Cleaver Ways to Split Wood Easier???

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  1. ikessky

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    Multitek firewood processors are made a few blocks from my house. Very cool machines.

    I use an old LaFont hydraulic splitter. It does an excellent job, but sometimes I bring some home in the round so that I can use the maul. I'm a big boy so hand splitting doesn't bother me.
     
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    Back to your question. Since the rounds are 8-10 inches, spliting them in half would produce some very nice 4-5 inch splits, or smaller.

    It is very good exercise that most wood burners actually enjoy! ;>)
     
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    My husband read this and told me I am not to try splitting wood anymore.....so I did find a cleaver way for me to split wood. Hee Hee. Thank you to all!!!!!!
     
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    Here's how I've been doing it. YMMV.
     

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    My wife has just stacked 3+ cord of wood for some of next year. All at her request. She is the best!

    She is now going to start splitting some frozen rounds! ;>)

    Does it get any better!
     
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    Ahh- immediately preceded by a "Wtch this", no doubt. :)
     
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    yes, of course. Also, I enjoy doing things that are preceded with the "Holdma beer ferme."
     
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    I also like Emo Phillips "In the last words of my grandfather: 'A truck!'"
     
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    This is a multi-step process:

    1) Remain calm

    2) Practice

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    I'm thinking of getting one of these 'Cleaver' devices.

    http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/Smart-Log-Splitter-easy-safer-than-Axe-or-wedge_W0QQitemZ200291337230QQcmdZViewItemQQptZLH_DefaultDomain_3?hash=item200291337230&_trksid=p3286.c0.m14&_trkparms=72:1301|66:2|65:12|39:1|240:1318

    Anyone tried it it seems too bloody clever by half!!!!

    Note uk site

    Cheers
     
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    I haven't tried it but it looks fussy having to attach it to a chopping block. I think a telescopic handle type sliding hammer would be more versatile, wouldn't require you lift rounds up onto and balance on a block, and lots cheaper.
    http://www.amazon.com/Anaconda-878-Slide-Hammer-Log-Splitter/dp/B000VL6L24
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    Interesting piece of kit and;- yes nearly half the price...

    but would it tackle fresh logs brought in for splitting and drying?

    Also noticed this on the web

    http://www.wolf-online.co.uk/product.asp?id=001360&gclid=CJbtv-f8hpgCFQoi3godZXdrDQ

    Overpriced overkill?....(overhyped?)

    I would like to build my own splitter as my shoulder suffers after sawing/chopping/splitting.

    I have a 3ton trolley jack with 18" of lift....I could easily fabricate a steel adjustable frame.

    I would be splitting Birch about 6 inches dia.

    Any thoughts/suggestions welcome.
     
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    Splitting with is maul is a lot easier if you wait for the right weather. It is -56 right now, perfect splitting weather. Even the gnarliest hardwood rounds pop with little effort at this temp. The greatest challenge is convincing yourself to go outside.
     
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    Most have reported the manual hydraulic setups are not real good for production splitting - too slow and too much work... I've used one of the slide hammer / spear type units, and while it was a different motion than an axe / maul, it wasn't any less effort.

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    I started out by using the Woodwiz (www.woodwiz.com ... sliding weight on pole, wedge on bottom). When I discovered that doesn't work well on tough wood, rented a 20-ton gas splitter (I suggest OP's hubby do so), then inherited 3# ax, got better w/ that, and bought super-splitter maul/ax. My next step is prolly a "mega maul" tho' I've seen mixed reviews on the short steel handles. OP should get her hubby a decent single-bit ax from local hardware store and maybe the super splitter (http://www.amazon.com/Ames-True-Temper-Splitter-Maul-1190400/dp/B000EM2SJ0 .... local hw may have a better deal, esp. considering shipping). After hubby gets a routine going w/ the maul, maybe OP can try splitting with the lighter ax. After all, if you can split 10" rounds w/ a hatchet, you should be able to really do some serious splitting with a proper ax.

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    When I was younger I worked for my Pap on his farm. Once we cut down a huge black walnut about 5' across and 30' long to sell for lumber. Even back then I think Pap got around $1500 for it. When the lumber guy that came to pick it up saw it he about freaked. He brought a goose neck trailer 24' long to pick it up but the log was still to big soooooo. The guy leaves and comes back with a big drill and three sticks of dynamite. drilled three holes into the log, dropped in the dynamite, got way back and set it off. The thing popped open like a roll of Pillsbury biscuts LOL. Never seen anything like that agian. He had to take it in two loads.
     
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    This is the Super Split I use... haven't found anything better yet!
    http://www.supersplit.com/
     
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    that's awesome!!! :lol:
     
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    whoops dup post - still funny though
     
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