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Pete's recycled log splitter.


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This project has been a few years in the making between a friend and I.

We've been scrounging parts and looking for bits and talking shit.

The plan is to make a good splitter for as little as we can get away with.

It needs to be a trailer mounted, with a WOF and rego, upright ram, with a nice big table, good motor, fast cycle times and good force.

So here's where I'm up to.

All the steel has been recycled and or dragged out of skips around and about.

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So far I'm quite pleased.

It's very heavy, too heavy to weld successfully with my little Mig so it's out with Arc which is rather satisfying.

More later.

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Awesome work, hydraulic splitters are so legit. If you find yourself getting bored at some point may I suggest adding a hydraulic lift to the side, that way you don't beat yourself up too bad lifting a thousand rings off the ground.

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Cheers.

I saw a really clever lift the other day that used a pulley and a wire cable that hooked onto the axe to raise the lift.

It was a cheep solution and I did think quite seriously about making one.

But yeah it's down to man power at the moment and using your head when cutting rings.

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yes Yes YES you are %100 right I do need a small going Bulldozer!

Things have been happening behind the scenes, and all things going well I'll have one soon.

Once I have a 265 that isn't a dick.

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Sweet build man. Decent wood splitters really make the difference. Spent a good half of my life splitting firewood with various splitters over the years for my Olds firewood company. Any reason in particular you went for a vertical setup? We've always rolled with the horizontal as it's more quicker and efficient (can usually pump out 4 cubic meters in a bit under and hour).

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**Elaborating with the quicker/more efficient side of things. Horizontal setup is sweet for gripping the rings with your hands as you can just roll it over and split through at a really quick pace. would imagine the vertical setup would be a little bit more work moving the rings around physically.

 

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Crikey, now things are getting technical!

I find the horizontal ones hard to use, As the rings split half of it falls away and you have to re handle it over and over. If you're splitting large blocks they fall off the splitter or you're fighting to balance them.

I always think of cutting a cake, I never turn a cake on it's side when I cut a piece.

I am a part owner of this with a friend, we find that working as a team we can split much more working together with a vertical splitter. One person stacks rings/blocks and the other splits and throws the blocks into the pile.

*This is just my opinion*

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Fair enough man, I know what you mean by that, having to rehandle etc. I suppose a big part is on how the rings are cut up with the chainsaw as well!

Always better with someone feeding the rings on the splitter and the other smashing it out, splitting away.

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Hi Alex.

The ram came from Trade me it's a specific log splitter ram. 3 to 4 inch bore is the ideal size for slpitters according to the guys at the hydraulic shop. It has a large spear so it retracts quicker. It's Chinese, the first one had scratched chrome and this one had poor welding that leaked. Chinese parts life I guess.

The pump is a two stage one that I got from the hydraulic shop. It does high flow under low load and high pressure when it is loaded up.I can't remember what size it is. It works well, the equivalent is on TM for about half price.

It has chomped through everything we have thrown at it so far.

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