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Last month, we organized the international Hakki Pilke Pro series event virtually. We had the pleasure of having participants from 27 countries around the world from six different continents.

If you missed it, check out this interesting event on our Youtube channel: https://youtu.be/URS-BBxu2YU

You get to hear customer stories from the users of Hakki Pilke Pro series from all over the world and on top of this we offer you interesting discussions of the latest industry trends. Emma Kimiläinen, a professional racing car driver and F1 commentator, will host the online event. The event is English spoken and lasts about one hour.

You can watch the recording at your own pace or rewind to a specific section:

00:20 Welcome speech and Hakki Pilke introduction
05:00 Hakki Pilke today in brief and factory tour – Global leader in firewood processing
12:45 55 Pro – The firewood factory and customer story from Denmark 
24:15 50 Pro – The heavy-duty processor and customer story from Finland
30:45 43 Pro – The commercial grade processor and customer story from New Zealand
43:30 38 Pro – The professional firewood processor and customer story from Lapland
53:30 Panel discussion – Summary of Pro series and firewood industry trends


We are happy to invite you to our virtual Hakki Pilke Pro Series online event on Wednesday 20th of October 2021 9 AM EEST or 6 PM EEST. The event is English spoken. 

Sign up now: Hakki Pilke Pro Series online event

We want to present you unique information about our Pro series’ firewood processors and its newest addition Hakki Pilke 55 Pro. The 55 Pro has been designed together with professionals from all over the world to enable the most efficient production of firewood.

You will also hear customer stories from the users of Hakki Pilke Pro series from all over the world and on top of this we offer you interesting discussions of the latest industry trends. Don’t miss out!



Welcome speech and Hakki Pilke introduction 
Anssi Westerlund, Hakki Pilke Business Unit Director

Hakki Pilke today in brief – Global leader in firewood processing

55 Pro – The firewood factory and customer story from Denmark

50 Pro – The heavy-duty processor and customer story from Finland

43 Pro – The commercial grade processor and customer story from New Zealand

38 Pro – The professional firewood processor and customer story from Lapland

Panel discussion – Summary of Pro series and firewood industry trends
Anssi Westerlund, Timo Jussila, Development Manager and Jari Niskakoski, Export Manager

Emma Kimiläinen, a professional racing car driver and F1 commentator, will host the online event.

You can also follow the live event on Hakki Pilke's YouTube channel.


The 20-year collaboration between Shingu Shoko Ltd. and Hakki Pilke started in 2001. The relationship has grown over the years, developing into a profound partnership.

Hakki Pilke 1X42 was the first machine delivered to Japanese market. Shingu Shoko has long history with 42 diameter machines as over the years the Hakki Pilke firewood processors have gone through evolution from 1X42 to Easy 42 and in 2017 to 43 Pro. Today, Shingu-Shoko and their dealer network sells Hakki Pilke machines and log tables all over Japan.

“Shingu Shoko Ltd. and Hakki Pilke are true pioneers of firewood processor business in Japan. We are very happy to see that Hakki Pilke 43 Pro is the most popular processor model in Japan as in many other countries all over the world. We look forward to next 20 year prosperous business relation with Shingu Shoko,” says Anssi Westerlund, Business Unit Director of Hakki Pilke.

Importer visits and dealer trainings play a key role in effective cooperation. Open discussions and a deep understanding of one another’s businesses are important. Deep training and long-term cooperation are the secret behind excellent after-sales services, and it brings new opportunities for development.

Watch video about the Hakki Pilke's journey in Japan: https://youtu.be/538Ltun6nN0   

Many years ago, Shingu Shoko Ltd was the first company to import and sell chainsaws in the Japanese market. Since then, they have expanded their operations to include all kinds of tree-related products, from firewood processors to wood-burning stoves. Their goal is to make their customers' lives easier with machines that preserve our forests while reducing labor, boosting efficiency, and improving safety. Shingu Shoko also manages 5,000 hectares of forest across Japan and has always worked to protect this valuable domestic resource. As a result of their efforts, the company proudly received its Responsible Forest Management from the Forest Stewardship Council in 2005.


Our customer service is open throughout the summer on weekdays except during week 29 (July 19 - July 23), when the entire company is closed.


A sufficient amount of high-quality raw material is a vital condition for your firewood company to be able to produce firewood and serve your customers reliably. Efficient sourcing of raw materials is therefore one of the keys to a successful firewood business.

If you use suppliers for purchase the raw material for your business, it is a good idea to source your logs from multiple suppliers. This ensures that you will always have logs available even when your main supplier might be struggling with deliveries. About this and other vital elements for you firewood business you can read from our blog How to start a firewood business? This time we will focus on what to consider when you are the one deciding the right time to fell trees.

