Rated 4.6 out of 5 by 43
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by waterman 34-Ton Log Splitter
I always used a friend’s log splitter. I thought it was time to buy own after 10years (2015). I used a 27 ton most of the time, so went a little bigger the 34 ton. I pick the 34 ton log splitter up at the store. They were very helpful. I got it home and put gas in it and one pull it started up. Ran smooth. I put a big log on it and it split it like nothing. I used it to split about 5 cord of wood. I was very happy with the buy. I also bought a cover for it too. I still have more to do.
October 17, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by xyz Very pleased with this purchace. This machine has some real nice features, so far so good.
Took some time to get it out of the shipping crate when it arrived. Some assembly was required with hitch and remote handle, but not much time at all to get in service once out of the crate. As was mentioned, needed hydraulic oil to top the tank off. Fuel and engine oil, fired up after a couple of pulls on the the pull start. So far have split roughly about 4 cords of seasoned oak of varying sizes, did not slow down at all except for some really hard twisted grained oak, to my surprise was still able to cut through it without damage to any part of machine. The motor seems to be adequate for the size of the hydraulic system. Overall I am very pleased with this machine and would recommend it. Before I made this purchase I read all the reviews between the 34 ton opposed to the 27 ton, very happy that I made the decision to go with the 34 ton.
January 19, 2016
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by VWMan Terrible Warranty Service!
I wanted to wait until after I owned my Ariens 211cc 34-ton log splitter for at least one year before I reviewed it but unfortunately, can not wait that long as I would like to give prospective buyers a heads up.
I spent almost a year researching and reading reviews before I settled on the Ariens 34-ton splitter. I purchased mine directly through HomeDepot.com in May, 2015. I probably went a little over-board as I mostly split pine and/or cedar rounds but every now and then I will come across some oak or eucalyptus. Between May, 2015 and November, 2015, I split approximately four cords of wood with the majority being Pine/Cedar.
On Saturday, November 21st, 2015, while splitting a Pine round, which was cut approximately one year prior, the splitter bogged down and would not go in any further. Thinking I must have hit a knot in the wood, I lifted the handle to bring the wedge out. Within two seconds of lifting the handle, I hear an indescribable sound and that is when I realize what had just happened. The bracket directly above the wedge connecting it to the ram, had completely snapped and broke. I was shocked as I was thinking I wouldn't have any issue splitting pine with such a strong splittler and definitely not so soon after purchasing it (six months). I contacted Ariens via their website and was directed to their nearest Authorized Service Center which was approximately one hour's drive from my house. I delivered the splitter the following Monday, November 23rd, 2015. I was advised it would take approximately two weeks to repair.
By Wednesday, December 16th, having not heard anything, I called the Warranty Service Center and asked if there was any update. I was told by the kind and extremely professional employee that they were still waiting to hear from Ariens to confirm the requested repairs were covered under the warranty. With Christmas and New Years, I waited to call back until Wednesday, January 6th, 2016. Still, the repairs were not complete as Ariens was slow in communicating with the Repair Center. On January 14th, I called and was told the same thing and I could even hear frustration in the voice of the employee at the Service Center as he wanted to repair it for me but could not until he was given the "go-ahead" from Ariens. After getting off the phone with him, I contacted Ariens Customer Service directly. I was told by a customer service representative named "David" that the Service Center would be contacted and authorized to complete the repairs. Needless to say, the Service Center never received any communication or authorization from Ariens.
Yesterday, February 8th, I spoke with the owner of the Service Center. He stated although he has yet to receive authorization, he had sympathy for the hardships I was having due to not having my splitter and he would repair it prior to receiving authorization. I picked up my splitter today and the wedge has been replaced. The owner of the Service Center advised me that Ariens has a terrible record for customer service and for warranty repairs. It is because of this, I give a one star review. When I save up money to purchase a product, specially one at this price level, I expect quality. And if a company is going to offer a warranty, I expect that company to take care of their customers. Ariens, you let me down.
In the two and a half months without my splitter, I ran out of firewood and ended up having to spend approximately $600 on firewood to get me through. Thank you Ariens
February 9, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by jimehd Very good experience
The Ariens Wood splitter works very good, only needed to add the hydralic fluid it called for before starting. Two pulls and it was running. Very good experience.
December 8, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Ken log splitter 211 cc
This unit only needed fuel and oil and it performs great. It's a beast. It splits any size log
December 8, 2015
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by Yep 34 ton gravely
I have bent / broke 3 of these splitters now. Gravely stood behind them but I have bent all three beams. I bought a 34 ton splitter to split anything you throw at it and I has plenty of Hyd force and the 2 stage pump shifts from hi to leave flow as it should The Subaru engine is the best ever mead imo. If the beam would hold up it would be the best in it's class.
October 9, 2015
Rated 2.0 out of 5.0 by woodsplitter Returned it
The Ariens splitter got good reviews so I thought I would try it. I ordered it at the store and asked to pick up at the store. As I was following the tracking, I found it was not being delivered to HD but to an Ariens dealer, they in turn would deliver it to me and they also provide all support. I picked up the splitter and used it for one hour splitting mostly oak. The unit had no trouble splitting the logs. I thought the cycle time was slow. Returning the unit to the garage I noticed both stripper plates were bent and the wheel fenders bent down. The stripper plates are thin and the reinforcement the Airiens had placed on the plates is unless. The fenders are bent as they are in the direct line for the splits to fall on. Also there is no way to lock the splitter in the vertical position. If I were to keep the splitter I would remove the fenders and weld some flat plate steel to the stripper plates. After an hour, parts were bending and I already would need to wrench on the splitter. My thinking was wow 2k for a splitter and this is happening already, I don't want to own it after 50 hours of use. I called Ariens about the issues and they said to take it to a dealer (Not HD) and they will evaluate the machine, I said no thanks I will just return it.
April 10, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Ed Research
After looking at various splitters, and using my dad's brave 34T....I found the one I wanted. ...I purchased the Ariens 34T. To me it is the best design out there. .. with the valve in the center it can be used from either side. ...adjustable jack keeps it level. .motor is quite compared to others...every feature it has I can tell you why I like it better. ..one awesome machine. .
October 10, 2015