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May's Hakki Pilke User of the Month is Brent Wilton from Bombala, NSW, Australia.

Until purchasing a Hakki Pilke, Brent used to do all firewood manually with a strong self-built splitter. He mentioned, that after reorganising the firewood operations around the new Easy 50s the process became much faster and easier.

Now his processor and powerpack are standing on a concrete slab and he dug a hole for his firewood truck for easy filling and transportation between the processing and drying site. The log table is set up for easy loading with his caterpillar and sawdust is collected through an extraction pipe. He fills four truck loads a day and dries the finished product in the hot Australian sun until delivery. Brent processes mostly hard eucalyptus species such as silvertop ash, stringybark, ironbark and woolly butt.

Congratulations Brent! We’ll send you a Hakki Pilke product package to survive through windy winter of NSW.


Safety and ergonomics are two features you should never compromise on when looking for a firewood processor.

We previously discussed the main features of a firewood processor for optimizing your productivity. This time we take a closer look at features that make a firewood processor safe and ergonomic. 

A firewood processor with inadequate guarding and poor safety measures can lead to very serious accidents. Always make sure to check and study the safety features when purchasing a splitter or firewood processor to avoid potential danger to you or your workers.

Ergonomics are also a key factor in preventing workplace injuries. Unergonomic designs and working positions are the most common causes for long-term damage.


Firewood Processor Safety

Study the safety guards and features that shut down or lock out the splitter or cutting device. Many older models or semi-professionally built machines lack sufficient guards around the splitting chamber. They might also require handling logs by hand when the saw blade, splitter or saw is in motion, which causes a major safety risk for the user.

Machines designed with a focus in smooth workflow should not require the operator to reach into the cutting or splitting section of the machine. If manual log repositioning or maintenance is required, the operator should have safe and easy access to reach inside the machine without the fear or possibility that the processor could engage in any way.

When looking for a larger firewood processor for commercial purposes keep in mind that the further the splitting knife is from the user, the more difficult it is to re-split large chunks of firewood. Only one person should ever operate or be near the controls of a firewood processor simultaneously to avoid crushing hazard in the splitting or cutting process. This is why you should look for a firewood processor with an outfeed conveyor reverse valve and well-designed multi-part splitting knives.



Firewood processing should not take a toll on your body. The main purpose of owning a firewood processor is to avoid excess manual labor and heavy lifting in order to increase productivity and efficiency of your operation.

Study the user controls of the firewood processor carefully. Separate levers for each function are tedious to memorize and make staying in rhythm difficult even for experienced operators. Hundreds of hours will be saved over the entire life of the machine with controls that are ergonomically friendly. 

An ergonomic firewood processor features…

  • Smartly designed joysticks that give the operator full control while retaining precision cutting and splitting
  • Semi-automated features to reduce delays in the cutting and splitting cycle
  • A simple user interface for minimizing human errors

An ergonomic and comfortable working position decreases the need for downtime and improves operator motivation. Constantly reaching inside the splitting chamber because of difficulty controlling the log cutting, dropping or splitting should be unnecessary with today's modern firewood processing equipment. Even the most comfortable enclosed work station becomes tiresome and unsafe when making any hand adjustments.

Avoid machines that require repetitive and straining hand movements which might cause work-related injuries. If possible, test the firewood processor for a couple of hours to see what it is like to operate in the long run.

Many commercial firewood businesses prefer to keep their operations inside and only move the logs and finished firewood instead of constantly hauling their firewood equipment around. Consider this option to avoid decreases in productivity due to bad weather.


Learn more about the safety features of Hakki Pilke Pro Series machines.

We recommend looking for a firewood processor that is manufactured under the highest safety standards and regulations and has features designed together in co-operation with experienced users and firewood professionals. Safe and easy operation of a firewood processor keeps you and your operators in full working condition and leads to higher productivity and greater profits!

