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.