Pilkemaster EVO36HC Lite – The light and easy-to-use firewood processor

The Pilkemaster EVO36 HC Lite firewood processor is an upgrade to the user friendliness compared to the standard EVO36. The EVO36 HC Lite has a hydraulic up/down movement of the splitting knife. The knife can therefore be effortlessly placed at the middle of the wood that is being split, resulting in firewood of equal size.

Like all the Pilkemaster EVO-series firewood processors, the EVO36 HC Lite can run on tractor PTO or have its own 18hp gasoline engine. It can cut and split logs up to 14.5 inches (36cm) in diameter.

Firewood processor with hydraulic up/down movement of the splitting knife

The splitting knife (in red on the picture above) on the Pilkemaster EVO36 HC Lite firewood processor has a hydraulically powered up/down movement. Unlike the standard EVO36, on this machine it is a hydraulic cylinder that makes the movement instead of a mechanical lever. The hydraulic cylinder’s control is conveniently located to be easy to use when working with the machine. Once the first part of a log is sawed, the wood fells in the splitting groove. Once in the groove, the user has a great view to adjust the position of the splitting knife.

An innovative time-saver: last part staller plate

Whoever has used a firewood processor knows that the weakpoint of almost all the processing is the last part of the log. When the last part of the log has been cut, the remaining part has a tendency in most machines to drop half of the time nose first in the splitting groove. This means that the user must stop working, go to the splitting groove, replace the wood straight in the groove, and finally go back to the command lever and split that last part. With Pilkemaster EVO processors, this headache is a thing of the past!

The Pilkemaster EVO firewood processors are equipped with a support bar to maintain the log in place when sawing. This support bar is operated by a handle near the operator. Once the last cut of a log is done, the operator simply must push the lever on the opposite direction. This movement will pull up the last part stalling plate located in the splitting groove. Once the staller plate ready, the operator can simply move the infeed table forward to put the wood on the plate. Once the infeed table has returned to its original position, the user simply pulls the lever and the wood rolls into the splitting groove and will almost every time be perfectly positioned for splitting.

Technical specifications of the Pilkemaster EVO36 HC Lite

Main specsPowerFeeding of the logSawingSplittingConveyor
Maximum length of firewood: 24 inch / 60cm
Maximum diameter for log: 14.5 inch / 36cm
Splitting speed for 13 inch / 33cm log: 3.0/1.5/1.0 seconds (powerful/normal/fast)

Capacity of hydraulic oil tank: 50 liter
Type of hydraulic oil: VGA 32

Weight with PTO: 1466 lbs / 665kg
Weight with gasoline engine: 1631 lbs / 740kg

Tractor PTO (Power Take-Off): 400 rpm maximum
PTO output: about 15 to 20 hp

Gasoline engine: Vanguard (Briggs & Stratton) 18 hp
The gasoline engine’s warranty is provided directly by the authorized service network of Briggs & Stratton Canada.

The machine has either the PTO or the gasoline engine

V-shaped patented infeed table: standard equipment

Log-lifter: optional
Log-deck: optional
Hydraulic infeed roller: optional

Options described in the table below

Height of the control handle: 39 – 49 inches (100 – 125cm)
The handle has a fixed position on the machine, the height of the frame can be adjusted.

Patented sawblade: 15 in.
Dimension of the saw chain: 18 in. / 72 loops
Rotation of the saw chain: hydraulic
Movement of the blade: manual

Saw chain lubrication: automatic

Splitting wedge: hardened steel 2/4 parts
Other splitting wedges available as options.
The splitting wedge has a knife which is profiled like an arrow and the horizontal splitting is located about one inch at the rear. This reduces a lot the amount of power needed to split the wood, allowing the use of smaller and faster cylinders.

Fast movement / slow and powerful movement: standard equipment

Splitting force: 2 to 8 tons
The splitting force adjusts automatically depending on the position of the control handle.
A bigger hydraulic cylinder is available as an option.

Height adjustment for splitting wedge: hydraulic

Independent splitting: optional

Fast change of the wedge: standard equipment
The wedge is unlocked when lifted to the upmost position. It will lock again once it is put in any other position.

Conveyor motor: hydraulic

Dimensions: lenght 13.1 inch (4 meter), width 9.5 inch (24cm).

Winch to adjust height: standard equipment
5-position turning conveyor: standard equipment

Video of the Pilkemaster EVO firewood processors

Available options

Log-lifterLog-deckHydraulic feeding roll10-ton cylinderSplitting wedgesIndependent splitting

The log-lifter makes it easy to work with logs that are on the ground: roll the log near your Pilkemaster EVO36 HC Lite and put it between the two bars of the lifter. Then just activate the locking mechanism of the infeed table to avoid it to move backwards, hook the table with the hook of the log-lifter and use the control handle to move the infeed table forwards. The log-lifter will lift the log at the height of the machine.

The log-deck places the wood at the correct height to be fed directly to your Pikemaster EVO36 HC Lite firewood processor. The Pilkemaster hydraulic log-deck has two hydraulic rolls which are synchronized with the infeed table and controlled by the control handle of the machine. The height of the log-deck can be adjusted. The rear of the table is adjusted to be a bit higher so the logs will roll to the machine. The patented handle on the table will pick the first log out of the deck while blocking the next one.

The hydraulic feeding roll will help the infeed table of the Pilkemaster EVO36 HC Lite. It is synchronized with the infeed table and will push the log into the machine at the same time the table moves forward. It is mainly useful for heavy and long logs.

If you use a lot of hardwood or would like to use the 2/8 splitting wedge, we recommend that you replace the standard 8-ton cylinder on your machine with the optional 10-ton cylinder to give it some extra power.

Pilkemaster EVO36 HC Lite is always provided with the standard 2/4 wedge which allows to split the wood in 2 or 4 parts. Optionally, it can be equipped with 2/6 or 2/8 wedges to produce smaller firewood or kindling.

If you are looking only to cut-to-length your wood without splitting, the optional 0/2 wedge will not split the wood at all if used at its lowest position.

The independent splitting option adds handles near the splitting groove of the Pilkemaster EVO36 HC Lite firewood processor. These handles transform your machine into a horizontal wood splitter. You can simply put wood in the splitting groove, close the cover and use the handles to split the wood instead of having to go all the way to the control handle of the machine. This option comes handy when you wish to split a log again or if you have logs that have already been cut to length.