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Log splitters - log length?

Post in 'The Wood Shed' started by SEP555, Oct 2, 2008.

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  1. SEP555

    SEP555 New Member

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    Looking at some log splitters say max length is 60cm. If I've got a log that is too long to fit it in, can i hold it sideways to split the log in two smaller parts so it can be put in its proper place to be split?

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  2. InTheRockies

    InTheRockies New Member

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    I wouldn't try that--you'll most likely be injured. If you're buying or renting a log splitter, then rent a chainsaw, too. That's the right tool to use to cut long logs to length.
  3. Adios Pantalones

    Adios Pantalones Minister of Fire

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    My splittah is a 2 position and splits 25" logs. I put it in the vertical position and put in 40" logs sideways and it pops them right open (for pine and red oak- straight grained, easy splitting wood). For logs that don't- I run it through the log and keep the piston in that position while I whack the log with the maul. Easy peezy Portuguesee

    I would have a hard time with the splitter in the horizontal position, though I find that the day goes by easier when I'm in the horizontal position.
  4. Jags

    Jags Moderate Moderator Staff Member

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    AP-your splitting with the grain.

    I think the OP wants to use the splitter to "cut" too long of logs into shorter lengths. I have done it, but it was just to test the welds when I was building mine. I sure as heck would NOT recommend it. The 2 pieces can shoot out like being shot from a cannon (at least white oak does), and most splitters will not have the power to do this.
  5. Adios Pantalones

    Adios Pantalones Minister of Fire

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    Oh- gotcha. see the problem is that I don't read before I start blabbing :)
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    Jags Moderate Moderator Staff Member

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    I think your problem is that you don't read before........oh, never mind. ;-P
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