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Initial impressions on my new Speeco 28 ton splitter.

Post in 'The Gear' started by MountainStoveGuy, Aug 25, 2007.

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  1. MountainStoveGuy

    MountainStoveGuy New Member

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    On a very spur of the moment decision, i went out and bought a splitter from a local farm supple store down in the valley. Since there was little to no research done before hand, i had a hard time choosing between there two models. They had a 22 ton, and a 28 ton. The 22 ton was $1149 and the 28 ton was $1499. The 28 ton has a 10.5 brigs and stratton engine to drive it. If you want to check out the specs here is a link . I went with the 28 ton because of my altitude, every time i have bought what i thought i needed i usually need one step bigger. This proved to be the case with this piece of equipment. So far, it has handled every thing i have thrown at it, the return rate is fast, the ergonomics seem well thought out, and there is plently of power. Today, it bogged down for the first time on a wet round that was 34+ inces in diameter and 20 inches long. There was lots of branch nodes in the round, i dont think it would have been possible to split it by hand no matter how many wedges you had. It was a job for the splitter, but it got er done.
    So.. here are the good points,
    Relativly affordable
    lots of power
    very well constructed
    very ergonomic
    can be used in horizontal and verticle orentation

    bad points
    Engine is a pain in the arse to start. takes 6-10 pulls.
    Gas tank is a little small, it will run 1.5-2 hrs worth of splitting
    A bit noiser then the honda engine option would have been, but not bad, no earplugs needed or anything

    Here are the specs for this model.

    Here is the manual

    Model I Beam Cyl return rate
    LS401213 28 tons 6-1/2" x 8" 4-1/2" x 24" Auto-return 2-stage 16 gpm 12 sec Briggs & Stratton10.5 H.P.I/C 655

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  2. rdrcr56

    rdrcr56 New Member

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    Ryan, I bet if you re-jet the carb it would start a lot easier, make more power, less fuel etc. Speeco is located in Golden, maybe they could give you an idea on jetting. When I was racing with the MRA I always had to lean out the carbs a fair amount at the Steamboat races, the bike was really fat on part throttle, starting, out of corners, etc.
  3. MountainStoveGuy

    MountainStoveGuy New Member

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    i think i will call them, thanks! I cant imagine if i had to start that thing in the winter.
  4. JustWood

    JustWood Minister of Fire

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    I've owned several Briggs engines and I discovered if you let the engine idle for a minute or two to cool down before you shut it off it starts alot easier the next time you use it. If that doesnt work I would rejet like rdrcr says.
  5. MountainStoveGuy

    MountainStoveGuy New Member

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    awesome tip, thanks LEES.
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    Ryan,
    Along with re-jetting the carb, ask them if a hotter spark plug would help. My cabin is at 8000 ft. Re-jetting the carb and putting in a hotter spark plug made
    ALL the difference in the world on my atv as far as improving the starting....starts on a dime now. It also gave it a bit more power. I noticed the improved starting the most. It had more than enough power anyway. Don't know why that wouldn't apply to a splitter with a big gas engine.

    Stickburner
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