A Kinetic Log Splitter: What Is It?

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Kinetic Log Splitter

The log splitters that you often find on the market are hydraulic; they operate, but they move extremely slowly. A hydraulic pump pumps oil into a hydraulic cylinder, which slowly pushes a splitting ram to split logs.

You may have also heard of the Kinetic Log Splitter, another sort of log splitter, and been curious about it. So here’s how it goes:

A belt connects the motor to two flywheels, one of which is balanced on each side. When the motor is started, the flywheels begin to spin and store kinetic energy. When you pull the handle, the rack and pinion mechanism engages, acting as a clutch. The energy is then released to the ram, which shoots out at a high rate of speed and splits the logs with enormous power. The typical cycle time is around 2.3 seconds.

What are this log splitter’s benefits?

The most compelling and evident feature is that the kinetic log splitter is often six times quicker than hydraulic ones. You no longer have to wait impatiently for the hydraulic ram to gently extend and retract. Now all you have to do is place the log on the splitter, pull the handle, and suddenly, before you can add another, the ram returns and is prepared to make the next split. This will save you important time.

This dynamic log splitter also has further unnoticed advantages:

  1. The log splitter requires very little maintenance; all you need to do is maintain it clean and lube the gears to get years of use out of it. No pump problems or oil leaks.
  2. Because a kinetic log splitter employs a push to crush the logs rather than a steady force as a hydraulic log splitter does, if you have a really tough piece that cannot be split in one go, you are more likely to split it using a kinetic log splitter. The kinetic log splitter may therefore always “out split” a hydraulic log splitter of the same level.

Will Australian hardwood be split by the kinetic log splitter?

Glad you asked. On our log splitter, we and our clients have tried a variety of hardwoods, including stringy bark, yellow box, red gum, ironbark, jarrah, and blackwood. There are always kinetic log splitters available that will work for you.

What makes a Forestwest Kinetic Log Splitter a good choice?

The Forestwest kinetic log splitters have been created at our plant since 2007 in collaboration with an American business. Since then, we have been providing the US market. Additionally, we are the first firm to introduce a comprehensive line of kinetic log splitters, ranging from 7ton to 34ton, to Australia.

Additionally, we enhanced the quality of our log splitter after moving to Australia, including the size of the engine, the flywheel, and the internal gears, to ensure that it was adequate for Australian hardwood. We are familiar with the capabilities of our kinetic log splitter thanks to years of testing, and we can assist you with any problems.


Kinetic splitters’ speed is by far and away its greatest and most prominent benefit.

A kinetic splitter moves quickly. Cycle times for many of them range from 2.5 to 3 seconds, measuring how long it takes the splitter to split wood and return to its starting position. Compare that to the 12 to 15-second cycle time that hydraulic log splitters typically have.

The energy that powers a kinetic splitter is generated by spinning flywheels and is kept until the operator of the log splitter releases it by pulling a lever, which accounts for the rapid speed. The moment the energy is released, a strong ram force causes it to burst. The ram of the splitter then moves automatically back to its initial position.

Remember that a kinetic splitter’s fast speed is the reason you won’t always get a tonnage rating. A slower-moving hydraulic log splitter makes it simpler to estimate tonnage, which is a measure of progressively applied pressure. If a kinetic splitter has a tonnage rating, it was determined by comparing its capacity for splitting to the tonnage of a hydraulic unit.

However, don’t assume that speed is the sole benefit. Kinetic log splitters are praised for being simple to maintain as well.

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