There are two different general categories of lumber and timber equipment. Commercial or industrial equipment is used by sawmills, timber companies, and lumber producers, while the smaller sized equipment is often ideal for very small firewood or home timber production types of applications.
When it comes to commercial or industrial types of log splitters, there are several factors to consider. As these are developed for processing large logs, they are certainly very different in operation as well as design from the smaller splitters used by homeowners, ranchers, and smaller firewood companies.
Size and Power Considerations
The best log splitters for any sawmill or lumber and timber company are those that are designed to process both the size as well as the species of timber. In general, most of the standard type of these systems can effectively break down logs up to twenty feet and sixty inches in diameter. Most of the top manufacturers offer the option to customize the splitters to handle oversized logs with ease.
Different species of trees produce harder or softer wood, so the power in the hydraulic system and the motor that drives the system is important. This is also a factor of the design of the saw, allowing for smooth movement of the chainsaw blade horizontally through the log.
Operator Comfort and Safety
Industrial or commercial log splitters should also be designed with safety for the operator as a central consideration. Features such as remote operation, operator protection on the equipment as well as the design of the system to reduce the risk of downtime for extensive maintenance are all factors to consider.
The ideal commercial or industrial log splitting equipment should have a proven track record in the industry. It should be designed to be simple to operate and maintain while providing the power, control, and safety features that make it a good match with the current operation.
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