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Ariens 27-Ton 169cc Gas Log Splitter


27-Ton 169cc Gas Log Splitter

  • 16.5 second cycle time means you can get more done, quicker
  • Produces 27-tons of splitting power to split the toughest log
  • Conveniently located controls are easy to operate
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Product Overview

The Ariens gas log splitter quickly and powerfully cuts logs in its 16.5 second cycle time. The Subaru SP-170 engine makes 8.34 ft. lb. of torque. With an open operating zone, users will find it easier to use, with less bending and fatigue.

  • Subaru SP-170 engine produces 8.34 ft. lb. of torque for powerful splitting
  • 27-Ton splitting force effectively splits larger logs
  • 16.5-second cycle time quickly resets the splitter to cut another log
  • Centrally located controls allows you to operate from either side
  • Open operating zone reduces operator fatigue
  • Towable with wheels for convenience
  • Includes 3-year limited consumer warranty
  • Item usually ships in 7-10 business days
  • In most shipping areas, Ariens offers white glove delivery service, log splitter will be shipped to your local Ariens authorized servicing dealer for set-up and inspection prior to home delivery, inspection includes operator’s manual confirmation, set tire pressure, check fluid levels, test start unit and file warranty registration information
  • Disclaimer in qualifying area only, if an Ariens authorized dealer is not in your shipping area, log splitter will ship unassembled, directly to you via regular truck delivery, to confirm white glove delivery availability prior to purchasing, call 888-927-4367 option #2 then option #6

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Name 27-Ton 190cc Gas Log Splitter 4.4 HP Honda 22-Ton Direct Drive Gas Log Splitter 34-Ton 211cc Gas Log Splitter 27-Ton 169cc Gas Log Splitter
Brand Ariens Swisher Ariens Ariens
Ratings (57) (0) (10) (183)
Splitting force (tons) 27 22 34 27
Maximum log diameter (in.) 24 25 24 24
Towable Yes Yes Yes Yes
Engine Make Subaru Honda Subaru Subaru
CA (CARB) Compliant CARB Compliant CARB Compliant CARB Compliant CARB Compliant
Vertical or Horizontal Vertical / Horizontal Vertical / Horizontal Vertical / Horizontal Vertical / Horizontal
Log Splitter Power Type Gas Gas Gas Gas
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Maximum log diameter (in.)
Maximum log length (in.)
Product Depth (in.)
Product Height (in.)
Product Width (in.)


CA (CARB) Compliant
CARB Compliant
Cycle time (sec.)
Engine Displacement (cc)
Engine Make
Engine Torque (ft.-lb.)
Engine Type
Fuel Tank Capacity
.95 gal (US)
Log Splitter Power Type
Product Weight (lb.)
Splitting force (tons)
Start Type
Vertical or Horizontal
Vertical / Horizontal

Warranty / Certifications

Manufacturer Warranty
3 year limited consumer

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Customer Questions & Answers

At what speed can this be towed at ?

Asked by: Anonymous
The splitter had a sticker on it that says "max 45mph" for towing
Answered by: laxin213
Date published: 2015-09-20

Does this 27 ton come with the log cradles? The specs don't mention it but some of the reviews said it comes with them.

Asked by: Anonymous
Mine (27T) came with the cradles standard. It did not come with the work table or the hydro cylinder handle - I bought those separate.
Answered by: laxin213
Date published: 2015-09-20

what weight motor oil is used ?

Asked by: Anonymous
10w30 or see other oils for hot or cold climates in Subaru owners manual.
Answered by: winbuckshot
Date published: 2015-09-20

Does it have a 2 stage hydraulic pump to power through tougher logs

Asked by: Anonymous
Yes, it does have a 2 stage pump. Works very well on everything I've put in it. For pieces with knots or a "Y", it actually cuts through whatever it can't cleanly split. Very powerful machine.
Answered by: rpb7
Date published: 2016-02-23
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Customer Reviews

