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Anyone who owns a wood heater knows that a wood splitter is a sensible investment. Stiftung Warentest once examined 10 devices. You can read which is the best here.The Scheppach Ox 1-850 won the test
Wood heating is the trend
The winter and thus the heating season is coming to an end, but only those who take precautions must not be afraid of the next winter. Basically, wood heating is currently very trendy. The reason: wood is significantly cheaper than fossil fuels and is also easy to obtain.
Of course, wood heating also has a disadvantage: the firewood usually has to be shredded. If you want to make the trunks particularly easy to shred, there is a log splitter behind the house or in the garden.
In the 12/2011 issue, the Stiftung Warentest compared seven horizontal splitters and three vertical splitters. You can now read here which device is best suited for which user and which devices are not recommended.
Vertical splitters are suitable for stove owners
A tip from the Stiftung Warentest: Stove owners who want to heat with wood all winter should rather use the larger vertical splitter. These devices generally develop significantly higher forces and can therefore process significantly more wood more effectively.
The following log splitters were examined in the test:
»The gasoline log splitter Scheppach Ox 1-850
»The Güde DHH 1050/8 TC electric log splitter
»And the Atika ASP 8 N electric log splitter
The device from Scheppach is the strongest in the test with 3.7 kW output and a maximum gap pressure of 8.5 tons and, thanks to the petrol engine, can also be used particularly flexibly. The other devices work electrically, press the riving knife onto the wood with 8 tons and are less powerful with 3.5 or 3.0 kW.
All three devices were equally convincing in total. The Scheppach Ox 1-850 won the test with the test grade GUT (2.0), whereby the splitting power and the existing safety device were particularly praised.
With GUT (2.2) the other two, too, at around 400 euros, were only half as expensive from Güde and Atika. Here, too, the testers praised the splitting force. With the Atika device, however, the safety device is only satisfactory.
Horizontal splitters should prefer fireplace owners
The seven tested horizontal log splitters show a far more differentiated picture. These devices are particularly suitable for occasional use.
Only the Atika ASP 4-370 was able to achieve the test grade GUT (2.5). The testers even have to warn against the AL-KO KHS 3700 and the Woodster lh 45. The safety equipment was inadequate here.
All information about this test can be found in the test magazine (issue 12/2011).
Here is a video of a horizontal log splitter that we find quite good:
(it is the Güde Spalty W 370 - ideal for normal household use)