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  • home made log splitter

    I am waiting for my hoses to show up, other than that its ready.




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    Last edited by moose13; 05-16-2011, 08:03 PM.

  • #2
    Looks good Moose! Curious what you made the splitting wedge out of and the hydraulic tank?

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    • #3
      Originally posted by willy View Post
      Looks good Moose! Curious what you made the splitting wedge out of and the hydraulic tank?
      Tank is just a piece of 3/8 x 16"pipe capped with ports welded in.
      Wedge is 1" steel with angle iron "kickers". I know most people use tool steel for these but i split all standing dead pine and have never had a problem with the lighter grade steel.

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      • #4
        Cool - I figured the tank was pretty heavy with it supporting everything. Never been around one so I didnt know how the wedges were made. Again, nice job and keep your arms out of it

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        • #5
          I like that you made it high enough so you can stand up straight while using it. I've seen a lot of home made wood splitters built so low to the ground so as to force the user to stay perpetually bent over while using it. My back hurts just looking at the pictures!

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          • #6
            I agree Ed, i am 6'5" so it is built to fit.
            I looked at one a guy had for sale the working height was 16"

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            • #7
              High load bed...

              I run a splitter on occasion. I am grateful that I don't have to lift 500 pieces of wood 24" or more a day that weigh anywhere from 50lbs to 100lbs or more. I just tip the splitter up and roll the logs in place. Most of the store bought ones will split vertically and I prefer to use mine that way. Pine on the other hand would be no trouble to toss up on yours and that would be good too, so I think you made something that will work well for your needs. Thank you for sharing your project with us.

              One question, should the filter be run at an angle like that or is it better to be vertical?
              Last edited by Doughboyracer; 05-18-2011, 10:40 AM.

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              • #8
                One question, should the filter be run at an angle like that or is it better to be vertical?

                I have seen them any which way. I will try to make it horizontal if possible, but the way my return runs currently i may have to go with this.
                Thanks guys!

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                • #9
                  Yes...

                  I don't know for sure but was bringing it up because I know someone else knows but might not spot it, if it matters. I question it because to me it would seam to filter more uniformly if it were in a vertical arrangement like on a car or truck, but I guess I have seen them on their sides as well, or notů? I know my bike is.

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                  • #10
                    Filter placement

                    If the filter were installed with the bottom toward the ground it would at least make less of a mess when it came time for a filter change. Also the filter could be prefilled with fluid and the pump would not be run dry for the restart. Hydraulic pumps are highly machined precision pieces of machinery and will not last long if run dry for any period of time. The hydraulic fluid serves to lubricate and cool the internals of the pump while in operation. Ideally the filter should be placed on the discharge side of the pump and not the suction side. If the filter becomes clogged during operation the pump becomes starved of fluid and loses all lubrication and cooling, quickly trashing the pump. Even new fluid has some contaminants in it and should be filtered as it is added.
                    Last edited by Bistineau; 05-19-2011, 10:00 AM.

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                    • #11
                      Yes it is on the return side.

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                      • #12
                        looks good, I've been wanting to build one myself someday. Good and heavy duty too....Are those 14.5" wheels?

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by hockeyguynick View Post
                          looks good, I've been wanting to build one myself someday. Good and heavy duty too....Are those 14.5" wheels?
                          Yes, trailer house axle and wheels.

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                          • #14
                            Nice work done Moose13 you really done the great job at your work place especially you work on the light grade steel which is so appreciating. Thanks for sharing sharing these cool pics of your log splitter.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Bistineau View Post
                              If the filter were installed with the bottom toward the ground it would at least make less of a mess when it came time for a filter change. Also the filter could be prefilled with fluid and the pump would not be run dry for the restart. Hydraulic pumps are highly machined precision pieces of machinery and will not last long if run dry for any period of time. The hydraulic fluid serves to lubricate and cool the internals of the pump while in operation. Ideally the filter should be placed on the discharge side of the pump and not the suction side. If the filter becomes clogged during operation the pump becomes starved of fluid and loses all lubrication and cooling, quickly trashing the pump. Even new fluid has some contaminants in it and should be filtered as it is added.


                              Agree with this, I would change filter angle. Excellent work, BTW.

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