Menards, Forest King 22 Ton log splitter JUNK

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Update added by user Oct 02, 2012

Hello, all who purchased the Forest King Log Splitter from Menards.Here is the scoop on what I did.

I took it back withing the 30 day period. They (Menards) tried to screw me around with this but the gave in later. It comes down to the old saying. The Squeaky wheel will get the grease.

But if you used your splitter for some time then you need to get it fixed through Menards and they will tell you were you can take it.

If you cannot find the manual for yours. I find that if your temper doesn\'t flare and your direct to the point with Menards they will satisfy your issues. Also the Log Splitter has a Spline problem or did have. The company that built them is aware of it and will send you what you need to repair it.

Trust me on that one. In my case I wanted a better product not one built in China. Seems to be a big problem these days.

Go vote and keep working.Don\'t bend into the entitled ways of life.

Original review posted by user Feb 21, 2012

Purchased this Log splitter from Menards three weeks ago. I was told its made in California. There was no information saying other wise anywhere. Then the add says some assembly required. It should have said most of the Assembly is required and take two people to complete.

The worse part is the hoses are poor quality. They are leaking oil due to the design.

The welds on mine are poor and some cracked off already after 6 hours. Yesterday the splitter engine to pump connection disintigrated while running. So its down.

So Don't buy it pay a bit more.

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Nov 16 #1064590

I have had my 22 ton splitter from menards for a year now and have not had any malfunctions until last weekend. A hose blew because I let somebody borrow it. It splits anything I put on it. I am very happy with the choice I made

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Oct 10 #1046008

I beg to differ. I borrowed the band new 22 ton splitter from a buddy. This unit TORE through an oak that measures over 5' @ the base & the crown, model # YTL23308. It ripped through knotty oak not like butter but we abused it & it got the job done & then some. No complaints here!

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May 06 #980736

I have this same splitter for about three years now . My uncle and I bought them at the same time two of them. First thing he noticed is the set srcrew in the lve joy was loose. That is what is happening to them that they fly apart. So take your gaurd of and just put lock tight on the set screw and probalem solved. We even rent our machines out lol

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James Marchetti

Nov 29, 2014 #907767 Greendale, Wisconsin

Ask Menards. Or go to the manual and get a number off of that to call they will get you parts for this splitter. What broke?

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Nov 29, 2014 #907663 Mountain View, California

Purchased my Forest King Log splitter at Menards 2 years ago and have split a number of loads of wood, probably 4 or 5 cord. It starts first pull and have had no problem with it other than my own dumb fault. Only problem I broke a part yesterday and have no idea where to replace it. Bob

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James Marchetti

Nov 24, 2014 #905520 Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Hey this guy that says he did this in 20 min. is all wet. Had one, took it back based on its poor performance.
I know that it cannot be uncrated in 20 min. So he bends the time a little. By 3 hours or more.
You sir, may have one of many that work. Lucky you. The new one on sale now is very nice.
Have a nice splitting day.

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Nov 24, 2014 #905464 North Dakota, United States

We had the same problem only difference it didn't even split one log. Menards and manufacturer both gave us run around!!! BS!!!! Sending us parts to fix it are you kidding me????

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Oct 08, 2014 #881643 Madison, Wisconsin

Well mine has been going for over 6 yrs and I have not had one problem with it , it's rock solid and does it's job well !! And it's still perfect and I beet on it hard !!!
Assembly was easy and I did it by myself in about 20 minutes .
So it's sounds like you didn't do a good job putting it together to begin with and you have limited technical skills if you needed another person .
What I do have a problem with is this website , never in my day have I ever seen a site so slow and text laggy

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May 17 #985330

Once again you may have got one that works. Your lucky or you don't have the Made in China version called the Forest King 22 ton. Green in color. If this is what you have. again your lucky.

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Jun 20, 2014 #829827

I have had this splitter for over 3 years. No problems.

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May 01, 2014 #811072

one thing is i watch what buy from Menards i bought a propane heater i paid a pretty penny for the heater i paid over 200.00 it was defected. I was sitting in the living room enjoying a good book when i heard a loud noise it was the the heater pilot exploded. I shut of the propane. I reported to Menards and they said they were not going to replace the heater. Wow! i did even finish telling what had happen and they said they were not responiable! Now i do my shopping at lowes,home depot, ace hardware, and Tractor supply. The heater was from China... poor use parts the name of the heater this heater are dangerous be careful thank God I was home to turn of the propane and that day everbody had gone shopping i did not go because of back ache. nevertheless, this heater are the white large heaters they come with stone ware i think they do sale them anymore....

