1. Welcome Hearth.com Guests and Visitors - Please enjoy our forums!
    Hearth.com GOLD Sponsors who help bring the site content to you:
    Hearthstone Soapstone and Cast-Iron stoves( Wood, Gas or Pellet Stoves and Inserts)
    Caluwe - Passion for Fire and Water ( Pellet and Wood Hydronic and Space Heating)

wood splitter for pine

Post in 'The Gear' started by bfunk13, Jan 22, 2011.

  1. bfunk13

    bfunk13 Minister of Fire

    Joined:
    Sep 11, 2008
    Messages:
    749
    Loc:
    Wyoming
    I am in the market for a new splitter.
    For years i used a friends home made splitter that works great after you get it tuned up and running every summer.
    In our area all we have is pine so i am looking for recommendations on splitter size.
    Will a 13 ton do the job? A 20 ton? I dont see me getting any hardwood so i imagine the smaller tonnage would be ok.
    I definitely dont want just good enough but probably dont need a 35 ton. Thanks for any suggestions!

    Helpful Sponsor Ads!





  2. begreen

    begreen Mooderator Staff Member

    Joined:
    Nov 18, 2005
    Messages:
    46,612
    Loc:
    South Puget Sound, WA
    Pine is easy to split, but full of knots, which require a bit more umph. How large are your rounds and what length are you splitting. A decent 20 ton unit will cover most everything. We were splitting huge rounds of fir with it last summer and it only balked on a couple big knot pieces. Instead of extra power, go for quality in the motor, hydraulics and overall construction.
  3. RNLA

    RNLA Minister of Fire

    Joined:
    Sep 18, 2010
    Messages:
    762
    I fully agree, The overall quality. The 20-25 ton area is what you want, then you cover most everything you want to deal with. I have a 34 ton Iron & Oak brand and it is actually a bit over kill for me and I do this more than most people. I run into some huge wood and the splitter does not care.... Lots of power with 11 gpm. pump, 13hp motor...
  4. bfunk13

    bfunk13 Minister of Fire

    Joined:
    Sep 11, 2008
    Messages:
    749
    Loc:
    Wyoming
    Thanks for the replies.
    My stove takes about a 18" piece so i try to cut real close to that.
    As far as rounds, i have cut some 36 inchers before. But average size would be 12" to 20" or so.
    I usually cut all wood early and let season outdoors for a couple months. Then split and season again. I split the 36 inchers with my friends splitter with no problem,
    split in half them eat away with smaller chunks. Like i said its a home made unit so not sure of what ton it might be. I have welded for over 20 years and looked into building my own, i am finding it costs just as much to build one as it does to buy one. I would definitely go with a quality tool, any brands or models to stay away from? Thanks!
  5. ROBERT F

    ROBERT F Minister of Fire

    Joined:
    Sep 2, 2009
    Messages:
    547
    Loc:
    CENTRAL COLORADO
    If your splitting a lot of strait grained pine (not knotty and wind twisted) a wedge with a wider/faster taper works well. a thin knife like wedge handles the knots real well, but requires more travle to get the strait grained peices apart. Ya cant go wrong with the honda powered 22 ton huskee/speeco splitter. the wedge is a little thin and making it wider is a pain due to the beam style and the log kickers at the ram end. Being that you have welding experience, you will probably find many piss poor welds on the beam. I know I did. but I ran 20+ cords thru one this year with no problems.
  6. bogydave

    bogydave Minister of Fire

    Joined:
    Dec 4, 2009
    Messages:
    8,426
    Loc:
    So Cent ALASKA
    13 ton should do the job well.
    Maybe post the specs of the borrowed splitter, some guys here can figure out the splitting force
    Ram size, pump gpm & pressure etc.
    Travel time on a 13 may be faster than a 22-25 & burn less fuel.
  7. thinkxingu

    thinkxingu Minister of Fire

    Joined:
    Jun 3, 2007
    Messages:
    1,075
    Loc:
    S.NH
    The pine here (NH) splits if I look at it the wrong way. There wasn't a single piece, including knotty pieces, that my 5-ton electric ever had an issue with. Especially if the wood is the least bit dry.

    S
  8. Naandme

    Naandme New Member

    Joined:
    Jan 16, 2011
    Messages:
    148
    Loc:
    Eaton, Indiana
    A 20 ton would handle about any of your pine, But back to the building I built a nice spliter that figures out to be around 30 ton. I built it for at least half of what I could have bought it for. It took some scourging for the steel and found a 5" cylinder for free from a farmer, had a horz. shaft motor B&S 10hp already so big cost was pump 16gpm 229.00 for that at tractor supply plus mounting. made it to be vertical or horz. on a old boat trailer that I reworked. After some hoses, love joy coup. and welding and assembly I have under 500$ in it and it works like a champ. Just alot of fab work and welding but it is rewarding to build it yourself.
    P.S. By the way steel came from scrap yard at .12 a pound when I bought it, I beam plus misc. steel.
  9. Backwoods Savage

    Backwoods Savage Minister of Fire

    Joined:
    Feb 14, 2007
    Messages:
    27,816
    Loc:
    Michigan
    I fully agree! Our little 20 ton MTD has split many dozens of cord of wood; some easy to split and a lot that split hard and yes, we've even split pine (mostly scotch). It has a cheap 5 hp Briggs & Stratton engine too. So far with well over 100 cord of wood split they only problem we've had is that we now have to add a little bit of oil to the engine. Zero problems otherwise.
  10. bfunk13

    bfunk13 Minister of Fire

    Joined:
    Sep 11, 2008
    Messages:
    749
    Loc:
    Wyoming
    Thanks fellas!
    I will do the figuring again on building my own, my Dad has tons of scrap and new steel.
    Maybe i could save a few bucks and do it myself. If i do i will definitely post pics.
  11. jlove1974

    jlove1974 Member

    Joined:
    Dec 8, 2010
    Messages:
    245
    Loc:
    Piedmont of NC
    the hydraulics alone will cost you half of a 22-ton Huskee splitter, made in the US and sold at Tractor Supply

Share This Page