Oregon, a Portland, Ore.-based global manufacturer of forestry, lawn & garden tools and accessories, recently announced the release of its new Kinetic log splitter, allowing operators to split wood faster (up to 6 times faster than traditional hydraulic splitters) – saving time and effort.
The new design eliminates hydraulics by using 2 precision-balanced 70-pound flywheels spinning at 325 rpm to create and store kinetic energy. A pinion gear system applies that stored energy from the flywheels and drives the log through the wedge in roughly 2-3 seconds with minimal to no kickback. Traditional hydraulic log splitters can take 13 seconds or more to split the same log.
“We designed this product with the professional in mind,” said Josh Huffman, director of global product marketing for outdoor power equipment at Oregon. “The Kinetic log splitter provides 3 main advantages. First and most importantly, operators save time and effort. The speed and efficiency of the design are perfect for users who value time and reduced effort. Secondly, the system requires no hydraulic fluid, eliminating the need for hydraulic maintenance and the potential for leaks. Finally, the splitter simply helps operators work more efficiently by providing a quick, clean split while creating less wood-waste debris.”
The Kinetic log splitter also offers other benefits to the professional operator:
* Versatility and portability: The splitter can be easily moved around the worksite with welded table-mounted handles. It can also be towed on the highway with its 2-inch ball coupler and safety chains, while the stow-away retractable tongue makes loading and unloading easy.
* Heavy-duty work table: The work surface is smooth and aligned with the beam, which means fewer snags when bringing a log back for re-splitting. Operators can continue splitting longer due to the splitter’s wide slots, which reduce buildup that can jam the push plate assembly in other splitters. The 32-inch-wide work table allows easy access to rounds and re-splits from either side.
* Reduced fatigue: The patent-pending handle design on the Kinetic log splitter virtually eliminates kickback by using torsion springs that absorb energy when a stall occurs. Operator fatigue is reduced due to unnecessary motion, and operators can work from either side of the machine with convenient 2-handed operation.
Powered by a Kohler SH265 engine, the splitter features a 6-inch wedge, and the entire machine sits on 4-inch by 8-inch road-towable tires rated at 45 mph. The Kinetic log splitter is available from authorized Oregon log splitter dealers. More information is available OregonSplitters.com.