27-Ton 169cc Gas Log Splitter is rated 4.7 out of 5 by 183.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This is a beautiful log splitter Don't worry about other log splitters this is the one you want. I have been looking around and surfing the web for the best log splitter for the money for more than a year. This splitter does more than I thought possible. I watched all the videos on the web and what I split was twice as big as any video I watched. More than 3 ft. diameter, the grain was the worst twisted V shaped grain anyone could imagine. It does slow down for these large logs but it never stopped. You kind of work your way around the log like slicing a pie until you can pull pieces out. Every detail of this splitter was thought out by very smart engineers and designers. I can't think of one thing I would change. It even comes with the log cradle from what I am told this is standard on the 2013 model. So you don't need to spend the extra 40 bucks on that. Visually it is beautiful I almost hate to put the cover on it because I love to just look at it. Makes me feel sorry for the other folks that bought something else.
Date published: 2013-04-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great value and performance This unit is superb! I have used older, less efficeint splitters in the past and this is a much better unit. The Subaru engine is quiet, efficient, and starts with 1 pull everytime (Even in 35 degree weather). Love it! I have a pressure washer with the Subaru engine on it as well and it has given me years of trouble-free service. I am anticipating the same from this one. The overall construction of the unit is great and the ease of use is very good. It arrived in a very sturdy crate which is good firewood for your stove seeing as you have to cut it apart to get the unit out. I added about 1.5 gallons of hydraulic oit to top off the resevoir after the initial running of the engine and cycling the cylinder. I pull it with my Honda ATV and it allows me a little more versatility than trying to move it with a fullsize truck. I have split about 2 cords with it already and couldn't be more satisfied. It is made in the USA and I am happy to keep the money here for a quality product. The free shipping was also an added bonus through Home Depot compared to other sites that would tack on another $100 or more. Hope this helps those of you who like to research things to no end like myself :)
Date published: 2012-10-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Well worth the price and working like a champ so far - Thumbs Up We have only used the log splitter a couple of times and have not been disappointed. In the past we rented a Iron and Oak log splitter and decided it was time to purchase instead of spending the money and having to work ourselves so hard on a weekend. We checked out the reviews and looked at many log splitters before we decided on the Ariens 27 ton from Home Depot. So far we have split about a cord with no issues. It goes through logs that we have that are 30 to 36 inches with no issue. On one log, we wound up cutting up 59 pieces and are very pleased with our purchase. Will see what it does over the next few months as we have several more cords to split. Thumbs up!! The only down side is that the lever is in the middle and you could thump yourself in the head when it comes to the top and resets if you are bending down but we are aware of the issue so keep our head out of the way. that's the only down side we have found. It was in a nice crate and little to do to put it together. We followed the instructions about the hydrolic fluid and had no issues.
Date published: 2012-10-18
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Beware of Defective Units This unit split logs like crazy, but after 20 minutes, there was a pretty good-sized puddle of motor oil underneath it. The oil was leaking out from under the engine where it was mounted to the frame. No vents or gaskets underneath there! This looked like a cracked crankcase to me. I returned the unit to Home Depot. (I70 mile round trip.) No problem with the exchange. Got the second unit home, went through all the preliminary checks, started the unit, and, and, no hydraulic pressure! Looking around, I found the couplers that connect the motor output to the hydraulic pump input were not engaged (not meshed). So, the motor was spinning happily away but not turning the pump. The motor-side coupler had not been installed properly. The coupler fits over a key that is set in a keyway in the crankshaft. A setscrew in the coupler then then locks the coupler and the key in the keyway. But someone at Ariens turned the setscrew down and missed the key. So the coupler slid back about a ½ inch toward the motor and disengaged itself from the pump coupler. Once I had fixed this problem, the splitter worked as well as the first unit, and no puddle of motor oil. The bottom line, however, is that I received two defective units in a row. This refelects very poorly on Ariens and Home Depot. Someone needs to check these splitters thoroughly, both at Ariens and at Home Depot before they are sold to the public.
Date published: 2011-01-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Splitter after working through a couple issues I heat my home almost 100% with wood and needed a reliable splitter. For the price, this one had great features and a solid company behind it. I did have a bit of trouble at first, but all is now well. The first unit I bought ended up having a bad pump or valve. Ariens told me I either had to return it or take it to a service center. I returned the unit to Home Depot and got a second one - pain in the neck, as I had to buy a received and hitch to do this. The second unit worked fine for about 20 minutes, then the wedge stopped moving. I had read all the reviews on this site and remembered one that mentioned that the coupling between the engine and hydraulic pump had come loose for one person. So I checked it, and sure enough, that had happened on mine. I slid the couple back into place and tightened the Allen screw down and have not had problems since. I do have to wonder why the assembler in the factory doesn't have a torque wrench so this is right every time. I have split about 1 - 1/4 cords of red Oak in the past week or so using both the vertical and horizontal configuration, and the machine works great. It's had no problem splitting anything I put in it, including knotty and crotch pieces. The wedged will literally cut through whatever is can't split cleanly. It's very powerful. The weight of 500lbs makes it lighter than most comparable splitters, making it easy for one person to roll around on level ground, yet it is still very heavy duty. When towing it, definitely stay under the 45mph recommendation. The lower weight lets it bounce quite a bit, especially on bumpier roads. Also, be sure to pick up 2 gallons of hydraulic fluid and follow the instructions for topping it off carefully when you first power it up so you don't damage the pump. All in all I would highly recommend this machine to anyone that splits wood. I built a little table that just sits over the cradle on one side to catch the "other half" of big pieces and/or allows you to stack several small pieces on it to keep the cylinder moving! Not hard to build, and saves time and your back.
Date published: 2014-05-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Power to spare I am worried about the strength of the rail and end plate. This is my second purchase of this splitter. They did some design changes to the 2014 model. With the 2013 model I had the end plate bent back about 1/2 inch after 2 weeks. The new design has a much stronger weld on the end plate. So far it is still square. These logs are about as big as it will handle. Go to youtube and search (Ariens 27 ton logsplitter May 2014). I have 2 videos all maple twisted grain logs. I would not get the 34 ton because it has the exact same rail and end plate as the 27 ton. Putting an extra 7 tons of power on the end plate might not be a good thing. The Ariens 27 ton is better than anything else in it's class. The Subaru engine is the best and the forward position is a great design. It had a couple chips, scratches and scrapes on the paint. I didn't see them until after the delivery guy left. I would have asked them to fix that before I signed the shipping document.
Date published: 2014-05-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from this design is well thought out I have never owned an Ariens wood splitter before, but I must say I am impressed with the way the design was conceived in the 27 ton model. i was looking for a wood splitter that had a reliable engine and well thought out controls, and was easy to operate in either format vertical or horizontal. i have split about four chords of wood so far and it has not given me one bit of trouble or any unexpected hiccups. The Subaru engine starts very easily even when cold and the 27 ton rating of the ram and the Sabaru engine is more than enough for any thing Idaho can throw at it I am very satisfied so far and would recommend this product for the average home owner with lots of wood to split
Date published: 2013-07-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from All i can say is WOW I decided to look at a Ariens log Splitter , as i have Snowblower, Lawn Mower, Sweeper and Rototiller that are all ARIENS and have never let me down. The 27 Ton log Spliiter has Split log that are full of knots with no problems at all. I like the solid construction of the unit as i even sit on the metal fender when i take a break from splitting for long periods . The Log Cratle and Table are a must have as the table is rated to hold 100 lbs . No need to look at other brands when ARIENS built Quality unit like this .
Date published: 2013-03-14
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