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Hakki Pilke is launching the new improved 50 Pro revision B with new innovative features that take this firewood processor’s superior performance to a next level.

Once again Hakki Pilke has been gathering a lot of information about customer wishes and the requirements of different markets. Based on feedback from the global network of knowledgeable and active users, the 50 Pro model has now new features to make the firewood processing even more efficient. The outcome is the most efficient and innovative one-man firewood factory.

“We strive continuously to develop our products together with our customers and distributors to meet their requirements and exceed expectations with innovative expertise and product development. We listen to our customers more closely. The development of our processors is always based on the needs of our customers and the development of their business,” says Development Manager Timo Jussila from Hakki Pilke.

The expertise, product development and innovativeness of the world’s leading firewood processor producer is crystallized in the Hakki Pilke Pro series.


Innovative industry leading features

Hakki Pilke 50 PRO is currently the largest model in the Hakki Pilke product range. With predecessors such as Easy 50 and BigX47, both among the most popular firewood processors in its category worldwide, it has a strong tradition going forward. Thanks to the feedback of proud users and distributors, new innovative features have been added to the 50 Pro to meet the most demanding expectations.

The HakkiSplit™ system has a new half stroke function for making the splitting process of short firewood faster. With this activated, the splitting returns already after half of the stroke, thus halving the cycle time. The half-stroke splitting can be easily controlled with a switch in the front panel.

The much appreciated log landing plates has been added to 50 Pro to ensure uninterrupted material flow. The log landing plates make sure that even the shortest cut logs land neatly into the splitting groove. The guide plates can be used either in automatic or manual mode or they can be disabled altogether.

The great splitting power and highly advanced splitting blades ensure that harder wood types are also split without waiting. The new electric chain oil pump has also a key role in this. The electric pump helps cutting large logs as it pumps oil to the chain all the time while sawing. The oil amount is easily adjustable from the valve of chain oil pump.

In addition to the new functions, The 50 Pro has many industry leading features like the patented AC 10 automatic chain tensioner and HakkiCut™ cutting control. The AC 10 maintains the chain at optimal tension, improving the cutting efficiency and increasing the life span of the chain and bar. It enables fast chain replacement without tools. The machine’s functions can be easily controlled with the ergonomic and easy-to-use control panel. Powerful HakkiCut™ cutting control enables you to process firewood with just two buttons.


Read more about the 50 Pro: Development starts in the field – the Hakki Pilke 50 Pro firewood processor is the tour de force of the entire winning team



Maaselän Kone Ltd produces the world leading 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

04.10.2019 to 06.10.2019

Join us at the Official Paul Bunyan Show on October 4-6, 2019.  Our olcal Ohio dealer Brownwood Sales will be performing live demonstrations and presenting the powerful Hakki Pilke models. More info about the event.

Paul Bunyan Show, Oct 4-6
Guernsey County Fairgrounds
335 Old National Road
Lore City (Cambridge), OH 43755


September's Hakki Pilke User of the Month is Ed from Devon, United Kingdom. Ed is running a company called E C Shere Contracting which is providing mobile firewood processing covering the Devon and surrounding areas.

Ed brought his Hakki Pilke 1x37 when he set up his mobile firewood processing company and has been running it for one and a half years. He did a lot of research before buying a machine and chose Hakki Pilke because of its quality, reliability, output and strength. “Everything on my machine has been built to last and to do a job. There is nothing on there that is not needed or not used. It is very ergonomically designed with everything in the right place for when you need it,” says Ed.  

The suitability for mobile operations was one of the most important criteria when choosing the right firewood processor for his needs. The Hakki Pilke 1X37 fits on the back of a trailer easily and makes the travelling from customer to customer effortless. Ed lifts the machine on and off his trailer frequently so he needed a strong and durable machine that can cope with being moved frequently. Over all Ed has been very happy with the machine and says that in the future he would definitely buy another Hakki Pilke machine.

