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What is the difference between a flywheel log splitter and a hydraulic log splitter?
In a hydraulic log splitter, a hydraulic pump pushes oil into a hydraulic cylinder which slowly pushes the splitting ram through a log. Hydraulic machines rely on an even, sustained force that is incredibly powerful, but is not designed for speed.
Flywheel log splitters are designed to maximize the splitting force by increasing the splitting ram's speed. With flywheel models (sometimes called kinetic splitters), the engine turns either one or two massive (up to 75 lbs!) flywheels.
What kinds of wood can the DR RapidFire Flywheel Splitter split? Can it handle hardwoods?
A flywheel log splitter can handle all the same tough hardwoods that a hydraulic splitter can. The kinetic flywheel system magnifies and concentrates the energy from the engine, so the splitting power you experience equates to that of a 22-, 28-, or even 34-ton hydraulic unit. The DR K22 Premier RapidFire models are ideal for medium- to high-density woods, such as ash or maple. For the toughest hardwoods - elm, oak, hickory, etc. - we recommend the DR K28 or DR K34 RapidFire models.
Should I choose a gas or electric log splitter?
This depends on your preferences, as each has its pros and cons. Electric log splitters are great for splitting indoors, such as in a barn, garage, or enclosed porch, and can be used with an extension cord if you want to work further away from your power source. They require almost no maintenance. On the other hand, gas-powered splitters have a bit more power and can be used anywhere on your property. They require some routine maintenance (oil changes, fuel refills, etc.), and must be used outdoors.
How can the K10 split most of what the bigger models do?
Granted, it's compact, but the K10 model is a tough piece of equipment and, at least when it comes to straight-grained woods, it will split 90% of what the bigger units do. As you buy up the power chain, you are adding the ability to deal with increasingly twisted, wetter (and stringier), or larger rounds that may require additional muscle. But for many users the K10 has ample power, and it comes with the convenience of clean, electric power and indoor/outdoor use.
DR Wood Splitter Reviews
"Just got my splitter yesterday. I put it together in about 15 mins this morning. It started on the second pull and ran great. I was scared that this little thing would not have the power to split some of my larger logs. So far it has worked great. I have split Pine, Elm and Ash with no kickbacks and nothing that would stop the ram. I was very nervous about getting this splitter thinking it would not have the power. But it works great."- Daniel R., Livonia, MI
about the K22 RapidFire Model
Glad I bought it
"I am totally impressed with the speed and power. I've split over 6 cord with it and yet to have a problem. I had my doubts and delayed my purchase, but these will make old style spliters obsolete."- AL, FREELAND, MI
about the Premier K22 RapidFire Model
Makes a winter chore, ahem - fun
"The best part of chopping wood, for me at least, is getting out of the house, leaving the noise, and holding that cup of coffee in the cold air. The down side is that is takes forever. I wasn't sure if I wanted to make this kind of investment - but after the video I had to give it a shot. We will burn 8 cord and, yeah sure, anything that speed it up would be nice. But this thing is actually fun to use! I was a little surprised to be honest. The machine itself seems to be pretty rugged, but I will say the paint on the wedge started to come off almost immediately. But thats to be expected I suppose. I am just picky that way. Overall, great machine."- LumberGeorge, Missoula, MT
about the Pro K28 RapidFire Model
"Wow!! Great splitter. So far I am very pleased with the splitter. I have only split few rank so far and this machine works wonderfully. I also purchased the 4-way wedge adapter. Really makes fast work on splitting. When I first purchased the splitter they said it was back ordered for 5 weeks. But that was not the case. The unit arrived at my house within two and a half weeks of ordering! I have used many other splitters and this one really surpassed my expectations. It is built like a rock and has enough power to make fast work of all types of wood."- DARIN J., JACKSON, MO
about the 34 ton Horizontal-Vertical Model
I was skeptical...
"I'll admit I was skeptical of this small, inexpensive log splitter, but I read the reviews and watched the video until I bought it. It arrived quickly and the assembly took 5 minutes. I split oak (lots of it), heavy almond and little bit of pine. All split in less than two seconds. It is EASY and QUICK. Great machine!"- Mark M., Tehachapi CA
about the K10 RapidFire Model