I'm thinking it is, the tree had already had the limbs removed and just the trunk was left when I come across the landscaper. Bark is similar, weight feels about right and it splinters up like live oak does, but it seams to be juicy or wetter ( don't know how to describe it ) maybe it's due to being the trunk, and I'm used to getting limbs.
I'm not going to attempt to finish splitting these large pieces with this splitter, I'll grab a Cat 345 next week and split them with the bucket teeth. But I do have a stack of live oak limbs about 8" to 10" dia. I got last month that I'll cut to size and really think this thing will spilt them nicely.
I just don't I went wrong for the price and for what I do...it's a lot more fun than swinging a axe.
I get my firewood and the neighbor has a gas powered splitter that is awesome! I am glad I didn't have to shell out the $1500 for it. I use it free, but we do cut wood up on the mountain and split it for the local widows and poor. We gave away about 30 cords last year.
I brought home about 3 cords for my own use. We must have cut down 30 -40 dead trees from one spot. the bark beetle is hard at work.
I would love to find more than Aspen, Pine, Cedar, and Cottonwood. We do get some oak, but very rare here in Southern Utah.
I like the little electric splitter, I might consider one. Hard to pencil the expense because it is not hard to borrow one here and to rent one is pretty cheap too.