Pow’ R’ Kraft 65575 Log Splitter Review
It can split similar logs to gas splitters in terms of size, hardness and knot content, but for about half the price and much lower noise levels than big gas units. It isn’t the easiest model of those we’ve reviewed to maneuver, so if you’re planning to split many cords you’re probably better off setting it up in one permanent log splitting location.
This is a seriously well built, heavy duty log splitter, especially when you consider its mid-range price point. Awkwardly shaped logs may bend the log guide rails if you’re going at full speed, but otherwise it can handle virtually everything you throw at it. We tried hardwood, dense, large and very knotted sections of wood, and it split them all: the only thing we wouldn’t advise attempting is very wet logs.
Here is a demonstation of the Log Splitter in action:
There is a word of caution. This wood splitter is so powerful, that sometimes very hard, tough logs come apart with quite some force. There’s usually quite a loud noise and the separated pieces can be thrown from the machine. Usually, this shouldn’t be a problem for the operator as the pieces fall away from you, but be careful if anyone else is standing next to or around the splitter.
Nevertheless, this machine does allow an extra element of control, which does improve the safety factor. It has two-speed settings: the fast speed delivers 4 tons of force, while the slow speed delivers 7 tons of force. The slow speed is perfect for getting the split started and the fast speed is great for finishing it off. This makes the machine highly efficient to operate. Switching between the two speeds is very simple, requiring nothing more than pressing a button and moving a lever.
The main downside to this log splitter is its ease of movement. It does have a handle, but this is awkward and uncomfortable to use, especially if you’re going to be moving the wood splitter long distances. The wheels are plastic and poor quality – nothing like the rugged tires of the Champion 90720 – which isn’t great for moving it across uneven, rocky ground. If you can get hold of a cart or a trailer, that would make the practicality of this wood splitter infinitely better.
- Compact yet powerful
- Easy to use, two speed motor gives control over how to split each log
- Difficult to maneuver due to flimsy wheels and an uncomfortable handle
- Guide rails may bend with awkward, hard logs
- Split pieces can fall away from the splitter so care must be taken for anyone standing nearby
- Splitter type: Electric
- Splitting force: 7 tons
- Colour: Yellow
- Weight: 205 pounds
- Material type: Steel
- Maximum log size: 20 inches long, 12 inches wide
- Positioning: Horizontal
- Amps: 15