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    They say that "He who cuts his own firewood heats himself not once but twice".
    I think by time I get this split and stacked it will be at least 3 times!






    No one around has a log splitter, so I figure I'll have to make one. I figured out I want to use a 30 ton cylinder x 24" stroke a 28 GPM pump and a suitable engine. I was originally thinking of a 13 horse Honda, but for $1,300 I think I'll try to pick up a 4 cylinder car engine from the wrecking yard. It'll have more than enough power and cost half as much. Anyway I need to size an I-Beam for this behemoth and lack the intellectual know-how of you more knowledgable people out there. So chime in with any recomendations!
    Thanks in advance.
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  • #2
    First suggestion, make it where it will stand up, so you can roll the wood underneath the ram / wedge. Gets old fast picking up the heavy sections if the beam is horizontal!

    Sure you need a hydraulic splitter for that stuff? A splitting maul would work on that small stuff!
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    • #3
      Originally posted by Sonora Iron View Post

      Sure you need a hydraulic splitter for that stuff? A splitting maul would work on that small stuff!
      This is Mesquite wood, at my age combined with the hardness of Mesquite I'd be lucky to split 5 pieces!
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      • #4
        Back in my previous life I cut, spilt and burned about 8 cords a year. I found if I didn’t have to split it, it took longer to burn, of course it all depends on the size of your wood stove / fire place.

        This outfit generally has good prices on hydraulic parts; have to look around for what you’ll need.


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        • #5
          the two stage pumps work very well. good speed and power with smaller engine
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          • #6
            Our 26 ton splitter has a 1/2" thick 6''x6'' beam if that helps any.

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            • #7
              split time

              Don't even think of a vertical beam splitter! You'll break your back from bending over. If a piece or two is too heavy to lift, make a ramp and roll it up. If you've got a 220 volt plug nearby - make it an electric splitter. They're quiet, reliable and nobody will borrow it. A five horse electric motor with a two-stage pump will split that pile in an afternoon. Have fun and stay warm.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by jerems View Post
                Don't even think of a vertical beam splitter! You'll break your back from bending over. If a piece or two is too heavy to lift, make a ramp and roll it up. If you've got a 220 volt plug nearby - make it an electric splitter. They're quiet, reliable and nobody will borrow it. A five horse electric motor with a two-stage pump will split that pile in an afternoon. Have fun and stay warm.
                Wouldn't you have to bend over to pick up the piece to place it into an horizontal splitter?

                Griff

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                • #9
                  I say get a 1/2 ton hoist/jib crane from HF and place it on the end. Then you can use the lift to pick up all the large pieces and not have to lift a thing. But then I have a shot back and always think of the easy way out.

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                  • #10
                    or dig a pit to make the log splitter ground level. then your not lifting anything
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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by STRENGTH AND POWER View Post
                      or dig a pit to make the log splitter ground level. then your not lifting anything
                      Now that’s a great idea!

                      I would think someone with a handle like “Strength and Power” wouldn’t even think of an easy way, well at least for a few more years!
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                      • #12
                        I've split plenty of wood with both kinds of splitters and like the verticle beam the best, So I would take Sonoras advise on that one. If you never plan on splitting big logs than the horizontal would be ok.

                        Dont use an I beam, use an H- Beam, A 8" at 21lb. beam would be a good size beam that will hold up.

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                        • #13
                          Here is a vertical type w/a log raising sys., cyl goes down lift raises, do need someone to roll the log on to the lift. I do not remember were I copied these pics from but looks pretty cool to me, course I have no need for a spliter down here.
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                          • #14
                            Leons2003 I too have seen those pictures before. But forgot all about it.
                            Would sure like to see a picture of the underside, wonder how much bracing is in that bed?

                            I think if I built a lift system like that I’d use a capstan. That way you could free fall, or at least let the lifting frame down very fast. Would help speed up the cycle time.
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                            • #15
                              I have a splitter that mounts to the three point of any tractor. Runs off the tractor hydraulic pump. The beauty is that if the piece is too heavy, I just lower the three point to bring the splitter to the ground, roll on the heavy log, raise it up and split it. Has a plank attached to each side of the ram so have a working table and a receiving table for the piece on the other side of the split head. Can split up to 28" length with the ram length.

                              The splitter is 40 years old, made from a 4" square, 1/4" thick tube.

                              If interested, I could go take a picture and post it.

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