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Hybrid Splitter

Post in 'The Gear' started by Funk Brother, Jun 29, 2008.

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  1. Funk Brother

    Funk Brother Member

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    It's time for me to quit borrowing a splitter and buy my own. Since I live in town, I keep going back and forth between using gas or electric as the power source. Gas for the power and portability, electric for the neighbor's peace. Yesterday I found out that if I had an extra four grand, I could have the best of both worlds. (Uh, not gonna happen). But it's fun to look at: http://www.arboristsite.com/showthread.php?t=66167 (By the way, I don't have any connection with either the owner or the fabricator).

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  2. Poult

    Poult Member

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    Ah, toys. :) My splitter goes on my Bobcat skid steer, so I can take it down to the swamp and split there to leave the mess. I can see where electric would be nice if you had neighbors you have to keep happy, though.

    Poult
  3. crazy_dan

    crazy_dan New Member

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    The gas motor for when you don't :) lol
  4. savageactor7

    savageactor7 Minister of Fire

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    If you're really concerned about the noise you could box the motor with 2" foam blocks. Personally I think there's more bang for the buck with a gas splitter, In OH you'll be running into a lot of cherry...that's a hard wood.
  5. Redox

    Redox Minister of Fire

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    You might want to check out the Ramsplitter. I bought the 20 ton with the 3 hp electric motor and am very happy with it. I'm sure they would sell you the gas engine and pieces to convert it in under an hour. I suspect this combo would cost about half what that baby would cost.

    Chris
  6. fossil

    fossil Accidental Moderator Staff Member

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    I'm saving up for one of those, but I'm gonna order mine with both the solar and wind power options as well. Rick
  7. sapratt

    sapratt Feeling the Heat

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    Not sure about noise but I can't imagine a gas splitter being louder than a lawn mower engine. But I don't know I do it the old fashion way.
  8. Jags

    Jags Moderate Moderator Staff Member

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    I keep hearing the concerns with log splitters and neighbors. I keep asking myself "how do they mow their lawns"? Why is that acceptable and not a 5 to 8 hp log splitter? Hmmm...just wondering.
  9. Redox

    Redox Minister of Fire

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    Since I typically only split wood on a few weekends a year, the neighbors weren' really the concern. I was more concerned about MY hearing as the "Crusher" NEEDED hearing protection when it was running. The other considerations were not ever having to run out for gasoline, zero fumes and much cheaper operation. I figure mine at less than 50 cents an hour.

    Chris
  10. Gator eye

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    Be careful....that's a good way to over heat and burn up a engine.
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