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A Guide To Choosing Wood Splitter Attachments

Oct 14th 2014 at 3:26 AM

There are a number of wood splitter attachments available that can make your life considerably easier when cutting up firewood. Some attachments are designed to help you deal with larger logs, whereas others will catch the logs as they are split (instead of letting them fall to the ground). As with many products, there are a variety of attachment types and brands available – so how do you know that you are making the right choice?

·     What brand is your splitter?
It is important to consider the brand of your wood splitter, as many will release their own attachments and it is recommended that you use these wherever possible. It is also a good idea to read your manual, as some manufacturer’s may state that your warranty is void if you use attachments other than those designed for the specific machine. It is always best to avoid cancelling your warranty.

·     What do you want to achieve?
Then, you need to determine what you want the attachment to actually achieve. Do you want to collect your split logs off the ground so that they are easier to maneouvre and stack? Do you want to protect your splitter from the elements so that it lasts as long as possible? Do you want help when it comes to cutting thicker logs? The answers to these questions will ultimately define the attachments you need.

·     How much do you want to spend?
The next thing that you need to do is determine how much you are willing to spend on your attachment purchase. As mentioned above, there are a variety of brands and models available, so there should be something to suit every budget. It is important to remember, however, the old adage ‘you get what you pay for’ – if you aren’t willing to spend the money on quality, the attachment is unlikely to last long.

·     Where are you located?
For some people, where they are located will play a role in the kinds of attachments available to them and where they be purchased from. If you don’t live in a populated area, you might find that you are better off purchasing online. This will often mean that you are responsible for postage and even import costs as well as the cost of the attachment, so make sure that you take this into account.

·     What size is your splitter?
One thing that many people forget to determine when looking at attachments is the size of their current wood splitter. It is important that you purchase an attachment that will be an appropriate fit, otherwise you are going to cause a real safety hazard. Remember that these machines are available in a variety of sizes and capacities, so you need to choose an attachment to match to ensure it works.

By answering each of the above questions, you can rest assured that your attachment selection and purchase will meet your needs perfectly. Of course, you will need to place each of your answers in order of importance – for some people, choosing an attachment that is the same brand as their wood splitter is of most importance, but it could be last on the list for someone else. If you need any assistance, make sure you ask an expert!

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