Discussion in 'Firewood, Heating and Wood Burning Equipment' started by jeff1632004, Jan 8, 2008.
how fast can you tow a log splitter. Or how fast have some of you guys gone while towing one.
If I had to tow mine any distance, I would put it on a utility trailer.
For on the road I trailer my log splitter. It's got 12" wheels but it's not designed for high speed towing, nor is its 40 gallon tank mounted for the highway. Locally I would tow it up to 35mph for a few miles but not much more.
My old Vermeer has car wheels/tires, nice long axle.
I've never had it over 75.
Most log splitters should be towed at low speeds only unless they have some sort a suspension.
Spindle and hub manufacturers de-rate their products by as much as 50% when used without springs.
I have seen two splitters that had lost wheels.Both had car spindle ,hubs, and tires but no suspension. The spindles and bearings got beat to hell.
If the spindles are welded to a combination axle/tank cracks can develop causing oil leaks.
Maybe I have been bad, but I have towed it on the freeway at the speed limit
I don't like to go over 35 but I have done 55-60, but felt bad about it
i have towed mine around town but put it on a utility trailer to go any distance
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Somebody do the math on this - The tires on my Ford are 30" dia, the small wheels splitters, pop-ups, etc are 12 or 14 inch dia - How many rpm is the smaller wheel doing to keep up with the 30 inch one?
Most commercially marketed splitters are only rated for 35-45 mph tops.
The problem is, most of them have no suspension, that is...springs. So at higher speeds they can really bounce around and it's hard to see them with the tailgate on the truck.
I towed mine at up to 40 mph but it was a harrowing experience. I couldn't see it so I watched it's shadow in my truck mirror and it was really bouncing around back there. I've heard horror stories about them flipping over on the road.
Same here. And I strap the beam to the tongue so it doesn't bounce.
As fast as the truck will go.
My homebuilt was built with a trailer suspension so as fast as I feel like driving. It seems to ride pretty good. I regularly pull it around 60 +/- 15 miles ea. way to my buddies to split wood.
I agree most commercially built splitters are not designed for extensive road travel.
I tow my splitter around the neighborhood with my quad, so everyone gets there splitting done . On local roads it hooks up to my Ford's 2 inch ball hitch, with safety chains. On last years trip to Stoney Creek, NY-The Adirondacks, I trailered it on my Big Tex 35SA with our quads. Use the appropriate application, with a little common sense:bang: .
Mine has car axles/wheels/tires but no suspension. I carry very low air in the tires to help some but that tends to exagerate bouncing. 30 is about as fast as I have moved it but that rarely hapens.
I am in progress of raising it 9" and when the welding guy is ready, I will have him weld on a bicycle flag holder. I don't like towing things that I can't see if it is still back there.
My homemade has suspension and 15" truck tires.
I just hook it on and drive the speed limit.
SpeeCo (TSC) splitters are rated up to 50mph. I have seen bearings seize at 60 and above. I can't stand the bouncing so I keep mine under 40 or put it on the trailer.
I've never seen a splitter laid over and drug behind a truck before!! I wonder what kind o an idiot it would take to do that?
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