Rated 4.6 out of 5 by 102
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by Ridercoach After two years of use
Any new log splitter will be great but what about after two years of use and about 15 chords processed?
This is a fine machine but unfortunately has a number of significant design flaws.
Most notably is where / how the hydraulic control valve is mounted on top of the piston. Use of the splitter requires constant movement of the control lever which is precariously mounted by way of a soft steel threaded pipe connector. Repetitive movement quickly loosens, gets sloppy and subsequently leaks fluid. Proper tightening of the lock nuts will not last.
Unwise design to consider using a functional pipe as a structural member. Ariens / Torro should provide a steel reinforcement bracket to add strength and stability to the control valve as well as additional hydraulic hose protection.
As other reviews noted the stock Subaru engine lacks an idle adjustment; the engine surges regularly and stalls when fuel level is less than half full. Annoying!
Finally the front leg is constructed from light gauge steel and is unstable. If the terrain is at all pitched the splitter has tendency lean off-center.
When it runs it run strong and splits pretty much everything I've put on it. I like it's bed height and multi-position function.
in general i am a fan or Ariens product but not of the engine which is mounted on the 22 Ton model or the way the control valve is mounted.
October 25, 2015
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by goodreason Pretty Good Splitter
I brought the splitter assembled from Home Depot, while this was convenient, the assembly was sloppy, the valve control lever and the splitter wedge weren't fastened and the hardware missing, luckily I have a small inventory of parts for such occasions.
Before buying the Ariens splitter from Home Depot I had tried another brand from a different store which quickly went back because of engine problems. Not with this splitter it comes with a Subaru EA 175V engine. There was a time in the very beginning when the engine didn't start, somehow dirt got in the fuel line. What made it even more peculiar was the fact that it has a screen in the filler neck? You'll also need about a gallon and a half of hydraulic fluid before you begin.
Once all the bugs were finally worked out my wife and I split over 7 cords of wood stretched out over a month without incident. We used both the horizontal and vertical positions, with all types of wood including Red Oak, Maple, Popular, Beech, Apple (knotty), Cherry, and Hickory.
There were times when the wedge was smaller than the wood we were splitting, when the inevitable happened and it wouldn't totally split the piece. You would then have to turn the piece around and do it over. Maybe a bigger wedge would be nice, about 1”-2” or so. I used an ax on occasion instead of turning it over. As we were splitting the last couple of cords the valve control level on the return would pop into neutral when it shouldn't have, more so as the machine was getting hot. Will have it looked into if it worsens.
September 8, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Jamie Good splitter , good value.
I've split about 7 cords with the Ariens splitter and am pleased. Fast cycle time, enough force to split 18" diameter maple chunks with knots, and good fuel efficiency. Good fit & finish - good tires (that don't offgas a strong creosote odor!) and even nice paint. Some have complained about the smallish gas tank, but it powers the splitter for longer than my back holds up. Plus, after you've split that last log and are storing it until next season, there's less fuel to drain out. I really appreciate the fuel shut-off valve.
The splitting wedge's factory shape included a machined, flat splitting edge about 1/16" wide instead of a knife edge. I called Ariens about this and the rep had no idea why and had to research it with their engineering department. In a couple of days he called back, saying that was by design, but couldn't explain why that was the intended shape. I sharpened the edge with my angle grinder and found it splits better, especially when you must slice through knots.
But there is some room for minor improvements:
- The Subaru engine's fuel cap appears to have an ineffective vent that results in something like vapor lock: When I fill the tank up to the "full" line, the splitter will run for a half hour or so before behaving as if it's about to run out of gas, with the motor surging repeatedly, for a few minutes, and then shuts down. Popping the cap and removing the strainer, I find the tank half full. Replace the cap and the engine fires right up. This happens every fill up, since it was new.
- You can't really check the level of gas in the tank, because the strainer basket in the filler neck prevents you from seeing inside. You can remove the strainer, but it's difficult without some kind of hook or pick. I'd prefer an in-line filter between the tank and the carb.
