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How well do manual hydrolic splitters work?

Post in 'The Gear' started by Bezalel, Nov 3, 2006.

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  1. Bezalel

    Bezalel New Member

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    I'm thinking of picking up something like this ...

    10 Ton Hydrolic Splitter

    If this works well, I can go ahead and order the Ryobi 4 Ton Electric Splitter. The Ryobi will be for processing most of my wood, and the manual 10 Ton unit will be for those larger stubborn logs. I am thinly built and can't do much with a 8lbs maul!

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  2. Eric Johnson

    Eric Johnson Mod Emeritus

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    I would buy the Ryobi and see if it splits your toughest wood. I suspect that operating those hand-operated hydraulic splitters get old pretty quick, and you may find that the Ryobi does most, if not all, of your wood.
  3. Roospike

    Roospike New Member

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    Manual hydraulic splitters are painfully slooooooooooooow..................
  4. ourhouse

    ourhouse Minister of Fire

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    They don't work very well. the guy next door has one and he hates it.
  5. elkimmeg

    elkimmeg Guest

    look at it this way when is the last time you used a hand saw to cut a full piece of 3/4" plywood

    cutting the plywood maybe quicker than that manual hydraulic splitter Its a 10 ton jack
  6. Chuck Pearson

    Chuck Pearson Member

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    I have an 8 ton manual splitter. It is fast enough for me but the first jack failed in a few weeks and the replacement failed six months later. After the second one failed I ordered a Japanese jack from a separate source. It was rated at only 5 tons but had a bigger ram than the "8 ton" original (Chinese?) jack. The answer to your question is that a manual splitter works well if you have small quantities or a lot of time but durability could be an issue.
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