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Discussion in 'Firewood, Heating and Wood Burning Equipment' started by Strattz, Oct 27, 2010.

  1. Strattz

    Strattz ArboristSite Lurker

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    Please post pics of your splitter in action.... I would like to see other peoples ideas when it comes to homemade wood splitters or manufactured ones as well.

    I designed and built this one myself with some help from a friend in my shop in 2008. It does the job but is very large and heavy. Built it for feeding my outside wood boiler with oversized logs. The max. opening between push plate and wedge is 42 inches. The cross wedge is 24"x24" and the beam is a 5/8 inch thick 8"x8" and is 13.5 feet long. It has a 16hp engine with electric start, 22 gallon 2 stage pump and a ram off of a BIG TRUCK!!! The hoist is a 12 volt Warn winch. It has a deep cycle battery to run the hoist. I Just drew it up on paper and spents a lot of long nights in the shop...

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    Some more pictures of the Beast...

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    That's beautiful!!! I like how you can suspend/center the logs anywhere on the wedge you want. The push plate looks a little thin though. Do you split them down smaller on a conventional splitter or perform it all on this one?
     
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    He has an OWB. I doubt he'd want to split into small pieces.
    Any splitter than need support legs is great. :clap:
     
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    Looks great. Did you get paid by PBR for advertising? That is what i call a purpose built splitter. It's not for everyone but it looks like it fits your needs perfect. Nice job.

    Scott
     
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    I went with a 3 point unit for convenience, efficiency, and compact. My 4 way wedge is removeable and I can lower the splitter down almost flat on the ground to roll large stuff on and then lift to a decent non stooping height. I added a weight bracket to hang weights for traction and balance. The forks you will see come into play later.

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    Yeech. PBR. C'mon man, you're from Wisconsin. How about showing New Glarus Brewing a little love?? They make beer too, but with taste ;)

    Edit: I do English good.
     
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    I'm the one behind the camera here. Splitter can go down just a hair lower depending on how I adjust the hitch.




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    Where did you get those monster tongs?
     
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    Here is the small horizontal splitter, "Mr. Ugly." 1972 tecumseh 8hp, old farm hydraulic pump (no idea on the specs), 1960's metal paint can for hyd. res., built out of very old railroad steel with a model T axle and gm fiero spare tires. The cylinder is the newest part on the antique. Works really well for easy to split straight stuff and the cylinder moves fast. It does have a hard time with stringy wood, knots, and large crotches. I don't usually split wood in the house garage (it doesn't have a muffler on it), but it was a blizzard outside on this particular day and I had just repaired the splitter and wanted to test it before putting it in storage.

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    The Swisher I use vertically, typically for larger, knotty, crotchy pieces. It has a 12.5 hp briggs with 5" diameter cylinder. It is advertised at 34 tons, but I think that is wishfull thinking. Still, I have yet to run into anything that it won't split.

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    And, my favorite! The easiest to maintain!

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    P.S. It's somewhat difficult to take the picture while the splitter is in action when there is only one of me! Sorry. :)
     
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    The push plate is 1 inch thick and is bent (good eye)........

    The push plate is 1 inch thick and is bent (good eye)........I should of used 1.25" steel like what is backing the cross wedge, or welded gussets back to the pin eyelets. The pin eyelets are 1.5 inches thick and bored 15 thousands over 3 inches. I will never break the 3 inch pins!!!

    No I do not split them down any farther......I split them so I can lift them and no smaller!!
     
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    My favorite as well, but was having trouble splitting firewood 3.5 feet long!!
     
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    Hey Strattz, that's a real nice setup but with all the money you save on buying heat and a store bought splitter, how come you're drinking Pabst?

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    Pabst.

    What you drink when the Northern Hydraulics bill comes due.
     
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    No Kidding on the Northern Tool bill!!!

    I drink Icehouse mostly but also Pabst, Old Milwaukee, Hamms, Old Style, Point, Leinenkugels, and I like Mirco Brews as well.....

    I will not drink girl beer....You know Bud Light, Coors Light......64 and all the tasteless ultra lite crap...
     
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    I'm going to recommend that you try putting the tips of the lifting tongs on the ends of the round rather than trying to dig into the bark and most likely tear out at the worse time. I found it works a lot better for us to dig the tips into the solid ends.
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