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    Question Sizing an I-Beam

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

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    Smile 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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    Quote 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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    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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    or dig a pit to make the log splitter ground level. then your not lifting anything
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