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Post in 'The Gear' started by velvetfoot, Jan 5, 2013.
Needed several little splits for, maybe, burning down coals.
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Mine sits on the breezeway for making those custom splits for the night load. No more "oh chit" runs out in the dark with the maul for that one split that will pack the load while the rest is taking off.. Love that thing.
Id like to have one just for that purpose. Kindling and smaller splits are always in short supply around my house. Especially since I have a big stove in a small house in a mild climate. Im doin a lot of cold starts. Maybe I should look into one. Theres always some fairly cheap ones on CL around here
There's an old-timer up the road and that is all he uses......he sold his big splitter years ago.
I thought about getting one so my wife could partake in some of the splitting festivities while I'm at work....she could work on the small to medium sized rounds during an hour or so in the day. She loves to excersize, so why not give it a shot? If I can find one used or for the right price, I'm going to pull the trigger.
I got the four ton last year off of Amazon when I hurt my shoulder. Paid $260 shipping included. Wish I had done it years ago.
Looks like one can still be had for $260.
Looks like that stand combo at the bottom of the Amazon ad is a good deal too. You could split and slide 'em down a plywood ramp into a trailer.
If you buy both of them the combo price is 269.99. Not a bad deal at all
The little electric splitter in my basement gets the most use of anything else wood-related I have.
Except the boiler, that is.
I'll never be without one.
My craftsman 1,000 watt generator will run a 9 amp skill saw, so may be 2,000 watts to run one of these? Still within the hand-carry portable range.
I have a Homelite(5 ton ?) electric splitter. It kicks A%$, I paid right around $300+ for it. I've used it to split rounds up to around 18" = or -. With the bigger rounds and harder woods, I start by making slabs around the rounds. I'll to take some pictures next time I'm doing some splitting.
I received a 5 ton Speedco for Christmas. It was purchased on sale at Tractor Supply for $179. Over the years I have split a lot of wood because i've been virtually all wood heat since 1979. I was surprisingly impressed with this little splitter. I am sure there are pieces it can't handle, but that little bugger surprised me with what it split.
Got the Speeco 5 ton on sale at TSC $100.00 off a month or so ago.
Stacked a cord that's been in a pile and a few splits were awful big .
Rolling it back into the garage it tipped over in the snow and the control handle snapped off.
I'm gonna need training wheels for it or widen the wheels.
I have this slick little outfit in my workshop (thanks, Bart). My firewood is mostly cut & split for the Lopi in the house...but the little Century in the shop has a much smaller firebox, so requires a bunch of smaller splits. I resplit lots of wood with this guy, in the warm comfort of my workshop, as well as making kindling for either stove when needed. I like my hydraulic splitter just fine...but I absolutely love this thing. Rick
I have one in my garage. I use it every day to re-split stuff and make kindling. I will never be without it, I don't even touch the axe or maul any more. I do have a large gas splitter as well.
I put at least 30 full cord through ours and it finnaly died 5 years later. Not bad for a $120 refurbished splitter if I do say so ! I am seriously considering a new one at this point !
I'm thinking of mounting one on the side if my wood trailer that would slide along the rail. set a small genset on the trailer front and split and load in one motion.
These were all split with my Pow'rKraft 7-ton electric. The wood is red oak, hickory, and locust. No muss, no fuss!
How good is that 7 ton Dan ? My 4 ton finally blew the seals this year and it cost more to fix than buy a new one. I have been eyeballing the Power Kraft splitters !
I love it, what can I say? One vendor rebrands it and sells it with a 1-year warranty. I got it on Amazon for a few bucks more, but with a 2-year warranty. I haven't had any problems with it whatsoever.
The only hard part is getting 20-inch long, 18-inch diameter oak rounds up on it to split. I use a hand truck, though, and when I lay it back, next to the splitter, I can roll the rounds on without lifting them. Once they're split, though, look out! At least one of the two halves is going to roll off the splitter, and you don't want to be under it...
I am off the grid and am wondering how many watts these use? 4Hp? 7Hp?
I think the majority of the 110v units use right at 1500 watts.
The only things on the 15 amp outlet mine is plugged into is a 13 watt CFL. And the CFL dims when I am splitting. I will try to remember to plug the Kill-A-Watt in with it.
That still wouldn't do the surge.
If BroB is running the unit on a 15 amp circuit, the MAX that it can pull is 1650W or the fuse/breaker will blow.
Won't it probably accept a moderate startup surge? If one is off-grid, I imagine everything needs to be scoped out well before taking the plunge.