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Manual Log Splitter?

Post in 'The Gear' started by Jim Ignatowski, Oct 21, 2012.

  1. Jim Ignatowski

    Jim Ignatowski New Member

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    Does anyone have any suggestions on a good manual hydraulic log splitter? If anyone has had a good experience with one of these, I'd be interested in knowing the manufacturer and model. Thanks in advance.

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  2. Backwoods Savage

    Backwoods Savage Minister of Fire

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    Slow work. Very slow.

    Edit: You could make one using a bottle jack but again, way too slow to be worthwhile.
  3. Shane N

    Shane N Feeling the Heat

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    If you consider your arms to be hydraulic in a way, then I'd suggest a maul.

    :)
  4. EatenByLimestone

    EatenByLimestone Minister of Fire

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    Sledge and wedge will get what the maul doesn't. A few wedges go a long way.

    Matt
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  5. Jim Ignatowski

    Jim Ignatowski New Member

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    pen There are some who call me...mod. Staff Member

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    After watching the guy in the video operate that thing, there's no way I can see that being easier on the back than any other manual method. He looked as though he was in a very awkward position and despite him swinging each arm at a pretty good clip, was taking forever and then some to split that small piece of wood.

    I'd pass.

    With good form, and not getting all crazy and trying to swing an axe at 200%, and pacing the amount of work done at a given time, there is no reason doing it should hurt anyone.

    My father has had back surgery and several vertebrae fused. When swinging appropriately (and not out of his shoes) splitting wood for 45mins to an hour will actually help to loosen him up and make his back feel better.

    Just use an appropriate pace.

    pen
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  7. EatenByLimestone

    EatenByLimestone Minister of Fire

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    You don't have to swing a sledge anywhere near as hard as you do a maul. I pretty much just let it fall. Let the weight on the end of a stick do the work.

    Matt
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  8. MrWhoopee

    MrWhoopee Minister of Fire

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    Get an electric splitter. No gasoline, no fumes, minimal noise, small and light. I seriously doubt that you would be able to split much wood with a manual hydraulic splitter unless you have nothing else to do. I've been using one of these for 4 years (and sharing it with a friend),
    http://www.homedepot.com/h_d1/N-5yc...&keyword=wood splitter electric&storeId=10051

    we each burn about 5 cords/year, it's been a real workhorse. Thinking about buying another so we don't have to haul it back and forth.
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  9. Larry in OK

    Larry in OK Member

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    For the most part I agree with you. My iffy back and torn rotator cuffs in both shoulders and ruptured tendon in the right shoulder and all the scar tissue in the right knee didn't come from splitting wood but they can slow a fellow down some.

    If I'd have know I was gonna live this long I'd have taken better care of myself as a young man.
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    pen There are some who call me...mod. Staff Member

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    Damn, that's a list! A real rough list.

    I'm still of the thinking that manual splitter isn't going to do you a bit of good, and agree with MrWhoopee that an electric splitter would be your best low cost helper.

    pen
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