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Posted By SIERRADMAX,
Apr 4, 2013 at 9:37 AM
Mine is fine. Starts on first or second pull after sitting all winter. I wouldn't sweat it.
I think I'm on Year 3 or 4 with mine and no issues . . . I add StarTron to the fuel tank over the winter.
The auto idle annoys me more on my aerial lift. Engine is constantly going up and down every time I move my hand to activate a different cylinder (it's a z-style lift)
It's not bad if they are on a delay. Last one I used would idle down after 10-15 seconds or something. Enough time that you could back off the control and grab it or another again. This was a 60' boom diesel.
If you were to run it electronically like that, I'd want a time delay. That would be a different animal rather than cycling the throttle for every ram stroke.
That would generally limit him to a horizontal only machine. And I would want a log lift on one of those from the get-go. A hydraulic log lift of the spec sheet usually means a $6K machine unless you are building or retrofitting one.
I have tons of experience with B&S. Some of it good, some of it not so good. The engines I think you're looking at are generally good runners but don't have the longevity that the Subaru or Honda engines typically demonstrate. If you're shopping in the $2K neighborhood, you don't have to settle for a mid-range Briggs.
FWIW: I believe you can get a unit identical to my I & O shipped to your door for well under $2500.
I really like the Robin engine on my 30 Ton Harbor Freight splitter.
Harbor freight scares me. It's been hit or miss with their tools. Although the reviews look decent, some complain about how hot the Hydraulic fluid gets. I like the price of the unit though and someone posted a coupon to get the 30 Ton splitter under $1300. For something Im going to own for a while, I'll stick with the brand named units.
I'm really starting to like the specs on the speeco units, especially their 28 Ton model. I caled their technical department to discuss the differences of the 25 Ton & 28 Ton, seeing how they use the same motor, same GPM pump & same cylinder. Rep. said the 25 Ton unit is built on a slightly less rugged platform and has a relief set at 3000 psi whereas the 28 Ton is built on a stronger platform and is set at 3500 psi. I also like how quickly their 4 way wedge is added/removed. It can be accomplished n seconds as opposed to several minutes like the northstar units.
I said I liked the Robin engine. Big bolt holding things together in the hydraulic cylinder was never tightened at the factory. The big problem though was the leaking from the tank; I finally had a guy weld it up and no leaks since. It's been working great for me. I use it mostly vertical but for horizontal I would recommend the cradle that the fellow on eBay sells.
What Dennis said, We have the same MTD 20 ton, mine has a Tecumseh 5 HP. Just split 4 hours each of the last 2 days. I run mine less then have throttle. It's a fast as I need. I have done nothing to it other than engine oil in 10 years i have owned it. I am the second owner.
BTW 8 hours running and 2 tanks of gas. I think it holds less than a quart. It's real good on gas. Chain saw, backpack leef blower, weed wacker are real gas gullzers