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Log Splitter Feedback
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CAH    Posted 11-29-2003 at 06:01:17       [Reply]  [No Email]
Has anyone ever used those bottle jack log splitters? Do they work worth a darn. I am not ready to invest in a large unit yet but would like an inexpensive alternative even if it requires more labor. I do not split anything less than 10"dia. and most logs are 24" long. My back won't last much longer if I keep using the maul. Thanks.

Henri Gamache    Posted 06-30-2004 at 07:21:00       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I am looking for an operating manual for a super split log splitter... I have come across one but have no info on it at all.

Harley    Posted 11-29-2003 at 17:27:42       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I made a small one out of an enerpac 5 ton ram (used 2). it worked ok but the stroke was about 8". If the log didn't split I would have to back it up with a 4x4. Trashed it and built a full size one.

Spence - Super Split Best    Posted 11-29-2003 at 16:09:46       [Reply]  [No Email]
Super Split about the best splitter you can get. Mechanical and works on 2 flywheels and rack and pinion. Ram pressure 20 Tons I think. Nice thing about it is there isn't any retract time, and is powered by a small 5 horse, no hydr to hook up and diesel to waste.

I borrow my B inlaw's every fall for my 20 cords. One day I put in a knarled maple stump. No problem, chewed it up fast. Fellow on the next farm was splitting at the same time. He was using a hydr ram and was impressed with the SS.

Company operates out of Maine I think. They have a site too, would be easy to look it up.

Lazy Al    Posted 11-30-2003 at 07:40:24       [Reply]  [No Email]
Spence ,
That type was talked about several months back
but I can't visualize how it would work . The motor runs the flywheels and a clutch energizes a thing like a crank on a tractor ,driving a ram
into the wood .Would like a picture or a site to go to. Or even a description on how it works
Thanks Al

Spence    Posted 12-01-2003 at 19:29:02       [Reply]  [No Email]
2 flywheels straddle an I beam. In the center of the shaft between the flywheels there is a small pinion gear. Under the pinion and sitting on top of the I beam, teeth up not engaged, is a straight rack gear about 40inches long. At the end of this rack is the plunger plate that contacts the log. To activate, a lever forces a wheeled cam under the rack that brings the rack teeth in contact with the pinion driving the rack into the log. At one end of the rack the teeth run out so the pinion rides out of the rack as the plate nears the splitter knife.

In fact i was thinking of replacing the flywheels with 2 baler flywheels and that would double the ram force (might wreck the rack gear too!).

Willy-N    Posted 11-29-2003 at 21:39:47       [Reply]  [No Email]
What do you do with 20 cords every year. I heat with wood only all year long and that would last me 5+ years? Are you selling it or heating your shop too? My freinds big shop eats quite a bit of wood during the winter with no insulation. He has the name Log Hog on the front of it. When we were welding today he burnt about 6 days of wood in it for me in 8 hours. I split 4 cords a year with my 5.5 hp Hydraulic Spliter sure saves the back in my older years. Used to do allmost 9 cord with a 12 lb maul & wedges to heat a thin walled Mobil Home I lived in. The maple was a lot harder to split than Tamerack is. But that was about all I had to burn on my place on the West Side of the mountians. Mark H.

Spence    Posted 12-01-2003 at 19:19:10       [Reply]  [No Email]
I'm heating 2 places mine and an attached granny suite. Both have the same 5year old airtight each 1600 sq ft. On her side I fuel the stove in her basement starting 5am and I go to 7pm. After that her baseboard comes on till morning.

On my side same idea cept the stove is in my dining room. I have a crawl space basement so can't put it there. I feed this stove till 11pm starting at 6am, then the oil furnace comes on.
I do an additional 500 gal (2 fillings) oil for the rest of the winter that's just because the furnace comes on all nite. Without the wood my oil cost would be in the 4 figures.

My side is an old 90 year old house, on her side it was built in 75 a bungalow with top grade insulation. All togeather I figure about 3500 square feet.

bob ny    Posted 11-29-2003 at 06:49:16       [Reply]  [No Email]
advertise in the paper for one any condition and fix it yourself i bought one two years ago for 75:00 needed an engine. had an old b&s cast iron.
mounted it and its been working since. maybe you will have to reseal or something simple

deadcarp    Posted 11-29-2003 at 06:45:56       [Reply]  [No Email]
for 10-inch stuff i'd really try for a regular splitter. i got a used 5-horse for $200 - kinda slow but that thing's downright relentless! it was my first hydraulics and as such it will tear thru a crossways stick the size of your leg. i've also used it to bend strap hinges, break tire beads and pop homemade soap loose from its tube. it's about the safest way to handle chubs. not sure i'd trust a big screw or something. :)

screw    Posted 11-29-2003 at 08:43:29       [Reply]  [No Email]
Speaking of big screw, my dad had one of those hooked up the tractor PTO (540 RPM). Since the rotation was wrong, he coupled the screw and the PTO with an old chevy tranny engaged in reverse. Never had problem with it

Les    Posted 11-29-2003 at 06:24:11       [Reply]  [No Email]

Sounds like it would be slower than death.
Here's a picture of what I use to split my wood. Can take up to almost 5' stuff.

CAH    Posted 11-29-2003 at 09:17:09       [Reply]  [No Email]
Would love to have a 3pt log splitter but I'm still learning about my ford 9n that does not have the extra hydraulic hook-ups. Not sure what it would take to put them on. That looks like a post driver in the picture.

Les    Posted 11-29-2003 at 10:07:08       [Reply]  [No Email]
That is a homemade wood splitter. I think that the piston came from the outriggers on a log truck.
You wouldn't need any extra hydraulics. That '52 VAC sure doesn't have any. Maybe you can't see it but the hydraulic pump slips right on the PTO shaft and works just fine. If you can horse a piece of wood over to this thing and get it up onto it, it WILL split it.

Redneck    Posted 11-29-2003 at 16:43:23       [Reply]  [No Email]
Yall must not have any Live Oak.

dpv    Posted 10-12-2004 at 14:27:14       [Reply]  [No Email]
Oak, Hickory, sweet gum, Elm, just got an old Northstar splitter. Powers thru that stuff. I split nearly a cord just yesterday. My advice is look for a used unit. you can get a much better deal and if maintained they last a long long long time.

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