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Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by flyingbanana, Jan 18, 2013.
Few interesting designs...
Last one's the best.
widow maker is right. that last one is beyond dangerous. the first one is very cool for home use, but it's hard to top the one with the bobcat and chainsaw. it is like it was designed by the Three Stooges, but it actually works.
I like the Bobcat one.
Looks like doing woody poo through a cheese grater.
After the splitting, comes the stacking.
We've made a few screw auger type wood splitters for a tree service . It is a 30 in. long x 12 in dia. cone with heavy threads on it. A tractor or skid steer type with a P.T.O. will spin this thing and it will srew into the side of a 10 foot long big dia. log thats too big for their log splitting machines.
As the device threads into the side of the log it will split it in half. I guess they are popular in Europe.
Years ago my Dad and I built a large hydraulic horizontal logsplitter. It has a shelf to load the big logs into the cutting ram. so it can be used by one guy. It works great and we still use it every year for wood for our fireplaces.
This forum is so good. Just came in from an hour of splitting firewood with my fiskars x25 axe and then this.
That last one reminds of unit called the Super Split that was around in the late seventies. It used a flywheel to store the energy so that it had a great splitting force relative to its 3 hp motor, while most hydraulics need at least 7 hp or so to compete. It was dangerous, though, as once you flipped the lever there was not stopping it, and your body parts had best be out of the way. I never saw them since until recently; Tractor Supply carries a unit that seems to employ the same principle.
We've got one of these, don't know how well it works, haven't set it up yet. Still doing it the old way.
I have memories of my dad "splitting" great big stump logs with a mixture of black powder and nitrogen pellets. That was cool!
This is what I use, and it's amazing.
Do you have to let big logs season before you can split them?
We've got a pile of pine logs that need splitting, they've been seasoning for about a year, but they are still very springy, and even a maul won't split them.
here's mine! not as cool as the bobcat machine, but safer than the "widowmaker" by a long shot! the 1957 wisconsin 2cyl motor came off a hay bailer. hydraulic piston from an olf buldozer i think. 4way bit.
we tow it with the "jitterbug" as we call it. an old jeep motor ona homemade frame.
i don't have pics but we have a cordwood saw too with a 36 inch circular blade, powered by a chevy in-line 5 cyl motor!
plus my old yankee partner has a 1964 ford dumptruck we use.
we scavenge everything we can off the ground and drop a few trees here and there, and betwixt the two of us we haven't paid for firewood in years!
Boy, does that bring back memories. For us it was a family affair. Dad would cut rounds and he and the older boys would split, then we would use sleds to haul them to the truck. By the time we got home it was simply unloaded as fast as possible. Usually us younger boys got the privilege of stacking it all. Fun times growing up in Alaska.
Pretty cool setup there. Quite purposeful.