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DR 6 Ton Log Splitter Report

Post in 'The Gear' started by stick burner, Dec 12, 2007.

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  1. stick burner

    stick burner New Member

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    Hello Ya'll,
    Will make this short and sweet. Got my splitter last Wednesday and here's what I think about it. Great packing...remember someone awhile back writing about the poor packing on their Robi and how many times they had to send it back due to damage. Not the case here. Beautiful, classy and just plain PURDY...only this bunch would understand and appreciate that :). Super quality...what a sweet change from so much crap out there today. How it splits wood: Most of the logs I split were in the 12 to 14 inch diameter range and 16-18 inches long. Just don't want to handle the bigger stuff anymore. Non bearing mulberry with and w/out knots...easy to split; Juniper...easy; Pecan...easy; Live Oak...difficult. Stalled out on trying to run the log down the middle, however, this was not a problem. Made a slice about 2 1/2 to 3 inches in and it split it easily, then I was able to split the log straight down the center.

    This splitter is something I would buy again in a heart beat. It's just what I have needed. I know it cost a little more than some, but to me it is well worth the extra money. If you spread out the couple of hundred bucks more over the many years this splitter will last you, it's more than worth the difference, at least to me. One more thing...I bought the table to mount it on and the log tray that goes on the front to catch the logs after they are split. Priceless. Saves a lot of hassle and back pain for us older folks. If you are interested in splitting the really BIG stuff, get a big gas splitter. This unit is not made for that. However, if you want a splitter for splitting the kind of woods and sizes I have discussed above...the 6 ton DR is the one for you.

    Stickburner

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  2. paulie

    paulie New Member

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    yea, nice review, I am expecting a 5 ton DR by the weekend, I haven't heard anything negitive about them really. I think it's going to great for what I do. So, you like the table? worth the money? I did get the tray. glad to here you are happy with it. thank's for the good review!
  3. wahoowad

    wahoowad Minister of Fire

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    I believe the poor packing was on the Northern Tool splitter. My Ryobi was well packed.

    Congrats on your new splitter!
  4. johnnywarm

    johnnywarm Minister of Fire

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    Sweet review stick burner. Can you tell me how high the bed of the splitter is when mounted on the table??

    Thanks again john
  5. stick burner

    stick burner New Member

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    Hello Johnny Boy,
    The bed of the splitter (where the log sits) when mounted on the table is about 34 inches from the ground. The log tray is about the same. To the top of the operating handle is about 36 inches from the ground. If you're about 6 ft. tall, this is just right. Might add that the log tray is made with a heavier guage steel and is quality. It will hold up to anything you will split and not bend.

    Stickburner
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    stick burner New Member

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    Sorry about that ...damn sure don't want to discredit a company doing their job right.

    Stickurner
  7. johnnywarm

    johnnywarm Minister of Fire

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    Thank you. It looks nice stout.

    JW.
  8. stick burner

    stick burner New Member

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    Ya know, I got to looking at the piece of Live Oak that gave the little splitter trouble ( I smelled a rat) and guess what....there was a narley black looking knot in the center of the log about 4 inchs in and towards the end I was splitting. You couldn't see it. Huh...split another piece of oak ( it had no hidden knots) and didn't have a problem.

    Stickburner
  9. Elderthewelder

    Elderthewelder Minister of Fire

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    I just pulled the trigger on the DR 6 ton, they are on sale right now and also free shipping. I also added the table and tray ( they charged shipping on those however)

    Like was stated before, I know cheaper electric splitters can be bought elsewhere, but am banking on the DR name for quality/reliability, time will till

    here is a $10 off coupon code if anyone else is planning to order one, works on either model
    add coupon code 52034B during check out
  10. johnnywarm

    johnnywarm Minister of Fire

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    Thank you!!!
  11. tbl01

    tbl01 New Member

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    I just ordered the DR 5 ton and tray unit today. Shipped out today as well.

    thanks for the coupon code!!!

    Really cant beat the 6 month trial. If you dont like it they will take it back and pay for shipping back to warehouse. Full refund.
    From the posts I have read it looks like a keeper.

    Ill have a review once i have some mileage on the splitter.
  12. johnnywarm

    johnnywarm Minister of Fire

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    Happy New Year
  13. paulie

    paulie New Member

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    So Greg, you did go with the Dr....good choice, don't think you will regret it, did you get the table and wood tray?
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    tbl01 New Member

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    Wood Wacker thanks for the info. Went with the 5 ton, and the tray no table. Will see how it goes. I can always order the table. how long did shipping take to get

    Nice looking Sheperd.. My brother has one that is gigantic. I think it weighs 110 lbs. purebred champion lines.
  15. Elderthewelder

    Elderthewelder Minister of Fire

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    Well I got my DR 6 ton on Friday, The table and tray have yet to ship b/c the tray's are on back order and they want to ship both at same time.

