With a small engine running a 22 GPM pump I just can not see heat as an issue. On a warm day splitting all day could prove to be a worry. Easy remedy is just weld some tubing the length of the I beam. Thanksadd a temp sensor to keep a eye on hydraulic oil running temp , most manufacturers make them rectangular for less heat retention. about 150-160f is about the max you want to see under heavy use.
I run a Honda gx390 with a 28 gpm 2stage pump and have never had a heat issue. I run a 4” cylinder on it but it is set up for a 6” which I have Incase I want to run that. I split a lot of hard maple, red oak, beach and hickory up to 28” range and have only stopped the splitter twice that I can recall and that was with a nasty headrow hard maple that had a zillion knots in it. I run a 4 way that just slips over why wedge on stuff in the 10-18” range after that it’s pointless.
My feed line runs from the front of the tank down the edge of the I beam about 4-5’ thinking I would have a heat issue but never have had one. At some point I plan on adding onto my table towards the motor the length of my stroke so I don’t have to do the balancing act with huge rounds anymore. The reason for the table behind the wedge is because it is perfect height to go in my dump trailer so I just push the wood in there with the next split so I don’t have to touch it a bunch of times. It also piles the wood up on the ground nice if I don’t use the trailer it will push it up 4-5’ high without me touching it
Looks heavy duty , might I suggest you weld some grips on the push plate face.
Thanks. It's one of those "how did I live without it before" tools. The annular cutters are in the same category.Like the drill press...
Will do. I was thinking 1/4 x 1/4 strips with teeth cut into them.Looks heavy duty , might I suggest you weld some grips on the push plate face.
Is the tubing on the return side?On my splitter I have run into heat issues many times. On a 90F day splitting Oak which is not the toughest I handle. The fittings get so hot that when you touch them it will cause a blister on your hand. I have had to stop several times in the past four years. Most of the heavy duty spitting has been at 8,000 feet so heat was not as big as deal. At 4,000 feet working more than four hours will become too hot to continue. So have installed some tubing onto the back bone of the splitter to dissipate heat. Can not say how effective the system is because I have not split during extreme conditions lately. Thanks
It does not matter where or how tubing is welded to what as long as there is a large amount of surface to a large amount of the structure of the splitter. Heavy wall tubing tubing is easy to weld to the I beam thus because of a large amount of contact to the metal structure will transfer heat to the main body of the splitter. By doing this the entire chassis of the splitter becomes a radiator. If tubing is used it should be at least as large as the plumbing so not to cause resistance. Using return line would be easier than worrying about the high pressure side of system. Instead of using an I beam I stacked two 4'' sections of heavy wall tubing as the back bone. ThanksIs the tubing on the return side? -Jake