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Picked up a splitter

Post in 'The Gear' started by mudr, Oct 7, 2013.

  1. mudr

    mudr Member

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    I have enjoyed (to a certain extent) splitting my firewood by hand, it's a nice workout, I get to be outside, and get to feel all manly. However, with a 21 month old and both the wife and I working full time, I ain't got the time to get ahead as I'm planning. I'm set for this year, but starting up next years wood now. I was toying with the idea of building a splitter, I've got access to the shop/tools/knowledge, but don't have the parts laying around, it would have added up. Literally 1 hr after I decided to buy rather than build, a Huskee 22 ton popped up on Craigslist. The thing is in excellent condition, a few marks from errant logs, but really good. Heck, most of the paint was still on the wedge. The posting initially said $725 which I wasn't too crazy with, but it changed a few hours later to $650. Then it changed to $625 over the phone saturday night! The guy pulled the add after I talked to him because "my phone wouldn't stop ringing". Got to his place at 9 am Sunday and took her home! :)

    I guess I'm the most stereotypical/run of the mill firewood cutter in my area. Got the extremely common Huskee 22 ton, and the extremely common Stihl 290. My stove is rather obscure though. It's an "Englander", model "NC 30".;)
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  2. TreePointer

    TreePointer Minister of Fire

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    Congrats on the splitter! Decent used splitters rarely pop up around here, and you got a good one at the right price.

    If you haven't already done so, go over the engine mounting bolts and tighten anything that's loose.
    Make sure the hose clamp on the return line is snug but not cutting into the hose.
    Check the hydraulic fluid level and quality of fluid. If it's dirty or milky (sign of water), change it; if not, leave it.
    On all used machines I change the engine oil because i have no idea what the previous owner had in it.

    If you need the manual, you can download one from the splitter's page at TractorSupply.com (click on the "More Information" tab).

    Direct link:
    http://www.tractorsupply.com/ProdContentPDFs/1032822_Man1.pdf
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  3. mudr

    mudr Member

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    Thanks. Yes, I thought it was the right price as well. Checked both oils before I paid: both very clean/new/recently changed. No leaks at the hoses. I didn't think about the mounting bolts, will look over. The guy gave me a hard copy of the manual when I picked it up, but I had already viewed the pdf. :)
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  4. bioman

    bioman Burning Hunk

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    I bet that NC30 will burn all the wood you can split. good buy on the splitter . enjoy !
  5. Backwoods Savage

    Backwoods Savage Minister of Fire

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    Does that also make me stereotypical? I have a 290 but the splitter is a 20 ton MTD. Basically the same as the Huskee 22 ton.
  6. fossil

    fossil Accidental Moderator Staff Member

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    Wow, what do you and the 21 month old do? :rolleyes:
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  7. mudr

    mudr Member

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    I work in ecological research and my son is a QC tester for diapers. Lol. The wife is lower management in a construction company.

    Man. Typos.all.over in my initial post. I was in a hurry because I had a 5 min block of free time...
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  8. toddnic

    toddnic Feeling the Heat

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    Great score:cool: This will definitely make the work easier. I like to split some by hand but their is nothing like dealing with those difficult logs with a hydraulic splitter. Have fun!

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