shop for log splitters, we look to tonnage. And we assume that the higher the tonnage, the more powerful the splitter. With conventional hydraulic splitters increased tonnage compensates for the slow nature of the hydraulic ram. The DR® RapidFire™ is different, and because we've replaced hydraulics with a kinetic system, we don't talk in terms of tonnage. The RapidFire™ uses speed and force to split more efficiently. Our testing has consistently shown that the Pro-XL K34 model will easily out-split any conventional 34-Ton hydraulic splitter. And it will do it a whole lot faster!

K34 RapidFire Log Splitter

 

How RapidFire Splitters Work

 

Do even more with optional accessories!

Work TableOften large logs need to be split multiple times, and stooping over to pick them up for a second split takes its toll on your back. With the Steel Work Table, logs stay at a comfortable working height, allowing you to split any log in comfort. Choose the "With Steel Work Table" option in the box above to add this must-have feature!

Features
X-ray view of the RapidFire Flywheel and Rack and Pinion System

The FLYWHEELS magnify and store power from the engine. Spinning at over 400 rpm, the RapidFire's massive cast-iron flywheels magnify power from the engine and store it as kinetic energy, ready to be unleashed in rapid, splitting blows. (Note: flywheel technology is so time-proven it is used on every automotive engine today to keep the engine's camshaft turning between cylinder strokes.)

The flywheel turns the PINION GEAR. The RapidFire's pinion gear is five pounds of industrial steel, hardened two times during its manufacturing. When you engage the RapidFire's handle, the pinion gear engages the rack.

The RACK transfers the rotational force of the pinion gear to a linear (splitting) force. When the energy of the rotating flywheel and pinion gear is transferred to the rack, it becomes a rapid, powerful linear force that drives the RapidFire's ram and the log into a wedge, splitting the log in one second.

Features Include:

Cutting-Edge Power Plant

The 6 HP high-tech chain-driven, OHC Subaru engine produces all-day power with low vibration.

Auto retraction on a DR log splitter

Auto Retraction

With ordinary splitters you are tethered to the machine so you can return the ram to its starting position. The RapidFire retracts automatically, leaving your hands free to handle the wood.

16-inch DOT approved all-terrain tires on a DR log splitter

Easy to Maneuver

16" DOT-approved all-terrain tires roll easily, getting your machine wherever you need it. Road towable at up to 45 mph.

Optional steel work table on a DR log splitter

Optional Steel Work Table

Add the optional steel work table to your RapidFire and eliminate stooping down to pick up split logs. After a log is split, the pieces remain at a comfortable working height, so there's no need to bend down to retrieve them for a second split.

Power and reliability make it a clear winner

The RapidFire has what it takes to take on a seriously heavy workload. How does it stand up in the toughest commercial use?

Specs

Dimensions

Length 83.5 without Tray, 100.9 with Tray
Width 46.8 in
Height 48.3 in
Weight 408 lbs without Tray, 440 lbs with Tray
Wedge Height 6.2 in
Working Height 27"
Wedge Width 0.78 in
Flywheel Weight 74 lbs. (2)
Flywheel Diameter 18 1/4 in
Shipping Dimensions 49"L x 67"W x 49.5"H
Shipping Weight 570 lbs.

Engine

Make Subaru
Model SP170
Starting Type Electric
Horsepower 6 HP
Displacement 169 cc
Number Of Cylinders 1
Air Filter Dual Element
Oil Capacity 20.28
Lubrication Splash
Oil Type SAE 30 Wt

Fuel System

Fuel Capacity 0.95

Material

Frame .25"

Splitting

Outsplits Outsplits a 34 ton
Max Log Diameter 30 in
Max Log Length 24 in
Average Cycle Time 3 secs
Log Trays Optional
Flywheel Max RPM 400

Towing

Towable Yes

Warranty

Machine Warranty 2 years residential; 90 days commercial
Engine Warranty 3 years residential; 1 year commercial

Wheels Tires

Number of Tires 2
Tire Size 16in
Wheel Steel Wheel with Taper Roller Bearings
Shipping

Trucking Depot Delivery ($199.99) FREE

  • We ship to thousands of trucking terminals across the U.S. During checkout, submit your zip code to see a list of the trucking depots closest to your location.
  • When picking up at depot, you will need a pickup truck or trailer to accommodate your machine. Most depots will load your machine into your vehicle.

Business Delivery ($259.99) $60.00

  • The business you select must have a loading and off-loading facility and accept delivery during normal business hours. You must make arrangements with the business to accept your delivery.
  • Business locations could include feed stores, lumber yards, building supply centers, etc.

Standard Home Delivery ($259.99) $60.00

  • Your home must be accessible by tractor-trailer*, and someone must be home to accept delivery.
  • The truck driver is not required to unload your shipment. Additional fees will apply if the driver unloads your machine.
  • On the day of delivery, we recommend you have a couple of sturdy 10-foot planks (2" thick x 10" wide, minimum) plus three helpers to help you remove the machine from the truck.

Enhanced Home Delivery ($319.99) $120.00

  • Your machine will be removed from the truck by the driver and placed on the ground.
  • Someone must be home to accept delivery and your home or driveway must be accessible to a tractor trailer*.

Please Note:

  • Rush delivery is not available on freight shipments. We ship best method, depending on the delivery method you choose and your location.
  • For both standard home delivery and our enhanced home delivery option, after we process your order and it leaves our factory, the freight company will call you to schedule a delivery time. The carrier will usually provide a 3-4 hour delivery window (for example, 8 am to noon).
  • If the package arrives damaged, you must note it on the bill of lading. If your machine arrives damaged, call DR customer service at 1-800-376-9637 as soon as possible.
  • You can also pick up your machine for free at a DR Factory Store. We have stores in Merrimack, NH, New Castle, DE, and Vergennes, VT. Please call us in advance, toll free at 1-800-687-6575 to make arrangements.
  • * A driveway is considered accessible to a tractor trailer if it a) has no overhanging trees, b) has no power lines, c) contains no culverts or bridges, and d) will allow the truck to make a full turn-around. If the driveway isn't accessible the delivery will be made at the base of the driveway.
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Fast and Strong
Posted by: Joseph M. from Valley City, OH on 01/19/2015
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I bought this unit after considerable deliberation (just ask my wife.) I had never used a power log splitter before, so I did lots of research and considered hydraulic, kinetic, and even a worm drive. As well, I considered both new and used splitters. Ultimately, I decided on a new DR Pro-XL RapidFire. Speed and power were the keys. I've used it on three occasions so far. It cuts right through straight grain hardwood without skipping a beat, as quickly as you see on the videos. And I've put it to the test with knottiest of woods--you know, those nasty logs where large limbs intersect the trunk. In some cases, it has taken 3 or so passes, but it has split everything I've tried. Finally, I bought the optional work table and am very happy I did. It saves a LOT of bending over to pick up split wood. Overall, I'm very pleased with this splitter.
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Very much worth the price
Posted by: JON S. from TOWNSEND, MA on 01/10/2015
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I have used the pro xl rapidfire splitter just 1 time and I will say that it is very well built, very fast, and is an extremely solid machine.
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kenp
Posted by: KEN/MARCIA P. from GALENA, IL on 12/28/2014
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I have had this splitter for 2 years and it seems I am always working on it. Once again I am in to call customer support. I own at least 9 pieces of dr equipment and have had no problems with any. But after this splitter, I will stay away from dr's stuff. Very disappointed, and would not recommend to anyone
Response from DR SupportThank you for the feedback on the DR Rapid Fire Log Splitter. You have been a terrific customer and your continued satisfaction is important to us. Someone from the Tech Support Department will be calling you to discuss the machine and how it is performing at this point in time. Your business is important to us and we appreciate it very much.
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v groove in the fly wheel on the splitter ?
Posted by: DENNIS P. from FULDA, MN on 10/14/2014
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when you guys design the drive wheel on the splitter that the belts run on,, when i put a piece of hardwood to be split, one belt fly's of,, the wheel,, no groove to keep it on. i fixed that with a power grinder,, works very good now,, and also didn't receive the bolt package for my two rails to hold the wood on the I beam to split the wood,, had to spend another $1 to get a couple nuts i needed. that woodsplitter work great now. split for 1 hr solid nonestop and put some pretty big pieces of oak thru it,, eat them like a champ. best splitter around,, you guys need to get your shit together and design it the way i have in now. works great : ) p.s. want to make it up to me for the extra work i had to do to make it opperate better ,, send me the tray for it ! free ,,,
Response from DR SupportThank you for your feedback on the DR® Rapid Fire Log Splitter. We apologize for the difficulties you’ve been experiencing. In looking in your customer file, we do see that we’ve spoken to you and hopefully our assistance has proven helpful. We are going to give you a call to ensure that this is the case. Your satisfaction is important to us and we appreciate your business.
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Comes UP Short
Posted by: JAMES H. from HAMPTON, NH on 09/26/2014
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Product is great in it job of splitting wood. Powerful and fast. My only complaint and it is a real pain is the stand/hitch comes up short for my John Deere tractor. I have weights on the back that prevent the hitch from connecting but DR does not offer an extension and customer service was not helpful at all. That being said this would not keep me from buying it again as the splitter is as advertised and I really like the tray as you can split and resplit while minimizing bending over. After 45 years of splitting with a hand maul I love it.
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disappointed
Posted by: HAROLD J. from ASHBY, MA on 09/08/2014
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I bought a Dr rapid about 3 weeks ago sense of bond and have only been able to run it for 4 hours its had some issues and I'm really disappointed and now its in for a second time and they're telling me its going to be a week before they even look at it I'm not sure what to do I'm honestly thinking about returning it the store is an hour away from my house so it takes me 2 hours to get there and back home I didn't mind the drive to go get it first because I heard the Dr had such a good name now I'm very disappointed that I even bothered I'm a very unhappy customer and I feel like the store isn't really helping me I would think I'd be the head of a list being I just bought it and I'm still on the 90 days I've driven it for 4 and used it for 2 hours at this point in time my splitters gotten more air time that has work time driving up and down the highway with it I wish someone would speak to me soon about this I would at least think it would be some kind of compensation for my time lost and my gas
Response from DR SupportWe’re sorry you have had these issues with your splitter. We appreciate you expecting quality products from us & we will continue to work with you to get this running like it should!