Extra tip! Make sure that all safety guards and protective devices are in place and functioning properly when purchasing a second hand firewood processor. Always use and service the machine as instructed and intended by the manufacturer.

25.04.2019 to 27.04.2019


Come to visit us in Tarto Maamess -exhibition 25.-27.4! You have a great opportunity to see how efficient the Hakki Pilke 43 Pro is in practice and get to know our new distributor Sike Agri. You can find us from Sike Agri stand VP-40! 

Maamess has over 25 year long history. Maamess 2019 is the 27th international rural fair organised by Tartu Näitused AS. Read more here.


During the Easter holidays our factory and customer service is closed from 19-22 April. After Easter we are open normally starting from April 23rd.

Wishes you all a Happy Easter!

-Team Hakki Pilke


What is the best firewood processor for your needs? The choice comes down to the scale of your operation, size of your logs and your productivity goals.

There are tons of options in the market for efficient firewood processing. It’s easy to get lost in all the features, styles and sizes of processors when looking for just the right machine for your operation. 

Whether you are planning to make the jump from a splitter to a firewood processor or looking for a new firewood processor for commercial operations or for private use, make sure to consider at least these three key points. 


1. The Size of Your Operation

If you have a large operation... Look for a firewood processor that is equipped with professional features such as an automatic chain tensioner, large live decks with up to 20 ft of loading capacity and enough performance to split the hardest woods into high quality firewood. Consider operating different sized processors for even higher efficiency.

If you have a small-to-mid-sized operation... Look for a processor with enough capacity to increase your production without breaking your budget. Always consider the resale value of the processor to leave room for upgrading to a larger model as your business grows.

If your processor is for private or shared use... Look for a model with ease of use, fast set-up and small storage space. Remember to check the manual for built in safety features and maintenance requirements to avoid any problems with the machine in the long run. If you own a tractor, consider a portable firewood processor (PTO model) with a 3 point hitch connection instead of a petrol engine model.


2. Average Diameter of Logs

Make sure to choose an appropriately sized processor for your logs. Measure the average size of your logs and pick a model that is one or two sizes larger to accommodate most logs. If your average logs are 15” in diameter as an example, but some stumps or logs go over the limit, cut off the oversized stumps and split them with a manual log splitter.

Large logs need to be split in 8, 12 or more pieces. Some processors offer larger cutting capacity but require re splitting of firewood which generates extra labor. Well-designed wedges and fast splitting cycles increase production capacity and minimize the need for additional handling of wood.

Processing small logs with a large processor is inefficient and translates to low profits. Large operations should invest in various sized firewood processors and sort logs accordingly to increase productivity, profitability and to optimize production.


3. Operating Costs and Productivity

After securing the source of your logs and lining up customers to match your planned investment, it is time to consider your operating costs. 

Firewood processors require a certain amount of maintenance depending on the design of the machine and serviceability. Advanced hydraulic designs make for efficiency and low fuel costs. Reliable electrically controlled systems are durable and require less maintenance and spare parts. 

Firewood processor productivity relies on efficient handling of logs, smooth material flow and user ergonomics. The larger the live deck loading space, the more time your personnel have for other tasks such as handling the finished firewood. Smooth infeeding and controlled log landing decrease the need for extra operator handling. Smart operating systems prevent unnecessary breaks and human errors that cause down time. 


Global firewood processor pioneer shares knowledge and articles on establishing and developing firewood operations. 

Hakki Pilke is proud to present their new blog for firewood professionals and those interested in developing their firewood operations. The blog features the latest firewood news and events, industry tips and new products.

“During our 35 years of manufacturing firewood processors we have accumulated quite a bit of knowledge on how to establish, build and operate a firewood business. We feel that making this information available to everyone can be beneficial to the firewood industry as a whole,” says Hakki Pilke Export Manager Jori Mylläri. 

The Hakki Pilke blog is updated monthly and as a subscriber you will be the first one to receive the new articles via email. Hakki Pilke has already published content on how to efficiently store firewood and the features and differences of log decks. 

