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Discussion in 'Firewood, Heating and Wood Burning Equipment' started by Natster, Dec 31, 2018.

  1. Roscoe294

    Roscoe294 ArboristSite Member

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    Rancher 2 I agree.......Thank you T Mainus
    You answered a lot of questions. Im waiting to hear back from PS. I hope there is a unit in Michigan I can check out but I doubt it. If not maybe I'll make a road trip?
     
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    Are you guys splitting Monday? Maybe I'll swing by after I get the kids on the bus.
     
  3. T. Mainus

    T. Mainus ArboristSite Operative

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    Were cutting Monday and Tuesday, we will be splitting on Wednesday.
     
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    Roscoe294 ArboristSite Member

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    So I've found that Timber Devil and Powersplit are the same company. TD is the Canadian division and PS is the U.S. division. I find it strange that the U.S. division is still based out of Quebec. PS pricing is USD and there is no exchange rate given. So for example if your paying $27,000 USD for a unit at todays exchange rate, they are essentially saying their unit is worth $36,000 CAD. Hmmmmm..........
     
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    dancan Spruce , The preferred wood of the Purgatory !

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    Yup , we get hosed up here everytime we turn around .
     
  6. Roscoe294

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    Maybe one of our Canadian friends can inquire with Timber Devil to see what the CAD price REALLY is???????
     
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    Pcoz88 ArboristSite Guru

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    Nobody has cloned it?
     
  8. Andy607

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    Ive built several vertical, table mounted splitters.
    32” table height.
    About 7 second cycle time.
    Foot pedal operated.
    Put a smile on your face.

    Horizontal units dont compare in ease of use or speed.

    Message for more info.
     
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    Roscoe294 ArboristSite Member

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    No one in the U.S. that I could find. There is a market for it and It would probably cost less. Hell I know right off you would save $1000 for freight and customs B.S.
    Going to check with Andy and see what he has going.
     
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    Andy607 and pics or video? Thanks.
     
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    T. Mainus

    I'm still on the fence about one of these splitters with conveyor $$$$$$$$$$$.........I found one in Michigan I plan on checking out soon but I have a few questions. How often have you had to repair your unit? What are the high wear parts? Type of repairs? I ask because it sounds like your a guy that takes care of his stuff.
    Thanks
     
  12. T. Mainus

    T. Mainus ArboristSite Operative

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    My machine came from a high output firewood producer in Minnesota. Not sure how many cords he put through it but it was a lot. That being said the machine was in pretty good shape. We put a new Honda gx630 on it right away. The one cylinder had little to no compression so instead of chancing it we just swapped it out right away. You have to remember for the most part I only split wood for 3 months a year. Any breakdowns really screw me up so I can't afford any down time. This year the control valve for the conveyor started leaking a little bit. Called Powersplit and he gave me the model number of the valve so I could source it state side. That was $175.00. We broke one of the foot pedals this year that you step on to activate the wedge. That was just a fatigue issue, had my fab guy make up 2 so we had a spare. $40.00. At the top of the elevator there is a chain sprocket that has a bearing in it for the conveyor chain. Mine had the bearing gone when we got it, they adjusted the tensioner out all the way so the sprocket rides on the bolt. It works just fine that way, just squeaks a little. We ordered a new one from Powersplit, $150.00 for the whole assembly, but I haven't even put it on yet. We have never had a chain break on the conveyor but next year I am probably going to order some spare parts from power split just to have them on hand in case it ever does happen. The conveyor is hydraulic drive from the bottom of the conveyor. I might get a spare drive motor as well because that runs non stop all day, that is probably the one area that is the "high wear" part of the whole machine. The shaft for that has a pillow block bearing with a grease zerk on it. We keep that greased pretty religiously. For the most part its a pretty bullet proof machine. There is nothing really complicated on it as far as repairs go to worry about. We did notice this year that the right splitter does not have as much power as the left one does. I am assuming that the cylinder might be leaking internally a little bit thus the loss of power. Plan on having that one cylinder rebuilt this off season as well. If you were buying a new machine and depending on how much you use it, I would think you could go for a awhile before it needing any major repairs.
     
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    If you use a tool, and split wood, it's gonna need repair.
    Even splitting mails need overhauled... New handle etc.
    N
     
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    Need to check out Andy607 machine! Made here in the states.
     
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    Thanks T.Mainus that's exactly what I needed to know...............for now
     
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    Seen them. If he could rig an attached conveyor to one I'd be interested in purchasing it.
     
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    Roscoe294 just use an unattached one.
     
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    It takes too much time to move and set up for my operation
     
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    I built one 1200 dollare
     

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    The conveyor is def the only thing I ever have a problem with on mine. I’ve often thought about getting a unit without a conveyor and buying a hyd belt conveyor. The splitter is amazing
     
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