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Tractor Supply Husky Splitters

Post in 'The Gear' started by firecracker_77, May 21, 2013.

  1. firecracker_77

    firecracker_77 Minister of Fire

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    I've come into quite a bit of larger 30 inch + rounds of white and red oak. Will a Husky 22 ton be up to the task? They are $1099 in my area. I would rather not spend a bunch. At some point, I could get a refurbished D.R. kinetic for a little over $2k for the price of some of these larger hydraulic splitters. It's a Supersplit knock-off and would be fast!!!

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  2. NoPaint

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    Mine can easily do what you are saying. I do most of my splitting at near idle so its quiet and the two stage pump coupled with the flathead engine really have the torque for anything. We have mostly oak and locust where I'm at.
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    firecracker_77 Minister of Fire

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    I like that they work vertical. I tried using the wedges today and was successful...but good grief. My body is not that well conditioned for real work like that. Some of these rounds are 150-250 pounds. I can't really do much with them other than roll them into a vertical splitter. Is the cycle time ok with something like this? Either way...it beats a manual split.
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  4. TreePointer

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    Good time to get one. TSC has that model on sale for $999 (May 22 - 27) in my region.
  5. MasterMech

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    Not a kinetic splitter's best game. Why buy two splitters when one fast hydraulic would do quite nicely?

    http://www.ironandoak.com/vhmodels/20tonfc.html

    8 second cycle and they sell for about what you'd pay for the DR. Will do both those big Oak rounds and you can run it horizontal (or vertical!, which is something the DR won't do..... ) to blow through the smaller stuff quickly.

    If speed wasn't a factor, the Huskee 22 ton would do those Oak rounds just fine.
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    IMO,
    Yes. Mine hasn't lost an argument with some real gnarly rounds, yet ;)
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    Kinetic splitter's are cool , and fast but if U R going to deal with big rounds, IMO vertical hydraulic is the way to go, unless U like beating on the big ones,I do not :eek:
    When I upgrade It will most likely be a Husky 22 ,and if need be, U can take it to site ,and do whatcha gotta do :)
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    Not wanting to spread stories, but I read elsewhere that I&O were maybe going by the wayside? Anyone else heard anything about that?
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    Never heard or read that. Interesting, if true; however, I wouldn't hesitate to buy one because they are fine machines.
  10. nate379

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    Something to think about... Most splash lubed engines are designed to be run at around the governed RPM for proper lubrication and cooling. Not to say they will self destruct at idle, but just will result in probably a shorter engine life.
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  11. TreePointer

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    +1

    It's best to run these engines at full throttle.
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    Tractor Supply has them for $999 through Monday as pointed out earlier in the post. I will buy with confidence and thanks for the insight.
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    No worry about cycle time. You'll find that many times you do not have to run the full cycle. Many times you only go into the log a few inches and they pop open. Also when you send the wedge back up, you can quickly form the habit of not letting the wedge go all the way back up. That is wasted time. I'll stop the wedge only an inch or two above where I'll split the next log. Really speeds up the splitting if you are in a hurry, which I am not but still do this by habit. Just trying to find the best way of doing things.

    I saw the TSC ad and I think you are right about it being through Monday. Get 'em while they are hot.
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  14. TreePointer

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    Final assembly is done at TSC, and that can be the weak point with these splitters. Before you leave the store, make sure they filled your hydro tank to at least the minimum and have them start it for you. Put the fuel switch in the closed position before transporting. When you get it home make sure all the engine is bolted tightly to the splitter frame and ensure the hose clamps have been tightened (but not tight enough to cut the hose).
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    Mine ran through 40+ inch pin oak. Which is a nightmare compared to white or red oak, so no worries gettin through it!
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    I found a pic from a couple of months ago.
    mine has a honda engine and I have had it for about 6 years no problems.

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    Great tip on speeding up cycle time.
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    Ok...thanks for the advice.
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    husky 22 ton on sale, best splitter for the money hands down

    ;)
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    Primary focus should be on maintaining 10 fingers and two hands, not cycle time. My 28 ton Husky does cause me to notice wait times very often. There is plenty to do as the wedge resets; roll the log, get a new one, make sure your hands are out of the way....
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    I have the 35 ton. Been working great for about 5 years. Still starts with one pull, unless I am lazy and not slow pull until compression stroke. I've heard the 22 ton can be a pain to start as they only have a primer bulb and no choke. You will be happy with the machine and CONGRATS!!

    Another tip; when splitting up to about 10" - 12" rounds do your first split, reverse the ram, trun round 90 degrees and do your second split. Once you get the hang of it faster split times are to be had.
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    Good point about checking the assembly. had a minor leak after a while. Mine can take a bit to start but once warm no problem for the next few days. Drain was hard to get to. Otherwise solid so far. TSC was great.(see previous huskee threads)
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    I should have read this thread more carefully a few days ago. Started tonight contemplating the 3.5 hr drive to Houlton to get one of these things on sale - come back here for more info & see the sale is over tomorrow. How often/much are they on sale? I need to sharpen up my trigger finger...
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    Call the TSC store before you leave to confirm the price and availability. They may not have any left by the time you arrive. If that's the case, they will put one together for you, but it may take a few days.
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    Oh yes - would definitely do that. I don't mind long drives (my meditating time) - but not doing it for nothing. So yes, this morning they're back to $1099 - any guesses how long before they're at $999 again? New 20T Champions are on sale here right now for the same price (oil extra), but I'm still quite leery of those - even though they do look nice. I think I have my mind set on either Speeco/Husky, or Wallenstein/Surge Master as a good balance between price & quality - depending on what used ones pop up.

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