- It would be nice if the motor had a variable throttle control instead of a single preset speed, so I could run it at lower RPM, for fuel savings, quieter operation, and wear reduction, when I don't need full splitting force or the fastest cycle time. I split a lot of smaller logs which don't take much force or a long stroke.
- Oil change is messy because the motor's drain opening is over the splitter's engine platform, so it dribbles under the motor. If Ariens had made the platform 1/4" narrower, you could slide your catch pan under the outlet and prevent a single drop from spilling. As it is, you can minimize spillage by folding up the tongue stand and resting the hitch on the ground before removing the drain plug, so the whole splitter slopes downward.
- And finally, this is really minor: The detent for the hydraulic control valve's return position is too strong. I think it's designed to pop into neutral when the ram is fully retracted, but only does so about half the time. When I try to pull the lever from the retract position to neutral, sometimes I pull myself toward the splitter instead, because the lever doesn't budge! If I yank the lever toward the neutral position with a snapping motion it releases reliably. Spray lithium grease at various pivot points didn't help.
August 25, 2015
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Wally Very good splitter "but"
I waited until I had used this splitter for two seasons to wright a review so I would know what I'm talking about. It seemed many reviewers when I was reading reviews before purchasing had barely gotten home with theirs before reviewing it. So far I like the tool, but it does have a few things that could be better. I bought it put together already at the store. First thing it was low on hydro fluid. I understand that in shipping it has to be low so it doesn't spill but I don't understand not being told I needed to buy more fluid for it before leaving store and driving 30 some miles to home in the middle of nowhere and having to drive back for fluid. The threads on the fluid tank and the plug are not the same thread so I had to screw the plug in and out till it recut the threads enough to not leak. First time I put it in the up vertical position and used it , it pinched a hose and leaked. I had to lose all the hoses and use sipties to rearrange them so it wouldn't happen again. I only lost about 2 in of hose. Tires had to have slime tire sealant put in them so not to be flat when it needed moved. The front rail and stand is very weak so be careful with placing on sloped ground are it will twist up with you. Speaking of uneven ground , and this is something other reviewers were talking bout. I had trouble before after powering through tough wood the engine would pulsate up and down as though it was running out of gas and then even out. The problem is caused by the fuel tank the fuel line comes out of the tank level with the carburetor and does not keep the bowl full of fuel. If the front stand is just a little down hill it not get any fuel to the carburetor and will not run at all. That is a problem I run into a lot in the mountains with this splitter. All in all I like this splitter very well. It's light and I can move it around easy by myself. It does the same job just as well as the heavy splitters out ther but much easier and comfortable for me.
February 3, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by kenny 22 ton ariens log splitter
had to add a quart of fliud. plenty of power, well made, great quality
January 26, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Animal Log Splitter Model # 917011 Purchase, Bay City, Mi
Came out of the crate to fully assembled in about an hour, I actually read the assembly instructions. Will let run for a short time and then check the lubrication levels before turning loose on my 21 acres of ash. Looking forward to keeping my family warm with this machine's help.
January 27, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by darkskies Excellent & powerful log splitter at a good price
Product arrived in a timely manner despite winter weather & snow. The log splitter came mounted on a pallet, framed in wood & wrapped in clear plastic. It required some simple assembly. The engine already had motor oil & once gassed up, it started easily even in near freezing temperature. The hydraulic reservoir was full but after the cylinder was cycled a few times, it required another gallon or so of ISO32 light hydraulic oil purchased locally. Once warmed up, it split 18" wet oak & 22" dry cottonwood with only the slightest grunt. It retracts quickly & the catcher keeps the split wood from falling to the ground. Very pleased with this 22 ton splitter!
December 24, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by B124 Excellent product
I ordered the Ariens log splitter with some uncertainty after reading some of the testimonials of the delivery nightmares but after researching this product on line I decided to go ahead and purchase this log splitter especially after reading all of the positive testimonials on its performace. Boy was I glad I bought this, the first load of logs I split up it went through them like a hot knife going through butter, I'm talking straight grain red oak, hickory and mesquite. I am very well pleased with the way it operates and started on the third pull after putting fuel in it. Happy Customer!!!
March 13, 2014