To get the best value from a log splitter rental, it is important to choose the right type of log splitter for the job you want to do. Log splitters are great for cutting large pieces of wood into smaller sizes. A wood splitter rental uses a rod and piston assembly to divide logs with a sharp wedge and high pressure. Whether you want to cut some firewood for yourself or are looking to do a larger or commercial job, a log splitter will allow you to work faster and easier. Begin by determining what type of power source you want the log splitter to run on. Think about what you will be using the log splitter for, where the project will be, and how much wood needs to be cut. All of these things are necessary to determine what type of wood splitter to rent. For power sources, they use electricity, gas or a tractor’s hydraulic system. If you will not be near an electric outlet or generator, using an electric one will not be very convenient. But if you are just splitting a little firewood in your backyard or shop, a lighter, electric model may be much easier to deal with than the heavier, typically bulkier gas-powered ones. If you are considering one that works with a tractor, make sure you will have plenty of room for both. You will also need to decide which way you want to split the wood. A horizontal machine requires the log to be put onto the machine while a vertical one will cut the standing wood without the need to load it. Some log splitter rentals can be used both vertically and horizontally which can be a great choice for the first time you rent so you can try it out both ways and decide which one who prefer. Vertical models are typically bigger and heavier, weighing 50-100 lbs more than a similar horizontal model. Smaller, electric models are often around 100 lbs. The gas-powered ones are 200 lbs or more. Heavy-duty, commercial log splitters range from 300-500 lbs or so. There are typically towed behind a truck or tractor to get them to the work site.
Be sure to consider how powerful you need the splitter to be. Log splitters are rated by the amount of pressure they exert in tons. Residential ones typically run from 4-10 tons while professional commercial machines can go up to 25. If you have softer, smaller pieces of wood less pressure will suffice, but hardwoods and thick pieces will need the greater rating. Higher powered machines will be able to handle longer, larger logs – typically 26 inches long with diameters 24-30” or so. The smaller ones may only accommodate pieces around 20 inches long with 18-inch diameters.
Call around to check for availability and pricing. Log splitter rental cost varies by location and period of rental, but for a general idea, they typically run around $40-$50 for half-day, $65-$75 for a full-day, $175-$200 for 1-week, and $500-$575 for 4-weeks.
Before you pick it up, have everything ready to go. Make sure all the wood is in one place and cut to the correct size. Remove any obstructions or hazards in the work area. Pick the most even ground in the work area to set-up. Have the necessary safety gear: safety glasses and gloves are a must and ear protection is a good idea, especially for the louder, higher-powered machines.
When you pick-up your log splitter rental, be sure to read the contract first and verify that the price and rental period are correct. Check that the machine is in good repair and note any damage. Double-check for the instruction manual and if it isn’t there, ask for it. They may also be able to give you a quick tutorial on how to operate it. Be sure to know how to safely use the machine before you begin. Then enjoy the ease with which you can quickly finish your project.