Cutting firewood is no longer a necessity for most homes, but for firewood sellers, it is a great way to make money. Having the right equipment to process large logs efficiently, adds to your profit margin and also helps to reduce the time spent in ensuring the logs are uniformly cut to be packaged for sale.
A firewood processor should have the ability to both split logs as well as to cut up the logs for firewood. The equipment needs to be durable, reliable and to have the power and processing capacity you need.
In most cases, firewood can be split on large equipment and then individually processed on smaller systems within a yard. However, it is also possible to use the same type of deck saw and firewood processor combination, perfect for smaller firewood sales operations or for use by homeowners, ranchers or others where firewood may be the primary heating source for the home.
What to Consider
When choosing a firewood processor, always consider the reputation of the brand. The best companies produce equipment that is tried and true and has a solid reputation of years of working out in the industry.
Safety should also be a critical factor when choosing any type of deck saw. The design needs to protect the operator and also provide the saw bar length that is correct for the size of logs it is required to handle. Trying to use a system that is too small or large logs is a safety issue and one of the major causes of mechanical problems with the saws.
Automatic chain oilers, hydraulic control of the saw bar movement and chain tension take-up should all be considered as essential features for any deck saw. Shop around and compare options, keeping in mind that quality systems will outlast cheaper systems and reduce downtime throughout use.