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I Bought Him the Ryobi!!

Post in 'The Gear' started by CountryGal, Dec 24, 2006.

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  1. CountryGal

    CountryGal Feeling the Heat

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    My SIL is putting it together and I'll be giving it to him tomorrow evening at my daughter and SIL's house. I hope he likes it! I plan on showing him the videos that were linked here so he can see how it works before we try it out. I'm so excited!

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  2. DonCT

    DonCT Minister of Fire

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    NICE!!!! They Ryobi's are taking over the country!!!!!

    I can GUARANTEE he will love it!!!!
  3. CountryGal

    CountryGal Feeling the Heat

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    Don, I will warn him to watch his feet; some of those logs come off fast/right at the feet. Anything else I need to tell him?
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    DonCT Minister of Fire

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    Tell him to make sure he opens the bleed screw before running the splitter. I forgot to do that once and thought the thing was broken :red:

    Now I just leave it open, since I don't move it around.

    Other than that, it's a pretty easy machine to operate and should function well :)
  5. johnsopi

    johnsopi Minister of Fire

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    I just got one yesterday. It is much easier with 2 people. I had my 6yr and 9 yrd old working the controls while I put the wood on. Most of my wood is sweet gum so you have to work the logs. Without help I can only splitt 1 out of 4 logs. With help I can splitt 80% of the wood.
  6. CountryGal

    CountryGal Feeling the Heat

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    We buy our wood already split from a local guy here. I want it for splitting the splits even more into kindling/smaller splits. Hubby sliced off the right side/tip of his digit finger on his right hand using a mandolin to slice onions about 3 weeks ago. I don't want him using a hatchet any more for kindling so I thought this would be a perfect gift and will even pay for itself ($50.00 per ER co-pay), not to mention loss of any more body parts. LOL! I tease him but love him bunches! Thus, I would never buy him a chainsaw. :coolgrin:
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    rdrcr56 New Member

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    One other thing you might want to remember is if you use a 4x4 ahead of the ram when splitting short logs dont operate the splitter from behind[ in-line with the ram], I was doing this and the 4x4 shot out backwards, hit me in the nose and mouth. Still have all my teeth but one busted lip and a nice gash on the nose.
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    wahoowad Minister of Fire

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    I too have had a log or two shoot out of my Ryobi at an alarming rate of speed. Also had a few logs split so suddenly it threw the splits and small shards really fast. At 4 tons it has the power to split most everything (for me) but I think a log only under 4 tons of compression can occaisionally jump out. Usually it was a crotch or really tough log and shot out at an angle. I know a more powerful gas splitter has dangers too - so operating this smaller one doesn't change your perspective to know how it works, know it's nuances, know it's limits and just remain alert. 4 tons of pressure is still a lot of working pressure for a hand tool.

    I originally was going to rewire the switch so I could operate it with just one control, but having both hands down and out of the way probably saved them from being hit by flying wood.

    I always wear gloves and eyewear. Always.
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    johnsopi Minister of Fire

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    The 1st time I used the splitter I was some what disappointed. Today was the 2nd time using it, this time with help. I am now happy with it. With me holding the wood and the boys running the controls I was able to splitt easier then with the maul on The Sweetgum. Now with Polur I use the maul, I did a truck load in no time.
    But thats a fun wood to splitt." Hey kids watch daddy splitt this this log"
  10. CountryGal

    CountryGal Feeling the Heat

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    Well, he is thrilled with the log splitter! He never expected it so that makes it even better! Can't wait to use it; he has to get new safety glasses first.
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    johnsopi Minister of Fire

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    Capped boots are a big plus too. There are a lot of bumps and brusies in the whole wood stacking thing. There a lot of hand/foot pinching/crushing injuries too be had.
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