Briggs & Stratton recalls YTL Log Splitters

Photo source: CPSC

An incorrect engine ignition coil and flywheel can lead to hard starting

Briggs & Stratton of Wauwatosa, Wis., is recalling about 10,000 YTL Log Splitters with Briggs & Stratton 250cc engines sold in the U.S. and Canada.

An incorrect engine ignition coil and flywheel can lead to hard starting and engine kick back, posing an injury hazard.

Two incidents have been reported, which resulted in broken wrists.

The recall involves YTL log splitters powered by Briggs & Stratton 250cc engine, with engine model number 15T232-0011-F8 and serial numbers 1904085275251 through 1905085786452; 1906146333235 through 2004080670911; and 1912319442579 through 2012073736714. The engine’s model number is printed on the valve cover and the engine’s serial number is printed on the blower housing cover.

The log splitters are sold under the following brands: Black Diamond (model number BDBS32T - 32 ton); Crimson (model number YTL-590-012 - 32 ton); Lumberjack (model number YTL-007-414); Performance Built (model number YTL-007-308); and Brute (model numbers YTL-140-701 -30 ton and YTL-140-743 - 35 ton).

The log splitters, manufactured in China, were sold at Atwood Distributing LP; Big Blue; D&B Supply Co.; Fleet Farm, L&M Supply Inc.; Lowe’s stores; Menards; Murdoch's Ranch & Home Supply; Norby Distributing Company; North 40 Outfitters; Quincy Farm Supply Co.; Running Supply Inc.; Rural King; Theisen Supply Inc.; and Western Big Inc. stores nationwide from April 2019, through February 2021, for about $1,400.

What to do

Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled log splitters and contact an authorized Briggs & Stratton dealer for a free inspection and repair.

Briggs & Stratton is contacting all purchasers directly.

Consumers may contact Briggs & Stratton at (800)999-9444 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (CT) Monday through Friday or online at for more information.

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