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The cycle time is the time it takes the splitter piston to fully extend. The tonnage rating is how much force the hydraulic piston generates.
so if we're looking to split logs on our land, what is the difference in performance between these two machines? we don't want overkill, but we also want something that will do the work.
The 22 ton unit should do the job and it will take less time since the 27 ton unit takes almost 50% longer to cycle. There may be a few pieces (crotches for example) that a 27 ton unit will handle better but for almost all your splitting the 22 ton unit should work just fine
That's not to say the 22 ton unit won't be able to handle the tough pieces too.
so when would a 27 ton be used?
Generally if you had a firewood business you might go with the bigger unit
But the shorter cycle time in the specs you mention would also be a plus for someone with a lot of wood to split (like a firewood business)
For the typical property owner a 22 ton unit is plenty
do you have any more questions?