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Tractor Supply Husky Splitters

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

  1. tekguy

    tekguy Feeling the Heat

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    pretty sure those champions are chinese built........

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  2. maple1

    maple1 Minister of Fire

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    Yes I think so - hence the leeriness...
  3. stephiedoll

    stephiedoll Burning Hunk

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    Seems like they go on sale every 3-4 months. Check with the manager as most are very easy to work with and you may still be able to get the sale price.
  4. firecracker_77

    firecracker_77 Minister of Fire

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    that makes me sad. this country sold out.
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    triptester Feeling the Heat

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    Unfortunately many of the popular consumer model splitters have been switching to import hydraulic components also. US 2-stage pumps have a steel body,import 2-stage pumps usually have a aluminum body. Import valves seldom have a brand name.
  6. MasterMech

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    The material from which the pump body is constructed is irrelevant to the quality of the pump.
  7. triptester

    triptester Feeling the Heat

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    But country of origin may be important to some. Many American brand products are being assembled with chinese components.
  8. firecracker_77

    firecracker_77 Minister of Fire

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    I only care about the fact that this country has offshored it's middle class manufacturing base.
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    firecracker_77 Minister of Fire

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    perot said there would be a sucking sound with offshoring. I guess 20 years later he has been vindicated.
  10. maple1

    maple1 Minister of Fire

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    The splitter I ended up getting is made in Canada - wasn't something I planned but I guess I'll consider it a plus.

    I'm sure there are some offshore bits on it here & there though - although that might not have been as prevalent 5 years ago when it was made.
  11. 6mmbrer

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    I have the Huskee 22 ton. It'll split just about anything that isn't too knotty. The engines are junk though, probably made in China, briggs & stratton. Chinese steels and other metals have ZERO quality control and lousy chemistry. I'm a machinist and when I run in to a problem with steel, it's always chinese. They'll polish cold rolled steel to make it look like it's hardened. Mine went a year before the valves started sticking. I had to remove the head and unstick it. It smokes on startup also. I'm running it until it dies & then going with a honda engine. Got it for 999 on sale. That's all they're worth. Plan on changing out the engine after a few years.
  12. TreePointer

    TreePointer Minister of Fire

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    Briggs & Stratton gets sometimes gets a bad rap, but they have been pretty good to me. I have a 1989 26" WHITE finish mower with a B&S engine that has never given me any trouble through a lot of rough use.. My 35-ton Huskee log splitter has a B&S engine that also has never so much as hiccupped over the past 4 years. While it is louder than a comparable Honda, it always starts and performs just fine. As far as I know, some are still made in North Carolina.

    FWIW, there have been many folks in firewood forums replacing dead splitter engines with Chinese Honda knock-offs with good results--so far.
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  13. Backwoods Savage

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    I have to agree with TreePointer. Our splitter also has the B&S engine. So far in 20 years the repair costs have been $0.00. It is using some oil but still going strong. Had a minor problem with it this spring but fixed it easy enough and no cost except for my labor. Well, maybe a bit of carb cleaner too.
  14. 6mmbrer

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    I agree with the two previous posts that the Briggs & Stratton engines WERE good engines TWENTY YEARS AGO, but not now. Those engines and the B&S engines of today is comparing apples to oranges. A few years ago, I had a B&S mower engine go TU and now the B&S engine on the splitter with a stuck valve after a year. IMHO, B&S motors are nothing more than Home Depot, Lowes throwaways and I will never again buy a piece of machinery with a B&S engine.
  15. MasterMech

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    Keep in mind you guys are for the most part playing with Briggs' entry level toys. They still build decent engines but you don't find them on $1000 splitters. Kinda like saying GM or Ford engines are crap because the engine in your cavalier/escort crapped out. ;)
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  16. maple1

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    I've had numerous B&S engines over the years with no issues with them, aside from one dirty carb.

    My 3 year old JD LA135 ride-on has a B&S twin in it - I like it.
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    teutonicking Feeling the Heat

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    I like mine--it seems to split anything I can move.

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