This technique is good for wood species that splits easily, like this red oak. Noodling is good for those rounds that aren't gonna split right through or get finished off with the axe by your side as a helperOntario man rolls his big rounds to the splitter the same way I do. If you run saws for a living, every bit of noodling we don't need to do is fuel, fumes, and cutting time that can be avoided. Let the splitter reduce those monsters in one quick shot. If you like to noodle, go ahead. But it's unnecessary most of the time.
Nice! I do have two of these machines, maybe I could modify one, but I get significant big diameter as my entire supply is city wood, trees that grow big because of lack of competition with other trees. Also, I rent out my splitters so adding extra metal will give me a problem loading the machine into my truck. They're still awkward and heavy even with the hydraulic tailgate and I've had them fall off and turn over twice on the way up. Broke the low pressure feed line once, but it was a good opportunity to change the fluid. I do it this way because these machines are not made to tow on the highway, no suspension. Note: They dont put much grease in the bearings so top em up.Ontario, here's a thread with some mods I made to my speeco 25. The extra tables are really handy for those big rounds, saves lifting them back up several times. Post #2 on this thread. My newest orange splitter is also on this one. https://www.arboristsite.com/community/threads/splitter-modifications.312350/#post-6323719
Here is some pics of splitting big maple rounds. Post #18. You might want to take a look at the video on post #35 too. https://www.arboristsite.com/commun...plitter-turn-them-things.348343/#post-7436263
Way to time consuming to me. MS 660 and an 8lb fiskars I believe i could of cut it into length, noodled into halves through the center of the knot and finished split into many pieces in near the time it took for the little saw to cut the log in half. I have plenty uses for noodles, make great animal bedding in place of store bought shavings, some for starting fires, my dad used it for mulch. I don't like wrestling logs or a splitter but there are times it works better such as poor ground conditions or mostly stringy wood.Here's a simple way to maneuvre those big rounds on the splitter.