We will contact you about this. Thanks for leaving a review!
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This is a great splitter for a couple minutes.
Posted by: Steven P. from Liberty, NC on 08/28/2014
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Love the idea of splitting logs in half of the time. The only thing is it will split great for a few minutes then you run across a hard piece of wood and the roller bearing bolt will bend. When I first used the machine it worked for maybe 20 minutes. Took it to the dealer the very next day, after a week of ordering parts and repairs, I got it back today and after 10 minutes of splitting the bolt bent again. So frustrated at this point. Wanted a great splitter, one of the reasons I was willing to spend well over $2000. Looks like Dr will be getting this defective machine back. Also I really don't think I should have to pay to have it shipped back when the equipment is defective.
Response from DR SupportWe’re sorry that RapidFire Splitter didn’t work out for you. We do appreciate you posting about it though!

We hope that this instance hasn’t turned you away from considering us in the future. We welcome the opportunity to earn your trust again.
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rapid fire splitter
Posted by: Thomas H. from warfordsburg, PA on 08/21/2014
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The machine works good there were some good improvements and some bad I like the new guarding on it. It is a lot easier and faster to get to the belts but the way that you changed how u have to tension them is a lot worse. There used to be a bolt to tighten them now u have to have someone stand on the tongue while u pry down on the motor mount with one hand while u tighten it with the other. I also couldn't figure out why there wasn't any grooves in the flywheel for the belts to ride in
Response from DR SupportThank you for posting a review. Adjusting the belt tension shouldn’t require 2 people. After loosening the 2 bolts, the weight of the engine should provide enough tension to allow you to make the adjustment. Maybe you could have loosened them more? The flywheel doesn’t have grooves for the belts because they need to slip to protect the engine when the ram is stopped by a tough piece of wood. We’re glad it’s working good for you!
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Strong and Fast
Posted by: Keith L. from BOYCE, LA on 07/30/2014
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The Pro-XL log splitter is everything DR said it was. I've split four ricks so far and that's really all I need for home and camp. But think I'll go get some more since splitting is now so quick and easy. I also split some big pieces of lighter pine that were really tough. It handled them and that really impressed me. I've also had some buddies come over and watch it operate. They like it too.
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Broke 2x after 2 uses
Posted by: Kenneth H. from WEST HAVEN, CT on 03/26/2014
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Used my machine for the first time, and on the third piece the roller yoke bearing broke in two pieces. couldn't find half of it in the yard, so i brought it to my dealer who promptly ordered the part and replaced it free of charge. Got it back the next weekend and again within the first couple of pieces stopped working. Started to get the grinding sound found in some of the other reviews. Took it back to the dealer again. We'll see what happens but I have now wasted two weekends and am thoroughly disappointed. The next time I bring it back to the dealer, it may be for a refund.....
Response from DR SupportWe’re sorry that you are experiencing a problem with your RapidFire splitter. We appreciate you taking the time to post a review about it. We do now have an upgraded roller for the RapidFire that should solve this issue. We’ll get in touch with you about this. Thanks again for posting comments to our website. Your comments will be passed along to our Product Development department for review.
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Excellent Log Splitter
Posted by: chuck w. from mount vernon, WA on 12/15/2013
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Just got to use my machine today. It took me a few months to make up my mind about which machine to buy. I read all the reviews good and bad. And after today I sincerely happy with my Rapid Fire Log Splitter. Looking at both models Hydr and the Rapid. I find that the Rapid is more user friendly if I need to repair it. You can find most of your repair parts locally with a few mods. Just remember Guys nothing is perfect. And this machine will get you through the bad times.
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The Rapidfire Splitter is just plain AWESOME!
Posted by: Kenneil from Georgia, GA on 11/18/2013
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Easy to use, powerful, and FASTER than you can imagine, it just WORKS! Armed with the rapid splitter you can turn a forest into cord wood so fast you will be shocked.
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Great idea, bring back the old bearing linkage
Posted by: BILL SOMMERS from MONKTON, MD on 11/12/2013
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Great idea with the road towing. I bought one right away. At first I was very pleased. The roller bearing that engages the rack crack too easily. After 5 bearings, I returned my WR3 splitter. DR -- Please bring back the old bearing linkage that totally disengages roller bearing from the rack when the handle is released. Once you solve the bearing problems, I will buy one! Promise!
Response from DR SupportWe’re sorry that the RapidFire Splitter didn’t work out for you. We do appreciate you posting about it though! Rest assured that we have looked into it and have resolved the issue you experienced. We welcome the opportunity to earn your trust again.
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Broke after 2 months,
Posted by: joeypizza from New York on 09/12/2013
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It dont split everything under it thats just not true if it dont the rack starts jumping i split 9 cords of wood now my machine is broke. the bottom carrage bolt that stops roller is bent up easy fix they set machine up wrong, now my pion gear or rack is chipped or worse i was happy in first, service is good rack chatters all the way down called it in got great service from al and fred but still not good i dink i want my $$$$$$$ back 6 month trial well im gonna take them up on it , and by the way how come video dont show knotty wood thts cause it dont spilt knotty woods too well!!!!!
Response from DR SupportWe’re sorry that you are experiencing a problem with your RapidFire Splitter. We appreciate you taking the time to post a review about it. It looks like you have contacted our Tech Support Dept. about this. We hope that this instance hasn’t turned you away from considering us in the future. We welcome the opportunity to earn your trust again.
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This is as good as it gets for wood splitting.
Posted by: Wildcat from on 08/14/2013
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The DR Rapid Fire will split wood as fast as you can load it. With all hydraulic splitters you have to wait for the machine to recycle. The DR just doesn't have that downtime. That's what makes it incredibly fast and reliable.
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Plenty of power easy to use
Posted by: Mike47 from Ohio on 08/09/2013
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The rapid fire pro XL has power to split any piece of wood I feed it. Very fast works as advertised in videos. Sits a little low for taller person. I'm 6'2" and stoop a bit to run it. Would be nice if were road towable and better way towing around property with lawn tractor. Overall made splitting easy and fast.
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Plenty of power easy to use
Posted by: Mike47 from Ohio on 08/09/2013
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The rapid fire pro XL has power to split any piece of wood I feed it. Very fast works as advertised in videos. Sits a little low for taller person. I'm 6'2" and stoop a bit to run it. Would be nice if were road towable and better way towing around property with lawn tractor. Overall made splitting easy and fast.
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excellent quality product
Posted by: jimbo1693 from Connecticut on 08/08/2013
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It is nice to still have the ability to purchase a quality product in this country. I am very impressed with the craftsmanship and well planned design
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excellent quality product
Posted by: jimbo1693 from Connecticut on 08/08/2013
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It is nice to still have the ability to purchase a quality product in this country. I am very impressed with the craftsmanship and well planned design
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Splitter performs as the video demonstrates!!
Posted by: lammi66 from Michigan on 08/03/2013
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Well built splitter that is fast!! .I picked up splitter at yellow freight terminal, brought it home and uncrated it. Some lite assembly work, filled it with Amsoil 30 weight, non ethanol gas and it fired right up!! Put some gnarly splits of Osage, White Oak, and Elm through it and ate it like candy!! Love this thing!!
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Splitter performs as the video demonstrates!!
Posted by: lammi66 from Michigan on 08/03/2013
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Well built splitter that is fast!! .I picked up splitter at yellow freight terminal, brought it home and uncrated it. Some lite assembly work, filled it with Amsoil 30 weight, non ethanol gas and it fired right up!! Put some gnarly splits of Osage, White Oak, and Elm through it and ate it like candy!! Love this thing!!
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Hang onto your hydraulic!
Posted by: djarcon2 from Ohio on 08/02/2013
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Compared to hydraulic log splitters I've used, the DR 6 hp Pro XL is blazing fast...but I won't be selling my Toro hydraulic anytime soon. Where the Toro will power through ANY log no matter how thick or dense, there is a limit to what the DR can do, and I have to turn to the Toro. The DR gets jammed on really dense wood, and at times, I've had to free the stuck log with a sledge. Also, on occasion when splitting a tough log, the operating handle will snap back into place with such force that I'm a little concerned with breaking my hand. I've been careful to choose logs I know the DR can handle, and when it's humming along, and when 3 of us are working (an operator, a log handler, and a stacker) we can stack one piece per second. Like I said, BLAZING FAST! All in all, I'm pleased with the performance and build quality and not at all sorry I bought the DR.
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Hang onto your hydraulic!
Posted by: djarcon2 from Ohio on 08/02/2013
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Compared to hydraulic log splitters I've used, the DR 6 hp Pro XL is blazing fast...but I won't be selling my Toro hydraulic anytime soon. Where the Toro will power through ANY log no matter how thick or dense, there is a limit to what the DR can do, and I have to turn to the Toro. The DR gets jammed on really dense wood, and at times, I've had to free the stuck log with a sledge. Also, on occasion when splitting a tough log, the operating handle will snap back into place with such force that I'm a little concerned with breaking my hand. I've been careful to choose logs I know the DR can handle, and when it's humming along, and when 3 of us are working (an operator, a log handler, and a stacker) we can stack one piece per second. Like I said, BLAZING FAST! All in all, I'm pleased with the performance and build quality and not at all sorry I bought the DR.
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Have only used a little but so far it works great.
Posted by: bigbird from Minnesota on 08/01/2013
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I have used the splitter sparingly so far but I am totally satisfied at this point.
