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Your Lawn and Garden Equipment: Why You Should Add a Log Splitter

by Jeffrey Anderson, All About Lawns Columnist

There are few things as enjoyable as sitting next to a toasty fireplace on a cold winter night, but if you've tried splitting your own firewood, you know what a workout it can be. If you have any trees in your yard that should come down due to disease or storm damage, or your neighbor's yard is littered with fallen trees, a wood splitter can take a lot of the hard work out of feeding your fireplace.

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Add a Log Splitter to Your Lawn and Garden Equipment and Get Rid of Mauls and Wedges

If you've ever spent an afternoon splitting logs with mauls and wedges, you know it can be good exercise; in fact almost too good as it can get very strenuous quickly. A hydraulic log splitter takes the heavy work out of cutting up firewood, while you still get exercise from carrying the split wood to your fireplace.

Log splitters are available in electric- and gas-powered models, and in sizes from small homeowner units up to commercial logging monsters. Most smaller models are budget-friendly and very adequate for occasional use, which is what most homeowners require. However, a log splitter can be dangerous if not used properly, as discussed in articles by the University of Florida and FireSafetyTips.com.

Consider these safety tips before purchasing and using a splitter:

  • Always place it on level ground.
  • Don't use it when the ground is icy or wet.
  • Wear eye protection when operating.
  • Avoid wearing loose clothing when operating.

Start cleaning up those damaged trees in your yard by adding a log splitter to your lawn and garden equipment collection, and be ready to enjoy your fireplace during the first snowstorm of the winter.

 



About the Author
Jeffrey Anderson has a Degree in English from V.M.I. and served as an officer in the Marine Corps. He worked in Residential and Commercial construction management for 25 years before retiring to write full time.



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