Is Buying a Used Log Splitter a Good Idea?
Firewood and log splitters can last for many years or even decades. If you can find a well built used log splitter that costs much less than a new one this can be a smart choice. Find or sell a used log splitter in our free classifieds.
Traditional hydraulic log splitters are simple machines with simple components. Quality wood splitters are made to operate under extreme pressure so they are made of heavy duty durable parts that really don’t wear out very fast. A commercial quality firewood splitter can last for decades of high volume use. We have splitters over 20 years old that are still in commercial use and are still using the original hydraulic components. The exception is one inexpensive control valve that was replaced.
Log splitter engines are one of the most common components to wear out and is also usually the most expensive part. Under commercial use they will only last a few years but they can usually be replaced for $300-$400 for a brand new one. For a casual user they might outlast the user if they are taken care of.
What to Look for when Buying a Used Log Splitter
When looking for a used log splitter look for one with a well built frame made of good heavy gauge steel, especially in the main I beam. Look for good strong welds and strong high grade bolts.
Make sure the engine starts easy and runs good. If not figure possible repair or replacement into the price. Check the hydraulic components for fluid leaks. Leaks around the hydraulic cylinder, pump or control valve could mean they could need to be replaced or repaired in the future.
Check the hydraulic hoses and fittings for leaks, and deep gouges and cracks. Leaking hose fittings may need to be be replaced but many times simply tightening them will stop the leak. Small surface cracks in hydraulic hoses can be normal and nothing to worry about. These can be caused by sun damage but are often just in the outside layer of the hose and don’t really affect the strength of the hose.
Often hydraulic components will still function for a long time with minor leaks but keep in mind the leaks can be an indication of future part failure. Plus hydraulic fluid is not cheap. Sometimes fixing a leak can be cheaper than a jug of hydraulic fluid.
Obviously you will want to find one that is the right style for your needs. Learn more about the advantages and disadvantages of different styles of hydraulic log splitters.
If a used log splitter is in poor condition it still might be a good deal if you are mechanically capable and can get it cheap. A used frame can be a good place to start instead of building one yourself from scratch. If some of the parts need to be replaced you may be able to find them cheap.
Buy or Sell a Used Log Splitter
If you are looking to buy or sell a used hydraulic log splitter feel free to post a free ad in the classifieds. It’s simple and free to post what you have to offer or what you are looking for.