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Have only used a little but so far it works great.
Posted by: bigbird from Minnesota on 08/01/2013
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I have used the splitter sparingly so far but I am totally satisfied at this point.
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Darn near perfect
Posted by: MPRM from Outside of the U.S. on 07/29/2013
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I have found this splitter to be as good as advertised. It stretched my budget but it was well worth spending the extra money on, rather than getting a traditional hydraulic splitter. Big time saver, and actually even fun to use. So far I have split about 2 full cords and only one piece wouldn't split -- a big knotty piece of fresh pine that just kept jamming on the blade or getting forced up. I'm not discouraged, I bet it will split just fine once I leave it to dry a while. And I know that a traditional splitter wouldn't have stood a chance with it. I was also very happy with the people on the phone when I was ordering. Really friendly and helpful, which you don't get at many places these days. Thanks everyone! I guess a review should look at both sides, but the only negative I can even mention is that the actuation lever was loose when I received the unit. Not a big deal, I just got a wrench and tightened the nut back on. Someone might argue that it shouldn't have gotten through QC like that, but who knows, maybe it got rattled loose in shipping. Anyway it's good as new now and been working great for months now.
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Darn near perfect
Posted by: MPRM from Outside of the U.S. on 07/29/2013
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I have found this splitter to be as good as advertised. It stretched my budget but it was well worth spending the extra money on, rather than getting a traditional hydraulic splitter. Big time saver, and actually even fun to use. So far I have split about 2 full cords and only one piece wouldn't split -- a big knotty piece of fresh pine that just kept jamming on the blade or getting forced up. I'm not discouraged, I bet it will split just fine once I leave it to dry a while. And I know that a traditional splitter wouldn't have stood a chance with it. I was also very happy with the people on the phone when I was ordering. Really friendly and helpful, which you don't get at many places these days. Thanks everyone! I guess a review should look at both sides, but the only negative I can even mention is that the actuation lever was loose when I received the unit. Not a big deal, I just got a wrench and tightened the nut back on. Someone might argue that it shouldn't have gotten through QC like that, but who knows, maybe it got rattled loose in shipping. Anyway it's good as new now and been working great for months now.
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Splitting magic
Posted by: ken70 from Idaho on 07/16/2013
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Machine arrived and we were splitting wood in less than an hour. Easy to use and has the ability to keep three people busy feeding, splitting, and clearing/stacking the split wood. Should have the catch tray included and not an accessory
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Great Wood splitter
Posted by: Anchorman from South Dakota on 07/12/2013
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This wood splitter exceeded all my expectation in power and ease in splitting wood. It starts on the first pull is quieter than my brother in laws 32 ton hydraulic and easily splits twice as much wood, (even with an "old man" feeding it wood). I bought the table too and really like the built in ergonomics like the tapering in toward the engine and the two bars welded on both sides of the ram which helps center the wood for splitting. The height is good for minimizing back fatigue also. There is one area for improvement; the pipe that serves as a front stand is difficult to put the pin into for one person while also trying to hold up the toung weight of the splitter. A stand that folds down into place and then putting in the pin would be better on a person's back.
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Great Wood splitter
Posted by: Anchorman from South Dakota on 07/12/2013
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This wood splitter exceeded all my expectation in power and ease in splitting wood. It starts on the first pull is quieter than my brother in laws 32 ton hydraulic and easily splits twice as much wood, (even with an "old man" feeding it wood). I bought the table too and really like the built in ergonomics like the tapering in toward the engine and the two bars welded on both sides of the ram which helps center the wood for splitting. The height is good for minimizing back fatigue also. There is one area for improvement; the pipe that serves as a front stand is difficult to put the pin into for one person while also trying to hold up the toung weight of the splitter. A stand that folds down into place and then putting in the pin would be better on a person's back.
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Shes a beast!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Posted by: JOEDAN88 from New York on 07/11/2013
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THIS MACHINE IS A ANIMAL, SPLIT 3 CORDS RED OAK ,CHERRY ALL FRUITWOODS, ONCE U KNOW DOS AND DONTS YOUR GOOD TO GO GREASE RACK REAL WELL ,SUBARU GREAT ON GAS ALL METAL COMPONETS ON MOTOR AWSUM SPLITTER IM DOIN 5HR OIL CHANGE NOW.....JUST STARTING FIREWOOD COMPANY SHOULD BE IN FULL SWING NEXT FALL WILL BUY ANOTHER XL PRO FOR SURE!!!!!!! THANK U DR!!!!!!!!
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Splitter is fast but could have some better quality features
Posted by: Mike85 from Connecticut on 07/03/2013
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I have only had time to split about two cord of wood so far I can say that it is certainly about 3-4 times faster than my last hydrolic splitter. The only problem is that the unit comes with these extreamly small and cheap looking tires. For a tool that is exposed to harsh elements often and for the price you pay for it I would have thought it would have come with a good sized offroad tire. The tires on this splitter are about equivalent to a household wheelbarrow tire. The two other misses are the lack of a ball hitch and the flywheel cover is just a cheap piece of sheet meatal. On the other hand the unit is super fast at splitting wood.
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Superior in speed compared to hydraulic models.
Posted by: Dean73 from Illinois on 06/29/2013
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One feature that would be helpful would be a lever to release a "stuck" round to release it from the wedge. Sometimes it is difficult to pry a large round off, particularly on the first split. I have used a pry bar to do this. A lever activated from below could accomplish this relatively easily.
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Superior in speed compared to hydraulic models.
Posted by: Dean73 from Illinois on 06/29/2013
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One feature that would be helpful would be a lever to release a "stuck" round to release it from the wedge. Sometimes it is difficult to pry a large round off, particularly on the first split. I have used a pry bar to do this. A lever activated from below could accomplish this relatively easily.
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cuts my time down on spliting so I can spend more time enjoying the outdoors
Posted by: thomas04 from Missouri on 06/28/2013
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I can do the job at hand quicker than two of my friends and I can and enjoy more time in the great outdoors. I was sceptical about the speed of the splitting time and return of the ram, but was very satisfied with the performance and quality of my machine. I am looking at other quality tools from DR.
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cuts my time down on spliting so I can spend more time enjoying the outdoors
Posted by: thomas04 from Missouri on 06/28/2013
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I can do the job at hand quicker than two of my friends and I can and enjoy more time in the great outdoors. I was sceptical about the speed of the splitting time and return of the ram, but was very satisfied with the performance and quality of my machine. I am looking at other quality tools from DR.
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Quick and easy
Posted by: ljd52 from South Carolina on 06/23/2013
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Heavy enough to require a second person to help to finish the assembly. Easy to do. My neighbor is/was very proud of his 36 ton hydraulic splitter. He may be your next customer. Filled the unit with oil, gas, pulled once, it came to life. Excellent machine. Knotty sweet gum, no problem. Oak, Hickory no problem. I'm impressed.
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Quick and easy
Posted by: ljd52 from South Carolina on 06/23/2013
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Heavy enough to require a second person to help to finish the assembly. Easy to do. My neighbor is/was very proud of his 36 ton hydraulic splitter. He may be your next customer. Filled the unit with oil, gas, pulled once, it came to life. Excellent machine. Knotty sweet gum, no problem. Oak, Hickory no problem. I'm impressed.
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Good log splitter
Posted by: mikhealcm from Maryland on 06/23/2013
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Overall I am happy with this log splitter. It is fast and I have had no problem with power. Not being able to tow it on the road is a bit of a pain. Also I have split 12 cord and already replaced the belt and the handle broke. Small problems and I will admit that I am ruff on equipment.
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Good log splitter
Posted by: mikhealcm from Maryland on 06/23/2013
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Overall I am happy with this log splitter. It is fast and I have had no problem with power. Not being able to tow it on the road is a bit of a pain. Also I have split 12 cord and already replaced the belt and the handle broke. Small problems and I will admit that I am ruff on equipment.
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The Rapidfire Splitter is just plain AWESOME!
Posted by: Kenneil from Georgia on 06/22/2013
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Easy to use, powerful, and FASTER than you can imagine, it just WORKS! Armed with the rapid splitter you can turn a forest into cord wood so fast you will be shocked.
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This splitter is easy to use
Posted by: Mudpupster from Virginia on 06/21/2013
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This splitter is easy to use and less problems than a hydraulic splitter. The cycle time is very quick
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This splitter is easy to use
Posted by: Mudpupster from Virginia on 06/21/2013
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This splitter is easy to use and less problems than a hydraulic splitter. The cycle time is very quick
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Tireless work horse
Posted by: schmoke220 from Alaska on 06/21/2013
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This splitter is hands down my best investment. With the help of my family feeding me logs I can split faster then they can supply wood. I dont have the strain on my back like I did with my old slow hydrolic splitter. Besides a few simple maintenance steps this splitter is non stop WORK! I love it.
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Tireless work horse
Posted by: schmoke220 from Alaska on 06/21/2013
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This splitter is hands down my best investment. With the help of my family feeding me logs I can split faster then they can supply wood. I dont have the strain on my back like I did with my old slow hydrolic splitter. Besides a few simple maintenance steps this splitter is non stop WORK! I love it.
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Innovative and quality
Posted by: EdS1940 from Kansas on 06/21/2013