Congratulations Ed for winning an amazing Hakki Pilke product package! You can find out more about his firewood operations at https://bit.ly/2mgkycl


Taking good care of your chain and chain bar ensures that your processor will serve you for years to come. 

Regular maintenance of the chainsaw chain and chain bar is important for maintaining a high standard of firewood quality and maximizing the lifespan of your firewood processor. Using a dull saw chain can cause a variety of problems: the machine heats up, the chain bar heats and wears, the saw slows down and more time is needed to cut, and the chain sprocket wears faster. In heavy use the chain is recommended to be changed daily. 

Remember always to wear correct protective gear, gloves and eyewear when maintaining your firewood processor.

Hakki Pilke firewood processors' minimal need for service equals less downtime and more firewood processing. Check out our video for the detailed instructions on sharpening the chain with an electric sharpener and how to remove and install the cutting chain on 43 Pro firewood processor:  Hakki Pilke Firewood Processors - Chain Maintenance


Removing the Chain

Hakki Pilke Pro series firewood processors feature our highly efficient AC 10 automatic chain tensioner that keeps the chain in optimal tension at all times preventing breakage and loosening. Correct chain tension greatly increases the useful life of the chain and improves cutting speed. The hydraulic chain tensioner doesn’t require any manual tensioning and allows you to replace your chain in less than 40 seconds.

Make sure your processor is turned off and disconnected from its power source. Open the machine guard and turn the lever to the OFF position. This releases the pressure in the automatic chain tensioner. Loosen the chain by pulling it downwards from the middle of the beam and remove it.


Chain Maintenance

You can sharpen your chain with a round chainsaw file or with an electric chainsaw grinder. If you are sharpening your chains with a file there are many filing aids available to make the job easier such as file holders and filing templates. Sharpening your chain with an electric sharpener is an easy and fast way to achieve correctly sharpened chain edges.

Sharpen the chain according to your chain type and the manufacturer’s specifications on the recommended cutting angle.

When using the grinder apply a quick tapping motions to prevent the surface from overheating. Check that the vise blocking handle is screwed in tight and that the chain is blocked. Run the chain forward to position the next cutter to be sharpened.

Check and adjust the depth gauges if necessary. Check that the cutters are smoothly sharpened and the surface looks uniformly bright. Clean off any debris and lubricate the chain thoroughly with chain oil.


Servicing the Chain Bar

The condition of the chain bar should always be checked when chancing the chain and the bar turned and maintained when needed.

If the bar is bent or has cracked rails it should be replaced with a new one. Look down your chainsaw bar like you would the sights on a rifle to determine if your bar is straight or not.

The chainsaw bars wear in two places: on the top side of the bar rails and on the surfaces inside the rails. Check the bar rail for wear and grind the tops of the rails with a grinder. Remember to grind both sides and check that the top of the bar is even.


Replacing the Cutting Chain

Install the cutting chain and ensure that it is rotating in the correct direction. Install it first on the nose sprocket of the guide bar. Remember to turn lever to the ON position. Close the machine guard and turn on the machine.

Modern firewood processors have automatic chain tensioners, this will tighten the cutting chain to the right tension and raise the saw bar. The Hakki Pilke Pro series machines have the patented AC 10which doesn’t require any manual tensioning and you don't need tools to change the chain.

Pull the edge of the chain at the middle of the beam to check the tension. The tension is correct when the chain can be lifted slightly with moderate force. If the chain feels too loose or tight, check the chain tensioner pressure in the hydraulic chain tensioners and the chain tensioning screw in the mechanical systems.

Extra tip!  Always keep five chains on standby. If you lack the tools for sharpening your chains or have a large amount of chains, consider sharpening your chains by using the services of an external sharpening service. Sharpening chains in bulk can be more cost and time efficient this way.


August's Hakki Pilke User of the Month is Christoph Leurer from Hammelburg, Germany. He runs his own business Brennholzservice Christoph Leurer and produces about 600m³ firewood for sale annually.

