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Log splitter uses kinetic energy

Oct. 4, 2016 - Oregon has released a new Kinetic Log Splitter, allowing operators to split wood faster – saving time and effort.

October 4, 2016  By Oregon

The new design eliminates hydraulics by using two, precision balanced 70 pound flywheels spinning at 325 RPMs to create and store kinetic energy. A pinion gear system applies that stored energy from the flywheels and drives the log through the wedge in roughly 2-3 seconds with minimal to no kickback. Traditional hydraulic log splitters can take 13 seconds or more to split the same log.

“We designed this product with the professional in mind,” said Josh Huffman, Director of Global Product Marketing for Outdoor Power Equipment at Oregon. “The Kinetic Log Splitter provides three main advantages. First and most importantly, operators save time and effort. The speed and efficiency of the design are perfect for users who value time and reduced effort. . Secondly, the system requires no hydraulic fluid, eliminating the need for hydraulic maintenance and the potential for leaks. Finally, the splitter simply helps operators work more efficiently by providing a quick, clean split while creating less wood-waste debris.”

The Kinetic Log Splitter also offers other benefits to the professional operator:

  • Versatility & Portability: the splitter can be easily moved around the worksite with welded table-mounted handles. It can also be towed on the highway with its 2” ball coupler and safety chains, while the stow-away retractable tongue makes loading and unloading easy.
  • Heavy-Duty Work Table: the work surface is smooth and aligned with the beam, which means fewer snags when bringing a log back for re-splitting. Operators can continue splitting longer due to the splitter’s wide slots which reduce build-up that can jam the push plate assembly in other splitters. the 32” wide work table allows easy access to rounds and re-splits from either side.
  • Reduced Fatigue: the patent-pending handle design on the Kinetic Log Splitter virtually eliminates kickback by using torsion springs that absorb energy when a stall occurs. Operator fatigue is reduced due to unnecessary motion and operators can work from either side of the machine with convenient two-handed operation.

Powered by a Kohler SH265 engine, the splitter features a 6” wedge and the entire machine sits on 4” x 8” road towable tires rated at 45 mph. The Kinetic Log Splitter is available from authorized Oregon log splitter dealers. More information is available www.OregonSplitters.com


Oregon takes pride in making sure professional loggers, landscapers and homeowners have the tools they need to do the job right. Oregon products are trusted around the world because they work smarter, last longer and perform better. You can count on Oregon for a job well done. Oregon is a brand and division of Blount International, Inc., a global manufacturer and marketer of products for the forestry, lawn and garden; farm, ranch and agriculture; and construction markets. Blount sells its products in more than 100 countries around the world. For more information, visit www.Blount.com

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