If you are tired of hauling heavy logs to a chopping block and splitting them using a simple axe, then you’ll truly appreciate log splitters. They reduce the time and labor needed to split logs to even size for easy storage and usage during the cold winter months. Of all the types of log splitters available, gas-powered models are arguably the best. They’re portable, easy to use, and exert more force than electric and cordless models could ever hope to do.
In this article, we’re going to take a look at three of Champion’s most prized gas log splitters – the 90720, 92221, and the 100251. At first glance, they look extremely similar in appearance, but regarding performance, there’re worlds apart. Depending on the type of logs you plan on chopping, one model could suit you better than the others. Without further ado, let’s begin our comparison.
The amount of force (measured in tons) determines how effective a log splitter will be on certain types of wood. In general, virgin wood – the moisture-rich type of wood prior to the curing process – requires greater force to split. The 90720 only exerts up to 7 tons of force, making it great for extremely dry logs and super-thin green wood (19 inches long and 50 pounds maximum).
The 92221 model delivers more than twice as much force as the previous model. Its 193 cc engine delivers up to 22 tons of force. The long hydraulic cylinder supports splitting logs of up to 24 inches long and 100 pounds heavy.
The 100251 is the beast of all the models on this list. Its large 224 cc engine delivers up to 24 tons of sheer hydraulic force for splitting even 2-foot long logs that weight up to 100 pounds. This model is one to consider if you need to split large green logs in preparation for curing.
Conclusion: Between these three Champion models, there’s not one model here that fits every person’s specific needs. If you need a light-duty model for splitting thin, ultra-dry logs, then the 90720 could be a viable option. However, if you deal with both thin and narrow logs, as well as both seasoned and green wood, then either the 92221 or the 100251 could be the perfect solution.
The cycle time indicates how long – from moving the plate towards the wedge and back to its original position – it takes to split logs. If you need to split cords of logs in a single day, then you’ll want a machine with a quicker cycle time. The 90720 can do up to 180 cycles per hour (20-second cycles).
As for the 92221, it can go up to 240 cycles per hour – about 15 seconds per log. It’s about 33% more time-efficient than the 90720, and it can even split logs of a larger diameter and length.
What the 90720 and the 92221 do is nothing compared to the ultimate power that the 10021 possesses. For each log up to two feet in width, it only takes this beast 12 seconds from start to finish. This translates into 300 cycles per hour –
Conclusion: In all fairness, each of these machines will chop logs quicker than you could ever hope to do with an axe and elbow grease. If time-efficiency is your thing, then the 100251 can split more logs than the other Champion models on this list.
Most entry-level log splitters only let users slice through logs horizontally. This isn’t an issue most of the times, especially when dealing with lighter logs of up to 50 pounds or so. The 90720, being a light-duty log splitter, only slices through logs horizontally.
92221 and 100251
As for the 92221 and the 100251, they let you split logs in both horizontal and vertical orientations. Because they have log-splitting capacities of 100 pounders that are up to 23 and 24 inches long, respectively, you’ll need to switch the position of their rails to its vertical position. This limits the lifting distance from the ground upwards, reducing the amount of strain you put on your back.
Conclusion: Because of the limited log-splitting capabilities, there are no cons of the 90720’s single position system. Lifting logs of up to 50 pounds won’t easily cause you to pull a muscle. As for the 92221 and the 100251, we feel the need for both horizontal and vertical positions due to their abilities to cut long, thick logs.
90720, 92221, and 100251
In almost every other regard, all three of these Champion machines are identical. They can all be placed on the beds of most trucks or towed (up to 45 mph) behind trucks, UTVs, and ATVs; they come with log catchers and to save your logs from falling onto the ground, and they feature 2-stage hydraulic pumps which deliver high and low pressure depending on how much your logs need.
Essentially, other than their respective force ratings, build size, and log-splitting orientations, these three machines are almost exactly the same.
There is little to dislike about any of these three Champion-made log splitters. Champion caters to every market segment by making multiple machines with different force capacities that fit the exact needs of every user. Whether you’re splitting hard, seasoned logs or splitting virgin wood in preparation for curing, Champion’s got your back.
Between the three models discussed, there’s really no direct comparison since they offer varying levels of force. However, if you need an all-in-one machine, then you can’t go wrong with the 100251’s ultra 24-ton force delivery for splitting logs of up to 2 feet long and. However, for most users who prepare cords of logs for personal consumption, if your backyard or nearby forest is littered with logs up to 19 inches long and up to 50 pounds heavy, then the smaller 90720 can be the perfect solution.
If you’re looking for something with strong force without overkill for many different types of seasoned and green logs, then the 22-ton 92221 log splitter will suit you perfectly.