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Discussion in 'Firewood, Heating and Wood Burning Equipment' started by cantoo, Nov 3, 2010.

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    OK, I know this is an old thread but I'm looking into the screw splitters. My main concern is wear life of the screw. Anybody here run one of these long enough to wear one out? The videos on You Tube I've watched scare the crap out of me because those guys wear long sleeves and worse yet, gloves. If I get one I'm going be as naked as I can get and that includes jewelry. That way it will be cheaper for the undertaker to dress me.
     
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    sorry Saw dust7 with the site crashing so much ive kind of stop looking at it. but the screws are very tough you could run a file across the tip if it was dull
     
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    The 2 that I bought were well used too, the one had a piece broken off of the screw but it still worked just had to whack it on a little harder. Too bad my old pics are gone.
     
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    trailer1.jpg trailer2.jpg trailer 3.jpg trailer2.jpg Just trying some cut and paste to see if I can get some pics back on.
    Going to try to start a thread showing some of the stuff I have built or bought for firewood. I am taking pictures as I go so it will take some time. We normally buy loads of ash loads but this year bought 250 tops for fun. Have 50 or so taken out so far. I build most of my stuff out of other stuff I buy, usually old farm equipment.
    To start off this is a limb wood trailer I made a few weeks ago. Plan is to haul it with tractor thru the bush and man handle limbs and small trees into it, haul it home then cut it into firewood length right on the trailer. When empty just drive out over the rounds. The stakes are removable and are 2' and 3' high. This allows about as much weight as the tires will haul anyway. Used it several times and it works great already. Tows at 40 kms pretty decent behind truck. Pictures shows about 1/4 o the load cut up and on ground.
     
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    Nov 03, 10. Here my truck and trailer loaded. Using my brother in laws Kubota to load.
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    pants.jpg Can you tell from my pants what kind of chain saws I run?
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    The trailer was built for mainly limbs and 6" trees knocked down by the skidder. Of course I did build it strong enough for logs and tonight I cut a load of logs on it. Worked pretty much as expected, not near as much bending over and not hitting the dirt with the bar. I think the trailer will save alot of handling. We bought 250 tops so most of the wood is under 8" but they are lots of dead trees we are also getting some as big as 5' across. My brother in law has a trailer made from a single axle dump truck with pto hoist that we use for the bigger stuff.
    I'm also building a big bucket for my tractor for the wood that we cut where it lies in the bush. I have a Kubota L35 and my brother in law has 2 Kubotas with loaders available. I have a grapple (not plumbed yet), stone fork and several buckets to use. Yellow bucket was built to move firewood from my pile and dump directly into basement window.
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    Trying out some different methods of stacking wood. This is wire mesh sitting on a pallet. I just tip it into my basement window to dump. Works good and loaded right from my elevator.

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    Pictures of a bigger ash.
    View attachment 323907 View attachment 323907 ash2.jpg For the record, I never cut it but I did watch... From a safe distance. No one was hurt and nothing was damaged, this time. I'll do the felling next time I think. Granted it was a tough spot to cut.

