Customer Reviews for LS 27 TB Hydraulic Log Splitter
Review 21 for LS 27 TB Hydraulic Log Splitter
Ease of Use
Ease of Starting
Lot Size:More than 2 acres
5out of5 stars (74 Reviews)
Date:November 11, 2010
The right splitter
"I'm just finishing up my third season with my LS27TB and it has split a total of about 120 cords of wood for me and my neighbors over these three seasons. Each fall this splitter runs nearly constantly between me and my friends on our days off. It has never missed a beat and has far exceeded all expectations. This splitter has allowed us to keep our homes warm and still have time to cut, split and sell enough wood to others to pay off our investments.
The Honda uses very little fuel, burns no oil and starts on the first pull EVERY time. The power is great, none of us have ever been able to make it stall out. The cycle speed is perfect, any faster and you would be apt to try to work too fast to keep up and can loose a thumb quick.
This splitter has been used by me, AJ, Darl, Martin, Gary, Aaron and Nick. Its the first time in history all seven hard headed guys have ever agreed on anything; This is a heck of a splitter. We have probably exceeded any torture test the factory could devise and it has continued to run as good as the day it was new. If it blew up tomorow I would gladly buy the same exact thing again."
"I am very happy with the LS 27 TB Hydraulic Log Splitter. One of its big attractions was the Honda engine. This engine starts easily and runs quiet. I have used the log splitter for 3 1/2 hours and it has split all my hardwood with ease. I do have a word of caution. DO NOT take for granted that the engine oil is at the correct level and that the hydraulic fluid level is at the correct level in the splitter. DO NOT BELIEVE THE TAGS ON THE MACHINE THAT THE SPLITTER IS READY TO RUN. I always check before using new equipment and I found that this Honda engine oil was 1/2 quart low. Also the hydraulic fluid in this log splitter was 2/3 of a quart low. READ THE MANUAL AS THERE IS A SPECIFIC WAY TO CHECK AND ADD HYDRAULIC FLUID TO THE SPLITTER. ON THIS HONDA ENGINE, YOU DO NOT SCREW THE DIPSTICK IN TO MEASURE THE ENGINE OIL. On some engines the dipstick is screwed in to measure the oil. Give yourself and the equipment a break and take a few minutes to check the manual. You may not be as smart as you think you are!! Yes, I am one of those odd birds who does read the manuals. I have learned even after 75 years that things do change."
"This splitter takes on some very narley wood and does a very good job of spliting it.The only thing I dont enjoy about it is noise,it is very noisy.It runs good and starts easy.I have found that it will leak gas out the tank lid,vibrates a lot when hooked to my truck.I also have a troy built horse roto tiller that is 20 years old and it still tills like it was new."
"Was going to purchase a competitors splitter until I considered the added features of the cradle, fenders and log dislodge guard. I made the right choice. The Honda engine is the way to go! Quiet and starts every time. Must be level when splitting or fluid will come out of bleed hole on fill cap. Added larger steel plates to cradle to support logs and to guard engine against damage. Only concern is that without the guards the engine may be damaged. Should come from factory with engine guard."
"I purchased this unit about 2 yrs ago and have used it several times splitting hardwood. It is an excellent piece of equipment, with one exception. When splitting logs, they can get caught in the cradle. This has happened to me and the pressure broke the retaining bolts on the cradle to the frame. It is very easy to start and to use in both the horizontal and vertical positions."
Lot Size:Greater than 1/2 acre but less than 1 acre
5out of5 stars (74 Reviews)
Date:October 23, 2009
"I bought this 4 years ago and have regularly used this to split well over 75 face cords of wood. All wood from apple to oak and very large logs too. You just can't stop it. I have used and abused this thing and it just keeps running. I would buy another one if I ever needed it."
"The 27 ton machine is great. I cut up about 7 cords of wood the first day and another 5 cords the second day.
The only real concern is when you have it hooked up to an ATV there is a chance the ATV will strike the cylendar head when climbing a steep grade. should have a longer hitch arm to correct this problem."
Lot Size:Greater than 1/2 acre but less than 1 acre
4out of5 stars (74 Reviews)
Date:September 17, 2009
Great splitter, but....
"I can't say enough about the power and reliability of the Troy bilt 27 ton log splitter. I have used it for several splitting seasons on countless cords worth of wood. This thing will blast through any type or size of log I throw at it. However, I am not happy with the cradle system at all. If the log gets caught under the cradle, you can kiss your bolts good bye, along with the lost splitting time needed to fix it. I have replaced every bolt on the cradle twice and I now keep stock of extra bolts just to save myself the headaches. Great Splitter Troy Bilt...but you may need to hit the chalk board once again on the cradle system."
