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can you recommend a log splitter ?

 
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blowin



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Location: Tubbercurry , Co Sligo

PostPosted: Fri Jul 07, 2017 2:13 pm    Post subject: can you recommend a log splitter ?  Reply with quote

I need to get a decent log splitter but have no experience of these things. Would be grateful for recommendations and/or comments re pro's and con's to look out for.
The logs I need to split are no more than 16"(40 cm) long but many of them are not far off that diameter so the machine needs to be able to handle that size.
The wood is Ash, Cedar and Sycamore.
Power could be either electric or petrol .
Portability is not a major consideration.

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wayland



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PostPosted: Fri Jul 07, 2017 5:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I would recommend you go hydraulic as opposed to electro mechanical.  Far more reliable me thinks.
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blowin



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PostPosted: Sun Jul 16, 2017 1:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks Wayland. Excuse my ignorance but do you mean driven by a constant supply of water ?
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wayland



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PostPosted: Sun Jul 16, 2017 8:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

blowin wrote:
Thanks Wayland. Excuse my ignorance but do you mean driven by a constant supply of water ?
Cheers


Thats an interesting concept! We use the word "Hydraulic" out of context in many things. The three point linkage of my Dexter is said to be hydraulic yet not a drop of water is used! Ho hum.

The log splitters I refer to have a power pack which drives !"OIL"into a cylinder etc. There are many splitters on the market that use an electric motor to drive a lead screw to power the splitter. In my opinion the latter are inferior. Have you looked on Youtube? Some weird and great ideas on home brewed splitters are to be found.[/u]
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DerynC



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PostPosted: Sun Jul 16, 2017 8:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

We have an electric hydraulic log splitter and I wouldn't be without it, its amazing what it can split for the size of it. I think its 5 ton there are similar on Amazon.
The only down side is its low to the ground so I lift it up on a couple of piles of concrete blocks to use,
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wayland



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PostPosted: Mon Jul 17, 2017 12:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

DerynC wrote:
We have an electric hydraulic log splitter and I wouldn't be without it, its amazing what it can split for the size of it. I think its 5 ton there are similar on Amazon.
The only down side is its low to the ground so I lift it up on a couple of piles of concrete blocks to use,


I had one of those. I changed the electric motor for a 3.5 HP Briggs from a nacked rotavator.. This made it light and very portable.

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