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Post in 'The Gear' started by Turner-n-Burner, May 2, 2008.

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  1. Turner-n-Burner

    Turner-n-Burner New Member

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    My new splitter showed up last week, and I've had time to put about a cord through it.

    Can't get the grin off my face, so I thought I'd share some pics and impressions.

    I've got a bad back, but I love to burn wood, and I know I'm saving a ton of money on natural gas, so it wasn't too hard to justify buying a good splitter. I expect this one will outlast me.

    It's a 25HH model by American CLS. 8hp, 16gpm horizontal. I upgraded to the honda engine, and also went with the split pans, 4 way wedge and the log lift.

    After using it, I'm even more impressed than I thought it'd be. the ergonomics are just outstanding. because of the bigger tires on the HH model, the beam is at perfect working height - no bending to run the splitter or handle the splits. The split pans are big enough to catch big chunks or even halves coming off of 20"+ rounds, and they're just low enough so that splits fall away from the beam so you can split a few pieces before clearing the pans.

    The log lift effortly positions the next round into place, and is a fantastic worktable for the pieces you need to re-split. With big enough rounds, even a 4-way wedge leaves pieces that need to be re-split. But with the lift, you just toss those onto the table, and pull the lever to bring them back to you when you're ready for them.

    With my back, I couldn't run a vertical splitter for more than a few minutes at a time, so the lift was a must-have for me. After using it, I cannot recommend it highly enough.

    enough of the sales pitch.. time for pics
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    Splitter and two wood carts, one for kindling, one for splits
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    Rounds lined up and ready to go
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    Lifting the next round into place. WD40 can just for scale ;)
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  2. woodconvert

    woodconvert Minister of Fire

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    Now THAT is a cool splitter!!. I've also got a bum back (bottom two disks are squished). Oddly enough heavy lifting seems to help my back woes...but if it were an option to have that lift on mine i'd have gotten it.

    Good purchase.
  3. gpcollen1

    gpcollen1 Minister of Fire

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    I like those wheels!
  4. Carl

    Carl New Member

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    :) Nice splitter. Before purchasing one from Lowe's I checked online and a company had some like the one you bought. I would have had to drive quite a ways to see one and didn't feel the difference would be worthwell. Also more money........but in your case it was well worth it. The lift really looks nice especially with larger rounds. Thanks for sharing your purchase.
  5. Redox

    Redox Minister of Fire

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    Nice splitter! How much did you pay for that baby, if you don't mind us asking? I'm guessing about $2500? More? The Honda was a good choice IMHO. Their engines are hard to beat.

    Chris
  6. raybonz

    raybonz Minister of Fire

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    That's a really nice log splitter!! Great pics too.. Do your neighbors complain about the noise or are they cool about it..?

    Ray
  7. Turner-n-Burner

    Turner-n-Burner New Member

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    Hurts to say it yeah, more than $2500, closer to $3500. But in until you asked, I had nearly managed to forget it. ;) The lift doesn't go cheap, nor does delivery with the cost of diesel fuel these days. Some needs to build a wood fired tractor trailer!

    My nieghbors are pretty cool, and I try to be considerate about when I make noise. The parents with small kids will bring them by so they can watch (from a safe distance). The parents with older kids let them play god-awful rap music outside, so if they want to complain about the sweet sound of a chainsaw...


    -Dan
  8. hornett22

    hornett22 New Member

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    nice machine!

    i bought the 24hh with the 5.5 honda and 4 way.i love it but the 4 way seems more aggrivation than it's worth.i rarely use it.
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