If you still want to use logs as your home’s primary heating source, then it is important that the process be done efficiently. Electric log splitters can cut up large volumes of wood in a short amount of time with minimal effort on behalf of homeowners.

These devices are also easy-to-use; simply plug them into an outlet and start chopping away – no oil needed (though there may still need some electricity).

What is an Electric Log Splitter?

Electric log splitters are like sawhorses with an electric motor and pushing mechanism. The user places their logs onto the splitter to be cut into two pieces by either a splitting wedge or triangle, depending on which one they choose in advance.

Oil Type

Electric log splitters use a special hydraulic oil with 10W weight rating to protect parts during extreme conditions (hot and cold). The electric motor provides power for pushing and cutting logs, while this liquid protects against wear from being used so extensively in these processes.

Oil Replacement

After 150 hours of use, you should change your hydraulic fluid. This will prevent deposit layers from settling on the internal components and damaging them over time with corrosion – causing residue that’s been known to accumulate in some machines if not changed regularly enough.


To prevent damage from occurring to your Electric Log Splitters, always open the bleed screw before operating it. The enclosed space with air and hydraulic oil will become overly pressurized if too much is trapped inside of it – but you should tighten this during storage or move a log splitter between different areas.


You can tell when the hydraulic oil is low because it affects how your splitter operates. When there’s not enough of a pressurized liquid in place, you’ll notice that some parts don’t work properly and others operate at full capacity with reduced efficiency or even stop completely without any warning signs beforehand.