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I purchased the Rapid Fire splitter about 3 months ago. I was impressed first with the workmanship and quality the splitter. We put it to work right away. The production was truely amaising! It has split every thing I have on my property, oak, hedge, walnut, stringy elm, and many more. The stringy elm required an addition one or two cycles to get through the piece. I had the same problem with a 15 ton hydraulic splitter that was slow compared to the Dr Equipment Rapid Fire splitter. About a week after putting the splitter into service one of the trailer tires failed, I was promptly sent a new one no charge for the tire or shipping. What service! I do believe the tow hitch could could be improved somewhat. I would put the Dr Equipment Rapid Fire splitter at the top of the class in both hydraulic and stored energy splitters like the Dr Equipment Rapid Fire splitter. I would definitely recommend this splitter.
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Innovative and quality
Posted by: EdS1940 from Kansas on 06/21/2013
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I purchased the Rapid Fire splitter about 3 months ago. I was impressed first with the workmanship and quality the splitter. We put it to work right away. The production was truely amaising! It has split every thing I have on my property, oak, hedge, walnut, stringy elm, and many more. The stringy elm required an addition one or two cycles to get through the piece. I had the same problem with a 15 ton hydraulic splitter that was slow compared to the Dr Equipment Rapid Fire splitter. About a week after putting the splitter into service one of the trailer tires failed, I was promptly sent a new one no charge for the tire or shipping. What service! I do believe the tow hitch could could be improved somewhat. I would put the Dr Equipment Rapid Fire splitter at the top of the class in both hydraulic and stored energy splitters like the Dr Equipment Rapid Fire splitter. I would definitely recommend this splitter.
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Lives up to it's name Rapid.
Posted by: boilerrat from Kansas on 06/20/2013
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With this log splitter I spend half the time in the timber that I used to. I would recommend it to anyone who does wood splitting.
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Lives up to it's name Rapid.
Posted by: boilerrat from Kansas on 06/20/2013
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With this log splitter I spend half the time in the timber that I used to. I would recommend it to anyone who does wood splitting.
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IT'S SO EASY TO USE
Posted by: camoman34 from Illinois on 06/20/2013
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I was skeptical when I took it off the skid, and with 6 months free trail, I kept all the packing because I thought it may be going back. So I put it to the test right out of the box. I went out and cut 6 dead red elms, some up to 20" across,cut them to size and got the splitter. It took me about 1/2 the time compared to my old splitter, and with 2 people it would cut that in half. I took it back to the shed, and burned the packing, because it's found a home here. I've only had it about 6 months, but it's the best splitter I've ever use.
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IT'S SO EASY TO USE
Posted by: camoman34 from Illinois on 06/20/2013
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I was skeptical when I took it off the skid, and with 6 months free trail, I kept all the packing because I thought it may be going back. So I put it to the test right out of the box. I went out and cut 6 dead red elms, some up to 20" across,cut them to size and got the splitter. It took me about 1/2 the time compared to my old splitter, and with 2 people it would cut that in half. I took it back to the shed, and burned the packing, because it's found a home here. I've only had it about 6 months, but it's the best splitter I've ever use.
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so much faster for a one man operater to get job done vs hydraulics.
Posted by: ivysct from Wisconsin on 06/20/2013
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the only drawback that I can see in this splitter vs a hydraulic splitter is when you are splitting large pieces of wood that are cut at a tree crotch vs a straight piece of wood.In this scenario,you just cannot replicate the power of a hydraulic splitter by creating energy via speed delivered from flywheels.All things considered,I am very pleased with my purchase as I do all the firewood preperation by myself and it is a tremendous time saver.
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so much faster for a one man operater to get job done vs hydraulics.
Posted by: ivysct from Wisconsin on 06/20/2013
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the only drawback that I can see in this splitter vs a hydraulic splitter is when you are splitting large pieces of wood that are cut at a tree crotch vs a straight piece of wood.In this scenario,you just cannot replicate the power of a hydraulic splitter by creating energy via speed delivered from flywheels.All things considered,I am very pleased with my purchase as I do all the firewood preperation by myself and it is a tremendous time saver.
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Fantastic piece of equipment!!!
Posted by: Stillraisinkids from on 06/20/2013
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My husband bought this log splitter hoping it would save time and effort at our country property where a dear family friend and also a disabled veteran lives. He uses wood most of the winter for heat and we found a good, reasonably priced source. A hunting buddy of my husband also has a small sawmill, lumber yard operation. He sold and delivered us a huge dump truck load of wood, which is great for a fireplace. My husband and our tenant had to try out that log splitter to see if it lived up to what they were told. It most certainly did. BIG TIME. They were able to split more logs in 30 minutes than they could have done all day the old fashioned way. We are more than well pleased knowing it is possible to split most of the wood needed for the winter in just a few days. This is a piece of equipment that will more than pay for itself in time and labor.
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Fantastic piece of equipment!!!
Posted by: Stillraisinkids from on 06/20/2013
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My husband bought this log splitter hoping it would save time and effort at our country property where a dear family friend and also a disabled veteran lives. He uses wood most of the winter for heat and we found a good, reasonably priced source. A hunting buddy of my husband also has a small sawmill, lumber yard operation. He sold and delivered us a huge dump truck load of wood, which is great for a fireplace. My husband and our tenant had to try out that log splitter to see if it lived up to what they were told. It most certainly did. BIG TIME. They were able to split more logs in 30 minutes than they could have done all day the old fashioned way. We are more than well pleased knowing it is possible to split most of the wood needed for the winter in just a few days. This is a piece of equipment that will more than pay for itself in time and labor.
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Well built
Posted by: Trojan75 from Michigan on 06/20/2013
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Very well built piece of equipment, I only wish was that it was around 15 years ago! As with my other DR machines, I now have 3, I have yet to be disappointed! Keep up the good work and thanks for making my workday easier!
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Well built
Posted by: Trojan75 from Michigan on 06/20/2013
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Very well built piece of equipment, I only wish was that it was around 15 years ago! As with my other DR machines, I now have 3, I have yet to be disappointed! Keep up the good work and thanks for making my workday easier!
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Very good concept but needs a bit more..
Posted by: elmer from Iowa on 06/20/2013
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The idea of this splitter is great. It works well 85-90% of the wood I cut but has trouble with gnarly or slightly gnarly wood. Once the splitter decides not to split the log, well, you either try to keep banging it through or hammer the log off the splitting wedge.
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Excellent machine
Posted by: Hunter56 from Pennsylvania on 06/20/2013
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I replaced my old hydraulic splitter with this one. Boy, what a difference! My spitting time is cut in half or more. This machine handles most logs with ease. Only had trouble with large heavy oak. Also, had trouble with wedge jamming when small slivers of wood got stuck under the wedge rail a few times. Found that I just needed to keep the table and rail clean after each splitting pass. Other than that, the machine works great!! So glad I upgraded.
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Excellent machine
Posted by: Hunter56 from Pennsylvania on 06/20/2013
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I replaced my old hydraulic splitter with this one. Boy, what a difference! My spitting time is cut in half or more. This machine handles most logs with ease. Only had trouble with large heavy oak. Also, had trouble with wedge jamming when small slivers of wood got stuck under the wedge rail a few times. Found that I just needed to keep the table and rail clean after each splitting pass. Other than that, the machine works great!! So glad I upgraded.
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product is great
Posted by: butch17 from Pennsylvania on 06/20/2013
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It is easy to use dependable and fast. I split 8 to 10 cords of firewood a year and the rapidfire splitter cuts the time in half.
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this product needs several changes on features
Posted by: baileyboy from Arkansas on 06/19/2013
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The splitter was definitely designed by an engineer and not a working person. It sits on two wheelbarrow size tires that makes it next to impossible to move around by hand. You can't move it by ATV or truck either cuz the table is too close to the hitch and will not allow you to turn while hooked to a vehicle. It has a narrow stance that will allow it to turn over very easy on a slope or if a tire rolls in a hole. It has trouble splitting wood over about 18 inches too because the splitter wedge is too short. Even if you roll the wood for a second pass it wont split it if it has a knot in the wood. It will just push up and go right over the wedge since its so short. Also I am 6 ft tall and it kills my back to run because the table sits to low to the ground. And last but not least make sure you buy the extra warranty cuz you can't afford to buy parts. Way too overpriced for parts. The best part of the machine is that it is extremely fast. I can split a cord of wood and hour with it and even splits rough knotty white oak and hickory. It has split everything I have thrown at it so far
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this product needs several changes on features
Posted by: baileyboy from Arkansas on 06/19/2013
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The splitter was definitely designed by an engineer and not a working person. It sits on two wheelbarrow size tires that makes it next to impossible to move around by hand. You can't move it by ATV or truck either cuz the table is too close to the hitch and will not allow you to turn while hooked to a vehicle. It has a narrow stance that will allow it to turn over very easy on a slope or if a tire rolls in a hole. It has trouble splitting wood over about 18 inches too because the splitter wedge is too short. Even if you roll the wood for a second pass it wont split it if it has a knot in the wood. It will just push up and go right over the wedge since its so short. Also I am 6 ft tall and it kills my back to run because the table sits to low to the ground. And last but not least make sure you buy the extra warranty cuz you can't afford to buy parts. Way too overpriced for parts. The best part of the machine is that it is extremely fast. I can split a cord of wood and hour with it and even splits rough knotty white oak and hickory. It has split everything I have thrown at it so far
