Silent Splitting

lumbering on Posted By lumbering on, Apr 10, 2013 at 1:23 AM

  1. Ashful

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    From your neighbor's perspective:

    Plastic wedge or deadblow on a steel wedge: several whacks or "thumps" per split.

    Maul or X27: one "swish" per split.
     
  2. lumbering on

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    Right. I was worried the dead blow hammer's casing would be damaged, which is why I was looking at Simplex.

    But I still have the massive trunk rounds to split and may need wedges, and even if I do it on a weekend, I'd like to quiet it down.

    The cost difference between a dump truck of wood for $150 or just one cord of split wood for $200 is too much to not split myself.
     
  3. Bret Chase

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    If I stood in the center of my property and went 100' in any direction.... I'd still be in my yard :D
     
  4. firefighterjake

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    Hmmm . . . I would be in my yard if I went south or north (or might end up in my neighbor's backyard, but he's cool with that as I often pop over there and go up on his back porch to visit) . . . and would be on his property in the east (but he never uses that land) . . . but if I go west I would be in middle of the road . . . fortunately there isn't a lot of traffic. ;)
     
  5. Bret Chase

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    mine is kind of an odd L shape... 2.06 acres.... 305' on one side, 200 or so on the other... with a 40k cutout for my brother's property... and a couple other very small lots...

    ... and my house/shed/barn is over 100' long.... and if you open all the doors.... you can sit on my couch.... and look straight out into the main floor of the barn
     
  6. Ashful

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    I'd still be near the center of my property, but nothing could be of less interest to the OP. ;-p
     
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  7. Bret Chase

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    LOL :D
     
  8. HDRock

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    I don't know if you would like to go with an electric splitter or not but, something you may not be aware of is , with the 5 and 7 ton elect. splitters, the motor does not run continuously, it only runs when U are splitting a piece and cycling it , and even then doesn't make much noise.

    My situation is different ,but I could split around the clock and not bother any one, and I have been out using it until 1 in the morn and never bothered my closest neighbor across the street, I know because I ask them.
     
  9. Shane N

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    The first few sessions you use it, you might find it takes 10 blows to get a split. After a while, you'll start to get more familiar with how to use the tool and it'll only take a swing or two to get a split, all while using less exertion on your part.
     
  10. Flatbedford

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    The first time I read this, I read poop instead of pop!
     
  11. Ashful

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    Ditto that. I think I mentioned it in an earlier post... it will take time to develop technique. It's all about head speed, particularly with a maul as light as the x27. Unfortunately, for any beginner, there's an inverse relationship between head speed and accuracy. However, the OP has been splitting a while with a sledge, so he'll be a quick study.
     
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  12. firefighterjake

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    He's pretty cool . . . if I asked to poop there he would probably let me . . . at least in his bathroom . . . maybe not on his back yard.
     
  13. Ashful

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    I think we can safely say that this is one case where, "pics or it didn't happen," does not apply.
     
  14. Bocefus78

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    If my neighbors bi*ched about that, I would simply get an electric splitter and a banana hammock. Put on the banana hammock, fire up the new ele. splitter, and split wood where EVERYONE can see you. Make sure you bend over ALOT! ;lol One of those beer helmets would also be a good item to wear. I bet they wouldn't be complaining about the noise anymore! ::P No way would I buy $250 worth of hand tools to appease the neighbors.
     
  15. Jags

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    This mental image will torment me for quite some time.
     
  16. Ashful

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    Does yours also have the face of Randy Quaid? "Sh*tter's full!"

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  17. Jags

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    It does now.;sick
     
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