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DHT Log Splitter

Post in 'The Gear' started by richfl, May 9, 2013.

  1. richfl

    richfl Member

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    Has anyone seen the new 27 ton DHT log splitter? It is available at selected TSC stores and some other retailers.

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  2. Doesn't look particularly ground breaking to me. Filter is in a stupid spot.

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  3. MasterMech

    MasterMech Guest

    That's where a lot of them are.

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    Where would you put it?
  4. blujacket

    blujacket Minister of Fire

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    There's a thread at the other place with the owner of the company.
  5. Can the filter handle being sideways when the splitter is being used vertically?

    If so I'd mount it to the beam. Would require an extra hose and fittings but it would be out of harms way. There has got to be a better way than where it is mounted. It wouldn't last long on my trails down that low.

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  6. bogydave

    bogydave Minister of Fire

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    Good looking splitter.
    What's the price $$ ?

    edit, found it. $1200
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  7. TMonter

    TMonter Minister of Fire

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    I'm not sold on the Kohler engine they use given the history of the Courage series of engine having some serious problems in the past. Maybe Kohler has fixed the problems in the latest models but I would have preferred to see a Briggs or Subaru Robin in its place.
  8. MasterMech

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    On mine at least, the filter is nowhere near the lowest point, the frame/tank hangs a few inches below he bottom of the filter. Mine has survived many highway tows but I generally don't take it into the woods. I'm usually under the gun to get the wood out, so I usually haul rounds back to a central processing location.
  9. Hills Hoard

    Hills Hoard Minister of Fire

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    im no expert on splitters....i don't even own one.....though i wish i did....cuz it would help me a whole lot.....anyway, looking at that splitter, isn't the filter there so you can tilt the thing up and split vertically as well?...then the filter remains stationary doing its job properly?
  10. nate379

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    The filter can be in whatever direction, vertical, horizontal, threaded end up or down, it doesn't matter.

  11. MasterMech

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    The Courage engines were designed from the get-go to be "entry-level" powerplants. The twin cylinder units aren't bad, but the single cylinder I would stay away from as much as possible. The Command series engines however are built like tanks and will last a lifetime if properly cared for.
  12. TMonter

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    Trust me I'm not saying Kohler can't make a good product and I can't comment on the recent batch of single cylinder products but I know when I was looking for a mower a couple years back the two local small engine shops told me to avoid the Kohler Courage series of engines. I wish more splitter companies would make the effort into putting commercial level engines on their products or at least offer a model that has them standard.
  13. MasterMech

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    Iron & Oak (You name it, you can get it on there. Three levels of Briggs, Honda GX, and Robin Subaru)
    Timberwolf (Honda)
    Ariens/Gravely (Robin Subaru)
    Oregon (rebranded Speeco? with Kohler engines that I believe are re-badged Yamahas)
    American
    North Star (Northern Tool)

    There are a ton of companies putting premium engines on their product. But it's going to be tough to find a machine retailing for under $2k with anything other than a low-level Briggs, Honda GC/GCV (my pick of the throw-aways), or a Chi-Com special.
  14. I don't know about the others on your list but the northstar splitters come with the honda gx engine and go for well under 2k, including shipping and fluids.
  15. TMonter

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    Actually I've had my eye on an Iron and Oak 22 Ton for a few years now but I'm still more interested in a super split given the low cycle time. I like the Ariens splitter other than the support for the cylinder. I prefer the pinned rear support given the number of cylinder failures I've heard about on the side supported ones.
  16. MasterMech

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    Power meets speed.

    Iron and Oak makes a 22-ton hydraulic with an 8 second cycle time. Was that the one you had your eye on? (8-9 HP engine, 16 GPM pump, 3.5" cylinder IIRC)
  17. TMonter

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    I believe the local Iron and Oak dealer (Also a John Deere dealer) had the 20 ton and the 22 ton. If I remember right the 20 ton was the low cycle time model. It looked like the same splitter but with a smaller cylinder on it. They had the one with the Subaru Robin in stock but I'm still not sold on a splitter as everything I split is pretty easy with my Maul or Fiskars. Pretty much everything I gather other than kindling wood is very straight grain and splits easily.
  18. Splitter77

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    The DHT log splitters are hard to beat for the money. Even if the engine only lasts 8-10 years and you put a new one on down the road if needed. Your not going to find a splitter for 1200-1500 with commercial engines and top of the line parts etc.

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