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Wish I would have bought one five years earlier.
Posted by: Baldcutter43 from Michigan on 06/19/2013
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It is the fastest splitter on the market. I have turned on my 34Ton Swisher only once in the last six months. The slugs were too big to lift so I needed vertical to crack the big brutes into sizes I would then feed "dragon" my DR Power splitter. I use it when I need to catch up. I am on my 8th cord this season and if it were not for my doctor appointments ( Cancer at 70) i would use it daily. I have practically given up fishing because of this machine. My neighbors come to watch the dragon split that wood.
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Wish I would have bought one five years earlier.
Posted by: Baldcutter43 from Michigan on 06/19/2013
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It is the fastest splitter on the market. I have turned on my 34Ton Swisher only once in the last six months. The slugs were too big to lift so I needed vertical to crack the big brutes into sizes I would then feed "dragon" my DR Power splitter. I use it when I need to catch up. I am on my 8th cord this season and if it were not for my doctor appointments ( Cancer at 70) i would use it daily. I have practically given up fishing because of this machine. My neighbors come to watch the dragon split that wood.
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Lightly built for the money spent.
Posted by: 1684zach from on 06/19/2013
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I bought this having seen a few as well as looking at competitors units. It did not come with handles to move around like it showed in the catalog and online; nor did it have the oversized atv style tires it showed either. It has functioned well, but seems rather lightly built for the money. Needs to have highway rated wheels for transport. Also needs an option of a manual log lift since it is a horizontal table only machine (something similar to the Timberwolf log splitter manual lift is what I made for mine).
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Lightly built for the money spent.
Posted by: 1684zach from on 06/19/2013
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I bought this having seen a few as well as looking at competitors units. It did not come with handles to move around like it showed in the catalog and online; nor did it have the oversized atv style tires it showed either. It has functioned well, but seems rather lightly built for the money. Needs to have highway rated wheels for transport. Also needs an option of a manual log lift since it is a horizontal table only machine (something similar to the Timberwolf log splitter manual lift is what I made for mine).
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Love the speed!
Posted by: Woodchuck33 from Wisconsin on 06/19/2013
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Would like a different hitch- one that has a swing away boat type jack stand. The current design is ok but not user friendly. The actual hitch needs to be a few inches longer so it will easily hook up to a small tractor, it is too short and will bind on a 45degree turn. The engine is great, starts good and plenty of power, great on gas and easy to change the oil. Muffler fell off after ten hours of use. Re-welded and works fine. Knife could be two inches higher Splits fast- love the work table. Would like it to be four inches wider(total).
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Love the speed!
Posted by: Woodchuck33 from Wisconsin on 06/19/2013
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Would like a different hitch- one that has a swing away boat type jack stand. The current design is ok but not user friendly. The actual hitch needs to be a few inches longer so it will easily hook up to a small tractor, it is too short and will bind on a 45degree turn. The engine is great, starts good and plenty of power, great on gas and easy to change the oil. Muffler fell off after ten hours of use. Re-welded and works fine. Knife could be two inches higher Splits fast- love the work table. Would like it to be four inches wider(total).
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Splits anything you put in it
Posted by: Jerry49 from Missouri on 06/19/2013
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Overall the splitter is an excellent machine it's very fast easy to use and splits any wood you put in it from oak to hedge. Do not like the hitch it rattles a lot when your splitting. Do not like the jack stand that holds the front up when not attached to your whatever you use to pull it with kind of cheep thought they could use a jack like on a trailer that swings up and out of the way it's hard to hit the hole with the pin and hold up the machine at se time. Wish the table was bigger so logs wouldn't get pushed out of the way when splitting but wouldn't buy one without it.would never buy a hydraulic machine now that I've used the kinetic energy machine you couldn't trade me two for one, even if you did have two hydraulics chimes I could still out split you. Very satisfied
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Splits anything you put in it
Posted by: Jerry49 from Missouri on 06/19/2013
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Overall the splitter is an excellent machine it's very fast easy to use and splits any wood you put in it from oak to hedge. Do not like the hitch it rattles a lot when your splitting. Do not like the jack stand that holds the front up when not attached to your whatever you use to pull it with kind of cheep thought they could use a jack like on a trailer that swings up and out of the way it's hard to hit the hole with the pin and hold up the machine at se time. Wish the table was bigger so logs wouldn't get pushed out of the way when splitting but wouldn't buy one without it.would never buy a hydraulic machine now that I've used the kinetic energy machine you couldn't trade me two for one, even if you did have two hydraulics chimes I could still out split you. Very satisfied
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Outstanding machine. Best splitter I've ever seen or used. Period
Posted by: Thorsforge from Wisconsin on 06/19/2013
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A friend showed me his new RapidFire last fall. I was amazed, but I already had 2 other splitters, a screw-type sort of lighter duty machine for our cabin and a 3-point hydraulic 20 ton for the farm/home. The cabin machine was just too slow and didn't have the power, so we looked to bring the 3-point hydraulic splitter up to our lake cabin. We live on an island in Northern Wisconsin, and use a LOT of wood over the winter, and even on the cool spring and autumn evenings, heck, even mornings if the mood strikes. And it does often. We needed a better splitter. After looking at the cost to get our hydraulic splitter up to snuff, I then looked at the special deals on the DR Rapidfire. I could not NOT do this. My wife agreed, as she is a major contributor to the labor force in making firewood, and all financial decisions. After getting the machine, we assembled it - easy enough, and put it through the paces. Simple, intuitive and FAST. I showed everybody that come by. They were impressed. We were impressed. We then took the RapidFire to my wife's parents house - having taken a huge maple tree down in the previous autumn, there was wood to split. Base diameter was 32"! Big rounds. We put the splitter to the test and made about 2 full cords in around 4 hours, with a rainy day adding to the challenge. Just me and my wife. Flawless operation. I learned a few points about watching for the ram to not "bottom out" as the hand lever then can kick back with a pretty serious whack to the hand if you are not careful. Other than that, not a single problem. The out feed table is a must, really makes feeding, managing the logs and overall production much better. 2nd Round - Island Time Test After moving the splitter to our island cabin, we again made over 2 cords in just a few hrs. The machine is just a bit low for me (I'm 6'4" tall) so I raised it all up on 8" concrete blocks, much easier on the back. Again the machine was super. I found that some sap and dirt builds up on the main rail, easily scraped off, and a squirt of WD-40 seemed to help repel some of this. The splitter "blade" weld at the base is just a bit clunky, sometimes causing the log to raise a bit upon contact. I may grind that down to get a flatter, smoother bite. Lastly - and my ONLY complaint is regarding the front "leg". The adjustment is hard, takes more than two hands to move the pin for raising the leg to tow position, etc. a spring loaded ball socket might help. And upon the shut down of our last batch, I discovered that the weld on the support leg had failed completely on one side. I am working with customer service to address this - will have to be a field repair as its not coming back off the island soon (no bridge, ice road or boat barge only!)
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Outstanding machine. Best splitter I've ever seen or used. Period
Posted by: Thorsforge from Wisconsin on 06/19/2013
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A friend showed me his new RapidFire last fall. I was amazed, but I already had 2 other splitters, a screw-type sort of lighter duty machine for our cabin and a 3-point hydraulic 20 ton for the farm/home. The cabin machine was just too slow and didn't have the power, so we looked to bring the 3-point hydraulic splitter up to our lake cabin. We live on an island in Northern Wisconsin, and use a LOT of wood over the winter, and even on the cool spring and autumn evenings, heck, even mornings if the mood strikes. And it does often. We needed a better splitter. After looking at the cost to get our hydraulic splitter up to snuff, I then looked at the special deals on the DR Rapidfire. I could not NOT do this. My wife agreed, as she is a major contributor to the labor force in making firewood, and all financial decisions. After getting the machine, we assembled it - easy enough, and put it through the paces. Simple, intuitive and FAST. I showed everybody that come by. They were impressed. We were impressed. We then took the RapidFire to my wife's parents house - having taken a huge maple tree down in the previous autumn, there was wood to split. Base diameter was 32"! Big rounds. We put the splitter to the test and made about 2 full cords in around 4 hours, with a rainy day adding to the challenge. Just me and my wife. Flawless operation. I learned a few points about watching for the ram to not "bottom out" as the hand lever then can kick back with a pretty serious whack to the hand if you are not careful. Other than that, not a single problem. The out feed table is a must, really makes feeding, managing the logs and overall production much better. 2nd Round - Island Time Test After moving the splitter to our island cabin, we again made over 2 cords in just a few hrs. The machine is just a bit low for me (I'm 6'4" tall) so I raised it all up on 8" concrete blocks, much easier on the back. Again the machine was super. I found that some sap and dirt builds up on the main rail, easily scraped off, and a squirt of WD-40 seemed to help repel some of this. The splitter "blade" weld at the base is just a bit clunky, sometimes causing the log to raise a bit upon contact. I may grind that down to get a flatter, smoother bite. Lastly - and my ONLY complaint is regarding the front "leg". The adjustment is hard, takes more than two hands to move the pin for raising the leg to tow position, etc. a spring loaded ball socket might help. And upon the shut down of our last batch, I discovered that the weld on the support leg had failed completely on one side. I am working with customer service to address this - will have to be a field repair as its not coming back off the island soon (no bridge, ice road or boat barge only!)
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Better than advertised
Posted by: John100 from California on 06/19/2013
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I have split several cords of wood since my purchase. I have split dry oak, green oak, and green bay. The rapid fire splitter is exactly that... Very rapid! It never bogged down even with large logs.