Christoph purchased his Easy 38 couple years ago and has been truly happy with the investment as he says that Hakki Pilke is the best firewood professor. He has built this interesting complete trailer combination which makes the mobile processing of firewood really easy. According to Christoph, the mobility of the operation also makes working alone easier. Who said that a big mobile firewood operation is “impossible”?

As a loyal Hakki Pilke customer he also purchased the HakkiFeed 422 log table three months ago to increase the efficiency of his operation. The sawdust is usually collected to smaller trailer or grab. In addition to Hakki Pilke stickers, the machine is decorated with text Ich und mein Holz “Me and my wood”. This shows how passionate he really is about firewood processing. Congratulations Christoph for winning the Hakki Pilke product package!

Check out amazing pictures and videos from the Facebook of Brennholzservice Christoph Leurer https://bit.ly/2MGT7DR!


Sharp knives and industrial-strength steel make for a clean split and maximum durability.


Different Sizes for Different Segments

Some customers are happy with large and heavy pieces of firewood of varying lengths. Others require precisely cut and cleanly split firewood that measures under 4” per side. The higher the quality requirements, the more customers are usually willing to pay for the firewood.

A business that offers lower-grade and cheaper firewood requires a higher production capacity than an operation that focuses on customer segments that value consistently sized and precisely measured firewood to reach same profit level. Catering to both markets efficiently requires some production planning and the right equipment for the job.


What to Look for in a Splitting Wedge?

A splitting wedge with thick knives and wide angles requires considerable force to split the wood. Higher splitting power translates to longer splitting cycles of over four or six seconds, which decreases the productivity of the processor.

Additionally, high force and too wide splitting angles force the wood to tear apart instead of splitting which causes more debris and results in lower quality produce.

Professionally manufactured splitting wedges are staged so that the log will be split in 2, 4, 6, 8 and as many pieces as required in different stages. This way the splitting force requirement is relatively small as the splitting is divided into multiple stages.

Look for a splitting wedge with sharp knives and industrial quality steel for long-term durability. Professionally welded splitting wedges with highest material quality will last for years and split logs with minimal force while keeping the splitting cycles low and firewood quality high.


Quality is Key

Reaching high profit margins in demanding segments requires a processor that is capable of producing precisely cut-to-length firewood and splitting the firewood in salable pieces without generating too much debris.

If you can source logs that are mostly under 12” in diameter, you can use a 6 or 8 way splitting wedge to make small enough firewood for bundles and restaurants. Larger logs require at least a 12 or 16 way splitting wedge to avoid time consuming re-splitting.

Splitting hardwoods to 8 or more pieces places extra emphasis on the quality of the splitting wedge. Many box wedges tend to break and tear the logs during splitting which results in a lot of debris and lower firewood quality.

If your logs vary in diameter, sort the logs before processing to split small logs with an 8 or 12 way wedge to restaurant and bundle firewood. Process the larger logs to another pile for customers looking for larger sized firewood for heating.

If the availability of small diameter logs is good in your region, it is cost efficient to have two processors: a small firewood processor with a fast splitting cycle to make bundled firewood with a 4 or 6 way wedge and a mid to large sized machine to deal with the rest of the logs.


Splitting Wedges for Every Purpose

Keep a couple of different sized splitting wedges at hand to maintain constant firewood size even when log sizes vary. Customers are willing to pay higher prices for not having to deal with large chunks among nicely split firewood that might not fit into or burn efficiently in their wood stoves.

It is also handy to have an outfeed conveyor equipped with a reverse valve or quick stop function to easily re-split any larger pieces into salable firewood.



Starting a firewood business requires in-depth knowledge of your customer base. Firewood heats homes, helps prepare food and produce charcoal – just to name a few applications. Understanding why your clients burn firewood is the key for better profits and improved customer service.

In this article we will cover the most typical segments in the firewood market.


For heating - Large predictable quantities, small profit margin

Catering to the heating segment allows your business to grow in size but offers the lowest profit margins. After starting your firewood business make sure to contact all your neighbors and map out all the wood-heated houses in the proximity of your firewood yard. Find customers that purchase in large quantities and try to get pre-orders by offering campaign prices to level out the peak season.

