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Initial review on Ramsplitter HV-16 Electric (videos)

Post in 'The Gear' started by Bster13, Sep 17, 2013.

  1. Bster13

    Bster13 Minister of Fire

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    Well I purchased a Ramsplitter (http://www.hearth.com/talk/threads/took-the-plunge-elec-ramsplitter-on-the-way.112209/) and finnaly got some time to use it.

    I used it on some large cherry I found that has been the most difficult wood to split for me to date....stringy as all heck. Hate it. Anyway, splitting it by hand forget it (well my hands anyway) and using my old Harbor Freight 7-ton would not of got the job done IMO. But I posted the very first video of my using it (horizontal) after filling her up as well as as some vertical splitting with a very large split (longer than 18in and I split it right down the middle to test the splitter. I normally take splits off the sides and work the round a bit)

    Anyway, so far so good, feel stout. It makes less creaking noises now during the splitting process, perhaps it is getting broken in. And the electric motor has a low hum to it you can talk over. In my video I said you don't need hearing protection, but to be honest I always wear it as I don't want to do any further hearing damage (car stereos as a kid). I'm sure the neighbors appreciate it though with slightly less noise and no fumes! :)

    So far so good...

    Horizontal first split:


    Vertical splitting a tough one:
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  2. jdinspector

    jdinspector Feeling the Heat

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    I had tried to respond to your earlier post about the splitter. I also have had one for about three or four years. I run my own a 10 gauge cord with a 240 V, 30 amp circuit. I have never had a problem tripping the breaker. It does Bog down and some larger wood. Particularly Elm. But I am loving the splitter so far. Congrats.
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  3. Bster13

    Bster13 Minister of Fire

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    Yeah I'm sure I am losing some power with 12 gauge cord and 15a circuit, but it hasn't tripped yet and I'm too lazy to rewire things plus it's gotten through that cruddy cherry. :p
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    Bster13 Minister of Fire

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    Mine sounds exactly the same, it's a bit creaky when splitting but the motor whine is reduced a bit under load. I measured it at 81dB which is where hearing damage begins with long term continuous exposure. Since I can't hear anything over it I wear muffs anyway. But if you step back a few feet you can carry on a conversation. I run it with 100' of 10awg cord on a 20 amp breaker, no problems at all. The motor lead itself is 14awg so I don't think that the draw is going to be a problem, just the loss on a long run adds up.

    I do have to say that you are a lot kinder than I than I think I would have been about the wheels and axles. Good customer service is one thing but sometimes it just shouldn't have made it out of the factory door.
  6. coldkiwi

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    is that a seven in the garage?
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