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WEN 56206 6-Ton Electric Log Splitter
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- Reliable 2 HP, copper-wound motor uses household current; No problems with cold starts or gas shortages; quieter, less expensive; Plug it in and go!
- Safety first! Operation requires two hands to keep hands clear of the ram while fume free electric power allows for usage both indoors and outdoors
- Built-in log cradle/guide keeps logs on track for even splitting of logs up to 10" in diameter and 20.5" in length
- Portable with two comfort grip handles and 6" tires
- CSA approved with a two-year WEN warranty. refer the Page 17 on user guide for Trouble shooting steps
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- 2 HP 15A Motor
- Max Log Diameter: 10 inch
- Max Log Length: 20.5 inches
- 4 inch by 4 inch Push Plate
- 4.5" Cracking Wedge
- 12,000 Pounds of Force
- Fume-Free Operation
- Never-Flat Wheels
- 2-Year Warranty
12,000 Pounds of Log Cracking Force
Attack logs up to 10 inches in diameter and 20.5 inches in length with the WEN Lumberjack 6-Ton Electric Log Splitter. Our powerful 2 HP 15A motor drives the 4-by-4-inch push plate into the 4.5-inch wedge, giving hard and soft woods alike a nice even split. The 5-inch wheels and rubber-grip handles make for easy transportation while the required two-hand operation keeps hands safe and out of the way of the action. Plus, the fume-free electric power allows this log splitter to be used both indoors and outdoors.
And because it is a WEN Product, this 6-Ton Log Splitter comes backed by a 2-year warranty, a nationwide network of skilled service technicians and a friendly customer service line. It's time to provide for your family. Remember when you gave your loved ones warmth with nothing but a log splitter and some good old-fashioned willpower? Remember WEN.
Two-handed operation keeps your hands safe from this log splitter's 12,000 pounds of force.
Crack logs up to 10 inches in diameter and 20.5 inches in length with the wide-set log guide and sturdy steel push plate.
The rubber-grip handles and 6-inch never-flat wheels make transportation easier than ever.
This 2 HP 15 Amp motor powers the 15.5 inch ram to give logs a nice even split.
|Item Dimensions||18 x 11.5 x 37.5 inches|
|Item Weight||100 pounds|
|Shipping Weight||108 pounds|
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The WEN 56206 6-Ton Electric Log Splitter quickly turns that pile of wood into something useful-firewood for your fireplace! Safer and more productive than swinging an ax! Our heavy-gauge welded-steel construction handles all of your log-splitting demands. A powerful 2 hp 15-amp motor applies up to 12,000 pounds of force, effortlessly splitting any log under 20.5" in length and 10" in diameter. A 4" by 4" push plate connected to the 15-1/2" ram pushes logs into the 4.5" wedge, splitting the wood quickly and efficiently. For safety purposes, WEN designed this operation to require both hands. Removal of a hand returns the ram to its starting position, decreasing the chance of bodily injury. The electric power allows for lower maintenance costs and indoor usage without worries of exhaust fumes. No gas to run out. No batteries to change. Just plug it in and go! The splitter includes convenient comfort-grip handles and 6" tires to easily transport to your work area when necessary. Use up to a 50' twelve-gauge extension cord. Includes AW32 hydraulic oil to fill the 2.8-quart reservoir. Use Dextron auto transmission fluid for operations below 40 degrees Fahrenheit.
Top customer reviews
Cons: Packaged poorly: molded styrofoam is not what you use to pack 100 lbs of steel machine, should have been heavy cardboard. Mine arrived with the rubber ends on the 2 tubes that form the "frame" destroyed and the mounting ear for one of the wheels bent. I was able to make it usable, but I was not pleased.
Manual was terrible BUT YOU BETTER NOT LOSE IT (YOU CAN DOWNLOAD IT AT THE MANUFACTURER'S WEB SITE): the axle is held in center by a single cotter pin. It is not immediately clear where the axle should be when the pin is inserted (the pin should be inside the frame, but that was not immediately evident). There are contradictory warnings about length and gauge of extension cords (a hard to understand chart that appears to endorse use of heavy duty cords of substantial length), but elsewhere the manual warns not to use any cord longer than 25 feet. There is an unlabeled vent valve (that is shaped like a butterfly nut) that MUST be open during use and closed during storage, or else SERIOUS damage to hydraulic seals could occur. This is buried in the manual, and there is no quick use guide with simple steps. There is no label on the unit itself indicating how to use it. Hydraulic fluid is pre-installed, but Dexron trans fluid is recommended in colder temperatures. The warning against mixing the two might be missed for forgotten: a label should be present near the unlabeled dipstick indicating fluid type and warning against mixing.