"I am not sure if I would recommend this splitter to a friend. I had mine just over two years and the pump/engine couplers sheared. Very difficult to get replacements from Troy Bilt/MTD. I had to go to "GRAINGER" to order. Mine makes all sorts of vibration racket when it is in the release cycle. I have looked for vibrating exhaust, engine covers, trailer hitch and can't find where the noise is coming from. It does a day work though. It powers through everything I put in it. Even OAK KNOTS. I wish it had a two speed power cycle though. IT is slow and tedious with the one speed. I split anywhere from 10 to 20 cords of hardwood a season. Now into my third season with this machine. It has started to leak from the engine. It might only be a gasket(hopefully) but I have to wait until I this seasons wood is finished to look at the thing. I, knowing what I know today, would probably have paid more for a two speed 33 ton or more model. But for the price and what I have saved on heating bills so far I am ahead in the $$ department. If and when I buy another I will use this one for a 2d splitter/Back up. One my wife or kids can use while I use the larger one. If this sounds like I am waffling on this review it is because although the splitter works well, it is not as good as I assumed a Troy Bilt would be."
"The Honda engine starts easy and has run well so far. At around 8-10 cords the log cradle bolts sheared on the far (engine) side cradle. I removed the remaining bolts and split without that cradle attached. After another 2-3 cords the bolts on the tending side shear but the cradle did not travel very far so it went unnoticed for a few pieces until hydraulic fluid was notice leaking. After shutting off the engine and finding the leak it was obvious that the one remaining log cradle had pivoted on the one remaining bolt far enough to make contact with the hydraulic hose. The weight of the log and vibration of the machine caused the log cradle to cut into the hydraulic hose. There goes a the rest of the week end. I will review the warranty work at a later date."
"I recieved my new log splitter in April and it was delivered and ready to go. Splitter was full of fluids both Hydraulics and motor oil. I read over the manual first to get familiar with my new splitter and I started splitting. Splitter worked well with no problems. Nice and quiet, Split about 4 cords of logs and never had a problem. As far as some of the reviews I read before I purchased I had no problems with the log cradle at all with bolts or weakness. As far as changing the engine oil , I changed after the first five hours of use as recommended and used a small syphon tool that I use at work to take samples of lubricants from gear boxes and turbines, which allowed me to take the oil right from the fill spout. Worked well with no mess and I did not have to deal with the mess of trying to drain the used oil out the bottom and get it all over the place. I actually have been using this for all my small engine oil changes for quite sometime. I had read in previous reviews that this was a mess and a problem, but this should work well for anybody who tries it. You can pick one up at any hardware or auto store. Simply place the pvc tubing in the engine fill tube and screw on a quart jar that matches the threads on the head of the syphon and start pulling the syphon arm. Usaully the little jar that comes with the unit is to small to hold all the used oil at once. Preferrably you want to do this while the engine oil is still warm. I have had good success with all my Troy Built purchases and this log splitter seems like it will keep the streak."
Lot Size:Greater than 1 acre but less than 2 acres
5out of5 stars (74 Reviews)
Date:April 3, 2009
Best Value In Log Splitters
"The Troy-Bilt 27 Ton log splitter is the best value in log splitters of anything on the market right now. I did a great deal of research on splitters before making my purchase. What I found is that I would have paid much more elsewhere for features like coil encased hoses, honda motor, and fluid included. I think the 27 ton model is plenty of splitting power for anyone, except maybe commercial use. It is a great splitter. I would recommend rechecking hydrolic fluid when your's arrives though, as mine was low. I would highly reccommend this splitter to anyone. An also notworthy feature is the overall design of the splitter. It's footprint is much smaller than other splitters with the same capacity making it much esier to store."
"I received this as a gift from my wide for Christmas 2008. The first thing I added, was something that all equipment of this type of should have, an hour meter. I have about 23 hours on the splitter, and have had the same problem twice. The cradle arms have sheered the self threading screws that fasten the cradle to the frame. Today I did what the manufacture should have done. I replaced the self tapping screws with 3/8” X ¾” grade 8 cap screws, washers, lock washers, and nuts. The first time I thought that it might have been over torqued. The manufacture sent me a new screw, and It was easily replaced. I thought about welding it on, but thought that I liked the ability to remove the arms should the occasion arise. I am splitting some pretty large pieces and I roll them into the bucket of the tractor and then roll them onto the splitter. It is a good piece of equipment that can be made better."