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Mechanical Wood Splitters
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Spence    Posted 08-01-2001 at 10:33:19       [Reply]  [No Email]
After using the slooooowwww hydraulic ram
splitters for some time, I decided to use by
brother-in-law's (Bernie) mechanical splitter.

It looked kinda puny and didn't look quite
up to the task.

Wrong. Never seen anything like it. It can
slice thru the thickest logs. You can even break
on the power stroke and start over.

All it is is a rack and pinion gear and 2 fly wheels powered by a 5 hose honda. To split you
pull up on a handle that sends the rack onto the
spinning pinion sending the rack forward into the
knife. I did 10 cords on a tank of gas, just incredible.

I had this stubborn maple "Y" stump that needed splitting and was sure no one can do anything with. Bernie says nothin to it. I bet him a five spot he couldn't split it. I helped him get it up on the bed. His method was to whittle down each side of the "Y" till it was done. Almost a wheel barrow full. He says there 3000$ new.

Was wondering if anyone else have more info on splitters.

Ken Anderson from Ontario    Posted 02-14-2004 at 07:09:26       [Reply]  [No Email]
I would like to build on of those mechanical splitters if possible. i am a handyman. do you have any idea where to get plans or do you have a good photo of his? thanks.

Matt Hilinski    Posted 11-04-2002 at 18:42:07       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I have a wood splitter and I can split about 2 cords of firewood with a full tank of gas


rimas balsys    Posted 10-18-2002 at 14:23:10       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I want to buy a mechanical woodsplitter

william    Posted 11-18-2003 at 11:04:37       [Reply]  [Send Email]
did you ever find a mechanical wood splitter to buy, please tell me where to get one.



Frank    Posted 07-22-2002 at 13:51:01       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Has anyone used one of those manual hydraulic splitters? See 10 ton manual splitter at I'm looking for an inexpensive way to split some of the tougher logs when I'm tired from using the maul. Seems like it might be a bit slow.

Thanks, Frank

Gene Chambers    Posted 03-07-2002 at 17:12:20       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I'm looking for a wood splitter to buy or build. I want something other than the "traditional" type of splitter that can be purchased most anywhere. I am open to all ideas and possibilities. Thanks, Gene

OW - old version    Posted 08-02-2001 at 08:53:45       [Reply]  [No Email]
Remember the old "open-rod" gas engines that had spinning flywheels and only popped on every 8th cycle (more often if loaded)? Well, our neighbor made a NASTY wood-splitter by adding a sliding notched plate & wedge to one of those. Only trouble was, it constantly "pumped" and was just as ready to take an arm as anything else.
With a used rack & pinion (that would last after a few thousand engagenents on the same tooth) you'd have a really unique Super Split for maybe $400. (You can still get an engine for about $250) but then i have a weakness for things that abruptly putt.

Charlie    Posted 11-25-2002 at 17:22:40       [Reply]  [No Email]

Spence    Posted 08-02-2001 at 14:01:06       [Reply]  [No Email]
The rack and pinion on the SuperSplit I'm
using seem to be in good shape. Must be hardened
steel. If the gears wear it's just a matter of building them up with the appropriate rod.
A flywheel from a motor sounds OK if the pinion speed is stepped down, say by using differential gears. Then you'd have the correct speed of the ram even if it's continuosly in motion. That would up the power of the flywheel and cause it to loose
less energy on impact. If you would use a seperate very heavy flywheel on pillow blocks, you could get it turning by hand to give the engine help at start up unless you have a clutch system. Just a V belt thats engaged with a pivoting pulley would make a sufficient clutch.
I have an old square baler flywheel that weighs in around 250lbs. That's double the weight of just one of the flywheels on the SuperSplit.
I got it at a scrap yard when I was looking
for a U-joint for a PTO, and it was already attached. I'm sorry I didn't look for another flywheel in the pile.
Imagine the power of the splitter with 2, 250
lb flywheels. The ones on the SuperSplit generate
20 tons.
I'd need an 8 hp motor instead of the 5 I guess just to keep them turning, and 2 awesome ball bearings as well.
It'd make a great chipper too powered by the tractor pto, I estimate it'd take 3 inch saplings
with ease.

Bob (WI)    Posted 08-03-2001 at 07:42:17       [Reply]  [No Email]

Here's an artical on wheel splitters, with any luck at all you'll beable to read it.

Spence    Posted 08-03-2001 at 08:14:56       [Reply]  [No Email]
Interesting indeed Bob, I guess you wouldn't want to wear any loose clothing hee,hee.


Clint    Posted 08-01-2001 at 11:35:00       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I have never seen a good home made splitter sell at any farm auctions, they all have a huge I beam frame big engine and fuel tank and most of them wont split as much as the store bought wood splitter. Get a 25 ton at least.

Nathan(GA)    Posted 08-01-2001 at 11:07:45       [Reply]  [No Email]
Don't think I've ever seen one of those. Can you post a picture?

I always used an axe.

I've seen folks split 4" diameter pieces. I never split anything under about 10".

Ballskin    Posted 02-25-2002 at 15:30:13       [Reply]  [No Email]
wrong!! never seen a store bought as good as a homemade!!

Spence    Posted 08-01-2001 at 13:51:46       [Reply]  [No Email]
The brand name is Super Split and all you want to know is at:

The stump I mentioned in the last post was
from a knarled sugar maple that was sitting next to a county road. I called the township and got permission to down it. It measured 22 inches around by 16inch long (stove size). We got several pieces like that of the 9ft stump.

Nathan(GA)    Posted 08-01-2001 at 19:32:56       [Reply]  [No Email]
Thanks Spence, That's a neat rig. They are a bit pricy though.

william    Posted 11-18-2003 at 11:02:18       [Reply]  [Send Email]
i read an article in mother earth news about a mechanical wood splitter available. much cheaper than hydraulics
can you tell me where to get a mechanical wood splitter. I am not mechanically minded so wouldn[t mind buying one.

thank you,

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