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Post in 'The Hearth Room - Wood Stoves and Fireplaces' started by WarmGuy, Jan 30, 2006.

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  1. WarmGuy

    WarmGuy Feeling the Heat

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  2. Mike Wilson

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    Screw that... try this :coolgrin:

    Mike's 27 ton splitter

    (seriously though, a manual splitter is a beast if you are splitting any large quantity of wood, I've tried.)

    -- Mike

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  3. Eric Johnson

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    My manual splitter weighs 8 pounds and is attached to a wooden handle.
  4. carpniels

    carpniels Minister of Fire

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    HI Eric,

    Mine is 3 pounds and attached to a plastic handle!!!

    Carpniels

    PS. Do all mauls have a straight handle? I was looking at one in a local store and the fiberglass handle was straight (without the lip at the end of the handle). I am afraid that if I buy one and start swinging that I will get tired soon. And when I get tired, I cannot hold on to a straight handle well. I love the lip at the bottom of my current axe, since it prevent the axe from slipping out of my hand when I don't grip it tight enough (like when I am getting tired). What does yours have?
  5. scfa99

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    Wrap some duck tape on the end, ala a hockey stick.
  6. Eric Johnson

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    Hey Carpniels,

    I've got both kinds, actually. My 8-pounder takes a sledge hammer handle, so the hole in the maul head is round (more or less) and the handle is straight.

    Some heavy mauls take a beefed-up straight axe handle. I have an eight-pounder like that.

    My 6-pound maul just takes a regular, curved axe handle. Sounds like that's what you've got.

    It really depends on the hole in the maul head and how heavy it is. If you try to put a conventional wooden axe handle on an 8-pound maul, it won't last very long. The same handle on a six-pounder will last a good long time.

    Used to be you could get factory reject handles at the Boonville show for $2.50 each. I guess the guy who supplied them died, so no more cheap handles.
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    Mike
    How do you like you Troybilt splitter.Have you run into any thing it wll not split......TC
  8. Mike Wilson

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    TC

    Nothing, and I mean literally nothing, has stopped this splitter. I have used it to split stumps of Elm that I had to bear-hug onto the splitter, and they split. Mind you, I was hiding behind the splitter when I did this, because I have had this thing split rounds and blow both halves across the driveway. Scarey as hell. Its taken 3 foot rounds of Locust, and made nice splits out of them. Knots are not a problem. I am completely amazed. I was cautious at first, but after a few days I just hid behind the splitter and let the hydraulics take care of things. As for the rest of it, the splitter has a Honda 5.5HP motor, is well built, and legally trailerable. Plus, I have received at least a few hundred dollars in free beer just by lending it to friends.

    I tried the manual splitters, and yeah, they work, kinda. But when I had a couple of cord to split, and didn't want to bust my a$$, this was the way to go. Not cheap, but tons of fun!

    -- Mike
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    and free beer, niceeeeeee!
  10. SeanD

    SeanD New Member

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    I have the same splitter. Love it. While it is technically trailerable, I am very cautious about towing it. There is no axle. The wheels are welded to the hydraulic fluid reservoir. Run over a couple potholes and you'll be leaving a trail of hydraulic fluid.
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