Which is the best log splitter in 2024?


Which is the best log splitter?

We compare the Oxdale SE400, The Forest Master Petrol Log Splitter, Goliath 18 T Petrol Log Splitter and Mitox LS700BS to find out.

Oxdale SE400 Petrol Log Splitter

The SE400 is built by Oxdale Products in their factory in Chesterfield, Derbyshire. The SE400 is an engine-driven log splitter powered by a Honda GX200 engine fitted with a dual-speed hydraulic pump.

When combined with the unique axe-head it allows a 10-tonne capacity ram to be fitted which makes the splitting operation very quick. Capable of splitting logs up to 18 inches high and is not limited to the width of logs it can split

  • Splits up to 18″
  • Diameter not restricted
  • 6.5hp Honda GX200 Engine
  • Easily manoeuvrable
  • Waist high splitting table
  • Double chamfered axe head


  • Designed and manufactured in the UK
  • Honda GX200 engine
  • UK support network
  • 12 month money back guarantee
  • No width restriction
  • Dual-speed hydraulic pump
  • No auto return


  • Doesn’t come with hydraulic oil
  • Limited splitting height
  • Over 100kg
  • Only one type of axe head

Forest Master Petrol Log Splitter (7-Ton) Heavy Duty

For over 30 years, Forest Master has been selling log splitters. The FM16HTW is a dual-speed machine, push the lever halfway and you get reduced force but faster travel, suitable for softwoods. For harder woods push the lever all the way for the full force.


The FM16HTW is twice as efficient, due to the pre-fitted DuoCut Blade and Ram Stop. The supplied stand allows users to adjust the machine to a suitable working height, also removing the need to lean over or kneel. The added caster wheels also allow easy manoeuvrability.


  • Affordable Price
  • UK Support
  • Honda Engine
  • Duocut Technology


  • Imported into the UK
  • 7 ton of force
  • Diameter restriction
  • Small engine for the tonnage
  • Kinetic not hydraulic

Goliath 18 T Petrol Log Splitter

The Goliath 18T hydraulic log splitter includes a specially forged wedge that has been hardened to produce a good splitting action. Goliath log splitters are built with Power, Reliability and durability in mind and feature a Briggs and Stratton.



  • 18T Splitting force
  • Splitting height 20inch / 50cm
  • Moveable
  • Safety Handles


  • Not built in the UK
  • Diameter restriction
  • Small engine for the tonnage
  • Auto return
  • No dual-speed hydraulic pump

Mitox LS700BS 7T Petrol Vertical Log Splitter

The Mitox LS700BS 7t petrol vertical log splitter is one of the most powerful petrol log splitters available in the UK. Powered by a Briggs & Stratton four-stroke petrol engine, this log splitter generates as much power as its electrical counterparts. The Mitox LS700BS 7t petrol log splitter is a vertical type and the petrol engine has a displacement of 169 cc, generating a maximum splitting force of 7 tons with a splitting length of a good metre and 32cm diameter.



  • Excellent Splitting Height
  • Height adjustable table
  • Briggs and Stratton engine
  • UK Support


  • Not built in the UK
  • Diameter restriction
  • Only 7T of splitting force
  • No dual speed hydraulic pump

There are hundreds of different Log Splitters on the market which are suitable for hundreds of different applications. Above are a few of the biggest-selling log splitters in the UK.