Thinking of adding a wood splitter to an arbour inventory? Firewood goes hand in hand with many arborist set ups, exploiting tree waste for profit while keeping staff busy on slow or wet days. Processing for firewood avoids dumping fees, chipping costs and adds immense value to what would otherwise be a waste product. With most setups already having access to trucks, loaders, yard space and staff, the addition of a wood splitter or processor is a profitable investment, capable of creating a high margin profit stream.

Whitlands Engineering has worked alongside wood yards, arborists and wholesalers for over 20 years. Anecdotally, we’ve seen huge growth in the firewood industry since 2000. The demand for firewood is stable and growing, so from our perspective, if you’ve got access to trees, there is money to be made. 

The price per ton of dried ‘mixed’ hardwood in New Zealand varies widely but as a reference we have used $300 per ton. We work on a conversion roughly that 1.6 cubic meters equals one ton - of course, water content and wood species influence this. 

* Prices below exclude NZ GST and freight to the customer. Prices are subject to change based on AU/NZ exchange rates - please use as a guide only.

WS150 - 9HP

WS4150 - 18HP




OUTPUT per hour

3m3 / 1.9 ton

4.5m3 / 2.8 ton

Tons/Hours to recoup cost

37 tons (19 hours)

68 tons (25 hours)

Based on average price of mixed hardwood at $300 per ton / equivalent 1.6 cubic meters


It depends on the location (and therefore access to consumers) but undoubtedly firewood is worth more per ton than wood chips - which often can’t even be given away. To exploit the profit potential of firewood,  an established arbour business requires the following:

  • Access to timber that can be used for firewood 
  • Staff members to operate machinery
  • Yard trucks / loaders to move blocks
  • Storage space for drying the timber
  • Route to market & delivery capability

The range of machinery covers all bases. The Superaxe wood splitter range (WS150, WS3150, WS4150)  suits farm and small commercial operations. A range of infeed hoppers & outfeed elevators provides options for wood handling requirements. 


The Superaxe range is covered by 2 year frame warranty and Honda, Vanguard & Yanmar powerpacks are covered by a 3 year manufacturers warranty. All of our machinery is built using off-the-shelf parts ensuring quick replacement times. 

Our staff all have genuine expertise and experience in the industry and our pre & after sales service is unrivalled. We work with industry to design solutions to common issues and continually refine our machines in the pursuit of efficiency, safety and ergonomic comfort.