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    Some of the wood so far. Been too busy to go to the bush so I cut up the log pile that I had. Started stacking too but that got old fast. Think I'm just going to use my elevator and pile everything.
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    candle1.jpg candle2.jpg candles1.jpg candles2.jpg candles3.jpg Pour a cup or less of diesel down from the top and let it soak for awhile then light it at the bottom in the cut. We used a propane torch and it worked good too. They will smoke for abit until the fire gets going.
    Just realized I forgot to add the details on the candles.
    You can make them whatever length you want, these are about 40" tall. Make 2 cuts down from the top to about 6" from the bottom. Bigger pieces can put more cuts on them or if you want more light make more cuts, they will burn faster too.
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    Finally got a decent pic of my log lifter/puller. It started life as a 3 point hitch ditch digging bucket. I removed the bucket, welded on a bunch of chain hooks and some tubing to hold chains on. It works great for lifting the logs out of the mud and is handy to cut them into rounds too. It's mounted on my brother in laws Kubota. The sides keep the logs away from the tires and lots of hooks means pulling out more than 1 log at a time. Oct 10, 2011
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    Made a new smaller trailer to pull behind the Steiner to haul smaller branches. It's about 42" x 72" long. I used car hubs and tires so it can handle some weight. The plan is to have 1 guy drive and the other guy throws the branches onto the trailer, unload them with tractor forks and then buzz them up with my buzz saw. The side stakes are removable. The steiner is my brother in laws, he has 3 of them. That's him in the pic. Oct 10, 2011
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    I cut up a cherry log that had some extra weight in it. Look close at the pic and you can see a piece of angle iron nailed into the split. There was a tree stand chained to the tree and the guy nailed angles on to climb the tree. I hit 1 with my 660 (new chain of course) and it barely slowed it down. Keep in mind when you let people hunt on your property that they shouldn't put metal in a high dollar tree, this cherry was likely 30" across and the mill wouldn't even haul it out of the bush. The angles were in the tree about 2" and the chain on the stand was completely grown over. Nov 3, 2011
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    basementwagon.jpg Hotblast 1400 is the wood eater. Had it for a few years now and real happy other than the fans are a disapointment. Bearings went on 1 and they want anywhere from $400 to $600 for 2 new fans. I did the redneck thing and fixed them myself. Here's the redneck fix instead of spending $600. Bought a furnace fan at a yard sale for $25, 2 speed but I only use the low speed for now. Airflow is at least twice the 2 smaller fans and I doubt that hydro usage is that much more. Left the sensor so it runs the same as before but I have noticed that it runs longer than the small ones did. I still have to fine tune and finish the electrical and put a gasket on it to curb some of the tinwork noise but I'm happy so far. I also grinded off the knobs on the airflow so we can turn the knob and shut the stove right down if we have too. You can also see my firewood wagon on the right side. Our wood is stored about 60' from the stove so I figured a wagon was the easiest way to move it. Stack it as high as we can and pull to beside the stove, lasts almost a week. Nov 4, 2011
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    Bought another batch of supplies for my cheap heat. Looks like I have way too many saw so I ordered some new bars and some chains. I'm planning on switching bars on different saws depending on how much weight and what I'm cutting at the time. I have some big (4 to 5') maples that I might cut down at some point so I ordered a 36" bar and chains to go on my 660 that's getting rebuilt right now. They said it was back ordered and wouldn't be in until March, yup march of next year. I don't need it right now so I cancelled it and I'll just get it elsewhere. I was to lazy to go see how many chains I had left so I just ordered a few more of each. I even ordered new bars for my loaner huskys. My wife stoked up the stove, we have snow outside and I'm cooking in here. The new fan is really pumping the hot air out, should have switched it out years ago. Dec 2, 2011
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    We have 3 piles this size sitting on softwood bunks in the bush. My bil and I have enough at home already so we are stock pilling them so they don't rot. Easier to handle the long lengths than rounds too. Piles are about 5' high and 15' long x 10\ to 20\ logs. When it comes time to cut them up we might just cut them on the spot and use my splitter and conveyor into our dump trailers instead of hauling logs home. He's only a mile from the bush but I'm 15 miles away. Apr 6, 2012
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    I decided to make a chainsaw tree today. My wife was not impressed when she seen them all together. Looked bad enough hanging in the barn but out in the open they were easy to count. 12 saws and 2 long pole saws, never put the hedge trimmers in the tree but I have 3 or 4 of them too.
    Look at all that orange and 1 little green one in there too.Apr 27, 2012
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    Auction sale today and more firewood tools. Picked up another buzz saw because 1 isn't enough. Got a better deal on this one so it lowers my average cost. At least that's what I told her, she reminded me that I haven't used the other one yet. Someday those piles of limbs I have stacked up are gonna catch hell. Also picked up a cultivator, maybe use it for grooming bush trails? Apr 28, 2012
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