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  • LucyRicardo
    started a topic Wood Splitter

    Wood Splitter

    Has anyone had any experience with a wood splitter? The logs I have are a little large and I find that smaller pieces work better. I bought a pedal type splitter from Amazon but it was terrible and I returned it.

  • DavidApp
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    Hello Alden
    I borrowed a hydraulic log splitter. I think it was rated to 20 ton. It had no problems with anything I put in it including some Sweet Gum. I would usually not bother with Sweet Gum as it is very difficult to split with twisted and interlocked grain. It would have to cut all the way through the log instead of splitting it but it got through it.
    It was not a top of the line log splitter.

    I normally use a maul to split Oak.

    David

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  • Alden03
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    Hii all ,

    I always find it frustrating looking of people using new splitter designs though. I have no problems splitting the nice straight grained short pieces they always demo on. I really want to know how these things handle in the real world, where your logs have twists and knots. Our fires take 18" to 22" logs too, not those short little 12" things. Fewer saw cuts and they are easier to stack too.

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  • DavidApp
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    Re: Wood Splitter

    Just scored some more fire wood.

    Driving home I noticed a cut up tree outside a house. Stopped and asked about it and they said if I wanted it to please take it. So I got my truck and started to haul it home. 5 loads so far and possible 2 more.
    White oak.

    David

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  • DavidApp
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    Hello Wiley

    Went back today to get the last two logs. Someone had got one of them before I got there so I only got one.
    That one had the most knots, probable why they left it.

    This type of log score is not common for me so buying a log splitter will probable not be something that I will do right now. Renting is a better option and I may put one of the logs on my Wood Mizer Sawmill as it looks like a nice white oak. The slabs off the log still burn great.
    I find that red oak splits easier with a maul. White oak can be tough.

    The maul gives you a good work out if your back will stand it.

    David

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  • Wiley
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    David,

    Good score on the wood!

    I would suggest that the answer as to purchasing a splitter would be determined by asking is this a one time occurrence or something that will occur several times a year?

    If it is a one time occurrence: I would rent.

    If it is something that looks like it will happen once every year on a ongoing basis: then I would still rent.

    Something ongoing (as in several times a year): then certainly I would purchase a splitter.

    All that being said, having tools is cool and fun and so if you can afford a splitter and want one, then get one. (I knew a guy once who bought a riding lawn mower and he had a residential sized yard. He wanted the mower and could afford it so he bought it. No further justification needed).

    Hope this helps,
    Wiley

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  • DavidApp
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    Re: Wood Splitter

    Hello All

    I may need to get a wood splitter. I have just scored a couple of loads of Oak. Some of it is about 30" diameter,

    David

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  • david s
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    In Australia our hardwoods are all eucalypts and most of it is quite hard to split, some extremely so. I find simply cutting the lengths shorter, say less than a foot, makes splitting far easier.

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  • Paul_H
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    It depends on how much wood you have to split. At most I've had a 1/2 cord to split at a time and hence I've found a mall to work fine as our spruce and birch is fairly easy to split except when you get into spruce with lots of limbs. For kindling I just use an axe.

    If you're just splitting up larger pieces for the WFO I can't see going to the expense of a wood splitter. Also if you have a chainsaw you can cut up the occasional large piece. You can also use a chainsaw to cut an X in the end of the log to give the mall or wedge a starting place and it makes it much easier to split.

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  • Wiley
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    Re: Wood Splitter

    We burn wood both in our WFO and to heat our home so we go thru a fair bit of wood each year. Three neighbors and I went together and purchased a much more expensive and better splitter than any of us could otherwise justify. Of course it is towable.

    As we own it we can basically take as much time as we want splitting wood rather than being under a time constraint using a rental unit. Maintenance has been low as it has a quality Honda motor and one of us in our group has spare space in his garage so it is stored indoors.

    If you have neighbors also burning wood this might be a worth considering.

    Hope this helps,
    Wiley

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  • DavidApp
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    Re: Wood Splitter

    I still use an old Maul. Works best on Red Oak.

    Most of the wood in the pile for the wood stove but the oven will be well have plenty.

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  • cobblerdave
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    G'day steellearning
    That's a pretty" cool tool " I would really like one of those. I'm pretty much a one armed axe man due to an old injury. That would produce the sticks id like ( with or without the dramatic music "
    Regards dave

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  • Steellearning
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    I thought this was pretty cool... for kindling
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ro2wMb7zJ60

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  • boerwarrior
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    wow! I need one of those!!

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  • Les
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    You don't want to mess around splitting wood - get one of these and make us ALL jealous https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X0-1Rx1NNDY

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