Multiple things affect to the right harvesting time. For example, weather conditions, tree species, land carrying capacity, and the condition of forest roads are factors that should be considered when choosing the right time to harvest.


Harvesting and weather conditions

In countries with different seasons the tree moisture is often at its lowest in early fall. The early winter with frost but not yet so much of a snow, is a good time to cut down the trees since the winter frosts makes it easier to move around in the forest, because the ground bears better. It is also a good idea to transport the trees when the temperature is on the frost side so you don't have to worry about road breaks so much.

Once the frost weather has started, it is also a good time to start making firewood. If you have seasons, it is usually not advisable to start making firewood before the onset of frost, as there is a risk that the firewood will become moldy.

If you rely on traditional firewood drying methods, ie natural drying, the best time for this usually spring. Cold and especially humid weather slows down the drying process significantly. In case you use artificial drying methods, you can dry wood year around.

The trees in the leaf can be left uncut for a few weeks. This way the moisture effectively evaporates through the drying leaves.

Once the trees have been made to firewood, they will continue to dry up for years. If the logs are stored for a long time, it is advisable to ensure that there is sufficient ventilation in the warehouse. However, storing the firewood for several years may reduce the calorific value of firewood. It is therefore not advisable to keep too much stock, but to take care of a suitable round of the firewood for customers.

More about drying your firewood and its effects to your production process, you can find from our blog How to dry your firewood effectively?


What kind of trees are worth felling?

When you choose the trees to fell there are few things to consider. If the wood has a good energy content and a high calorific value, you can usually achieve a higher margins. However, firewood can also have other good properties.

For example softwood doesn't usually soot the firebox and chimney as much as for example birch. Therefore, it can be ideal for example for fireplaces with hatches. In the case of softwood you can also utilize rotten and erect trees or wind-felled trees.


Harvesting and the transport of trees

When harvesting trees, they are felled, pruned and cut. This can be done as forestry work or with a firewood processor. Breaking the bark of the tree significantly enhances the drying of the trees, which in turn improves their shelf life.

If you harvest as forestry work, it is good idea to peel the tree from three sides. The multifunction machine breaks the bark automatically.

If the earth is moist or otherwise soft when the harvesting is done, it is advisable to use few trees on the bottom of the pile to keep the lowest trees clean from example of sand and moss and to prevent them to freeze on the ground in winter time. This will also make them easier to transport.



The moisture content of freshly felled wood is usually 45-55%. This varies according to the seasons. During the first summer, the moisture content of the logs felled with multifunction machine decreases from 50% to about 30%. Covered frames are about 10% units drier than uncovered ones, so it's worth protecting the frames!


As firewood sales are booming, many firewood professionals are taking processors from storage or making firewood in full swing. If you want to ensure your firewood processor's best performance for decades to come, it is always a great idea to inspect and maintain the machine after storage or long time of processing.

When maintaining the firewood processor, it is important to prevent the possible fault in advance. A good practice is to go carefully trough the machine each time you take it from the storage and put it back into service.

We gathered a four-point checklist that will take you far and helps you make sure that your firewood processor will last the decades to come:

  1. Go through the machine in general. Check that the machine is in good condition and clean it if necessary.
  2. Grease the machine's grease nipples if you have not greased them before storing the machine.
  3. Carefully check the condition of the chainsaw chain and chain bar or circular blade.
  4. Check the condition of the hydraulic oil and the filters. Replace them if necessary.

Cleaning the firewood processor first to make the condition check easier

The general condition of the firewood processor can be checked visually. This quickly ensures that the machine has not been damaged during storage or transport. Cleaning the machine makes it easier to check the condition. For example, the condition of the blade is a lot easier to check when it is clean. It is also more pleasant to start working with a clean machine.

It is recommended that the grease nipples of the firewood processor to be greased before the machine is stored. If you forgot to do the greasing before storing the machine, it should be done before machine is put into service again. It is also a good idea to clean the grease nipples before storing.

For Hakki Pilke firewood processors you find the grease nipples locations with pictures of them from the manual. The manual also tells the exact greasing amount for each grease nipples.


Checking the hydraulic oils and filters

In hydraulics, the condition of the oil is a decisive factor in terms of service life and reliable operation. With clean oil and filter, hydraulic components work smoothly and the oil temperature remains at a moderate level.

The oil and filters should be checked each time the firewood processor is take out of the storage. They should also be checked whenever the machine has been without use for a longer period of time.

During the winter time you can have problems, in case there is any water in the oils. It is possible that the water freezes at the bottom of the tank. If the oils look gray, water has gotten in. In this case, the oils and the return filter must be changed.

For the Hakki Pilke firewood processors we recommend the first change of oils and return filters after one hundred hours of use or after the first season. Thereafter, the change should be made every two years or every 500 hours, whichever is reached first.

