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  1. JotulOwner

    JotulOwner Feeling the Heat

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    Loc:
    Long Island, New York
    I am in my second season of wood burning. Last season was a real learning curve. I had my stove installed in October and, yes, I bought "seasoned wood" from a local vendor. Needless to say, it was an interesting Winter.

    Anyway, to be on topic, I bought a 5HP electric/hydraulic splitter which, after the second replacement (third unit) turns out to be a decent machine.

    A machine like this obviously has limited capability. Some say to sharpen the wedge. Some say to spray the wedge with Pam cooking spray. I also tried something else which I thought I would share with the other owners of similar splitters.

    With the larger/longer/tougher logs I made a shallow (a couple of inches deep) cut at one end of the log with my chain saw. You may want to make two cuts (+) before splitting. The combination of a sharpened edge on the wedge and the "head start" it gets when the sides of the wedge get into the groove the chainsaw makes in the log really creates an advantage. I can cut larger rounds with no problem.

    Of course, I always recommend not to exceed the manufacturer's recommended log size limits, but I found that my machine often can't cut up to those limits without the extra advantage this method creates.

    Opinions are welcomed!

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  2. Willman

    Willman Minister of Fire

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    Sabattus Maine
    First a couple of questions. What is the name and size of your splitter as well as hp ? What is the max log size it is advertised to handle ? Thanks

    Will
  3. JotulOwner

    JotulOwner Feeling the Heat

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    Here are the Specs:
    Northern (Tool & Equipment) Industrial
    Ram Force (Tons) 5
    Operation Horizontal
    Engine N/A
    Motor 3,340 RPM 1,500 Watt
    HP 2
    Low Oil Shutdown N/A
    Max. Log Size L x W (in.) 20 x 10
    Cylinder 1 3/16in. x 15 3/4in.
    Oil Reservoir (gal.) 0.77
    Log Cradle No
    Log Lift No
    Jack Stand Optional
    Ball Coupler (in.) N/A
    Tire Size 10in.
    Lights No
    Fenders No
    Pre-assembled Assembly Required
    Dimensions L x W x H (in.) 38 1/2 x 11 25/32 x 19 9/32
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