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Splitting Block Heigth?

Post in 'The Wood Shed' started by Ralphie Boy, Jan 17, 2014.

  1. Ralphie Boy

    Ralphie Boy Minister of Fire

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    I've never used one cause I've always split with a sledge and wedges. I just got an X27 so a block is in order. What should the height of the block be for a guy 5'11"

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  2. fossil

    fossil Accidental Moderator Staff Member

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    Try 16" and see if you like it. If not, try something else.
  3. rwilly

    rwilly New Member

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    Take the fattest round and make that you block.
    I always use a block whether I am using a maul or an axe.

    Altho, I rarely use my axe because it seems everything I bring home requires a maul or sledge/wedge.
  4. Get Wood

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    I like the handle of my X27straight out or parallel with the ground when it hits the wood. For me that is two pallets and my wood is 18". I am 5'11"
  5. Ralphie Boy

    Ralphie Boy Minister of Fire

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    All the dimensions are the same, I think I'll try that. How long do your pallets last under all the pounding?
  6. Firewood Bandit

    Firewood Bandit Feeling the Heat

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    I would think pallets under a round would absorb a lot of energy plus have metal in them.
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  7. Firewood Bandit

    Firewood Bandit Feeling the Heat

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    To OP, just try it on the ground. No reason to pick something up you don't have to.
  8. Get Wood

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    I use hard wood pallets screwed together then a piece of 1/2 inch of plywood screwed to the pallets and a tire screwed to that.

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  9. Get Wood

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    It works good for me. With the tire the blade never hits the pallet, the handle hits the tire first.

    Splitting on the ground dulls the blade, in the tire the wood all stays together.
  10. Firewood Bandit

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    I stand corrected. I had no idea you were dealing with wood that small. In your situation that would work well.:)

    I deal with a lot larger wood than that.

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  11. Makers Mark

    Makers Mark New Member

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    I like the tire idea. That is my next project. Bending over and sitting up again is most of the work.
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    Makers Mark New Member

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    How do you keep from breaking handle with pieces in middle?
  13. STIHLY DAN

    STIHLY DAN Minister of Fire

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    It's the height that works best for YOU. I am 6'2 splitting 20 inch splits. So 18 works for me, of course in the tire. Large rds bigger than 20 dia get 1/4 on the ground then in the tire.
  14. Get Wood

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    I only use the X27 that has a unbreakable handle.
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  15. Scols

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    I whack the outside rounds first, the I aim for the ones on the inside. The handle usually finds the gaps.
  16. STIHLY DAN

    STIHLY DAN Minister of Fire

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    I do this as well, I 1/4 the round to get it to fit in the 20" tire.

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