6 Incredible Facts About Kinetic Log Splitters

| 10/28/2014 9:39:00 AM

Tags: log splitters, firewood, Grace Campbell, Vermont,

DR Kinetic Log Splitter. In-use 1.

Kinetic technology is the wave of the future when it comes to log splitting. Instead of using hydraulics as most log splitters do, kinetic log splitters use a hefty flywheel system that stores energy from the engine in spinning flywheels, releasing it in one burst to pop through logs with record speed. No waiting for the ram to slowly press its way through a log, and then painstakingly retract itself. Here are some incredible facts about kinetic log splitters:

1. Their full cycle time is as little as 2.5 seconds. How long is the cycle time on your hydraulic splitter? It's probably somewhere in the 15- to 30-second range. Those seconds add up when you're splitting cord after cord. With a kinetic log splitter, you can expect a cycle time of 2.5 to 3 seconds, including auto-retract. This makes them about 6 times faster than most hydraulic models.

2. They aren't measured in terms of tonnage. When you go shopping for a new log splitter, the first thing you probably look for is tonnage. It makes sense; in hydraulic splitters, it's the best way to assess their power. Kinetic log splitters can't be accurately measured in terms of tons because the force they produce comes in one quick thrust, instead of a prolonged push. So here at DR, we tell you what hydraulic tonnage our kinetic log splitters could outsplit. For example, the Pro-XL RapidFire kinetic splitter can out split a 34-ton hydraulic.

DR Kinetic Log Splitter. Studio.

3. They're easier to maintain. With no hydraulic oil or pumps, kinetic log splitters are much easier to maintain than hydraulic units. No leaky valves, no messy oil. The only maintenance a kinetic splitter needs is an engine tune-up now and then, just like any other piece of machinery. And electric-powered models don't even need that!

12/31/2015 1:30:49 AM

If I were to customize the hydraulic splitter with a 4 or 5 way head, a simple work table, and a regeneration hydraulic control valve, the output will be increased to where the flywheel splitter would lose the race. Flywheel splitters were patented in the 1920s, maybe earlier. Same basic design with more safety features now.

12/10/2014 9:46:09 AM

What about logs that are too heavy to lift? Does it split vertically? I'd really like to see it split some 24-inch long maple, osage orange, or forked logs. BTW, I kind of resent that ad-based CAPTCHA.

12/10/2014 8:50:39 AM

I just recently upgraded my wood splitting from a sledge and wedge to an hydraulic splitter. I like the slower speed of the hydraulic splitter. I would be concerned about safety and breakage issues with the faster kinetic machine. I cut and split wood only for personal use, so I am not concerned about speed. If I were a commercial wood monger I would be more interested in speed and these machines may be attractive. But, for now, I will stick with the tried and true hydraulic machines.

12/10/2014 8:33:36 AM

I have no quarrel with either DR or TMEN, but the phrase, "So here at DR..."from the article caught my attention. Is this an advertisement for DR? If it is, shouldn't it be described as such?

12/10/2014 7:34:15 AM

I have a SuperSplit which looks the DR machine was copied from but more metal. (More $$$ too) It will split 24" x 20" long Oak, Hickory, Ash, hardwoods like nothing you've ever seen. The knots are not a problem. The tray that is extra is a must have for production and ease of use. (You only want to pickup these big logs once!) I was sold when I talked to the owner and He said, 'if you ever need anything for this machine; your son can talk to my son and get whatever He needs. You will not need anything.'

11/3/2014 9:34:07 AM

I have a DR log splitter and love it but your power comparisons are not accurate. My kinetic splitter is supposed to be equal to a 28 ton hydraulic splitter. It isn't. It isn't even as strong as the 24 ton hydraulic splitter I used to use. My DR spitter struggles on Ponderosa pine. The hydraulic splitter didn't. All that being said, the DR splitter does well enough that I do prefer it over the hydraulic splitter.

10/30/2014 8:10:44 PM

yea well that is really clean wood try some knotty beach or some twisty yellow birch!!Not impressed!

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