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Better than advertised
Posted by: John100 from California on 06/19/2013
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I have split several cords of wood since my purchase. I have split dry oak, green oak, and green bay. The rapid fire splitter is exactly that... Very rapid! It never bogged down even with large logs.
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this is a grear product with one or two minor issues
Posted by: brian062 from Pennsylvania on 06/19/2013
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Bought my rapid fire almost a year ago now and have split approximately 15+ cords or wood with it. Splits wood great and its quick. One person cant keep up with sure beats the hydraulic splitter i had. Splits would so much faster and saves alot of time. Can split my wood for the winter in a 1/4 the time it took before. Only issue i have is the housing over the belts and gear area could be made of a heavier duty sheet metal. The only other thing that would make it better is if the leg on the front folded or had a little more length to it sticking out of the top of the housing. Its a pain with so little sticking out the top sometimes to get it in place and the pin that holds it in into it. Other than that its a great machine and i wish i had one when i started splitting my wood 5 years ago.
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this is a grear product with one or two minor issues
Posted by: brian062 from Pennsylvania on 06/19/2013
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Bought my rapid fire almost a year ago now and have split approximately 15+ cords or wood with it. Splits wood great and its quick. One person cant keep up with sure beats the hydraulic splitter i had. Splits would so much faster and saves alot of time. Can split my wood for the winter in a 1/4 the time it took before. Only issue i have is the housing over the belts and gear area could be made of a heavier duty sheet metal. The only other thing that would make it better is if the leg on the front folded or had a little more length to it sticking out of the top of the housing. Its a pain with so little sticking out the top sometimes to get it in place and the pin that holds it in into it. Other than that its a great machine and i wish i had one when i started splitting my wood 5 years ago.
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the product is easy to use and quick
Posted by: thebubler from Maine on 06/19/2013
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i would recommend this product because you don't need full power to split wood so you save on gas me and my worker split 2 cord of wood in 1hr this thing is super fast and runs smooth..
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the product is easy to use and quick
Posted by: thebubler from Maine on 06/19/2013
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i would recommend this product because you don't need full power to split wood so you save on gas me and my worker split 2 cord of wood in 1hr this thing is super fast and runs smooth..
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Product works as good or better than advertised.
Posted by: RG934 from Outside of the U.S. on 06/19/2013
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This was a very easy company to deal with from the beginning of the online order to the shipping, to having it sitting in front of my house. After a short set up and initial use if a few hours I had two minor problems that were looked after very quickly. This unit will split an amazing amount of wood with very little effort.
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Product works as good or better than advertised.
Posted by: RG934 from Outside of the U.S. on 06/19/2013
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This was a very easy company to deal with from the beginning of the online order to the shipping, to having it sitting in front of my house. After a short set up and initial use if a few hours I had two minor problems that were looked after very quickly. This unit will split an amazing amount of wood with very little effort.
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Nothing Else Comes Close
Posted by: ColCraig from Washington on 06/19/2013
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I shopped a lot of log splitters before settling on the DR. All my neighbors have 'traditional' splitters and they all have the same issues no matter what the brand is. When I set up my DR splitter I could hardly get any work done because of all the interruptions by my curious neighbors. Eventually we ended up with a 'bucket brigade' of men trying to feed the DR splitter faster than it could work - we could not do it! It split logs as fast as three men working could feed it - one man handing me a log, me splitting, and the other man stacking. With two men stacking they were waiting on split wood, so I think if we had a total of four men, one to hand to the splitter, one man to split, and two men stacking, then maybe we would have out-paced the DR splitter.
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Nothing Else Comes Close
Posted by: ColCraig from Washington on 06/19/2013
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I shopped a lot of log splitters before settling on the DR. All my neighbors have 'traditional' splitters and they all have the same issues no matter what the brand is. When I set up my DR splitter I could hardly get any work done because of all the interruptions by my curious neighbors. Eventually we ended up with a 'bucket brigade' of men trying to feed the DR splitter faster than it could work - we could not do it! It split logs as fast as three men working could feed it - one man handing me a log, me splitting, and the other man stacking. With two men stacking they were waiting on split wood, so I think if we had a total of four men, one to hand to the splitter, one man to split, and two men stacking, then maybe we would have out-paced the DR splitter.
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Good machine for most logs
Posted by: ToyLover from Texas on 06/19/2013
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The speed of this machine is awesome. It does however have a hard time splitting the really tough logs. We have a tree here called a Sweet Gum. It has a tight grain and is mostly not used for fire wood because it pops and is really hard to split. This machine has a hard time with this wood. If you are splitting a good straight grain hard wood, I don't think you can beat it. Despite the cons, I am going to keep my machine.
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Good machine for most logs
Posted by: ToyLover from Texas on 06/19/2013
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The speed of this machine is awesome. It does however have a hard time splitting the really tough logs. We have a tree here called a Sweet Gum. It has a tight grain and is mostly not used for fire wood because it pops and is really hard to split. This machine has a hard time with this wood. If you are splitting a good straight grain hard wood, I don't think you can beat it. Despite the cons, I am going to keep my machine.
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Better than expected.
Posted by: PaPaJack from South Carolina on 06/19/2013
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I have only one issue with this splitter and it's not the products fault. I have a very bad back and wish the unit was about 8 to 10 inches taller. I have split about 4 cords of wood with it and still finds myself admiring how easily and quickly it functions.
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Better than expected.
Posted by: PaPaJack from South Carolina on 06/19/2013
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I have only one issue with this splitter and it's not the products fault. I have a very bad back and wish the unit was about 8 to 10 inches taller. I have split about 4 cords of wood with it and still finds myself admiring how easily and quickly it functions.
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Great Features - Could Use A Couple Improvements
Posted by: SkipT from California on 04/22/2013
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Bought the Pro XL model late fall 2012. Split lots of wood with less than an hour of total run-time over the winter. This thing is AMAZINGLY FAST! One person cannot keep up with this machine. As a tool junkie, I really like the unique and simple mechanical design of the DR Rapidfire Log Splitter. There are a couple modifications i would recommend, however. Recommended Improvements 1) Extend the fingers of the towing arm so the pin hole is at least 3/4" farther away from the attachment nut. As it is, there are only a limited number of things you can hitch it to. 2) Increase the pin size to 3/4" so the thing doesn't bang around so much when towing. 3) Add a handle to the top of the towing arm so the user can move it around more easily. 4) Tell Subaru to support the muffler better. This is a DESIGN FLAW. After about 5 hours of use, the muffler broke completely off. No impacts. No duress. Now I have to take it back to the dealer, which is a hassle. I would rather they send me a replacement under warranty and I change it myself. Apparently, they have to do it or the muffler isn't covered under warranty. 5) As stated by someone else, this thing should be able to be towed on the road. We have multiple parcels on opposite sides of a river, requiring us to drive on roads to get back and forth. Putting it on a trailer every time seems like unnecessary added work. Make it road legal!
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Disabled by splinters
Posted by: FireEaters from on 03/11/2013
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1) The pinion is easily disabled by wood splinters jamming underneath the ram. Because there is no real force returning the pinion to the start position (just a couple of long, flimsy springs), any mild force obstructing the return of the pinion will completely stop your operation. The stoppage can range from mild (pull out the splinters) to severe (disassemble the ram end of the pinion). 2) Technical support doesn't really have thoughtful answers. The first time our pinion jammed up, they told us to disassemble the housing over the flywheels. The screws on the houseing are flathead (bad design if disassembly/reassembly in the field is required) WE solved the problem with a chisel, freeing the pinion from the wood that was sticking into. 3) The tow hitch seems to have replaced the handlebars that we've seen in owners' YouTube videos. (Not allowed to post links in comments here at DR). But if you ask the dealer, tech support or customer service you get two answers: a) never heard of handlebars; or b) if you get the table option you don't get handlebars. However, the videos clearly show the handlebars mounted to the table underside, and my table still has the mounting brackets as an integrated part of the design. But even I can see that the tow hitch (a later design change) would be in the way of anyone trying to use handlebars. So now you either have to move this with your tractor/ATV or by brute force. The design should allow "homeowners who need professional power" to move the machine easily, without the need for other machines. Really is it that difficult to figure out how to do both? 4) A splitter this big really should be highway towable. It's 9 1/2 ft long and fills my longbed truck. Even with a liftgate on my pickup, because of the long length of this splitter it takes 2 people to load/unload quickly. (Or one person with a significant time investment and some ratcheting straps and/or a winch). Now we have to choose between loading lumber in the bed OR the splitter. OR, we can, once again, get another piece of equipment such as a trailer, in order to move the splitter. Seriously, this is a major downside compared to lower priced 2-way splitters from competitors with Honda engines. 5) Not sure if it's fuel efficient yet. We burned an entire tank of gas much faster than I would have hoped. We had heard you could split all day on one tank. But as they say, your mileage may vary. I believe we could adjust the throttle and do better. We'll see. The big plus is that there's a 6-month money back guarantee. So instead of being furious, I'm just annoyed. I know I can load this up and take it back to Delaware and be done with it.
