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Manual logsplitter---fact or fiction?

Discussion in 'Firewood, Heating and Wood Burning Equipment' started by REJ2, Feb 7, 2013.

  1. REJ2

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    I had one for a SHORT time. They work but you have to mark the beam to see if it is moving. I split about 1/4 of a cord with it, got lucky and sold it for what I had into it.
     
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    REJ2 Firewood Hack

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    So my comment on geriatric speed is correct.
     
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    I would get one if I found it at a yard sale cheap.


    Actually what I would like no one builds,. but would like around a 20 or 30 or 40 ton one with a decent wedge, something you could just lift and throw over real big gnarly crotches. Or have it on a hand truck, roll it up, tip it over, slide it in place, then start cranking. Have to be man portable that way just for oddball pieces for cheap. I dont have a tracked skidsteer with a big splitter attachment to do that with, nor am I going to have an extra ten or twenty grand anytime soon, so...... Bust em from the top with the log just laying on the ground. Some big stuff like that I just noodle, but some is so wicked dirty it would be better to bust it in place. that last big chunk at the base o big trees, the actual stump..them suckers are almost always dirty, twisty, hard to bust even with wedge and sledge. But..that is the best wood on the durn tree too for burning, once it is dry.

    Heck, heres another idea..we have those log winches that are chainsaw powered, why not a real light weight buster you could attach to your chainsaw via..insert pesky engineering details here... right out in the field for those pieces? It wouldnt matter if it was slow, you wouldnt use it for every piece, just the wicked nasty ones.
     
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    Remove any and all mentions of speed.
     
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    They'd possibly work OK with oak or other easily split wood. But the user would wear his arm out jacking on the pump handle with a round that doesn't bust right away.
     
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    I had one given to me and actually tested it out.

    View attachment 277860

    1 It will split a piece of wood if you can split the same piece with your double bit axe.
    2 You don't want to split a second piece until tomorrow when your arms recover.
    3 It is painful to use.
    4 You can't split anything with it that you can't split with a double bit axe.
    5 The cycle time can be as long as you want it to be, but not shorter.
    6 The power piston takes 14 strokes to move the ram 1".
    7 The speed piston takes 5 strokes to move the ram 1".


    Want one?

    John
     
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    Manual logsplitter:

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    :D
     
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    Dang, at least id never pinch a finger!
     
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    thats a really good idea, a portable one to split some big stuff down with in the woods just to get it to managable sizes to load. i wonder if one could be repurpused for that? for any real splitting i would have to pass. you could start in the spring and hope you had it all split by the time the snow starts flying. might want to switch pump arms once in a while to, ugly rumors can start if you start walking around with just one built arm.:hmm3grin2orange:
     
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    Maybe one of the electric ones, but they are only ten tons. Something like that though, that could be run from a chaninsaw adapter.
     
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    Did you _have_ to phrase it like that :)

    Harry K
     
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    :laugh:[
     
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    Umm....I think I'd run one of them cork screw splitters off a Dodge Dart before I pumped my balls off on one of them :laugh:
     
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    Is that better for you Harry?
     
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    they do have gear box drill adapter kits for chain saws. turns them into an ice drill. put a unicorn horn on that.
     
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    Maybe one of those splitters might be feasable for occaisional use if they came with the bottle jack that has the pneumatic pump you hook to an air line?
     
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    I'd say your better off just buying your firewood from in front of the grocery store in the little bundles than waste your money on one of those bottle jack splitters after using one.

    John
     
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