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Is this a good investment?

Asked by livingchoice (553points) December 14th, 2011

I came across this neat tool for splitting wood on youtube. It costs $88 US + shipping. Do you think it would be a good investment to buying this?

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SmashTheState's avatar

(1) It’s never going to work as well as it does in that video. For one thing, did you notice that they keep cutting away to a different shot? They’re only showing you the times it worked perfectly and not all the times it failed to work properly and the guy using it cursed it heartily before throwing it down, kicking it repeatedly, weeping in frustration until he had a smoke and recovered his patience, then went back for take two.

(2) You’ll probably get better exercise from an axe. And unless you live in Siberia, I doubt you chop enough wood for this to ever pay for itself.

(3) If you have a lot of discretionary income and a large garage for storing toys, then by all means buy one. Otherwise, no, it’s probably not worth the investment.

livingchoice's avatar

@SmashTheState I notice the cut scene as well. Thanks for your input.

whitetigress's avatar

This is going to sound ridiculous, but I would study the parts of the body being used with this machine versus traditional axes or chainsaws or whatever… If it requires less muscles to be used and is more efficient I’m all for it. It looks like the shoulders will absorb alot of recoil, yikes…

lillycoyote's avatar

If you have access to a big enough supply of wood that you think you could make money off selling split wood, cords, for firewood, then I think it would certainly benefit you to look into a splitter that could help you automat the process and make it more profitable, but I certainly wouldn’t buy any old splitter that I saw on youtube. Do some research. Try to find a quality splitter, that would hold up under your needs and that you can afford.

wonderingwhy's avatar

If you’re not in the market for a gas or electric splitter (which can get really expensive – but may be worth it to you), provided you’re physically able, a sharp axe with a heavy blade will probably do just as well, quite possibly better. Though this is coming from someone whose personal definition of “manual log splitter” (which is what the guy in the video is using) is an axe. Amazon’s selling one too btw, $49 list, a manual splitter that is.

LuckyGuy's avatar

That look like an accident waiting to happen. He’s splitting small pieces of easy to split wood. Ash, maybe? If you try to split a piece that is cut a little off and is tougher to split there is the possibility that the log will flop over and send the wedge into your foot.

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