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Wood Splitters?

Post in 'The Gear' started by Plow Boy, Nov 16, 2012.

  1. HeatsTwice

    HeatsTwice Minister of Fire

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    Wow thats ingenious. I would like to get some close up shots of your mods.

    As a vinyard owner in the California wine country, I've been wondering how I might turn my splitter into a grape press. Doing it by hand takes 4 hours every 1000 pounds.

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  2. WhitePine

    WhitePine Feeling the Heat

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    I dunno. We drink quite a bit of California wine, but Chateau de Speeco just doesn't seem right. ;lol
  3. ozzie88

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    Hello, I think if you could find someone with some fabrication skills and a small weld shop you be all set. Just explane what you need and then make it simple but works good,Dont sound like it be very hard at all.some kind of flat plate with some holes in a box, slide over wedge with pins to hold then smash away, sounds like it be s fun project! I also have a plate I slide on to break tires down,straighton springs and axiles, bend metal at 90* up to 5/8 thick,,heck just can keep going,, I even made a 13feet long beam put on to lift my wood boiler and propane tanks into the house when I built them,see photo,,,,but be carefull,there lots of power there with hyd,s just use your comen sence and make it work

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    Most of the splitters have unsprung axels, makes for a real pain towing on the road as they tend to bounce allover, so If you are looking at a lot of transport might want kep that in mind ( one of the reasons most say nothing over 40mph)
  5. ozzie88

    ozzie88 Member

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    That is true, but they too have those little wheels on them, if you notice I have 15inch tires which I run at 20lbs air to take up bounce it helps alot,can go 50-60ok,i thought abot springs when building this but wasent planing on running all over place with it, I do rent it out now and then,everbody seems happy.
  6. HeatsTwice

    HeatsTwice Minister of Fire

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    Someone should probably start a new thread called: "What else can you use a splitter for?"

    I would start with: There has to be a better way.....

    Most vinyard owners around here are on large peices of land and all sorts of farming equipment. I've noticed that they also burn wood, and have splitters somewhere on the property. There may be a market for a splitter mod which can be used to press grapes.

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  7. HeatsTwice

    HeatsTwice Minister of Fire

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    Yea, pretty funny. Not too off topic I hope, but in the wine country, anyone can make wine (the wine makes itself actually).

    A couple years ago the guy who bought my grapes was a left handed motor cycle mechanic. He entered his wine in the Sonoma County Wine Festival and won 1st place. See the label he used.

    "A rose by any other name would still smell as sweet".

    It gets pretty crazy here when it comes to making wine. Sometimes a big mistake in the making process turns into the latest fad. A little wood chip, with a hint of rust, and "oily smoothness" -as though,..., its from a Speeco - could sell well in the San Francisco culinary market.

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