“We’d love to hear about the themes and subjects our customers would like us to cover in the blog. Drop us a line via Facebook or Instagram and let us know what we should write about,” Jori Mylläri says.

You can find the Hakki Pilke blog at https://global.hakkipilke.com/blog


April's Hakki Pilke user of the month is Stig Arne Nydahl from Norway. Stig has the 43 Pro with an optionally available large outfeed conveyor with hydraulic horizontal and vertical adjustment. He also has a sawdust blower and a 472 log table to make the process more efficient.

Previously, Stig owned a Hakki Pilke Easy 38 firewood processor with which he made about 300 loose cubic metres per year. With the new powerful 43 Pro, he can increase his annual production volume enormously. He uses the combi model 43 Pro machine with a diesel aggregate. The HakkiFeed 472 log table from the year 2006 was purchased as a secondhand and still works great. Hakki Pilke is known for its resale value that is guaranteed by the durability of the machines. By selecting a Hakki Pilke firewood processor, you will make a profitable investment that retains its value.

Congratulations Stig for winning a Hakki Pilke product package, and thanks for the precious feedback!


Do you want be the next Hakki Pilke User of the Month? Send us a private message in Facebook or Instagram including a picture of yourself together with your Hakki Pilke and write a few lines about your user experience with Hakki Pilke or your business. You can win the Hakki Pilke product package!


March's Hakki Pilke user of the month is Jacques Bourgoin from St-Ignace de Stanbridge Quebec, Canada. He is standing beside the pile of firewood they produced in the first 5 hours that they owned the machine.

Jacques and his father-in law, who`s in his 80`s, operate a steel CNC shop and immediately recognized the quality craftsmanship and design of the Hakki Pilke compared to the competitors.

Jacques has also been really happy with how fast the machine is. They started to think about getting a log table, so that the rest of the process would keep up with the firewood processor’s high-speed. First they considered making their own feed table but ended up purchasing the HakkiFeed 422. Jacques mentions that it is absolutely indispensable to keeping up with the speed this unit processes crooked and twisted logs into firewood. The HakkiFeed 422 log deck makes feeding logs to firewood processor an effortless process. The infeed rollers spin simultaneously with the firewood processor’s infeed conveyor belt and the log dispensers infeed only one log at a time. 

Congratulations to Jacques on winning Hakki Pilke product package! We wish you success in your operations and hope you continue to be a part of Hakki Pilke Team for years to come!


Hakki Pilke user of the month in February is Anders Wallberg from Sweden. He was our first Easy 43 (43 Pro) customer in Sweden and has done over 2.000 cubics of firewood with this unit.

Anders is a long-term Hakki Pilke customer since 1996 when he bought the well-known 2X firewood processor. During the years he has updated his machine many times, from 1X37 to 1X42 Green Speed. Anders thinks that the Easy 43 (43 Pro) has been definitely the best firewood processor to this day.

Anders has been really happy with the development of machines and praises especially the HakkiCutTM cutting control and the log landing plates. HakkiCutTM is an effortless, ergonomic and efficient user interface that enables sawing with a single press of a joystick but-ton. The log landing plates ensure that the log pieces are dropped into the splitting section in a controlled manner.

Congratulations to Anders on winning Hakki Pilke product package! We hope you continue to be a part of Team Hakki Pilke for the next 20 years also!


Year’s first winner of the user of the month is company Åsfeldts Skogsentreprenad from Sweden. They bought their Hakki Pilke Falcon 35 firewood processor at the beginning of 2017 and it has been in heavy use for nearly two years. The owner thinks that Falcon is clearly the best firewood processor together with Valmet 6200 tractor and forest trailer.

Congratulations for winning and we wish very successful year to their family!  

The User of the Month competition continues in 2019. Send a picture of your own Hakki Pilke firewood processor with your story to our Facebook or Instagram inbox and you can be the next winner of Hakki Pilke User of the Month!