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May 01, 2014 #811066

Wow! I bought one two years ago and the only problem was the return assemble nevertheless, simply fix. My girls have been splitting 3 to 4 feet wide oak no problem. One thing it stayed out side in the winter time hard to start in the below 0 dregee it is an awesome machine it starts in the second pull. One thing i do agree is poor grade hoses. nevertheless, for 700.00 can not beat it even the log splitter is n ot that cheap. face it every thing is coming from china now in this age that is why they is no jobs

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May 02, 2014 #811119 Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Peaple will say you get what you pay for. Some of the splitters from what the factory rep told me had the issue corrected after the influx of complaints. Its a good price that is for sure however the latest one that they put on the floor is a much better machine and is or was on sale. Just tell your girls when splitting do not place themselves near the spline jount that connect the engine to the Hydraulic pump if that comes apart it could take out and eye. Cut a pretty face and so on. China makes junk so I support the Made in the USA as much as I can. Jobs? where? This is why! Pay more for USA. for sure. But now factor in the time it takes to fix travel and so on. Your in the ball park. Go Brewers !

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green bay

Apr 20, 2014 #807063

The biggest piece of junk. Split for 12 hours an the pump went to ***. Of course it was after the warranty expired so menards doesn't do anything or stand behind the products they sell. When I called them to complain they said they never heard of any problema. So $300 dollars for a new pump I'm splitting wood again. Never buy anything from that place again. 8)

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Apr 21, 2014 #807274 Menominee, Michigan

That is to bad that it off Warranty. However, when I when through all this the area rep. for that splitter was very helpful. I think if you contact this guy he may work with you on the parts for this splitter. You need to make him clear on one thing. If he doesn't help you out you will make it known on Facebook and likewise what has taken place. They do know they have an issue with this splitter pump and drive coupling. Is it the pump that gave out or the coupling?
I don't think I have that reps. contact info any more. Here is another thought. There are many ways to get that pump part without paying out of pocket. Since they know they have this issue. Only fair. But give this guy a chance first.

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Nov 14, 2013 #742573 Milwaukee, Wisconsin

I think if you call Menards they can supply it. Look up that splitter on line and you may find it there. However it is made in China so I hope you speak their Lingo.
Did yours break down in the same way? If its new take it back and buy a better unit. I now own the MTD splitter after two years of use and not one issue like that Menards unit. Oh and I made them take the splitter back and give me a good deal on the better one. The Squeaky wheel got the Grease in my case.

Good Luck! Maybe that is why the race car can't win also. Menards races and looses alot. He should depend on the same quality in his cars that they push on the public. Jim

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Nov 14, 2013 #742505

Does anyone have the #800? We keep all of our manuals in the same place and the only one we have on the splitter is LLC engine manual.

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Oct 04, 2013 #725265

Good Morning all you Menard Splitter fans. I am glad that these reviews actually helped the guy that bought it and found these reviews before adding the oil and gas. Menards will not take them back once they are used. However, the squeaky wheel gets the grease when you know your being screwed over. To that person that will take that splitter back. Meanards also sells an MTD for more money 25 ton. I have it and it works fine without any issues now for two years.
Also to the Mac in the Hat guy. The forest King splitter they will back up buy why should you have to do that for three hours of use. The wood that you split is a soft wood. Good luck with your repairs.
And cross your fingers they send you a new piece of some good quality steel. Made in CHINA. Not good steel over there. Sad thing is Menards knows this isssue with the splitter and is still selling them to their public. That also is not good. So Menards get with it before someone ends up eating a broken piece of steel from this coupler.

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Sep 30, 2013 #723809 Wausau, Wisconsin

WOW!!!! I just backed up to my garage with a new Forest King splitter from Menards. I'm waiting for my son and my wife to get off the phone and help me unload it. Thought I would go online and read about all the good things this splitter is going to do for me. For the first time in my life I'm glad they were both tied up on the phone. This thing scares the *** out of me after reading the reviews! I guess there is something to be said for MADE IN AMERICA. I'm leaving it on the truck and returning it in the morning! Thanks for everyone's honesty, only wish I would have read this before I got suckered in by the price!

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mac the hat

Sep 12, 2013 #716081 Casper, Wyoming

Hi all you complainers of the 22 ton log splitter forest king from Menards. I split one and one half cord of lodgepole pine mix with aspen and the love joy connection broke. I called the 800 number, gentleman ask for the serial number and my address, told me he would send me a new one at no charge. I had no receipt as when I bought it I did not think I would need it.
So if you have this problem give the number a try, but remember, politeness counts

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