Best Log Splitter for Elm Wood [Top 3 Picks]

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Are you looking for the best log splitter for elm trees?

Well you’ve come to the right place because that’s exactly what I’ll be going over in this post. Elm is a coarse grained hardwood which is moderately hard and very tough.

I’ll be going over the best splitter for you.

IMAGE PRODUCT DETAILS  
Best Overall NorthStar
  • Maximum log size of 25 inches
  • Gas powered
  • Weighs 700 lbs
Champion 25-Ton
  • Splits wood up to 23.8 inches long
  • Gas Powered
  • Weighs 430 pounds
Small logs 10 Ton Horizontal
  • Splits logs as long as 18 inches and as thick as 6.5 inches
  • Manually powered
  • Weighs 80.5 lbs

NorthStar – Best Overall

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  • Maximum log size of 25 inches
  • Gas powered
  • Weighs 700 lbs

Power

This log splitter is built with strength, durability, and innovation. A Honda GX270 engine powers it with its leadership in reliability. The 270cc gives you superior strength in your splits along with the 37 tons of pressure being delivered to the logs.

This machine can easily split through even the hardest Elm wood. The hydraulic pump gives you the advantage of being able to sense if it’s not cutting the log. It will then auto-adjust to both the flow and the pressure as needed.

Even though it boasts a whole lot of power, it’s still very fuel-efficient. Featuring a convenient, auto-control feature, your machine will idle down at times when it’s full power load isn’t required.

As a result, you will save on fuel costs. This also allows for a reduction in the noise levels of the machine as well as an overall increase in the life of the engine.

Tough

Only the toughest parts were used in the design of this chipper. On top of this, extensive, hands-on testing has gone into the product to ensure that it can withstand even the toughest of jobs.

This leading product has been proven to outshine other wood splitters in its quality, the performance given, its reliability factor, and the overall value or bang for your buck. 

Portable

The ability to transport your chipper to a convenient location is an absolute must! Regardless of the vast weight of this machine, it still offers this important ability.

A 2 inch, ball coupler complete with an adjustable jack and oversized wheels all make this possible. The NorthStar is best to transport when towed behind an ATV, a tractor, or any other small vehicle.

Pros
  • Powerful
  • Portable
  • Durable
  • Quad filtering system to reduce contaminants and maintenance
  • Fuel efficient
Cons
  • Heavy
  • Loud

Champion 25-Ton

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  • Splits wood up to 23.8 inches long
  • Gas Powered
  • Weighs 430 pounds

Powerful

This Champion will easily slice through elm by delivering 25 tons of pressure to the wood. This 25 tons is the amount of weight that will be forcing those hard-wooden pieces against the splitting edge.

The 224CC engine will be sure to keep this force going strong and steady. It’s great for any logs that weigh as much as 100 lbs. 

Efficient

This machine has a fast, 12 second cycle time which can go through 300 cycles per hour. But what good is this to you? The auto-return valve retracts quickly which allows for another split to be made every 12 seconds.

This is the time frame that it takes for the arm to fully extend and retract. You will be able to make up to 300 splits in an hour. The operator area has also been conveniently expanded to allow for more room.

Portable

This log splitter has a 2-inch ball coupler that allows the machine to be towed behind a small vehicle, tractor, or ATV. The extended reach is great for allowing a wider range of vehicles to be able to hook up to it. It can be towed at a speed of up to 45 miles per hour.

You also have the option of carrying this in the back of the truck as it will fit into most boxes. However, due to the heavy weight, this may not be the most ideal option, especially if you’re trying to load without any help.

Versatile

One of my favorite aspects of this wood splitter is the option to interchange between a vertical splitter and a horizontal one. Depending on the job you’re doing, as well as the size and weight of the logs, you may find the need to change this positioning to improve your comfort.

There are also log catchers equipped with this device to help you along the way.

Pros
  • Portable
  • Easily sway between a vertical or horizontal splitting position
  • 12 second cycle time; 300 splits per hour
  • 2-year warranty
  • Free lifetime technical support
Cons
  • Heavy

10 Ton Horizontal – For Small Logs

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  • Splits logs as long as 18 inches and as thick as 6.5 inches
  • Manually powered
  • Weighs 80.5 lbs

Power

This log splitter is more unique than the others I have looked at so far in that it isn’t gas or electric. This is manually powered by you to deliver the 10 tons of hydraulic pressure. There are 2 handles on the crankshaft which utilize 2 different speeds.

The fast speed doesn’t deliver as much power but will go quicker. The slower speed is what you will really need when it comes to harder woods such as elm. This speed will allow for more pressure to be delivered which will have better results in your split.

Compact

This machine is fairly small. The height is 9-3/4 inches, the length 42-1/8 inches and the width 8-1/4 inches. Luckily, this means that it not only weighs quite a bit less than other splitters but it also takes less room to store.

Environmentally friendly

Because this is a man-powered splitter, there are no fumes or harmful emissions being released. As a result, you can operate it virtually anywhere, including areas indoors such as a shop. This gives you the advantage of being able to safely work while maintaining shelter from the weather. 

With no engine to worry about, you can also be guaranteed of very little maintenance. Even though this may take a bit more work than an electric or gas-powered splitter, you will also not need to worry about damaging your ears.

Pros
  • Environmentally friendly; no fumes or emissions
  • Can be operated anywhere
  • Quiet
  • Low maintenance
  • Manually operated; no fuel or outlet needed
  • Lightweight
Cons
  • Manually operated; harder work than an electric or gas-powered
  • Only good for smaller logs of 18 inches or less
  • No wheels, need to carry around instead of pull

Conclusion

So those were the best log splitters for elm wood.

Hope you found what you were looking for in this post.

Happy splitting!

– Adam