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Frequently Asked Questions

Log Splitter FAQs

1. Why use a log splitter? A log splitter comes in handy for splitting wood for a fireplace or wood-burning stove. Log splitters make the job go faster and easier and are a labor-saving device.

2. How does a log splitter operate? An engine drives a pump that pumps hydraulic fluid from a hydraulic reservoir or tank through a valve to a cylinder. The cylinder has two sides which fill alternately and extend or retract a piston. The splitting wedge is on the end of the piston and is driven through the log which rests in the log cradle. Log splitters are rated by the amount of force the cylinder is capable of producing and the maximum pressure of the hydraulic system. (See the attached Log Splitter Operation Schematic).

3. What are some specifications to keep in mind while purchasing a log splitter? Engine size, cylinder size, and cycle times are all good indicators of a machine’s performance capability. Configurations like horizontal or vertical will offer advantages as well. One of the most important numbers, aside from price, is splitting force. This is measured in tons, and will largely determine what size log you can safely split.

4. What size log splitter do I need? If you are splitting wood seasonally for winter firewood, a 22-Ton or 27-Ton log splitter is more than adequate. If you are using the log splitter year-round or splitting hard woods, then a 28-Ton or 35-Ton log splitter may be more appropriate. The most significant difference between the models are the cylinder and the time it takes to complete a “stroke”, i.e., fully extend the piston and wedge and then retract to the starting position.5. What size logs can I split? When cutting logs into sections keep in mind the size of your fireplace or wood stove and how you will stack the wood. It is generally a good idea to cut the wood into consistent sections no larger than 18” long. This ensures that it will fit in most fireboxes and will easily stack in most wood racks, and remain protected from the elements by your wood rack’s cover. The diameter and hardness of the wood your splitter is capable of splitting is entirely dependent on each model’s force rating.

6. How fast can I split logs? Depending upon the model, you can generally split 3 logs per minute. The cycle time varies on each model, with commercial log splitters being somewhat faster.

7. What are the basic differences between Gas and Electric splitters? Gas splitters are generally larger, louder and more difficult to move and are capable of faster cycle times and more force. Larger models can be transported via trailer hitch which combined with gasoline operation allow you to use in remote locations.

Electric models are quieter and more environment-friendly. They can be used indoors, and will split wood sufficiently according to most homeowners’ needs. They are, however, limited by the need for an electrical outlet. Also, on average, they are not capable of matching the high force ratings of some gas models.

8. What is the difference between Horizontal and Vertical Splitters? Vertical splitters are advantageous when working with logs that are very combersome or heavy. Large logs can be rolled into place at ground level and split with ease. Horizontal splitters will need logs lifted onto them. Smaller logs are easier to handle, resting on the beam of a horizontal splitter. Several of our Log Splitters can be configured in either position as you encounter larger logs during a project. The versatility this affords is usually worth any difference in price.

Post Hole Digger FAQs

1. What type of grease should I use to lubricate with? Use an SAE multipurpose high temperature grease with extreme pressure (EP) performance. Also acceptable is an SAE multipurpose lithium based grease.

2. What size hole do I need? For a 4×4 post, use an 9″ diameter auger.  For a 6×6 use a 12″ auger. The extra diameter of the hole allows for concrete setting of the post.

3. How long does it take to drill a hole? A few minutes per each hole. The type of soil will determine the auger speed and drilling time. Start slowly and increase auger speed with hole depth. Once the desired depth is reached, usually 36″ to 42″, raise and lower the auger at normal speed to remove soil from the hole.

4. Do I need a helper to operate a post hole digger? Post Hole Diggers are designed to be a one-man operation from the seat of a tractor. Never operate the post hole digger with anyone near or in contact with the auger, driveline or any other part of the implement.

5. What type of post hole digger do I need? The type of post hole digger can vary based on your need from the manual hand-held digger for a few small fence posts to a CAT 1 or 2 tractor implement for use in larger jobs.

6. What can you use a post hole digger for? Post hole diggers’ intended use is to effortlessly dig holes for fence posts, construction projects, tree planting and other agricultural & industrial uses.

7. Who do I contact with questions? Always refer to your Operator’s Manual to assist with resolving the most common problems first. If you have additional questions, contact Dirty Hand Tools at 720-287-5182 or 1-877-487-8275.

Tiller / Cultivators FAQs

Dirty Hand Tools is committed to bringing the best quality, most durable and affordable equipment, tools and accessories possible to the retail market. We design and engineer all of our products in-house in Colorado. DHT sells a complete line of log splitters, chain saws, generators, pumps and agricultural implements.

Snow Thrower FAQs

Dirty Hand Tools is committed to bringing the best quality, most durable and affordable equipment, tools and accessories possible to the retail market. We design and engineer all of our products in-house in Colorado. DHT sells a complete line of log splitters, chain saws, generators, pumps and agricultural implements.

Mower FAQs

Dirty Hand Tools is committed to bringing the best quality, most durable and affordable equipment, tools and accessories possible to the retail market. We design and engineer all of our products in-house in Colorado. DHT sells a complete line of log splitters, chain saws, generators, pumps and agricultural implements.