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How to add stroke limiter to log splitter?

Post in 'The Gear' started by crappie cat, Jan 29, 2012.

  1. crappie cat

    crappie cat Member

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    We have a new Gravely 27 ton splitter. Any way to add a stroke limiter?

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  2. JustWood

    JustWood Minister of Fire

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    Piece of appropiate sized channel channel cut to your desired length. Slip down over rod when needed. May have to notch out some corners etc . to fit right. Glue in some old fire hose or inner tube to keep from scratching the rod.
    Metal shops usually have cut offs they sell cheap instead of throwing in the scrap dumpster.
  3. 711mhw

    711mhw Feeling the Heat

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    For the return stoke, I'm guessing. I am asuming that you have a detent in the return position of your valve. Is your valve in such a position that a mechanical "kick out" could be fabricated, activated by the returning wedge that could push a rod or some thing similar to return the valve to neutral?
    If you are thinking of limiting the "split" stroke, nevermind, I just let go of the lever.
  4. bogydave

    bogydave Minister of Fire

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    Can split the right size PVC plastic pipe & clamp it on with a couple hose clamps too.
    (if its the type of valve to trip out on ram return pressure)
    Something easy to remove so when stored, you can retract it all the way so it don't rust.
    The make clip on doughnuts that work also. Saw them somewhere??
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    LLigetfa Minister of Fire

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  7. crappie cat

    crappie cat Member

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    Yes, the return stroke trips on ram pressure.
    Thanks for the replies, lotta good ideas here.
    Like the pin Fire God, does it rattle?
    Now if a pvc / steel pipe were used over the shaft wouldn't that put undue pressure on the ram seal?
  8. LLigetfa

    LLigetfa Minister of Fire

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  10. LLigetfa

    LLigetfa Minister of Fire

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    It does make a clunking sound when it kicks out.
  11. Jags

    Jags Moderate Moderator Staff Member

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    Drill a hole in your I-beam where you want the shuttle to stop, and drop a half inch bolt in it and tighten it down. The return pressure will kick the valve into neutral when the shuttle hits the bolt.
  12. bioman

    bioman Burning Hunk

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    What jags said +1. anything on your ram could damage something !
  13. Brogan007

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    Ditto on what Jags says. Remove the bolt and fully retract ram at end of season. Simple and cheap.

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