Pow' R' Kraft 65575 7-Ton 15 amp 2-Speed Electric Log Splitter
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- Motor: 15 Amps 3 Horsepower
- 7 tons of RAM splitting force
- Splits logs up to 20-inches long and 12-inches in diameter
- All steel construction for a long working life
- 2-year warranty
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This Pow'R'kraft 7-ton electric log splitter has a dependable 1,500 watt/2,300 watt output electric motor that runs on regular household current with a ground fault breaker that protects against overload. This incredibly designed 2-speed electric motor provides 4-ton force at faster speed and a 7-ton force at a lower speed, with the same single phase motor. As the wood is splitting it requires a high force (lower speed) for a short period, after the wood is split the higher force is not needed. At this point the operator can switch to lower force (faster speed). This electric log splitter will splits wood up to 20-inch long and up to a 12-inch diameter.
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The splitter has had no problem splitting everything I have thrown at it so far. The 2 speed ram control and auto return are great features. The fast speed (4 ton) can handle any log less then 8" in diameter. For logs larger then 8" I use the slow (7 ton) speed. Switching between the speeds is very simple and easy to get used to after just a couple minuets of practice. The splitter deck can accommodate logs up to 20" in length. If you have a log that is 12" and diameter and 15" log, you can use the fast speed to quickly move the ram from the starting position to the log. Once the ram is close to the log, move the speed lever to the slow speed to obtain the 7 ton force and rip through the log. Once the log is cracked open, switch back to the fast speed to continue to quickly split the full length of the log.
I used a Kill-A-Watt style device to monitor the watt usage of the splitter. The information provided by the manufactor claims 1500 watts at 4 tons and 2300 watts at 7 tons. When the ram is moving without resistance the splitter draws ~600 watts on both speeds. When the ram makes contact with a log, the watts will jump to provide the extra power. Normally, I would only see spikes to 800-900 watts on either speed because the splitter is only under heavy load for a "split" (no pun intended) second before the log splits. Only when a load is applied for more then a couple of seconds did I ever see the wattage get maxed out. On the 4 ton speed and a tough log I saw the splitter draw almost 1600 watts. On the 7 ton speed and a tough log I saw the splitter draw 2500 watts. This is a little confusing because the splitter is rated at 15amps and with a 120v input the maximum output should be 1800 watts. I believe I read some where that the electric motor is actually rated to 19 or 20 amps which would draw more then 1800 watts. I was not monitoring amps so I still have more testing to do.
I bought a 12-3 extension cord to use with the splitter. The cord is ratted at 1800 watts and even though I have seen it draw more then that I am not really concerned. Like I mentioned, most of the time the splitter is running at ~600 watts. The only time I have seen it draw more power was for a very very short period of time. Also, most homes are wired with standard 14 gauge wire. So the only reason to run a large gauge wire then the home is to be able to support the draw over a long distance like extension cords are used for.
The splitter is very low to the ground. I use a short rolling stool designed for auto mechanics to avoid kneeling on the concrete. The wheels work well for moving the splitter around on concrete but I have not tried it on the grass yet since the ground is still covered in snow. The noise created by the electric motor is much more tolerable then a gasoline powered splitter. Plus, I like how the electric motor on this electric splitter only runs when the button is pressed. Others operate with an On/Off switch where the motor runs continuously. This also saves on electricity.
Over the past year I have split at least 25 cords of wood with this splitter. It has already paid for itself and there is no reason why I won't be able to get many more seasons out of this great product.
Fill up the back of your truck with wood and drive over to the wood pile. Have a buddy help you lift the splitter on the tailgate and split directly from the truck to the wood pile to save yourself a ton of time. Remember, the least amount of times you can handle the wood the better.
3/8/13...I edited the rating after I finally received an answer from the manufacturer. It reads as follows
"find the small black button on the switch box,
near the green button. It's hard to say what could be the cause, but
this small switch acts as a circuit breaker that protects from electrical
overload. Press the black button once and try restarting your motor."
Hopes this helps the other non-mechanically inclined buyers out there, because it did indeed reset, and I was able to split the rest of my wood. So beware really dense or knotted wood, and hit the reset if it dies.
I was very unsure whether to get the 4 ton, the 7 ton or this, the 2 speed 7 ton. As near as I can tell, you need 7 tons, unless you are doing smaller, straight grained wood. The advantage of the two speeds is that the ram moves faster in 4 ton mode. So, you insert the log, start the ram moving forward in 4 ton mode which travels quickly, then shift to 7 ton mode to split the log. I am very pleased with this!
A plastic part (the slide under the traveling ram) broke. It still works, but I'm trying to get a replacement part. No one answers the phone number given. No email given either. Finally left a message with the Amazon seller. We will see how the after sale service is....
Next day I got an email from Acme with a phone #. I called and got a voicemail. Left my phone #. I'll let you know when and if I get a call back.
THE NEW PART ARRIVED TODAY FREE OF CHARGE. ARRIVED WITHIN A WEEK! THIS IS WHAT YOU HOPE FOR IN CUSTOMER SERVICE!!!
I had considered a larger unit with its own gas engine, but didn't want to find a place to store it when not in use. After reading the positive reviews in the Pow R Kraft unit I decided to try it. So far, it is great. I have only split one stack of old wood ranging from 6" dia to 20" dia. The logs ranged from 18" to the max I can fit in the splitter and have not found a one that I could not easily split.
Weighing it at almost 200 # it is not easily moved over uneven ground or up and down hilly terrain, the Pow R Kraft is very well built and easy to operate.
I will update this rating after I use it a little more.