You can find the best oils, filters and blade accessories for you Hakki Pilke machine from you local dealer. You can find your closest Hakki Pilke store from here.


Maintenance of a circular saw and a chainsaw

Before starting up the machine, also check the condition of the chainsaw chain and chain bar or, in the case of a circular saw blade, the condition of the pieces and that the blade is prestressed properly. If you notice that the blade is dull or has cracked rails it should be replaced with a new one.

The chainsaw chain and chain bar of the firewood processor should be maintained regularly. Read the detailed instructions for the maintenance of the chainsaw chain and chain bar in our previous article "How To: Sharpening Your Chainsaw Chain".

See also our instructional video on sharpening the chainsaw chain.


The service life and functionality of the circular saw can best be affected by careful storage and use. Always check the condition of the blade carefully. If you notice cracks or broken teeth in the blade, the blade must not be used but must be replaced or repaired.

A damaged blade is always a major safety risk and should never be used. Blades should always be maintained by a specialized dealer.

When installing a new blade, you should always check that the chain bars are also straight and clean. If the bars need to be replaced, they should always be purchased as an original parts.


Always check the circular saw and the chainsaw before processing firewood

Also, always check the circular or chainsaw before you start processing. Regular maintenance of the circular saw and chainsaw saw and bar ensures that firewood is produced efficiently. At the same time, you maximize the life of your firewood processor.

Using a dull blade can cause a variety of problems: the machine heats up, the chain sprocket wears faster and the saw slows down and more time is needed to cut. Be sure to clean the blade after each use, for example with compressed air or a brush.

If you find that your machine needs new parts, contact your machine manufacturer or local dealer.


During the Easter holidays our factory and customer service will be closed from Friday 2nd of April to Monday 5th of April. After Easter we are open normally starting from April 6th.

Wishing you all a Happy Easter!

-Hakki Pilke Team-



Are you starting a firewood operation or considering the upgrade from a splitter towards a full-featured firewood processor or maybe you're just looking for useful tips for your current firewood operation? Then this guide is for you!

Download our free "How to build a successful firewood business?" guidebook here:  Hakki Pilke — How to build a successful firewood business?

Here at Hakki Pilke we have over four decades of experience with firewood processing and the workings of the industry. Whether you’re just getting started or aiming to develop your firewood operation further, we hope this guide gives you valuable insight on the things you need to take into account when planning your operation.

We’ve divided this guide into four sections:
1. Getting started
2. Before processing
3. During processing
4. After processing

In the first section we look at all the features and variables that you need to consider when you are getting started and choosing the right processor for your needs. We also cover the reasons for making the jump from a splitter to a processor.

The second section covers things you need to know before you start processing firewood. We shed light on how to sort and feed the logs into your processor. We also discuss the importance of choosing the right log deck for your operation.

We then in third section discuss firewood processor features that come in handy during processing. In this chapter we touch upon user ergonomics and safety, chainsaw maintenance and distribution of work.

Lastly, in the fourth section we take a look at what you need to do to your firewood after processing – storing, drying and packaging. Also included are ideas on how to sell and market your firewood product.


The Hakki Pilke 55 Pro was designed for effective professional firewood processing in close cooperation with firewood professionals around the world. The innovative functions of 55 Pro ensures superior performance in all conditions and situations. It demolishes 55 cm (22") logs of hardwood to high quality firewood with 40 tons (44 US tons) splitting power and high-performance hydraulic functions. 


Effortless splitting with HakkiMultiBlade and automatic splitting blade height adjustment system

The Hakki Pilke 55 Pro brings the firewood processing to the modern age with innovative and automatic functions. With the new HakkiMultiBlade™ you can split up to 24 pieces and then easily change to 8 pieces in only seconds. The automatic hydraulic height adjustment of the splitting blade ensures consistent high-quality firewood even when the diameter of the logs varies. The system has an innovative sensor that measures the diameter of each log and adjusts the splitting blade height accordingly to get optimal results.

“The innovative HakkiMultiBlade™ is an idea based on the customer need: the change of the splitting blade in big a firewood processor is slow and heavy. We wanted to make this easier for our customers. Now the change between 24-way and 8-way splitting blade is easy and takes only seconds.  Due to the new blade design, changing from the standard 8-way to 16-way is also fast. The HakkiMultiBlade™ and automatic height adjustment system comes as a standard to every 55 Pro firewood processor,” says Product Development Manager Timo Jussila.


Real-time information on production level and machine controls at hand

The 55 Pro has a modern data monitoring system with easy-to-use monitor screen. The monitoring system is collecting important data from machine’s productivity and processes. You get a real-time information about processed volumetric measurements, hours of operation, splitting method and safety covers.

