Kinetic Log Splitters Are Here...But What Are They?

What is a Kinetic Log Splitter?

Kinetic Log Splitter doesn't use conventional hydraulics to split the wood. Instead, it uses kinetic energy. 

The engine of a kinetic log splitter provides power to a flywheel system that stores the kinetic energy as it spins. 

Once you engage the lever, this kinetic energy is transferred to the splitting wedge via a rack and pinion gear, forcing it forward, in one rapid movement, splitting the log. 


The use of kinetic energy over hydraulic makes the log splitter a lot quicker.

The cycle time of a kinetic log splitter (the time it takes to move the splitting wedge forward through the log and then back to the start position) is around 3 seconds.

This makes them much faster at splitting wood over hydraulic splitter which can have a cycle time of anywhere between 15 to 30 seconds, meaning you can split more cords of wood in much less time. 

The splitting wedge on a kinetic log splitter also returns to the start position automatically, saving you yet more time. 

Low Maintenance

Without a hydraulic system of hoses, pipes and oil, a kinetic splitter has much less maintenance over their hydraulic counterparts. 

There's no risk of leaks in hoses or valves or costly repairs to damaged parts of a hydraulic system.

The only maintenance on a kinetic splitter is the general service of the petrol engine, even less if you chose an electric-powered version. 

This makes kinetic log splitters much more reliable and much cheaper to run. 


Due to the burst of power these log splitters use, there are not many wood types that a kinetic splitter can't handle. 

They have enough power to split seasoned soft and hardwood, knotty wood and even some green wood. 

They are ideal for general garden maintenance or forestry and grounds maintenance duties. 


If you're looking for a quick and efficient way of splitting logs for firewood, forestry, grounds maintenance or any other purpose, then it's well worth considering a Kinetic Log Splitter. 

They're faster, more efficient, more cost-effective and can come with options such as wheels or ATV tow bars. 

If you'd like to discuss this further, then get in touch.