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Recommend Wood Splitter

Post in 'The Gear' started by marygrze, Jun 19, 2008.

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  1. marygrze

    marygrze New Member

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    okay everyone. i am looking for a wood splitter. a big burly man that will come to my house for free and split wood. you will be paid with compliments about how strong and manly you are. since my husband will also be there, maybe the both of you can compete and chop the wood together. undoubtely, you will win since he has only started learning. i will post pictures on this forum to show everyone your great work--the stacked wood at my house. i will also sing your praises to anyone who will listen. i would prefer a really buff, good looking man. it would also be nice if you took off your shirt while you are splitting the wood.

    okay my second choice is getting that actual wood splitter. something under $300 including shipping. can anyone recommend a model? i would prefer manual or electric (maybe). the one i am leaning towards is: http://www.westcoastminisplitter.com/ the 8 ton one. is it really that easy to use? and could it really have quality to it? or recommend yours. my husband has the ax and wedge thing but he really only just started doing this this year and i want to get something so all the wood can be split and drying soon.

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  2. fossil

    fossil Accidental Moderator Staff Member

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    Mary, you came to the right forum to find all the really buff good looking men...but if it's a machine you're looking for, your question is more appropriately placed on the Gear Forum. You need take no action, I suspect one of the moderators will simply move your post over there. Sit tight. So many splitters, so little time! :lol: Rick
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    Jags Moderate Moderator Staff Member

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    DID SOMEONE CALL???

    I would be right there if it weren't for the fact that you are many states away, well....and I'm not really buff, probably not all that good looking, and you would probably request that I put my shirt back on, and I don't split by hand.....awwww never mind. :down: Hey, I got the big, burly stuff going for me though.
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    fossil Accidental Moderator Staff Member

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    Humor him, Mary, he's a Navy veteran. :lol: Rick
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    Jags Moderate Moderator Staff Member

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    TTThhhhhhppp!

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    fossil Accidental Moderator Staff Member

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    Jags, you got a haircut! Love the new eye shadow, that's definitely your color. :lol: (Hang in there, Mary, it's not always like this...some people here will actually have some meaningful information to offer.) Rick
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    The TSC husky 22ton is all you need
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    fossil Accidental Moderator Staff Member

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    Mary...what kind of wood will you be burning? How big are the rounds you expect to be dealing with? How much wood, terms of cords (4' x 4' x 8', or 128 cubic feet of neatly stacked splits) are you thinking you need on hand for the burning season (i.e.: how much wood are thinking you need to process (split) each year? These are all among the things to factor into your decision. Rick
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    carpniels Minister of Fire

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    HI Guys,

    Why is no one advising her to get a Ryobi electrical splitter? She lives on Long Island, it never gets below 30 there!!! Well maybe, but it is definitely a lot warmer than upstate NY.

    I bet that with a Ryobi and a sledgehammer and a few steel wedges, her husband can handle any tree he can find.

    Carpniels
  11. fossil

    fossil Accidental Moderator Staff Member

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    Sounds to me like you just suggested she look into that as one of her options. I have a way different splitter, beyond her needs, and I've never had the Ryobi electric, so I can't advise. Could be that's just what she needs. Rick
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    hmmm.....big and burly is still really nice....my kind of men. and after this past year, gotta tell you, there's nothing like watching a man split wood... =)
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    fossil Accidental Moderator Staff Member

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    I dunno. Personal perspective, I s'pose. I kinda get a kick out of watching a woman split wood. ;-) Rick
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    what kind of wood...i don't want to alert the really gung ho people on this site with this but...i will be burning everything i can get my hands on. =) i currently have 90% hardwood. i do however plan on burning with that ratio no matter how much soft woods i come across.

    how big are the logs? i currently have ones as large as 22" x 22" or so. and anything bigger will be cut to size.

    i plan on needing 2 cords per season b/c it still just a supplemental heat for me. next year maybe more?

    long island, ny is not super cold. we're like a zone 7. pretty mild winters with maybe 3 snows that exceed 6". i am in a very suburban area and burning wood is not something most people do here. i think between me and this other person, we are the only family in town who do it. no competition for trees that people put out.

    i want a cheap splitter, that will do the 2 cord load or so (everything else split by hand) and one that won't crap out on me in 1 season
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    you know what it is, i have this image of this mountain man in my head from movies....outside behind the cabin with his plaid chit splitting wood with one whack. most men probably don't really look the way he does.

    but i tried to chop wood, i did....but i almost took my toes off. it also didn't help that i was wearing flip flops and swore i could out split my husband. needless to say, it was a lot harder than it looked.
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    Practice, practice, practice....you both will get better at it..ya you got to keep your toes out of the way lol. What ever you do just dont buy one of those big box mart splitting mauls..I went through three of them last summer. Kept cracking the head of the thing....guess maybe they made them for children to use?? :coolgrin:
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    Backroads Feeling the Heat

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    FLIP FLOPS!! You are very...brave we'll call it. I've been splitting wood by hand now for 18 years and I still wear my steel toes everytime! NO, I'm not big and burly either. The trick to splitting wood in my opinion is technique. Like I said, I'm not big and burly but when I get the maul swinging what I lack in size I make up for in speed. As for a recomendation, I use a good stick with a chunk of steel on the end, so my only advice is sometimes you get what you pay for. You have to look at it as an investment, sometimes you need to spend a little more to save more over the long term. Good luck with your searching and let us know how you make out.
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    Adios Pantalones Minister of Fire

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    I have slices in my steel toed boots- mostly from a very sharp limbing axe. Proper footwear- believe it! Even without hitting yourself with steel- you'll have splits falling on your foot and it's pretty unpleasant (I get lots of scrapes on my legs in shorts when I use my hydraulic splitter)

    I don't want to see any life-changing injuries- stay safe.
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