Ardisam Earthquake Gas Log Splitter Review



The Ardisam Earthquake uses a seven-inch wedge and 12 tons of splitting power to make log splitting easy for the consumer. This exclusive large wedge powers through tough logs better than other units, and it makes wood much less likely to clog the splitting mechanism. The unit only weighs 218 pounds, so you get a lot of power in a compact machine that can easily be towed by a lighter vehicle like an ATV. You don’t need a pickup truck to tow this unit; in fact, if you’re willing to put some muscle into it, you can move this unit by hand.

The wide base, large flotation tires and low profile of this unit makes it very stable. You can tow it through rough and bumpy terrain without having to worry about it tipping over. When you combine this with the unit’s portability, you get a high-quality splitter than can easily be transported to remote areas. The unit comes with an awesome tandem hitch that gives you the ability to tow a trailer along with this unit using only one vehicle, and its telescopic feature extends the hitch outwards to avoid vehicle damage from the splitter.


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One of the best things about this unit is its price; it’s hard to find other units that can match the Ardisam’s 12 tons of splitting power at such a low price. The low price of this unit is perfect, and the machine uses quality materials and fasteners, so you don’t have to worry about it breaking down after a season or two of splitting. When you add in a two-position beam and 21-second cycle time, you get a fantastic bargain splitter that beats comparable units by a mile.


The wheels on this unit are sturdy, but it isn’t made for highway towing. If you plan on bringing this unit on a long distance trip, you’re better off placing it in the back of a truck. The good thing is that it’s very light, so you shouldn’t have a problem getting it into the bed of your truck. The Ardisam’s wheels work well on back roads, but they are a little too flimsy for highway driving.


  • 196 cc Viper engine
  • 12 tons of RAM power; seven-inch wedge
  • Two-position beam for versatility
  • 21-second cycle time
  • Six-gallon oil reservoir
  • Large flotation tires; low center of gravity for stability
  • Two gallons of hydraulic fluid and 20 ounces of motor oil included
  • Telescopic hitch for easy transport; weighs 218 pounds


The Ardisam Earthquake is a powerful unit that can be easily transported across rough terrain; its high-quality tires and low center of gravity make it easy to tow across hills, grass, dirt and rocks. The unit only weighs about 200 pounds, so you can attach it to an ATV. This gives you the ability to tow it on terrain that bigger units have a hard time getting across.

The Ardisam gives you 12 tons of splitting power, so you can throw all types of logs into the splitter without having to worry about them clogging up your machine. If a piece does happen to get stuck on your wedge, you can put another log in the machine to force the stuck piece off of it.

We like how this unit is designed; its two-position height design allows you to adjust the height of the splitting beam. If you have heavy logs that are hard to lift, you can lower the beam so that the unit is close to the ground; this allows you to load logs without having to lift them up, and this saves your back from a lot of aches and pains. If you’re splitting lighter logs, you can raise the beam, and you don’t have to bend over repeatedly to load the machine. This flexibility allows you to finish your job quickly, and it gives you the opportunity to split logs in a comfortable position.

The great thing about this unit is that it ships with all the required hydraulic fluid and oil that it needs to get started, so you can get the unit up and running as soon as you get it. This unit is already affordable, and these bonus materials save you even more money. The unit isn’t commercial-grade, but if you aren’t planning on using it in an industrial capacity, you shouldn’t have a hard time splitting a cord of wood or two in under an hour.


This splitter works best in clear and level areas. When you’ve found a good spot for your splitter, block its wheels to make sure that it doesn’t move during the splitting process. Turn the unit’s fuel valve to its “ON” position, and move the throttle lever into its “FAST” position. Move the unit’s choke lever to its “CHOKE” position, and quickly pull on the engine’s rope handle. If you pull with enough force, the engine should start right up.

We like to let the engine warm up at this point; this is especially important if you are using your splitter in extremely cold conditions. In warm weather, you can get by with letting it warm up for a couple of seconds, but if it’s very cold out, let it run for a couple of minutes before using it.

Place a log on the unit’s splitting beam, and use the control valve handle to drive the unit’s wedge into your log. Extend the cylinder until the log splits, and retract the cylinder. It’s that simple; that’s all you have to do to quickly split logs with the Ardisam Earthquake.


If you want to keep your unit in tip-top shape, then proper maintenance is essential. Fortunately, you don’t need to spend hours keeping this splitter in proper operating condition.

Before you use this unit, make sure to check all of its fluid levels. Check the unit’s hydraulic fluid levels by checking its cap dipstick; if you don’t see any oil on the dipstick, you need to add extra fluid. You also need to check gas and motor oil levels before starting the machine, and when you do this, make sure that the unit is on a level surface for an exact reading. After you’ve checked the fluid levels, check the unit’s tire pressure. The tires work optimally at 30 psi.

If you’re going to be storing your Ardisam for an extended amount of time, make sure to empty its gas tank. We always make sure to store the unit in a horizontal position, and we always clean excess debris off of the unit before putting it in storage.


The Ardisam Earthquake is an affordable unit that gives you all the splitting power that you’ll ever need. It’s portable, lightweight and effective, and it doesn’t skimp on quality and power. We love this unit’s compact and flexible design; its adjustable height really makes splitting wood fast and easy. You really can’t go wrong with a unit like this, so we wholeheartedly recommend it to our readers.

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