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We have many years of experience with professional quality wood splitters. Our splitters are well thought-out, field-tested and available in many special features. Each of our wood splitters is, of course, only fitted with particularly high-quality industrial pumps and special long-life bearings. If you wish to modify a machine, we will be happy to do so for you, as far as technically possible and permissible. Please contact us. 

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Decision aid, standing or lying log splitter? Which is better?

In this decision guide, the primary focus is on the differences in wood lengths that are greater than or exactly 100cm. With shorter wood lengths, some advantages and disadvantages of a log splitter shift.
In the following, the differences between standing and lying log splitters are listed in individual categories in order to illustrate them. Of course it is possible that a customer sees an advantage as a disadvantage or vice versa. Here, much depends on personal experience and opinions. Therefore this list cannot be complete. If you have any comments or additions, we would be happy to receive them.

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General information on wood splitters:

vertical wood splitter:

verticallog splitters usually have a short log table, a lowerable cylinder and often a log lifter / loading arm. Much of this is subject to surcharge, depending on the supplier. However, these features are fully or at least partially taken into account in the decision making process of standing and lying splitters. We kindly ask you to take this into account. In standing log splitters, the wood is split by a wedge moving from top to bottom and then usually falls into lateral holding arms, from where it can be further processed.

horizontal wood splitter:

horizontal log splitters are either mounted on a frame or, as with us, on a stable double T support. A short timber table is not required due to the design, nor is a lowerable cylinder. Alone here a difference is already recognizable at first sight.
With horizontal log splitters, the wood is pushed with a pressure plate against a splitting blade and split there. However, exchanging these two components is no problem due to the construction. This can therefore be manufactured in an uncomplicated manner according to customer requirements.

split channel:
In a standing log splitter, the wood remains quite close or even completely in the splitting chute after splitting. Alternatively, this can be deposited on lateral holding arms. This of course makes multiple splitting much easier. With a horizontal log splitter, the log is usually pushed out of the splitting chute. This is, of course, practical if you want to pre-split wood or if a multiple cross is used. Depending on the diameter and length, it may be possible to achieve oven-ready wood.

splitting force for wood splitters:
With both wood splitter variants the splitting pressure is in principle unlimited. However, the past has shown that splitting forces greater than 20 tons are usually only required with horizontal log splitters, as the possibility of external loading is often easier to realize here.

splitting wedges and hydraulic splitting wedges:

Hydraulic splitting crosses are only possible with horizontal log splitters. Especially with hydraulic crosses it is often necessary to have a zero position. This is of course only possible with 4-fold crosses. Larger than these are then only practical as a complete replacement blade.
It should always be noted that the splitting force required increases if the wood is to be or must be split into more than 2 pieces. Therefore, it is important to ensure that the splitting force and the splitter are of sufficient magnitude.


This is of course done by a 2 hand operation. In Germany this has been mandatory for wood splitters for quite some time and is therefor necessary. This is often "forgotten", especially with Asian imported products. With horizontal log splitters, the operation is at the height of the printing plate. With vertical log splitters, the control is either located atthe side of the log or above the splitting wedge. If the controls of a standing log splitter are located on the side of the log, this has the disadvantage that the work becomes very uncomfortable with large diameters, because the operating levers are then very far apart. The diameter of the wood is also limited by the design of this type. With upper operating levers you have the advantage that you can permanently maintain the same comfortable working position on the log splitter.

Loading arm / loading aid:
A loading arm can be detached cost-effectively via a chain hoist in the case of a vertical log splitter. Here the chain is hooked into the lowered splitting wedge. As soon as the splitting wedge moves back, the chain is tightened and the piece of wood is erected. With a horizontal log splitter, this would only be possible via deflection rollers and would therefore be considerably more cost-intensive. Hydraulic loading arms/strong are of course possible with both variants of the log splitters.
In general, the majority of the wood is moved by hand in the case of many splitters. Here, a standing log splitter has the advantage that large diameters only need to be tilted and rolled. With a horizontal log splitter, the log must be liftedcompletely into the splitting chute.
suitability for short timber:

This is given in both variants. With a standing wood splitter you have it - if a short wood table is included in the delivery - of course very easy.

Suitability for grazing poles / long timber (over 200cm):
Only possible with a horizontal log splitter, because standing machines would become too high.

splitting speed:
Here, horizontal and vertical log splitters are equal. Many models are equipped with special valves that automatically regulate the speed, so that you always work in the fastest gear possible. Alternatively, there are 2 speeds which must be operated manually. Only one selectable speed often means for the customer that it is quite slow.
tractor attachment:

standing log splitters are more obvious for smaller tractors with lower lifting capacity. With a horizontal log splitter, the leverage is greater due to the overall length. Therefore, larger tractors are often required for transport. The required drive power is identical for both - provided that the same number of tons is used.

Transport of the wood splitter:

For tractor-driven equipment, this can of course be easily achieved using a tractor. Machines with power current and/or petrol engine have wheels for a better transport (up to 15 tons splitting power, otherwise too heavy), with the lying wood splitters even a complete chassis
The wheels allow the log splitters to be moved well. Of course, the weight of the wood splitters must be taken into account. Of course this must be moved nevertheless.

splitting wedge:

For horiontal splitters usually higher/longer. With vertical splitters the size is unfortunately limited, as otherwise the splitting wedge would point too strongly in the direction of the operator.

Dimensions and space requirements:
Standing splitters are naturally much higher than lying ones. The horizontal splitters are naturally much longer than the horizontal ones. It is important, especially with a standing log splitter, that the cylinder can be lowered. If this is not the case, it can easily be damaged in the forest or in the machine shed. Purely from the base, a horizontal log splitter requires more space than a standing splitter. Some horizontal log splitters are telescopic to save transport length. This is especially relevant forlong log splitters , as these would otherwise quickly reach machine lengths of 6m and more.


This is of course given with both variants. With standing log splitters, wheels and/or support feet are usually used. This is also the case with a horizontal log splitter.

drive types:
With both wood splitter variants, many types of drives are possible. From power current (heavy current / 400V), light current (220V), petrol engine, tractor drive via PTO or direct hydraulic connection, many things are possible. Even combinations of drives are no problem for us. On request, other variants are also possible, such as diesel engines.
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