Many customers will accept large firewood pieces that burn slowly through the night mixed with some kindling. However, a growing amount of customers require smaller sized firewood that fits in small wood-stoves and burns with more efficiency. Keep in mind that your older clientele might not be able to carry heavier pieces of firewood inside their house either.


For atmosphere - Small seasonal quantities, high profit margin

A large portion of firewood customers rely on different primary heat sources. They still might want to buy small quantities of nicely split firewood to be used in fireplaces for cozy atmosphere or additional heat during colder periods. This segment is willing to pay higher premium for quality, great service and fast deliveries. Make sure to offer a stacking service or use firewood bags to avoid leaving a mess on customers’ lawns.

Always keep some stock in case of cold spells as these customers tend to run out of firewood quickly. It is challenging to build up clientele in this segment without a well-known brand name and necessary investments in marketing including ads in the local newspaper, internet visibility and roadside signs. Do not forget to target resorts that have fireplaces and offer firewood for their customers.


Wood-fired restaurants - Profitable long-term accounts, high quality requirements

Restaurant accounts are demanding but generate high profit margins. If you are willing to prioritize punctual weekly orders and stick to the delivery schedules, these accounts can become real moneymakers. Your firewood should be of the highest quality (precisely cut and split). These accounts usually burn only specific firewood species.

Missing a delivery easily results in losing the account as restaurants often have relatively small storage spaces. Succeeding with a reference account makes it easier to attract new ones.


Campgrounds - Great accounts for off-season

Having a number of campgrounds in short driving distance from your operation is great because they can fill up your order base during summers when the rest of the market is slowing down. Campgrounds might buy anything from kindling or bundles to a firewood crib filling service. Order quantities might be small but frequent orders and a large customer base keep your firewood yard busy throughout the summer.


Retail stores - Profitable accounts with strict requirements

Supplying firewood for retail accounts can be highly profitable but the competition is fierce. It is best for small businesses to focus on locally owned grocery stores, gas stations, bait shops etc. If they have an existing supplier, try to offer them better service or higher quality bundles that feature higher profit potential and make for a more attractive storefront.

Securing a large retail store account usually means that your firewood business already produces thousands of cords and has multiple full time employees making bundles. To have a profitable business and keep up with the demand requires not only having the right equipment but also a good and reliable supply of right sized logs for cost-efficient bundle processing. Most such businesses own a kiln for faster drying and have the necessary certificates for retail sales and transportation across state or international borders.


Focus on quality. Consistently split firewood makes bundles more attractive and allows you to raise your prices.

Stay tuned! Our next article will demonstrate why the splitting wedge is one of the most vital parts in your firewood processor for increased productivity and higher customer satisfaction.


June's Hakki Pilke user of the month is Simo Rousu from Finland. Simo processes about 1 000 cubics of firewood annually. He delivers the firewood in bags or with a trailer to customers mainly around Ylitornio just below the Arctic Circle. He has been relying on Hakki Pilke over 15 years and in addition to his modern 38 Pro he has the classic 2X firewood processor.

Simo Rousu got his first firewood processor in 2003 after hearing comments such as “Hakki Pilke 2X is the best processor in the market”. Thinking about those times now, the references were not totally out of this world, as it actually was Hakki Pilke model 2X that revolutionized firewood processing in 90s being the most sold firewood processor globally for many years. Simo’s PTO-powered 2X is still operational but he decided to look for a modern processor with today’s technology.

“I decided to purchase the Pro Series model Hakki Pilke 38 Pro firewood processor because I had been satisfied with the cooperation with the factory and great aftersales service over the years,” says Simo. Simo's choice was also affected by the safety and performance of the machine.

Simo relies on the 8-way splitting knife to make harmonious sized class A firewood even from the biggest of logs. His processor is also equipped with oil cooler, oil heater and a sawdust blower, all useful accessories for a professional firewood business in climate with varying temperatures.

