October 3rd, 2019 | Updated on June 25th, 2022
Conventional gas log splitters are a excellent tool to have for the homeowner or log processing company. However, over the years there is a lot of maintenance involved in caring for a standalone gas log splitters.
When you go to pull start the engine and it does not start, that’s it, you’re done. The good news is there is a solution for this problem, a log splitter powered by your skid steer. There are a few to choose from if you decide to go this route.
The standard horizontal log splitter hooks up to your skid steer, which allows you to easily move it to the wood you need to split. This splitter is operated from outside the cab, like a gas powered log splitter. However, your skid steer will provide plenty of flow to get the most out of the ram force of the cylinder.
The horizontal vertical log splitter allows is also operated from outside the cab of the skid steer. It works just like a conventional log splitter, except it uses the hydraulics off the skid steer.
This splitter has a options to flip up beam of the splitter to allow the user to split logs in vertical position by simply pulling a pin and flipping the log splitter upright. If the user has large logs to split, this would be the best position to split them without having to lift the log off the ground.
The last splitter available would be the inverted or “upside down” style log splitter. This splitter is completely operated from inside the cab. The operator does not have to do any manual work or heavy lifting. This splitter works by simply placing the beam over the log and splitting the log.
The operator can also pick up logs and move them over the split pile by simply adding enough pressure onto the log without splitting it and picking it up.
Once the operator has the log over the split pile, he can then apply maximum force to split the log onto the pile. This is our most popular style of log splitter attachment.
A great feature to add to log splitter attachments over 30 ton is a 4-way wedge. This option cuts splitting time in half. The wood is split in 4 instead of 2 in just one single cycle.
When purchasing a skid steer log splitter attachment, make sure you know your machines flow rate or GPM. Most log splitter attachments will require a minimum of 13 gallons per minute to operate effectively.
Even at this minimum flow rate, it should give you around a 12 second cycle time. This is adequate for most operators.
Lastly, make sure to always run your skid steer on standard flow 13-26 GPM when operating a skid steer log splitter.
For the most part, cylinders do not need the extra pressure on high flow to run effectively. Running on high flow will most likely cause the cylinders seals to blow compromising the log splitter entirely.
Grab the right width and weight that will work with your skid steer – full sized or mini! You can find more information in the best stocked skid steers attachments store.