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Maintain your splitting wedges !

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  1. olyman

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    goooood. we don't need a fatality.........
     
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    There was a terrible fatality around here 9 or 10 years ago. 7 year old child watching his father split wood, mushroomed flake flew off and entered the child's chest, child was dead before they could call 911, not that it would of mattered, autopsy showed a severed aorta. Maybe @hardpan or @yellowhair remembers this, it was in Newburgh Indiana.
     
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    wonder if dad is still alive..that would be a heartbreaker.............dang...................
     
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    What methods do you guys use in maintaining your wedges?

    A bench grinder or...?

    Thanks!
     
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    I use a bench grinder to 'maintain' mine.

    I have bought some used splitting wedges at garage sales where the mushroomed edges extended 3/8 of an inch or more. On those, I cut off most of the 'shroomed' material with a cut off wheel in an angle grinder or chop saw (different times), then finished with a coarse wheel in my 6" bench grinder.

    Then I spray paint them to reduce rusting in storage, and to make them look pretty (until the first use!).

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    Philbert
     
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    Philbert,

    Thank you sir!
     
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    Yeah will charge up the camera and take a few. Thanks
     
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    If you have any idea what it is like when you tap a wedge a few times to get it started and then take a few really good cracks at it only to have it pop straight up you would sharpen them razor sharp. This only happens after you have wrestled a whole load into your truck already. Thanks
     
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    Mine have much much more taper and they still pop out some times. Bright colors are the best even if it is white much easier to find. Thanks
     
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    Yeah, I increased the taper on most of those with the bench grinder. I have not used them in a while, but do not recall them popping out much - might depend on the type of wood, how dry, etc. I have buried up to 3 wedges in a round (elm?) getting some wood to split!

    Philbert
     
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    Been there and done that.
    Elm can be a real ***** but most of mine's not too big to load if left to dry for a while, and if it fits thru the door of my owb, gets burned in the round.
    Oak crotches are noodled or cut short.
    Now that I'm older the sledge and wedge don't work and if it isn't straight grained enough to bust with an 8#maul it's either gonna get noodled or left.
     
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    When I went to a wood burner a couple years ago I told the wife I was buying a splitter. She replied the settlers never used a splitter. I grabbed a fresh cut 14" hickory, a wedge and a sledge. Started the wedge and handed her the sledge. After 3 swings she dropped the sledge and walked away asking how much a splitter costs. Picked it up the next day.
     
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    that's when men,,were real men,,and more than a few women,,were like men also!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
     
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    I wish only 3 wedges, how about 12 and finally got some good cracks. I had about 30 large eucalyptus rounds all at least 72'' in diameter that took all I had and then some. Most larger Pine rounds often come apart with 3. And then if it was so easy every body would be masters at it. Thanks
     
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    4" angle grinder. I admit I don't do it often enough.
     
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    A friend of mine is blind in one eye. As a kid he was splitting wood, a piece came off of the wedge and that was the end of his vision in his left eye.
     
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    Just picked up this thread ... no I do not remember such an accident. I must have been watching FOX news the day it happened, course I was still working 9 years ago and I might have been out of town. That is a sad thing to happen to any family - so sorry to even learn of it. I guess we have to learn though ... even from the worst of things.
     
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    Why do you have so many?
     
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    I started with two. Occasionally, you might need a third. Picked up another one or two at garage sales.

    Several years later, I noticed that the price in the stores went way up, and the quality seemed to go down. So I started keeping an eye out at garage and estate sales. A buddy noticed that I liked them, so he picked some up for me too!

    They are often $1 -$2 a piece, versus $15+ at some stores. But sometimes they need s lot of reconditioning, which I get satisfaction from. They take up very little space

    I also have s few of the round 'wood grenade' type for 'show-and-tell' purposes, but never was impressed how they split.

    Philbert
     
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