Response from DR SupportThank you for your feedback. I would encourage you to call our Technical Support team with any problems or concerns that you have. They will be happy to assist you.
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As a fussy tool critic who has to have the best of any tool, I am completely amazed!
Posted by: sking007 from Connecticut on 02/12/2013
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I ordered this wood-splitter several months ago with high expectations of performance considering the higher cost over hydraulic units. All I can say is it was well worth it. Not only does this thing split faster but the higher height with the table makes it much easier on my back. In fact its so efficient, I'm thinking of adding a conveyor elevator to keep up with the splitting. If you're thinking of purchasing a new splitter and you can part with a little extra cash you need to seriously consider this. Once more, I took advantage of the interest free financing and setup automatic payments electronically.
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Do Not Buy Until Operating Lever is Fixed!
Posted by: mjmbme from Delaware on 02/06/2013
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I will start by saying this machine does work exactly as advertised - when it works. The operating lever mechanism is made of soft metal and bends when the machine is stressed. This disables the machine completely. They admitted this is a known problem and they are working on a fix. They couldnt say if it will be a recall for previously sold units. The original parts were shipped to us under warranty. We have used this only 3 times and the last two times it broke down early into the job. Parts were shipped quickly, but each time it took about 3.5 days to get them. About 7 days down time in exchange for what should have been about 4 or 5 hours work! And I am positive it will break down the very next time we use it. We have followed all directions precisely and carefully yet the end result has been a huge disappointment. DO NOT BUY UNLESS THEY HAVE REDESIGNED THE OPERATING LEVER MECHANISM TO INCLUDE SOME KIND OF A CUSHION!
Response from DR SupportWe apologize for the problems you have had. Thanks for letting us know about them. The handle has been redesigned on the WR3 model. Please let us know if you continue to have issues with it.
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Awesome woodsplitter!
Posted by: DaveT from Vermont on 01/26/2013
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I have used the conventional hydraulic woodsplitter for years, and just have grown impatient with the cycle time. I saw this design and had to try it. Great Decision! SO much faster than hydraulic splitters. It does require concentration on what you're doing because it is so fast, which you can still get hurt with any splitter if you're not paying attention. So I don't see this as a big problem. It really does split wood lightning fast!
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powerful splitter with one gliche
Posted by: pastormike1 from Maryland on 12/14/2012
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I purchased a Rapid Fire Pro XL (reconditioned 2012 model) two months ago. It has been able to split everything I have put on it usually in one pull, rarely more than two. I have had problems with the ram arm returning as advertised. This is disappointing as speed was a positive draw for this machine. Looking to have this resolved.
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Fast, powerful, and almost fun!
Posted by: Grumpy from on 12/11/2012
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I've had my Rapidfire Pro XL splitter for a few weeks and it has proven itself to be a very useful machine. It arrived well-crated and in perfect shape. It was easy to uncrate and assemble. Once set up, it is relatively light weight, yet rugged in construction. It is easy to wheel around by hand. I started by splitting some 24" dia. ash rounds which it did effortlessly. Next, I split a mess of Hedge (aka Osage Orange or Bodark). This wood is extremely hard and dense, but the Rapidfire powered right through it, even pieces with side branch stubs and crotches. I was able to easily split pieces I could never have split with a maul. I also split a bunch of Hackberry, a wood that is murder to split by hand due to its fibrous nature. Again, the Rapidfire had no problem cleaving it. The only issue I have had is that on occasion, thin splints of wood created during splitting can jam between the ram and the beam of the splitter, preventing the ram from retracting. I had to drive the ram back off of the wood shards by giving it a few whacks with a piece split wood. I have demonstrated the Rapidfire for several friends who have experience with hydraulic splitters and they were truly impressed.
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Very Efficient
Posted by: JDinMD from Maryland on 11/25/2012
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I used my brand new Rapid Fire for the first time this afternoon. I can't compare it to a hydraulic - never used one - but the RF was everything as advertised. I had a ninety foot poplar that came down last year during Irene that I'd cut and stacked right after the storm. Today I split about ten to twelve pieces, each about 16" to 18" long and 16" to 18" in diameter; a couple a bit beefier than that. The RF went through them like butter. I made probably 6 splits or so per log. I had them split and stacked tightly in less than two hours without rushing. The stack by measure is 1/4 cord. If you have experience splitting, hopefully that gives you an idea of the efficiency of the RF.
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Amazing Splitter!
Posted by: Grumpy78 from on 11/09/2012
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Blowing the front seal in our hydraulic splitter for the second time sent me looking for another brand of hydraulic splitter. By chance I happened on the DR web site and watched several videos of their Rapid Fire Splitter and was impressed. I contacted DR and got the name of several distributors here in Ontario Canada. I contacted the closest one, W.E. Enterprises in Mississauga, Ontario and I could not have asked for a greater bunch to deal with than these guys. I was interested in a Model WDSRTXE which they had in stock. Picked it up on October 17/12, brought it home and put it to work. And work it did! This thing will split circles around any hydraulic splitter you want to pit it against. The old saying of "Slower than molasses in January" fits a hydraulic splitter perfectly when comparing it to the DR Rapid Fire. I wish we'd had one years ago.
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Very Fast
Posted by: Dillon from Virginia on 10/28/2012
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This is my first log splitter. When I saw how much quicker this was compared to the competition I was convinced this is the one I wanted. I was a little concerned about the splitting power, but after cutting about 3 cords of seasoned and unseasoned oak wood I no longer think it's a concern. It has started with the first or second pull every time. I only have had two problems. The first was when I hooked it up to my ATV. The hitch pin supplied with the splitter is two small and bent the first time I drove with it. I trip to the hardware store solved that problem with larger pin. The second problem I had was cutting a log. A sliver of a piece of wood got wedged under the ram when extending out and wouldn't retract. I had to remove the ram to get it out. This took about 15 min to fix. I now make sure the track is clear prior to every stroke. I haven't had any other problems. I think it's a great machine. I do need to be very mindful of where my hands are when splitting because it is a quick action. This thing makes splitting wood fun. I do wish the tray was a little bigger and hooking and unhooking from the ATV is a pain with out a flip down jack.
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This log splitter has no hoses, no pumps, no hydraulics and that is what I like best of all
Posted by: MySonRaynor from New Jersey on 05/14/2012
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We bought the Rapid fire to deal with the many trees that fell from hurricane Irene. To be honest, it was the warranty that made me try it. And now after doing everything I asked of it and more. I love this log splitter. In just a few weeks I split years of fire wood and I heat with wood. I move the log splitter to the wood lot on a small flat bed trailer. But now I don?t have too because DR now makes a hitch for this unit. I will be ordering a hitch for the Rapid fire soon.
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The best logsplitter for your money!
Posted by: Justducky777 from New Jersey on 04/27/2012
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When we first got this new logsplitter, my son-in-law stated that he thought that DR had over estimated the 'power' of this logsplitter....with a few oak trees under our belts, and after we were well into further processing a gnarly/knotty oak, he has revaluated his opinion....it seems to have 'Plenty' of power now! Our latest undertaking has been a 46 inch diameter black oak in his backyard. I'm quite sure that there isn't a straight piece of grain in any of the wood that we have split yet, and the DR Rapid Fire just keeps on churning out mounds of firewood. We estimated that this 'big boy' was good for at least 4 cords by itself. We would highly recomend this logsplitter to anyone.
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The best logsplitter for your money!
Posted by: Justducky777 from New Jersey on 04/27/2012
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When we first got this new logsplitter, my son-in-law stated that he thought that DR had over estimated the 'power' of this logsplitter....with a few oak trees under our belts, and after we were well into further processing a gnarly/knotty oak, he has revaluated his opinion....it seems to have 'Plenty' of power now! Our latest undertaking has been a 46 inch diameter black oak in his backyard. I'm quite sure that there isn't a straight piece of grain in any of the wood that we have split yet, and the DR Rapid Fire just keeps on churning out mounds of firewood. We estimated that this 'big boy' was good for at least 4 cords by itself. We would highly recomend this logsplitter to anyone.
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vert easy to start
Posted by: woejo from Pennsylvania on 04/13/2012
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I have use to split log much wider than called for
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vert easy to start
Posted by: woejo from Pennsylvania on 04/13/2012
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I have use to split log much wider than called for
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Quick and easy
Posted by: Ted66 from Illinois on 04/09/2012
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This log splitter has made the job of supplying wood for our fireplace super quick and easy! Never thought I'd get so much done in such a short time and with minimal effort.
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Quick and easy
Posted by: Ted66 from Illinois on 04/09/2012
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This log splitter has made the job of supplying wood for our fireplace super quick and easy! Never thought I'd get so much done in such a short time and with minimal effort.
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Great Machine
Posted by: Jamie from New Hampshire on 04/08/2012
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Sure it costs more than the hydro units, but you get back every penny in your first season. It suits my pace so much better than hydrolic units - fast. I love that I can tow it around the property.
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Great Machine
Posted by: Jamie from New Hampshire on 04/08/2012
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Sure it costs more than the hydro units, but you get back every penny in your first season. It suits my pace so much better than hydrolic units - fast. I love that I can tow it around the property.
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Q.What is the longest piece of wood this splitter will split?
A.The maximum log length this machine is capable of splitting is 24".