“Our customers have been hoping to get information on the productivity level and how much firewood is made. The screen and data monitoring system comes as a standard equipment.  This display shows statistics on the amount of produced firewood such as daily outputs and outputs per hour. You can also control a lot of different functions of the machine, such as the stroke of splitting cylinder and the wood measuring device, by this monitor.” says Export Manager of Hakki Pilke Jari Niskakoski.

User can easily change the wanted length for the firewood from the monitor. The measuring device moves automatically to the correct position based on the selected length. The plate can be driven manually forward or backward from the monitor’s buttons. In the monitor screen, the user can also control the half stroke function and turn the automatic blade height adjustment on manual.

The Hakki Pilke XL Conveyor is available as optional equipment. You can complete and maximize the efficiency of your firewood factory by adding either the 6 m or 8 m XL Conveyor to the 55 Pro’s outfeed conveyor. The conveyor’s 60 cm (24") wide belt transports easily large amount of firewood and it has a cleaning system that separates the debris from the firewood. The XL Conveyor is also easy to remove from the machine and transport by its own tires for short distances.


Fast and uninterrupted processing with half-stoke splitting and landing plates

The productivity level of 55 Pro is unbeatable with the delay-free HakkiSplit™ splitting system with half-stroke function for making short firewood faster. You can choose the splitting to return after full, half or one-third of the stroke. The log landing plates ensure that even the shortest cut logs land neatly into the splitting groove. The 55 Pro has automatic greasing system that pumps at standard intervals, which saves maintenance time. It has five active safety covers to ensure the user safety and to ease the maintenance and processing of work. Safety covers are light weight, easy to use and stop all movements inside the machine once opened.

The 55 pro has many other industry leading Pro Series features like the patented AC 10 automatic chain tensioner and electric automatic chain oil lubrication. The AC 10 system maintains the chain at optimal tension, improving the efficiency of the cutting and providing a significant increase to the life span of the chain and bar. The standard equipment’s also include HakkiCut™ sawing interface, automatically optimized saw lowering speed and hydraulic rolling log clamp.


Customer needs and experience are at the heart of the design process

Hakki Pilke strives continuously to develop products together with the global network of knowledgeable customers and distributors. The development of our firewood processors has always based on the needs and requirements of our customers and their business.

“The need for bigger diameter and high-quality firewood as a result was at the heart of the design process. The machine was tested around the world in three different locations with different environment where thousands of cubics were made from hardwoods such as beech and blue gum. With comprehensive product testing we ensured that the 55 Pro works perfectly in all conditions. In addition, we got valuable feedback from the machine testers so that we were able to adjust all the functions to work flawlessly,” says Product Development Manager Timo Jussila.

A firewood supplier in South Germany, Dopei’s Brennholzverkauf, was one of the 55 Pro testers. “The 55 Pro with the automatic log measuring device can handle heavy and sturdy logs. Stronger infeed conveyor with two drive rollers moves heavy logs easily to the sawing. The 24-way blade can split effortlessly different types of hardwood like oak and beech. The automatic height adjustment makes the processing smoother when the log size varies which was a needed function for industrial operations,” says the owner of Dopei’s Brennholzverkauf Mr. Dominik Peisl.

The expertise, product development and innovativeness of the world’s leading firewood processor producer is crystallized in the Hakki Pilke Pro series. The Hakki Pilke Pro series has grown over the years and now the 55 Pro is currently the biggest machine in Hakki Pilke product portfolio.

“There was a clear need for a bigger machine as exports make up about 80% of the Hakki Pilke sales. Every year thousands of machines are shipped to 6 continents and over 35 countries to process all known firewood species around the world. Big diameter logs are easy to find in many countries with relatively low cost and many times these log are difficult to process and not suitable for sawmills or the pulp and paper industry. The 55 Pro is the perfect solution to this,” says Business Unit Director Anssi Westerlund from Hakki Pilke.

The Hakki Pilke 55 Pro machine is designed for true professionals who need high productivity and uninterrupted material flow with high quality end-result. Together with HakkiFeed 472 and XL Conveyor, you will get the leading firewood factory in the market. Join the Winning Team!


Check out the amazing 55 Pro video here!




TP Silva Ltd produces the world leading Hakki Pilke firewood processors with more than 35 years of expertise. We deliver thousands of processors to our customers on six continents in over 35 countries every year. The international operation and local service network of Hakki Pilke offer the world’s best support and after sales service to processor owners. Hakki Pilke firewood processors are renowned by professional users around the world for the highest productivity and reliability. For more information, visit www.hakkipilke.com


We would like to thank all our customers and partners for the past year. Hakki Pilke team would like to wish you all a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year 2021!

Due to the Christmas holidays our factory is closed from 23th of December till 4th of January. Our customer service is open normally from 21ts to 23th and from 28th to 31st of December.