The 6-ton hydraulic electric log splitter by Goplus is considered by many buyer’s to be the best log splitter on the market for a number of reasons. The brand itself has earned a reputation by producing low-cost machines at a price that’s affordable. Their latest model is creating a buzz since it’s not only priced affordably, it’s also powerful and loaded with some great features to boot.
Our Verdict: The Goplus offers an affordable solution to the homeowner in need of a log splitter that’s both powerful and affordable. It may not be able to handle the same type of heavy-duty jobs that a commercial-grade model can, however, for around the home log splitting, this model is a perfect choice. It can handle a variety of log thickness levels and lengths, so you can feel confident that you’re purchasing a machine that can get the job done.
Overview and Features
If you’ve ever learned how to split wood with a wedge, then you know splitting logs is no easy task and if you have a large woodpile to go through, it’s a job that can take days. Log splitting machines are designed to handle all the heavy work for you, allowing you to finish a big job in only a few hours. This latest model by Goplus has plenty to offer in terms of functionality and power.
The machine’s durable design and well-built stainless steel body show that this is a machine that’s built to last. This is also a highly portable model, so you can take it from worksite to worksite or around the yard, no problem. Aside from its portable design and durable construction it comes packed with some features that make it easy to use.
This model has a fifteen hundred watt motor which means it will easily slice through even the thickest logs. The splitter’s minimum required operating voltage is one hundred and twenty volts. The motor load speed is just under three thousand, five hundred RPM. The cylinder’s dimension is a little over two inches, with a max cylinder travel which is around fifteen inches.
Weighing in at one hundred and two pounds, this model is still highly portable thanks to the built-in never-flat tires that can handle a variety of terrain types so there’s no worry that hauling it out into the yard will be a challenge. As far as power goes, this model is only able to handle light to medium-sized jobs, so, if you’re searching for a heavy-duty machine, this model is not for you. It should be used for home use only and isn’t recommended for pro use. There have been some reports that using this machine for green wood and hardwood proved to be very challenging, however, this is common for most splitters in this price range.
Ease of Use
This is a very beginner-friendly log splitter and one that’s simple to operate. The intuitive controls are well-laid out, so firing up the machine and getting it started is a no-brainer. The machine’s two large front wheels allow for smooth and easy transportation. While the one hundred and two pound construction may make the machine sound heavy and difficult to move, the machine’s unique frame design combined with the extra-large tires make using this splitter a breeze. In terms of operation, since the machine boasts a six-ton splitting force, it’s able to quickly perform its job with minimal discomfort and energy on your part.
When it comes to efficiency, this machine can handle impressively thick logs, allowing you to cleanly and accurately slice through the wood in a matter of seconds. According to the manufacturer, you can use logs that are almost ten inches in diameter and twenty inches long. Keep in mind the machine only offers horizontal splitting action. While this can be a deal-breaker for some, most will overlook the limitation in favor of the overall power rating and lower price tag. However, a vertical feature would’ve been helpful in the event that you’re working with bigger logs since doing so will not require physical strength and the user to move the log up and down. With vertical action, this part of the process would be pretty hands-off.
A popular feature is the machine’s automatic shut off. It will immediately switch off after it cuts through a log. This is a great safety feature to have, but it also helps in terms of saving the engine from wear and tear, while also improving the machine’s overall efficiency rating.
Advantages and Disadvantages
- Durable construction
- Fifteen hundred watt motor
- Six tons of splitting pressure
- Two large front wheels
- Highly portable
- Low price
- Can’t handle green wood or hardwoods
Goplus Vs. Champion 7-Ton Compact Horizontal Gas Log Splitter
While the Champion 7-ton log splitter is smaller than this model, it still offers an impressive performance. Additionally, it offers an auto return feature which promotes faster, smoother, cleaner cuts. Both models are very beginner-friendly, but the competing model is able to handle larger logs using minimal effort. However, it’s also available for almost twice the price. If you’re on a tight budget and just need a machine that can handle smaller jobs around the home, then stick with the Goplus. If you need a machine that’s more powerful and able to handle thicker woods and hardwoods, then the Champion model is one that can suit your needs.
Conclusion and Rating
This Goplus model promises six tons of splitting power, in a compact well-built machine that can handle any log splitting job around the yard. It may not offer many of the same flashy features that higher priced models do, but it does offer an impressive performance, a highly portable design, and it’s available for a price that won’t hit your wallet too hard. I gave this model a rating of four and a half stars out of five.