Thank you for your inquiry.
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Posted by: Gerald W. Taylor from Ellijay , GA on 11/29/2013
Q.What is the width from tire to tire. I'd like to know if it will fit through my side gate to the back yard
A.The overall width (from tire to tire) of the DR RapidFire Log Splitter is 37 inches.
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Posted by: Michael Archer from San Rafael , CA on 3/26/2014
Q.Can I use the tow ball adapter off my DR Grader on this splitter
A.At this time, the tow bars on the DR Power Grader and RapidFire Log Splitter are different dimensions (due to different machine structural requirements) and therefore the ball hitches for each of them are not interchangeable with one another.

I hope this adequately answers your question and if you have further questions, please do not hesitate to ask. Thank you for your inquiry.
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Posted by: Edward Provost from ALSEA , OR on 1/11/2014
Q.how much hp dose this pro-k34 model have?
A.Our Pro-XL Rapid Fire model features a 6 HP Subaru engine. This is a very powerful machine that can quickly and effectively split wood for your wood burning needs.

Thank you for your inquiry. fc
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Posted by: julius booker from lithonia , GA on 9/10/2014
Q.How well does the splitter work on 18" wide oak and larger?
A.Our Pro-XL Rapid Fire Splitter is very capable of splitting oak logs, 18"+ in diameter. This splitter is rated for 30" and more! The two 75 lb fly wheels create enough force to split any hard or soft woods. If the wood is knotty or stringy it may take an additional pass but it is capable of splitting it. These are fantastic splitters for finishing large projects quickly and efficiently.

Thank you for your inquiry.

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