    Anyway, unpacked the assembled the splitter, assembly consists of attaching the hyd control handle and installing the wheels. My only gripe on this is that the two bolts that hold the wheels in place are plastic!! WTF is up with that.

    Went and used it today for 2 hours splitting a bunch of oak that I scrounged last summer, man I had forgotten how heavy that stuff was. for the most part it split everything with relative ease, even the stuff with a knot here and there, there were a couple pieces that had multiple knots, where big branch's were cut off and the rounds exceeded the 16" diameter that the splitter is rated for, I did manage to get this stuff split by applying hyd pressure, backing off, rotate round, apply hyd , back off, rotate round, repeat, repeat

    I guess overall I am satisfied with the splitter thus far, as it eventually split everything I threw at it, and alot of the rounds were 20"-25" dia x 16 to 18" in length. I figure this oak I have is going to be the hardest stuff I come across in my area, unless I score some Madrona.

    I still have quite a big pile of the oak rounds to split in the coming week, I will let you know how it goes
  16. johnnywarm

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    Sounds great elder.
  17. tbl01

    tbl01 New Member

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    Well, I am not having the same luck as other owners. My first 5 ton Dr came here two weeks ago with heavy damage due to shipping. :(

    Second was received this past week with about half the damage as the first, and this unit would not work. Nada. Mostly cosmetic damage, but none the less....

    I too am not happy about the plastic set screws. If the third one lands at my house damaged and not working Im out, and will be looking at the ramsplitter.

    I will say the customer service has been first class and very responsive. the are shipping out the next unit via truck freight and express .

    We shall see what this week has in store for ups shipping.
  18. Elderthewelder

    Elderthewelder Minister of Fire

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    WOW, I am sorry to hear that. Your splitters only traveled from VT to NY and they both were damaged, that's not right.

    My splitter traveled 3k miles from VT to Seattle using ABF trucking, I picked it up at the trucking terminal in Everett myself, ironically there was another 6 ton sitting right next to mine, they both looked just fine
  19. mikeyny

    mikeyny Feeling the Heat

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    2 yrs ago I bought a Chinese nockoff. 6 ton I think. Its ok but doesn't compare with the DR. I manage to split most everything if I work it around the log a bit. One thing is for sure, Don't leave in an unheated space. Cold hydro fluid is trouble.
    MIke
  20. foxhunter

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    new here, have a couple questions.
    what advantage does the 6 ton 2 speed pump have over the 5 ton 1 speed?
    how does the dr compare to the iron hourse 6 ton splitter? where can you buy a iron horse? there isn't any advertised on the net, is this a stores private brand on the east coast?
  21. sixminus1

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    DR 5-ton splitter just got delivered yesterday. It arrived with the box in pretty bad shape, but without any damage to the unit itself (I'm at the NJ shore). The instructions say to keep the box and half-pallet in case you need to return it, but, that won't be possible given how the box looks. If I need to return it, I'm sure DR will be able to compromise on not having the original package.

    UPS shipped the unit quickly (ordered it on Thurs Jan 10), the delivery guy helped me carry it into the basement (it weighs about 130lbs), and even hung around for a few minutes while I inspected the condition of the unit.

    As others have mentioned, I'm not thrilled with the plastic bolts to hold the wheels on, but the wheels have metal axles -- the plastic bolts are just to keep them in place. I think I can find a way to put some lock washers or cotter pins onto the wheel axles if the plastic bolts happen to break.

    So far, I've only split about a dozen logs, but it works just fine. Also mentioned by others -- it gets held up on especially knotty or mis-shapen pieces, but re-seating the log and trying again works just fine.

    Overall construction is heavier than the Ryobi 3-ton (which I would have bought if my HD had it in stock). Total price was $500.

    I think this will be a great unit for splitting 2 or 3 cords per season, if you take your time and remember that it's not a Super Split.
  22. johnnywarm

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    Joe did you get the tray?? It looks like a nice Splitter.
  23. sixminus1

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    I didn't get the tray, because $500 was more than I originally wanted to spend. I may try to rig something up that serves a similiar purpose. Some plywood and a couple of 2x4s, and it might work even better than the tray...
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    I've had bad luck with UPS and heavy things.
  25. jtb51b

    jtb51b Feeling the Heat

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    Does this splitter require both hands like the lowes model? I couldn't tell from the online video if the guys right hand was holding a safety switch down.

    Jason
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