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  • I built a log splitter

    20hp Honda GX620
    28gpm two-stage hydraulic pump
    W8 x 40 i-beam
    3/4" plate steel pusher and wedge
    4" cylinder
    1.5" rod
    factory maple round wheels
    ac, cruise... you get the picture
    The yellow unit was a hydraulic power station used by a local water district to push pipes under roads. They retardedly sold it to me for $600. New prices...motor $1600, pump $400, flow meter $400, reservoir, hydraulic fittings and motor controls are spendy too.

    It busts stuff up and I am loving it. There were some VERY gnarly pieces of knotty birch and it wrecked them into kindling The chics seem interested too- cool. I learned the basics of AC stick welding and made some ugleeeee welds. My neighbor welded the wedge to the i-beam and I welded the anchor point for the cylinder- we'll see.

    If anyone asks what part of this project was the hardest... it was definitely drilling the 1" holes for the cylinder clevis points!!! that kind of work will be outsourced if ever needed again.

    The hydraulic fluid is way short on capacity so I'll be adding to it- somehow.

    video of splitting some white birch.
    http://www.oregonian.biz/log-splitte...we-will-go.wmv







    max tow speed 15mph
    Last edited by Johnny; 04-18-2010, 09:57 AM.
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    That thing's fantastic, and now I have proof that rednecks live everywhere. Wood tires? With all the money you saved on the hydraulics, you could probably afford something a little better than birch rims.
    MillerMatic 252
    Spoolmate 200
    Diversion 165
    Spectrum 625 X-Treme
    Dayton 6" Miter Band Saw
    Delta Drill Press
    Bosch 10" Table Saw
    Bosch 12" Double Bevel Miter Saw
    Jet 5 Ton Chain Hoist
    Radnor O/A

    and this heavy duty table I made

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    • #3
      your not "with it" at all
      Last edited by Johnny; 04-18-2010, 11:24 AM.
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      • #4
        Wood must be the new black.
        MillerMatic 252
        Spoolmate 200
        Diversion 165
        Spectrum 625 X-Treme
        Dayton 6" Miter Band Saw
        Delta Drill Press
        Bosch 10" Table Saw
        Bosch 12" Double Bevel Miter Saw
        Jet 5 Ton Chain Hoist
        Radnor O/A

        and this heavy duty table I made

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        • #5
          wood is in, well that's what my wife said earlier
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          • #6
            The wood wheels top it off man. From looking at the video, it appears to not have any trouble working over the nasty logs. I'm going to have to keep your idea in the back burner folder for the next time my job sells off an old piece of equipment.

            Nice work.
            Tom

            Miller 211 A.S. and Spoolmate 100
            Stickmate LX 235 AC / 160 DC.
            Clarke 180 EN Just in case
            Spectrum 375 X-Treme.
            O/A Medium Radnor Torch, Large Victor Torch.
            Milwaukee 14" Chop Saw.
            4 x 6 Horizontal Band Saw.
            Rockworth 80 Gallon 2 Stage 16 SCFM @ 175 PSI , 15 SCFM @ 90 PSI.
            Jackson Passive shade #5 for the plasma.
            I almost forgot the Hobart XVP AD Hood.


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