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OK.. what tire size do you use?

Post in 'The Gear' started by JimWalshin845, Dec 12, 2007.

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  1. JimWalshin845

    JimWalshin845 New Member

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    Those familiar with maul splitting know this old trick.... now passing it along to others,

    What size tire really works well?

    Just right most of the time... ~ 18"x14" round red oak and split it in less than a minute:
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    Too low a profile?

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    Rimless and 14"?:
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  2. jpl1nh

    jpl1nh Minister of Fire

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    Haven't tried that yet though I'd like to. Great splitter, that's the same one I use and I love it.
  3. JimWalshin845

    JimWalshin845 New Member

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    Great back saver, load up the rounds in a tire on your splitter... wide profile tires work the best.

    We had to re-tire (darn that word keeps popping up) old Betsy... we beat the hell out of her and bought the same maul at Lowes..... gotta love it:
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    The fiberglass handle lasted like a Energizer Bunny.. but the iron maul didn't take the beating as expected.
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    wow thats a great idea man.
  5. Jags

    Jags Moderate Moderator Staff Member

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    I use this. I have big wood.

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    JimWalshin845 New Member

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    Cute.. and appears too much time on your hands too? :roll: :p
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    Jags Moderate Moderator Staff Member

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    Have a sense of humor my friend.

    Cheers!
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    No thanks. I'll stay with my 20 ton splitter and not even have to work up a sweat. I can even sit while splitting.

    btw, that tire trick is an old one but few ever use it. Usually once you learn how to properly use an axe or splitting maul it is just as fast and you don't have to take the time to sit the blocks into the tire or the tire over the blocks.
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    I'm not sure I get it or not, but the tire holds the log you are splitting up on top of the log that you use as a base. It that it??

    Now where did i leave those 6 inch go cart tires????? I got limbs to split! :)
  11. JimWalshin845

    JimWalshin845 New Member

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    That trick is so old you forget how it works. The tire is screwed down to the splitting block. This way when you split the wood doesn't go flying. It is a super time saver and you don't have to break your back picking up the splits.
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    I got rid of my splittin' tires for the Huskee in my sig. Great trade. I even have my little seat from Matco tools that works great. It has wheels on it so I can roll around if the graound is firm enough. Life is great sometimes. Now hopefully I can get some logs delivered this year and start working on a 2 year supply.
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    JimWalshin845 New Member

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    I'm really surprised that you have all those great toys and NOT your own wood supply?.... But it's always nice to have toys!
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    I had my name on the list for logs long b4 I had the toys, I have made more contacts since then. OR Do I get the logs then look at them? What exactly is your point? Maybe to make fun of a noob? Seems you like to poke at people a little, as long as you have fun at other peoples expense I guess that's all that matters.

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    And I'm so old that I'll be darned if I'll try it again. Never did like that method and more than once I went head to head with other fellows; me with a splitting maul only and they with there rubber. Let's just say it was not close and I did not lose.
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    With all being equal... I would take on that bet any day... I love free money! :)
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    Backwoods Savage, I am confused by your side of this discussion. I have been hankering after this tire setup for a while, but never got hubby to do it this year (I did ask) and never did it myself either. It would be especially good this time of year when the ground is covered by lots of snow. Are you saying it is possible with lots of practice to not have the splits fall on the ground when splitting? From a physics standpoint I don't see how, lacking any containment around them, it would be possible to split a piece of wood and have all the pieces still standing on the chopping block. Right now getting the snow off the darn pieces is QUITE annoying. I never split wood in contests, but I do always have to pick up the wood and carry it someplace afterwards, so the tire setup seems ideal to save bending (and brushing snow) all the time. I don't see how more experience would make any difference here or do away with the usefulness of the tire.
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    Marcia.... ssssshhhhhhsssshhh..... please don't tell anyone!!!!....actually I learned this from Kathy, my beautiful Lady. I had been splitting for years (actually decades) on a convential block and picking up the splits off the ground... sometimes once... twice... three times depending upon the size of the rounds.. and then pick them up again to stack them.

    It was passed down to her from a friend and Kathy and a MOD wrote up a Wiki on another wood site with descriptions and photos.

    Originally we just used the tire sitting on the splitting block, the tire did shift around but worked fabulous..... actually we said... This is better than Ice Cream... Sliced bread and S-*&^... ooops! So we screwed a tire down and tried it... WOW...WOW...WOW!!!!

    The next step was to cut the sidewall with some tabs in it and screw it to the outside of the splitting block...... Now we are really talking!

    It doesn't always keep the smaller splits in the tire.. but boy it cuts the percentages really down. I think it is also a handle saver... when you go all the way through a round it softens the blow and lessens vibration through the handle.

    Another thing it really helps with are the smaller rounds... ya know.. the ones that really just don't want to stand up straight (physics... isn't it wonderful?).. well with the tire that little extra support is just that third hand that we always wished we had.

    Baloney skinned tires are free for the taking at most junk yards, garbage dumps and even along the road sides(I bet Backwoods Savage has a couple a dozen on his front lawn ;-P ). We have 3 splitting blocks that we use depending upon the size of the rounds and they are all time savers.

    I'm still waiting for Backwoods Savage to take up the offer of a split-off... me and my baloney skin tire atop the block and him with any maul and splitting block...heck.. he may even just say his axe will do.... but you know how those guys are that just sit down and split their wood..... you wonder how their 'rounds' ever get off the ground? :roll: [​IMG] little seat from Matco tools that works great! :coolhmm:


    I didn't mention it yet but I should.. Kath loves to gather, jack, split (yep.. all 125# of her) and stack wood and we do it as a 'two-gether' project... I am a very fortunate guy! :cheese:
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    i gotta get a tire.
    i got pegged in the knee by a flying split.. right on that little bone poking out above your shin.(maybe thats the top of my shin)
    !?@#! hurts.
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    "but you know how those guys are that just sit down and split their wood..... you wonder how their 'rounds' ever get off the ground? :roll" Why would I pick up a 36 - 48" round I cut the other day? I've got nothing to prove. Work smarter, not harder is always a good maxim to live by.

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    Hmm..and this could get back to the old split on the ground or split on a block debate. I don't mind splitting on the ground and generally do that with big rounds. I do tend to split on a block more than the ground but I use really low one. The main reason I use a block is so my splitting axe doesn't hit rocks or get buried in the ground. Still, gotta try the tire idea sometime.
  22. JimWalshin845

    JimWalshin845 New Member

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    Heck.. nothing like bustin a nut using a 2 foot chain saw, I leave that size in the woods.... I like my chiropractor but certainly not that much!

    Yep... work smarter! :coolmad:
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    The difference between my 18" bar and 24" bar is about .5 pounds. Same power head.
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    Yep... and the power head is 15+ #s alone.

    Work lighter..... work smarter!
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    12.3 Pounds at 4.4 hp. Makes for VERY efficient cutting. Less work than my old saw at 9 pounds. That IS working smarter.
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