What Does a Teenage Log Splitter do?
A teenage log splitter will use an axe to break up firewood into smaller pieces. A lot of people need firewood for their fireplaces at home during the winter, and when they get firewood, it will most likely come in the shape of a big log or big chips of a log. They cannot use this for firewood because it is too big, and not safe to use. That’s where you come in. You will be breaking the log up into smaller pieces for the customers so they can use it in their fireplace. Your responsibilities are to acquire tools for doing so, finding the customers, breaking the log, and maintaining proper safety precautions. Log splitting is one of the more dangerous jobs, so you must stay safe. With proper technique and awareness, you should be fine. Because this job is a very physical job, it’s good to be fit to become a log splitter.
How Much Does a Teenage Log Splitter Get Paid?
As a log splitter just starting, you can expect to earn around $10-$15 an hour. The biggest problem with this job is that it is very physical and tiring. You will spend your entire day out in the cold swinging an axe, which will take a toll on your arms and back eventually. Once you start to get tired, you may not pay as much attention which is what makes log splitting more dangerous. When this happens, you will have decreased efficiency when you get tired, and you won’t be able to finish the job quickly.
How Can I Get Started as a Teenage Log Splitter?
- Before you begin, you’ll want to learn the proper technique to log splitting. Log splitting is a very dangerous job if you don’t know the proper way to do it. You may easily accidentally swing an axe at your foot and hurt yourself. So, you must learn how to properly split logs. You can do this by watching tutorials on this on YouTube. Or, if you already have plenty of experience with this job, move on to step 2.
- Now that you’ve learned how to split logs properly, you have to get the equipment. This will mostly consist of an axe, but if you are planning on being a log splitter long term, then you can get an electronic log splitter or rent one. An electronic log splitter will be faster as less dangerous, but it will cost more.
- Once you’ve gotten the equipment for log splitting, you can now start to find work. You can do this by posting on Craigslist, or a better option would be for you to talk to your neighbors and see if they need firewood. You can also post up posters around your neighborhood to find customers. On your poster, you should have your name, phone number, and other things that they may need to contact you. Find a couple of customers, and you can start splitting logs. When splitting logs, be careful and stay safe. Safety is the number one priority.
- Congrats, you’re officially a teenage log splitter. It might be tiring at times and you back may be sore from splitting logs, but it is great experience to have. It can pay pretty well and there is usually plenty of work available during the cold winter months.