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Electric Splitter Recommendations

Post in 'The Gear' started by xman23, Apr 14, 2013.

  1. xman23

    xman23 Minister of Fire

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    I have been asked to recommend an electric splitter for for a friend. I don't know much about them, but have seen some here say they work, I assume they are limited to small stuff which will be perfect. He cooks in a backyard wood oven and the splits he uses are small.
    Anyone using one they like, or one they don't like?

    Thanks

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  2. bogydave

    bogydave Minister of Fire

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    Electric "Ramsplitter"
    THink the operator on the vid needs a table &/or move the cord.

  3. Lakeside

    Lakeside Burning Hunk

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    How many cord a year will he need to process ?
    What's price range is he at ?
  4. bogydave

    bogydave Minister of Fire

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    H16-4 16Ton Horizontal with 1.5 HP Electric 1400.00
    HV16-4 16Ton Horizontal Vertical with 1.5 HP Electric 1525.00
    Price list
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    paul bunion Minister of Fire

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    I have one of those Ram Splitters on order. I'm hoping that it is capable. Week from today I'll be happy to tell you how it works. But for a backyard oven and not cordwood heating use it sounds like he'd be more interested in one of the smaller ones on the market. The Ram Splitter is not inexpensive, price is not its selling point.
  9. xman23

    xman23 Minister of Fire

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    Maybe 1/2 a cord or less of resplitting. He's got a wood burning dome pizza oven. I would say price didn't matter, just looking for good quality. I thought they were all table top 2 ton type splitters, Dave's $1400 electric does look like a lot more than he needs.
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    brian89gp Feeling the Heat

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    Can you report back on noise levels? Its hard to tell from video's.
  11. MrWhoopee

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    Still using and loving my 5 ton Homelite (also sold as Ryobi and numerous other brands).

    http://www.homedepot.com/p/Homelite-5-Ton-Electric-Log-Splitter-UT49103/202019865

    By no means is it limited to small stuff. I've split 28 in. diameter oak
    Big split.jpg

    and Doug fir up to 33 in., routinely splitting stuff in the 18 to 20 in. range. I share it with a friend, we each burn about 5 cords/year, in our 5th year now.

    The model sold at HF is a two-speed rated at 7-tons. The details of the motor and cylinder show that it is the same basic unit as the others.

    At $300 from Home-Depot (potentially less from others), I cannot say enough good about these units. I will buy another when (if) this one finally quits.
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    Biggest issue on electric vs. gas is likely in speed. Electric is quite a bit slower in action. (The 'ordinary' electrics that is - no idea about the 'Ramsplitter').

    I'd say a small electric splitter would fit his bill nicely - I've got a 2 ton one in the basement I use for re-splitting all winter. It's great.
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    A lot of the 4,5 ton units are power out spring return, some require 2 hands to operate one to hold power switch on and one on the valve ( inconvenient) might want to be aware of that. not sure what the return is on the 7 or so ton units. After that its just swapping out electric for gas. I never looked at the motor rpm on my little electric. Gas eng. is close to 3000 wide open and standard ac electric motor rpms are 900, 1725 ,and 3600 give or take a bit. They also can be wound for all sorts of rpms inbetween. I would hazard a guess that mine is wired the way it is because there is no separate hydraulic tank just what is in the pump,line,cylinder so continuous running might cause a heat build up issue.

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