Rated 4.9 out of 5 by 17
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Ramboy Awesome !!!!
This item from Home Depot doesn't come with fluid or oil but the log catcher and 16" tires comes standard. The taller tires give it more ground clearance The log catcher is handy for holding split halves at working level, saves the back. If you don't have one, get one! Put item together by myself with the help of a tree limb and a come along. Instructions were clear enough for a DIY'er to follow. It has split some 20" black gum and 24" oaks. that were 18 to 22"s long at 3/4 throttle. Could only download picture of after I put it together and splitting a 16". gum before camera died. Read a lot of reviews before deciding on DHT's brand and getting it from Home Depot. Have cut and split wood for over 35 years the hard way, back can no longer hold out.
December 9, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Ryan Solid Product
The dirty hands 28ton log splitter is a solid product. I am very satisfied with it, I'm glad I went with the 28T vs the 27T the 17.5 gpm pump is a BIG time saver. Overall construction is better then others at the similar price point($1450 @ Depot online). The 2 step wedge design works great. The only thing I would change would be larger tires and increased hydraulic fluid capacity (the oil and cylinder get pretty hot)
June 21, 2016
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by jim 28 ton log splitter... Dirty hand.
The splitter went together well from the box. Operates well in vertical and horizontal positions. The only problem found so far is that the stand hits the frame when stowed in travel position and has to be forced into position. It is also to large. A shorter size properly mounted would be ideal.
June 24, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Kpope 28 ton dht splitter
So far so good split green and seasoned hickory like butter had to call dht twice once when filling out the Warranty card i couldn't find the serial number and the second time my Warranty card got sent back to me return to sender they had moved and my Warranty card had the old address! Both conversations was pleasant and professional and they were willing to do the Warranty registration over the phone
May 10, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Gerry Dirty Hands Log Splitter
Easy to assemble. Strong log splitter with a quick cycle time. We have split 6-7 cords of wood and it has been easy. My wife usually is the one splitting the wood, I can't seem to get to use it.
September 4, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Frank What a great log splitter
This log splitter is one of the best I have ever seen or used. I checked out at least 20 different log splitters and decided on this one. Its cycle time is great, the 28 ton splitting force is great, it does not hesitate it just drives the wedge through anything you put on it.
One small modification I made. There is a table/tray that holds the split wood. It is built very strong but it is not big enough. I made it about 6 inches wider and about 18 inches longer. When splitting large logs, 1/2 of the first split lays on the table while you are working on the other half. At times the piece you are splitting will push on the piece on the table and push it off. My extention eliminates the problem.Also the longer length covers the motor to eliminate any wood from dropping on the motor.
If I was to need another splitter I would buy one of these without a second thought.
July 15, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Globott Strong Log Splitter at a Great Price
I looked at several different brands/styles and did a lot of research for several months before deciding on the 28 ton DHT log splitter. My main reasons for picking this log splitter are listed below.
Cycle Time – 10.5 seconds is fast compared to all the other similar sized models. 5 to 8 seconds might not seem like much, but splitting 100 pieces of wood will take you 8 to 12 minutes longer. Granted, you don’t really need to return the wedge all the way most of the time – but it is still a big time saver.
Force – From what I was able to discern, 28 tons should be strong enough to split anything I am able to roll to or lift onto the splitter. I think 22 tons may have been adequate if all the wood being split was cut and air dried or pretty straight, but that won’t always be the case for me.
Engine – Kohler is a name brand that has a decent reputation and track history. Maybe I am wrong, but I couldn’t get past the feeling for something as demanding as running hydraulics the 5 to 6.5 horsepower engines (22-27 ton units primarily) would struggle too much and not last as long as the larger 9.5 HP engine.
Cost – At the list price, this is competitive with other similar sized units especially since it already includes the log catcher, an add-on for most other brands. Even if you don’t get this particular unit – get a log catcher; I can’t imagine using the splitter without it. Don’t buy one if you can’t get a log catcher and plan to split in the horizontal position which for me was more comfortable.
Fit and Finish – I wasn’t actually able to see this splitter in person before buying, but I did see the 27 ton version and was impressed. Some of the other splitters I considered and was able to see in person seemed more flimsy (none were terrible, just not as good), and not as well thought out (adjustable height jack stand on the tongue, vs. fixed height, for example). I think they were probably more compact, but the engine and hoses seemed more crowded and in the way. I suspect the DHT models are longer than most others but haven't compared the specs.
Made in America - Not every piece, but I don’t think any are 100% US made.
So far I’ve split about a cord and a half consisting of all the rounds I didn’t get around to hand splitting last summer/fall. Some of the rounds I just didn’t get to but most I decided were too knotted to even bother splitting with the sledge/wedge or Fiskars Super Splitter. The DHT splitter was splitting as fast we could stack with about 12 foot from the splitter to the pile. With the two stage pump the ram moves at a higher speed with lower force until it encounters a certain amount of resistance then it slows down and delivers more force in the second stage. Splitting knotted oak, cherry and ash it only had to go to the second stage a handful of times and quickly busted up the piece. I am very happy with this log splitter and think it should last a long time. The wedge has a few scuffs, and the 25 inch ruler (sticker) where you set the logs was a little chewed up but otherwise it still looks brand new.
The packaging was solid, 1/2 inch plywood all around with everything secured, and the assembly was straightforward with clear instructions. I had the unit delivered to the store and then loaded into a pickup. The packaging looks sort of like a coffin and the forklift could only pick it up from the wide side. We had to prop it on 2x4s and have the forklift lift it from the short end to get it in the truck bed. After assembling, some tips that might be helpful are:
Mount the engine after the wheels and bar are mounted so you can secure the bolts easily.
Heat up the clear hose that connects the hydraulic pump to the hydraulic reservoir with a hair dryer to make it more pliable.
Check that the hydraulic filter is tightened before running.
The heaviest part is the beam. Stand it on the bottom plate and back the assembly up to it to attach the hinge pin – but only if you have a way to secure it overhead somehow.
Add some cheap clean oil to the engine and drain before filling with your normal stuff. Luckily I overfilled the oil reservoir because when I drained off the excess, there was a yellow fluid mixed with the oil; I think it was just assembly fluid and probably wouldn’t have hurt anything – but I was glad to get it out before running for five hours (maybe this is spelled out in the Kohler guide, but I didn’t check).
April 17, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Sam Why did I wait so long?
This is my first log splitter. I have been splitting fire wood with a maul until now but getting a little older and need to change, especially in the heat we've had here in central Alabama this year. It really does a days work in about 1 1/2 hours without too much effort. Why did I wait so long? I assembled the splitter myself in about 2 hours and it was easy and straight forward.
July 30, 2015