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Generac 10-Ton Kinetic Electric Log Splitter Review

Generac 10-Ton Kinetic Electric Log Splitter Review

Most electric log splitters offer less power than their gas-powered counterparts and work through a hydraulic pump. The Generac 10-Ton Kinetic Electric Log Splitter offers a different approach with more power than a traditional electric splitter.

The Generac 10-Ton Kinetic Electric Log Splitter also has the benefit of a small footprint. The entire log splitter is under fifty inches long, so storing it in the off-season is easy.

One of the main draws of an electric log splitter is that it has a fume-free, quiet motor and it is more portable. Both things are true of the Generac 10-Ton Kinetic Electric log splitter. Unlike other electric splitters on the market, however, it does not sacrifice any power.

Features

In addition to the traditional features of an electric log splitter, the Generac 10-Ton Kinetic Electric log splitter comes with a number of special perks as well. Since it is a kinetic rather than hydraulic log splitter, it is already set apart.

The Generac 10-Ton Kinetic Electric log splitter has a fume-free, quiet motor to operate the kinetic splitter. Additionally, it has a number of unique bells and whistles to make it even more appealing. Some of its features include:

  • It can split logs up to 16 inches long and 12 inches in diameter
  • Ram auto returns
  • Cycle time of only one second
  • It can be powered by a standard outlet for inside and outside use
  • Has two 12.5 pound flywheels for the kinetic portion

Pros

  • The splitter is extremely fast
  • It can actually split logs up to 18 inches in diameter without a problem
  • It is lightweight enough for one person to handle and move
  • The splitter does not require any oil or hydraulic fluid
  • It can handle pretty much any type of wood – hard or soft, freshly cut or seasoned

Cons

  • The spring on the ram return sticks, which means you have to manually return it on occasion
  • The splitter is very low to the ground, which can lead to a sore back
  • Some larger or hardwood logs take a couple of hits before they will split fully

Summary

Overall, despite a couple drawbacks, the Generac 10-Ton Kinetic Electric log splitter is a great option for your household log splitting needs. The kinetic design itself has a number of benefits, including not needing any sort of fluid to run the machine.

One of the main draws of this splitter is the exceedingly short cycle time. Since it also seems to handle all wood types well, the cycle time is a major bonus. On some larger or hardwood logs, however, the time may be a bit longer to split the log completely.

Although it can handle pretty much anything you can throw at it, the spring on the ram return is not as durable as the rest of the machine. Perhaps due to the fast cycle time or simply the ten tons of force, the spring tends to fail with repeated use.

Another potential issue is the low height of the machine. Even though the portability is a plus, setting the Generic 10-Ton Kinetic Electric log splitter on a higher surface will protect you from a sore back.

Comparisons and Possible Alternatives

There are not many kinetic electric log splitter on the market, so the Generic 10-Ton Kinetic Electric log splitter has the competition beat in that respect. There are, however, a couple viable alternatives.

The first alternative is the Timber Champ 7-Ton Kinetic Log Splitter. As with the Generic model, the Timber Champ can be operated on a regular power outlet and has no need for hydraulic fluid.

The cycle time on the Timber Champ is slightly longer at two seconds. It still far outdoes the hydraulic electric log splitters. Additionally, it has slightly less power than the Generic log splitter.

If you are open to hydraulic electric log splitters as well, the Boss Industrial ED8T20 8-Ton Electric Log Splitter offers nearly the same power. Since it is a hydraulic splitter, however, it requires hydraulic fluid.

One of the main draws of this log splitter over the other two options is that you can operate it with one hand. This way, you can use the free hand to guide the log into place. While the other two options require both hands, the ED8T20 runs with the press of a button.

Verdict

All-in-all, the Generac 10-Ton Kinetic Electric Log Splitter is a great, powerful option for all your splitting needs. Since the machine is a kinetic design, rather than a hydraulic one, the cycle time is drastically reduced.

Due to the design of the Generac 10-Ton Kinetic Electric log splitter, there is no need for hydraulic fluid or oil. This reduces the potential mess while splitting logs.

Although there are a couple of minor drawbacks, the Generac 10-Ton Kinetic Electric Log Splitter is overall a great option. It offers all the power of a regular, high-end hydraulic splitter with a better cycle time and less mess.

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