Of course I read the reviews before I bought this machine, and now that I've used it, I think there are some misconceptions to clear up. This is my second log splitter--I built one with a 13 hp Honda engine, and it's very fast and very competent, so this electric model is definitely the little one. One of the first misconceptions is that splitters need tremendous force to do their job. That force comes from having a large diameter hydraulic cylinder, which causes the splitter to have a slow cycle time. That's a simple relationship--big cylinder means slower movement with more force. My big splitter has about the same size cylinder as this little electric--2-1/2", which means they are both in the range of 6 to 7 tons of available force. That's plenty for all of the wood I use, which is mostly spruce. The diameter of the wood really doesn't matter much--more about that later, but the electric splitter can handle much bigger diameter than the advertised 10" or so. The cycle time is OK-ish. The main issue with how fast you can work is actually in the handling of the wood anyway.
I modified the splitter in several ways. We live in the Alaska interior, and I immediately changed the oil to Dexron 3, which is recommended for cold (come-on +40F--that ain't even a little cold, but--). I also replaced the cheesy little 6' cord with a nice new 12 gauge extension cord, 50' long, and rated for -50 degrees. That's not just for the log splitter--I do that with every electric device that will be used outdoors in the winter. Don't get me started.
The splitting wedge was only 2-1/4" wide. I welded on wings to make it about 5-1/2" wide, which changes the splitting dynamics a lot. You know those sticks that almost split, but won't separate? The wedge needs to be big enough to push those apart, especially for big diameter sticks.
The operating controls. Don't tell anyone, but I changed those too--I installed a nice well made two pole 20A switch and an extension for the hydraulic control valve, and they are both relocated to the highest part of the splitter when it's in use. Less bending over and one-hand operation now. The original controls were even more awkward than they need to be, but they are better now.
Operating position. I tried to use it on the floor of my shop, and ended up setting it in the back of my pickup. The height is right, the handling is easier, and the split chunks land in the truck so I can move them easier. It helped a lot.
Using the splitter with a generator. I bought this splitter for a friend who lives in a remote camp. It will be powered by his little Honda EU2000i portable generator, so I was concerned that the generator might not be able to handle the load. Turns out that the hard part is starting the motor. The generator lugs down briefly when I hit the motor switch, but handles the actual splitting with no problem at all. After splitting a pickup load of cottonwood and spruce ranging up to about 18" diameter, I'm comfortable with telling him the generator can handle it.
***Edited to add--The generator has a hard time spinning up the motor when the oil is cold. That's mostly due to the marginal power output of the generator--once the motor gets up to full speed, it's fine. If the splitter is stored in a warm place, the generator can handle it. When I use it at home with a grid-connected power supply, there's no problem. ***
There was a comment to the effect that the splitter failed to produce enough power to split wood. I believe that was because it was sucking air--if the splitter is used with the handles lower than the motor end, the hydraulic oil goes to the wrong end and the pump sucks air. Just raise the handle end a bit to fix this problem.
So, pros and cons. The two handed controls are an issue, but probably necessary for the target market. Cold weather operation may be a problem, but it can be kept indoors, so that cancels out. The low operating position is very awkward, so I recommend using it on a raised platform. It works with a 2000 Watt generator.
You need to pay attention to the power requirements. We had it plugged into an extension cord that was too small and too long and it couldn't split a twig. This thing needs a lot of juice to do its thing. Short chords with big wires are essential.
Am I ever glad I did. The splitter worked perfectly for me, splitting everything I threw at it, including wet logs and logs exceeding the recommended diameter. The two wheels make it easy to move around like a 2-wheeler and storing it vertically doesn't require much space. About the only thing I could think of that might improve it (for some people anyway) would be for it to come with a long, heavy gauge cord. But adding a heavy gauge extension cord is an easy option to add for those who, like me, need it.
A-plus is the only grade I can give the product.