Rated 4.6 out of 5 by 105
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by RockyMtnHi Great Splitter
Bought this at HD for a great sale price. Towed it home, checked fluid levels, and istarted it right up first pull no issues. I have only used about an hour so far, but it split pine and aspen logs effortlessly with plenty of power to spare. Also weight of unit is not prohibitive, so easy to maneuver with just one person. Very satisfied.
September 13, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Mario starts everytime
little hard to start at first, once I figured out fuel system, choke, how to set up for splitting it has worked great for me, It splits through anything I put in it. Fast to hook up to my truck an deliver where I'm going
September 20, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Batman1999 It's a beast
So far so good!! It's split up some nasty knotty rather large 24 inch logs with ease
September 14, 2016
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 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 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
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Archer02 Works for me
Have used this now on the farm for over a month and what a machine. I have put red/white oak, hickory, cherry, maple at it and it has eaten them all with pride. Goes through knots without any problem or strain on the machine at all. Light weight to move around by hand if needed or hooks up to my 4 wheeler to move right into the woods to work there. On the gas dept., I run out before the machine does but splits a load for my cart to haul back to the pile without any problem. Small for storing in the barn in a tight place. Did buy an extra gallon of hydro oil and it took most of that. Starts very easy and I can split more wood in half hour with this that 2 hours with a maul my old age says no more. I see no need for a heavier machine with the power this has to spare. Very happy with this machine with more use on the farm with coming heating season.
October 25, 2014