Hakki Pilke 38 Pro comes with HakkiCutTM one-button cutting control. “The joystick is easy to use even in freezing temperatures. This is a crucial feature as I’m mostly operating the processor in wintertime,” Simo says. His 38 Pro is a combi model powered by either PTO (tractor or powerpack) or electricity. He mostly uses electricity due to low operation costs and silent use.

Simo Rousu has been running a professional firewood operation for years next to a major highway close to the border between Finland and Sweden. Congratulations to Simo and good luck for the upcoming sales season!


Our guide gives insight on how to organize a firewood business and create a firewood business plan. Are you aware of the steps you can take to increase the profit potential of your firewood business and add value to your production?

Offering seasoned and high-quality firewood enables you to ask for higher firewood prices. Selling mixed piles of firewood consisting of various firewood species and debris means less work but also translates to lower profits.


Understanding Your Customers

Take a moment to consider these questions: Why do people burn firewood in your area? Do you have an understanding of how many people heat their houses with firewood and which firewood sizes they prefer? Look for campsites, wood-fired BBQ restaurants and retail stores that might be looking to buy firewood in bundles.

How often do your customers need to restock and how do they like their firewood delivered? Studying the needs of your customers is crucial for meeting these demands and planning your firewood production accordingly.

After studying the market you need to find the right machine to meet these requirements.


Finding a Reliable Supply of Logs

Source your logs from multiple suppliers to ensure that you will always have logs available even when your main supplier might be struggling with deliveries. This also enables you to source different kinds of logs for varying firewood orders helping you grow your business towards new segments.

Finding a log supply with consistently sized logs is best for business as you can purchase the most efficient processor for that specific log size. If this is not possible, purchase a large enough firewood processor with multiple splitting wedge options for most of your logs.

Sort out small and large diameter logs and choose the splitting wedge accordingly for efficient processing of firewood. All irregularly large parts of logs can be split easily with a log splitter.

Process smaller logs into kindling or packaged firewood efficiently using machines with fast splitting cycles and simultaneous cutting and splitting motions. Processing small logs into firewood often means higher profits compared to chipping it.

Large diameter logs requires high splitting power, which means that the same processor might not be efficient for smaller logs. If your business is large enough, invest in several sizes of firewood processors for maximum efficiency.


Building a Profitable Firewood Business

While one person operates the firewood processor another person can take care of loading the logs, moving out the finished firewood and taking orders.

Look for a processor with a sufficiently sized live deck to avoid constant need for reloading.

It is usually more effective to plan the movement of logs to the machine than hauling your firewood equipment around the yard. Install your firewood processor on to a concrete slab for easy collection of sawdust, separation of debris and kindling, and build a shed to protect your operator from the weather. 

Establish a process for moving finished firewood to storage and always keep the finished products off the ground for a more efficient drying process. Consider hiring part-timers for packaging, stacking and other duties in the yard or invest in crates or firewood bags for easy deliveries.


Extra tip! Having the right equipment is crucial for growing your business. A crane-mounted

trailer comes in handy when doing mobile processing jobs. Transport your processor and live deck on the trailer and after unloading the equipment use the trailer crane to load logs on to the live deck. Pricing your mobile jobs accurately is important because you lose valuable time during the transportation and you are away from your own production-efficient firewood yard.


Stay tuned! Our next article will introduce different customer segments and typical firewood requirements for higher customer satisfaction.

We have developed a simple questionnaire to help you find the right firewood processor for your needs. Read more about the cutting-edge solutions Hakki Pilke has to offer by visiting our website.

06.06.2019 to 08.06.2019

The leading Nordic forestry fair SkogsElmia brings together the leading manufacturers and suppliers to the forest industry. The entire fair is held at 6.-8.6.2019 in the forests about 30 kilometres south of Jönköping, Sweden, where you can see and test forest machines and tools in their natural environment.

Hakki Pilke firewood processors are presented at our Swedish importer's Trejon AB stand 160. Come to meet us and watch demos to find a best model for you from our wide range of Hakki Pilke firewood processors.