picked up a log splitter

perry Posted By perry, Jan 27, 2013 at 8:23 PM

  1. basod

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    Is there a stop block on the beam? That's a short stroke for such a big cylinder - unless there is an internal relief???
    The slow stroke on return is probably leakby in the spool, pressure going to the return along with the cylinder fluid, or the line is connected to a smaller port
     
  2. perry

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    still looking into the return . may be restricted for a reason so the load dont come down too fast,like on a dump truck or something. have to check lines or maybe the valve body has plugged port or a restrictor. may switch lines so it splits slow and returns fast. we'll see . just glad its working :)
     
  3. f3cbboy

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    you got a great deal. I would fix things as they broke. just my opinion. the ram is movin and a little bit of sweat equity. Score.
     
  4. gzecc

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    If you switch the cylinder lines, that will isolate the issue with the slow return. I am by no means an expert, so consult one before doing this.
     
  5. Clarkbug

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    Definitely a slick score, just for the engine alone! Keep up the pics as you get it figured out...
     
  6. triptester

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    If you take the hoses off check the fittings they may appear the same on the outside but one could have a small orifice
     
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  7. Jags

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    Seeing how fast that thing is when pushing, and assuming that it is a single stage pump...don't be surprised if you find out that it is not a power house. Have you checked the pressure that this is running at? I think I would, just to make sure you know what you are dealing with.
     
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  8. perry

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    this thing is a bear to get started when the fluid is cold. the pull start had to go , so i came up with this .

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  9. MasterMech

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    Now you just need some big-azz lights for that starter/genereator to power!
     
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  10. Jags

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    I am a BIG fan of electric start on engines that have a tendency to sit for awhile. Yep, that old delco is just screamin' to be running some lights.
     
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  11. KattWildz

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    A splitter is a splitter, that is a splitter, which is a splitter :) Looks like you got an excellent deal for that antique compared to these newer and much smaller models. Beats using the good ol axe I must say!
     
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  12. perry

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    well i have ran about 5 tanks of gas thru it . the briggs engine sure sings right along . besides the cylinder still leaking the splitter is doing it's job. i switched the lines around and it works better. I bought a smaller cylinder for it, but want to get some wood split before i tear it apart and fabricate a few things on it.
     
  13. gzecc

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    Did you try to take the cylinder a part? I presume you know they are usually servicable. What size (diameter) is the cylinder? What size (diameter)is the ram (rod)?
     
  14. perry

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    the size ? - its a monster ==c 6" cylinder with 2 1/2" rod
    yes ill rebuild this one when i have time. i picked up a NOS cylinder for $100 off craigslist for now . .
     
  15. ScotO

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    I love a good ol' homebuilt splitter.....for a hundred friggin BUCKS?? WOW, did you sleep that night after you bought it??

    Seriously, great deal. Good job on the generator/starter, makes starting that puppy easy, I bet.
    And another vote for a light. Hey, why not rig up a couple of car headlights on an extension cord with a cigarette lighter adapter, and put a cigarette lighter receptacle on that beast somewhere, that'd be perfect for those late nite splitting sessions! I'm thinking about putting an alternator on my splitter for exactly that reason! I split after dark sometimes in the winter, it'd be nice to have some aux lighting around instead of that LED headlamp.....

    I noticed in the video it looked like a little bit of fluid was leaking at the ram, where the packing was (white foam on the ram after it was exended/retracted). Hey, for the money, you could put 400 bucks in that thing and still be in the green.......

    Keep us posted with pics/progress!
     
  16. Butcher

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    Dang Perry, I'm disapointed in you. No duct tape???:)
     
  17. bogydave

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    Nice find.
    You are had & are having fun giving that old best a new & better life. ;)

    Must be some "farm boy" in you,
    you can make anything work :)
     
  18. gzecc

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    Thats a big cylinder. What size did you get for $100?
     
  19. perry

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    4" x 35" long . for $100 i had to grab it up . going cost that much or more to rebuild the big cylinder. if it does not work out good the big boy will go back on.
     
  20. perry

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    you know me too well ==c
     
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  21. perry

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    yep :) , somethings may not be the prettiest fix , but gets the job done. dont like to go to the store for nuthin. grab whats on the shelf or head out back to the scrap pile.
     
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  22. gzecc

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    If you get the original cylinder repaired you can maybe, flip it for the investment you have in the splitter.
    A 6" x 36" x 2.5" cylinder is probably $300 used.
     
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  23. MasterMech

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    Hah!, You what's cheaper and easier? HF 800 watt 2-stroke genny and one of those Halogen work lights on a stand. Get the twin 500 watt setup and swap the bulbs out for 250/300 watt units. Works great and you'll get sleepy before the lights go out. Little genny goes a long time on fuel!

    Should cost about $100-$120 total (get the genny for $80 with coupon/on sale, Light stand is usually $20-$30, Bulbs can be had for $2-3 bucks) and you get to use the lights/genny for other things. Pretty quiet too, good for night stacking!

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  24. nate379

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    I'd rather just have a pull start. I hate having to deal with batteries on everything. My gen set is an 8hp Briggs, around same year as that 11hp. It sat in a shed for over 15 years and fired up with just a few cranks. Ran like poo on the old gas, but that's besides the point!

     
  25. perry

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    only way i could start this in the cold was pull it in the heated garage and spray some gas in the sparkplug hole. dont know how anyone before was pull starting it. electric start was a must . i have a jump box i use or can jump it off the tractor.
     

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